Florida Five: So. Fla. holiday light suit slammed by Fox, FAU fires Sandy Hook ‘truther’ professor

Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips:

Plantation Christmas lights
Photo credit: Sun-Sentinel.com

Nuisance or nice? Florida family’s holiday lights frazzle neighbors – When it comes to holiday decorations, Kathy and Mark Hyatt go to extremes. In December, they transform their home in Plantation, Florida, into a 200,000-light spectacle, with Santas, reindeer and candy canes blanketing the lawn, snowflakes and angels twinkling in the sky, and a sign over the garage beckoning visitors to “Believe in the Magic of Christmas.” Read more

Related: Mayor suing over Christmas display gets testy with Jesse Watters; can’t ‘tell me what Santa wants’ 

Christmas wars — Plantation slammed on Fox over controversial display

Can a professor be fired for doubting Sandy Hook massacre? – In the three years since his 6-year-old son died in the Sandy Hook massacre, Lenny Pozner has fought an underground movement of conspiracy theorists who claim the attack — and his boy’s existence — was an elaborate hoax. He has complained to police, filed legal injunctions, and, last week, wrote an op-ed in a Florida newspaper targeting his highest-profile skeptic: a communications professor at Florida Atlantic University. Read more

Florida public colleges request $74 million to ‘beef up’ security in expectation of campus carry – Florida public colleges are requesting $74 million to “fortify” school grounds in expectation of state approval for a “campus carry” guns-rights law. The Bradenton Herald quotes Association of Florida Colleges executive director Michael Brawer saying that the possibility of campus carry has forced colleges to “recognize and offer alternatives–through this investment–to address the campus-security problem short of arming our students.” Read more

Business leaders pen ‘open letter’ urging fellow Cuban Americans to embrace U.S. policy changes – Earlier this month, nearly a year to the day President Barack Obama shocked Cuban Americans with the news that the U.S. would reestablish relations with the Castro regime, a group of Cuban-American business people, almost all from Miami, quietly traveled to the island to see for themselves what, if anything, had changed. Read more

Will Weatherford hits NH for Jeb – Former Florida House Speaker (and Sally Bradshaw client) Will Weatherford is campaigning for Jeb Bush in New Hampshire this weekend. Check him out on CNN. Read more

ICYMI: Town renames ‘racist’ Old Dixie Hwy after someone ‘more unifying’ – guess who? 

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