Ignoring the desire of Floridians, the federal government will not let Florida end its twice yearly starting and ending Daylight Saving Time. In 2018, Florida passed a bill to end the practice and remain on standard time In 2020 both U.S. Senators Rubio and Scott have tried to move the issue forward on the federal level with no results.
So, this evening, specifically at 2 AM Sunday, March 14, 2021, Floridians will need to move their clocks forward one hour to comply with Daylight Saving Time. Most electronics will do this automatically; however, many need to be reset manually.
Rubio has stated, “Our government has asked a lot of the American people over the past seven months, and keeping the nation on Daylight Saving Time is just one small step we can take to help ease the burden. More daylight in the after school hours is critical to helping families and children endure this challenging school year. Studies have shown many benefits of a year-round Daylight Saving Time, and while I believe we should make it permanent all year around, I urge my colleagues to — at the very least — work with me to avoid changing the clocks this fall.”
“After months of staying inside amid the coronavirus pandemic, families across the nation could use a little more sunshine and time to enjoy all that Florida has to offer,” Scott has said. “I signed legislation as Governor to continue Daylight Saving Time year-round for Floridians, and I’m glad to join Senator Rubio to lead this effort in Congress.”
There is a long and interesting history about how Daylight Saving Time came to be here in the United States. Basically, the myth that it was for the farmers is not true, as it was actually the agriculture industry that had it repealed in 1919 (after only being on the federal books for a year). Daylight Saving Time was re-instituted by President Franklin Roosevelt as a wartime measure and was formally reintroduced in April 1963 as the Uniform Time Act.
The only states and territories to have successfully stayed on standard time are Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.