How the new daylight saving time bill could affect sunrises, sports and New Year’s Eve

Florida lawmakers approved a landmark time change bill that would keep the state on daylight saving time permanently if allowed by Congress.

While it’s unlikely that will happen unless a majority of eastern states follow suit, there are a few things to think about if the change was made:

• If Florida alone went to daylight saving time, it would be on Eastern time zone during summer months but aligned with the Atlantic time zone in the winter.

• Some mornings, it will still be dark at 8 a.m. But sunsets in the winter would be closer to 6:30 p.m., instead of 5:30 p.m.

• In November and December, Miami Dolphins games would start at 2 p.m. instead of the traditional 1 p.m. slot to coincide with the league schedule of 1 p.m. ET starts. Another hour for tailgating, but a later home arrival after the game.

• The Times Square New Year’s Eve ball drop would be at 1 a.m. Florida time. That’s no fun.

• You would never have the burden of changing all the clocks back or ahead in your house. That would save everyone, well … more time.

Related: 10 daylight saving time facts you may not know

Palm Beach clock tower at sunrise.

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