Year-long Daylight Saving time in Florida comes with pros, cons

Year-long Daylight Saving time in Florida comes with pros, cons

We turn our clocks forward this weekend, but it could be the last time we do it. The Florida Legislature passed a bill that would put us on permanent daylight saving time.

Florida Governor Rick Scott still needs to sign the Sunshine Protection Act but hasn't said yet whether he will.

Even if he does Congress would have to approve the change because states don't have the authority to do it on their own.

Supporters like it because the change would mean more daylight at night. But it would also affect TV programming and kids would be waiting at bus stops in the dark.

Matt smith, UF Agriculture Extension Agent said it would have positive and negative affects on agriculture.

He said in the winter, the sun will rise at 8:15am, which means farmers will need to change their market times.

"Otherwise we are going to have a reduced amount of hours in the morning for labor to come in," Smith said.

He said on the positive side, we won't have to deal with the time shift anymore, making it easier for the dairy industry.

"Right as we speak farmers are trying to condition their cows to deal with the time shift because they get kind of stubborn, they know what time they want to be milked," Smith said.

Smith said overall the change will be positive for tourism, the more daylight we have in the evening the more likely people will want to go out.

"With our #1 business being tourism I think it makes sense to try to accommodate that business and extend the hours in which business people are able to draw in crowds," Smith said.

As for the agriculture side, Smith said that is something farmers will learn to adjust.

The sponsors of the Florida Legislation said they believe year-round daylight saving time would improve the economy, public safety, and mental health.

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