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Like watching TV? Here's what will happen if Florida doesn't 'fall back'

Not "falling back" for daylight saving time could impact how you watch TV and celebrate New Years.
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Don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour for daylight savings Nov. 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - We sprung forward over the weekend, but will we ever fall back again?

If state lawmakers get their way, Florida will stay on daylight saving time all year.

Here's five things that will be impacted if that happens:

Your favorite TV shows

Will primetime start at 8 p.m. Florida time or Eastern Standard Time, which would be 9 p.m. Florida time? Live sporting events and award ceremonies would start at a different time for Florida than the rest of the East Coast. If you watch the ball drop on New Year’s Eve, it will happen at 1 a.m. Florida time.

Sunrise after 8 a.m.?

If thinking about TV show schedules gives you a headache, you could take some ibuprofen. Or sleep it off. It’ll be darker longer in the morning. Some days, we won’t see the sunrise until after 8 a.m.

It will stay lighter longer all year

The other side of the late sunrise is that a 6 p.m. sunset would happen at 7 p.m., giving you an extra hour to enjoy a beer on the beach.

Traveling to other states could be confusing

If you’re flying anywhere outside of Florida, or even just driving up to Atlanta, you might have to change your watch. That’s because every other East Coast state will still move their clocks back in the fall.

Doing business with other states could also be confusing

East Coast cities will be an hour off for part of the year. West Coast cities will be four hours off.

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