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Lights Out For Daylight Savings Time?

By: Mike Vasilinda Email
By: Mike Vasilinda Email

By: Mike Vasilinda
October 18, 2013

Two weeks from Saturday, most Floridians will set their clocks back an hour. One State Senator is hoping the Spring Forward, Fall Back of time comes to an end.

Fall is the time for shorter days, and the time to roll back the clock by an hour. The semi annual ritual first surfaced in World War One, It Came back in the second world war. But it wasn’t until 1966 that permanent dates were set for Springing forward or falling back. Now one State Senator believes the clock changing has outlived its usefulness. “I think that sunshine is big business here in the state of Florida and an extra hour during the winter time certainly would help out business and it’s also a quality life issues for Floridians,” says Sen. Daren Soto, D-Orlando.

These golf pros agree. “If I worked until five o’clock I’d have a couple of hours to at least go out and enjoy the golf course after work,” says Jason Bench.

“As a business we would therefore make more money which would then impact the economy which in all would be great for everybody,” says Kayla Pun.

Come Thanksgiving, and after the clocks are rolled back, the sun will start rising just after 7:30 in the morning. Keeping daylight savings would push sunrise to 8:30 and beyond.

The last time Florida debated the question of time was during the energy crisis of 1974. Congress ordered clocks ahead to save energy.

But schools kids and dark bus stops didn’t mix, 11 were killed or injured within a month.

In the end, lawmakers left time alone. But Soto believes it’s time to debate the question again. “I don’t know if it serves a purpose anymore,” says Sen. Daren Soto.


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