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Despite the brutal heat, this is the moment when our Florida Department of Environmental Protection has chosen to give the federal government the old cold shoulder. Ooooooo-wee, have you noticed how hot it’s been this summer? Feels-like temperatures are up around 115 degrees, even a heat index of 120 in Pensacola in June. … more
Florida officials project that taxpayer-funded student aid will increase in coming years as more students graduate from high school in the Sunshine State. more
Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed Apopka lawyer Roger Gannam to fill a vacancy in an Orlando-area appellate court Thursday, but critics and LGBTQ+ groups question his impartiality for the job. more
The Florida Highway Patrol announced the arrest of seven individuals on charges related to the fraudulent procurement, issuance, and sale of approximately 700 disabled person parking placards. more
Gov. Ron DeSantis has suspended another elected prosecutor. This time it’s Monique Worrell of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court in Orange and Osceola counties. more
The new forecast is set to see revenues rise, allowing for new legislation that has now been enacted, including a new $100 fine for speeding violations captured by speed detection systems in school zones. more
The initiative would legalize marijuana for adults 21 years old and older. Individuals would be allowed to possess up to 3 ounces of marijuana (about 85 grams), with up to 5 grams in the form of concentrate. more
The 99-page filing of the Smart & Safe Florida (SSF) group essentially says that Moody’s arguments should be discarded because she is calling on the high court to drop their own recent precedents. more
Heat exposure is responsible for at least several dozen fatalities in the U.S. each year, but currently, there are no state regulations in Florida or nationally to address heat-related stress. BY: MITCH PERRY - JULY 18, 2023 7:00 AM   A farmworker in Immokalee harvests tomatoes. Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images … more
The Florida Legislature’s Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability released a report recently on the noise levels of exhaust systems. more
Sometimes, it’s just because we disagree, and that’s okay. In fact, it is good... as long as we don’t pick up hammers and start bashing one another out of sheer frustration.   more
Between 2016 and 2021, researchers tested private wells and public water sources all over the country, according to the study published on Wednesday. more
In collaboration with its retail and reservation management provider, Florida State Parks is launching this year's annual photo contest, Capture the Real Florida. more
House Bill 637 prohibits legacy automakers from offering online sales or direct-to-consumer options if the licensee has existing dealerships that sell its vehicles in the Sunshine State. more
Last fall, the electorate in Titusville approved making a right to clean water a part of their city’s charter. The measure passed with 82.57% of the vote. CRAIG PITTMAN … more
The partnership invites families to discover educational opportunities through a Florida Prepaid college savings plan and enjoy the instructive aspects of the Florida State Parks Junior Ranger Program.  more
According to the study, Florida ranks 37th in economic well-being, 33rd in health, and 32nd in family and community. Overall, Florida ranks 31st in child well-being. more
Pittman: "Along the 3,394-foot shoreline, someone had chopped down the mangroves on 951 feet of it. The choppers had cut a swath 15 to 26 feet deep along the shore." more
Smart & Safe Florida, a campaign supporting a ballot initiative to legalize marijuana in Florida, has collected 967,528 valid signatures, exceeding the 891,523 valid signatures needed. more
In April, the regular monthly process of verifying those who qualify for Medicaid or CHIP benefits restarted. Those who are no longer eligible will lose their benefits after their anniversary month.  more
The program runs through December 31, 2023, and is expected to provide 1.2 million drivers with savings of nearly $500 over the course of the year. more
Two of the worst things that survived the session are related to our ongoing water pollution woes. Both are likely to make things a lot worse. Both came as something of a surprise. more
Typically used for funding public services such as schools, law enforcement, and infrastructure improvements, property taxes are the lifeblood of local communities across the United States. more
Pittman: "Water is a precious resource on the Florida peninsula. The demand for it increases as our population swells like an overinflated party balloon on the verge of popping." more
Fred Brummer, a giant in local politics, has died at 77. Brummer served as a representative in the Florida Legislature from 1998-2006 and an Orange County Commissioner from 2006-2014. more
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