Let's weigh the pros and cons of Florida staying on Daylight Saving Time forever

by

comment
PHOTO VIA INSTAGRAM USER IVORYPEARL
  • Photo via Instagram user ivorypearl
This week Florida lawmakers voted 33-2 to keep Daylight Saving Time year-round. While this move still needs to be signed by Gov. Rick Scott, and Congress would actually have to change the federal law for it to go into effect, Florida is about to join the ranks of Hawaii and Arizona, who've also flipped the bird to the Uniform Time Act of 1966.

If approved, the Sunshine Protection Act would mean that this Sunday  could be the absolute last time Florida sets its clocks ahead an hour, leaving us out of sync with the rest of the East Coast for half the year.



With that in mind, let's run through all the pros and cons of this monumental decision:

- Pro: Kids will be forced to go to bed while it's still light out, which is just hilarious. 
- Con: Kids will have to get up and go to school in the dark, which is just cruel and unsafe.



- Pro: Sleeping in will be nice.
- Con: However, getting up at a regular hour will be incredibly depressing.

- Pro: It probably won't be dark when you leave work, which means there's plenty of time for outdoor activities.
- Con: You're now obligated to do outdoor activities.

- Pro: We'll now have one less thing in common with Ohio.
- Con: It's going to be really confusing and annoying not being in the same time zone as the rest of the East Coast … part of the year.

- Pro: All of your television shows will be on an hour later, which makes it a little harder to miss stuff.
- Con: The Late Show is gonna be on late as hell.

- Pro: More sunlight is probably good for tourism, and our local economy.
- Con: More tourists.

- Pro: Trump will be slightly inconvenienced by having to adjust his watch every weekend when he comes down here to golf.
- Con: It's not enough of an inconvenience to stop Trump from coming down here to golf every weekend. 

- Pro: We'll lose an hour forever.
- Con: Unfortunately we can't choose which hour we lose.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.