Sarasota becomes first Trump county to defy DeSantis on school masks

Sarasota county is home to Republican Party of Florida Chair Joe Gruters. Sarasota’s board became the sixth in Florida to mandate masks and the first in a GOP-county to defy state laws | AP Photo/Steve Cannon


TALLAHASSEE — After a heated marathon meeting, Sarasota County school officials voted Friday night to require students to wear masks in schools, a blow to Gov. Ron DeSantis that comes in a heavily Republican-leaning region of the state.

By a 3-2 vote that came late Friday night, Sarasota’s board became the sixth

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