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Three candidates running unopposed for office is not the Apopka way
With the qualifying week for the 2022 Apopka elections fast approaching, and election day only 78 days out, only five candidates are running for the four seats up for grabs in 2022.
Feds dragging their feet on a plan to feed starving Florida manatees
In 2018, toxins from red tide algae killed 288 of the record-setting 824 manatees that turned up dead. This year, as of November 19th, the number hit 1,017.
Demings, Nelson deserve credit for working together on important local infrastructure
It's funny... everyone loves bi-partisan bills in theory, and we love when elected officials reach across the aisle and work together. We love it right up until someone from our side works with someone from the other side...
Large out-of-town contributions to Nelson campaign set social media on fire
Social media is the razor's edge in local politics. It can propel an unknown candidate into a frontrunner, and it can deliver a powerful message to a large audience for pennies on the dollar.
Opinion: City Attorney spikes three-way deal, but workshop did not deliver closure
It had all the earmarks of a workshop. There were three tables lined up on the Apopka Amphitheater stage to face an audience of about 100 people. There were three attorneys, an engineer, and the Apopka City Council.
The Race to be Mayor: Becker and Nelson differ on almost every subject
Editor's Note: Earlier this month, The Apopka Voice interviewed Commissioner Kyle Becker and Mayor Bryan Nelson. The two 90-minute interviews were an informative look at the two candidates running to …
Talk of putting wind turbines off Florida is little more than a lot of hot air
Opinion By Craig Pittman, Florida Phoenix I grew up playing on the beaches near Pensacola — splashing in the surf, collecting shells, building sandcastles. To me, those shimmering white …
Former Apopka Fire Chief Carnesale clarifies his position on AFD two-person "squads"
Editor's Note: Chuck Carnesale, the former Apopka Fire Chief from 2016-2019, sent The Apopka Voice a letter to the editor clarifying his opinion on the two-person squad trucks used by the AFD during …
Apopka firefighters union responds to Mayor Nelson's remarks about two-person squads
Editor's Note: After reading Apopka Mayor Bryan Nelson's remarks in The Apopka Voice about the Apopka Fire Department, its two-person staffing fire of apparatus, two-person squads, and the motives of …
Can Apopka Do More To Honor Veterans?
Opinion By Cindy Cummings Florida has always been a place where veterans come to settle. USA Today reports that the state ranks third in the national rankings, with 1.44 million veterans …
Giant snails not too big a problem for Florida to solve — twice
Are there lessons from the snails for dealing with other invasive species? Opinion By Craig Pittman, Florida Phoenix We Floridians have so much to be proud of. Our beaches often rank at or …
Apopka Gardeners: Fall tips you can use from #andrethefarmer (aka... someone you know well!)
"The more you grow, the more you know" By Dr. Andre Baptiste, Owner & Orthodontist of Baptiste Orthodontics & Dentistry for Kids Hey guys, it's fall and for different people that means …
A doomed deal is not a good reason to harm gopher tortoises
Opinion By Reggie Connell, Managing Editor Craig Pittman is probably the best nature writer in Florida. He is the voice of wildlife and the environment in our state. In 2020, he wrote an …
How BLM Movements Have Impacted Florida Universities
Student groups have always been the spawning grounds of social activists that take part in both local and global changes, and that's no different for the BLM Movement.
Rescuers race to save Florida’s corals while federal government plans more dredging
Since 2014, a disease called Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease has been rampaging through North America’s only coral barrier reef, which stretches for about 360 miles along Florida's southeast …