Quick Hits: March 23, 2020

Florida governor orders closure of all state parks, effective immediately; Freedom’s Blood Drive is still on; new dates for Amsterdam’s Electric and Hybrid World Expo.

Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., closed all Florida parks today, starting immediately, due to fears of the spreading coronavirus. Some boaters have flouted concerns by joining large raft-ups, prompting stricter measures to be imposed.

Freedom Boat Club in Jacksonville Beach will host its annual blood drive on April 11, treating donors to a free boat ride. “Every year, we team up with OneBlood to host a blood drive to help them replenish their blood supply that supports our area hospitals,” said Freedom Boat Club Jacksonville co-owner Lisa Almeida in a statement.

Originally scheduled for June 23-25 — and postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic — the Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo Conference 2020 will now be held October 27-29 at RAI Amsterdam.