TAMPA, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – Floridians love their sunshine – and will dismiss Daylight Saving Time to get more of it.
Florida State Sen. Darren Soto has proposed the “Sunshine Protection Act,” which would legally allow the state to never “fall back” during Daylight Saving Time.
“Floridians’ quality-of-life and, potentially, economics would be improved by having an hour more of sunshine in the afternoon,” Soto told WTVT in Tampa.
Supporters say there would be a boost in recreation and tourism, with visitors spending longer times on the state’s golf courses.
Interestingly enough, what’s happening in Florida isn’t much different than the national feeling toward the biannual time changes. A new Rasmussen Poll found that 45 percent of Americans say that Daylight Saving Time isn’t worth it.
Daylight Saving Time was most recently moved up by President George W. Bush, who moved it up to early March during his administration.
The move was originally done to save energy during both world wars. But times have changed, as federal studies indicate that the savings from Daylight Saving Time sit at around a half of 1 percent.