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It shouldn’t have gotten this far. Yet it passed both the House and the Senate and, according to the House website, was “presented to governor on Friday, June 7, 2024, 2:57 PM.” more
If we need more staff and the equipment, supplies, and materials to get the job done timely and appropriately, we look to you to ensure that we budget and staff for this. more
"I believe the time has come for the City to take full control of its assets and properly utilize them by housing a department (in the Chamber building) that needs a larger office." OP/ED by Vice Mayor Diane Velazquez. more
The Rice’s whale is the only one that lives entirely in the Gulf of Mexico. The species, discovered only recently, is definitely endangered. Scientists estimate that there are fewer than 100 of them — maybe as few as 51. more
Commissioner Moore: "I experienced some extraordinary moments at the clean-up this past weekend with The People of Southern Apopka along Sheeler Avenue near US 441." more
Beaches are more than just a party spot. They’re part of a system of barrier islands surrounding our state’s coastline. They serve as barriers to protect the mainland from crashing storms and their surges. more
According to recent data, the USDA recommends that a family of four set a monthly budget for groceries between $975 to $1,500 – which can quickly spike over the summer. more
Rod Olsen is a former HOA President of Rock Springs Ridge and an Apopka resident who wrote an open letter to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis urging him to make policy changes in schools and in teaching history that concern him. more
In an OP/ED from May 15th, Orange County Commissioner Christine Moore urged Apopka to take a more conservative approach to its Tourist Development Tax grant bid. On Monday, Apopka Mayor Bryan Nelson pushed back on Moore's assertion in an OP/ED he sent to The Apopka Voice. more
I wanted to remind you of a few significant loose ends you should get tied down before the FY2024/25 budget takes hold. There are five issues I think you need to either advance or conclude in the coming months: more
"When Apopka’s application was returned to the county a few weeks ago, while extremely well written and documented as to its benefits, there was a much larger request for $13 million. I have never seen a smaller municipality receive this large one-time grant." more
Some Florida communities owe their very existence to golf. Sarasota is one, and The Villages is another. The Naples area is so linked to the links that it currently boasts the most golf courses per capita in the nation. more
While other metrics show Florida is getting “back to normal” from a business standpoint, statistics on hunger are grim. more
It's time for Code Enforcement, the Apopka City Council, and the RSR Homeowners Association to push back on the Golf Group with the authority and leverage it possesses. more
"We broke up into three teams to better discuss the tactics Deland employed. We discussed who could be responsible for similar improvements. We learned Deland was intentional about collaboration." more
"I could never have imagined what Deland looked like today after beginning its revitalization in 1985." Orange County Commissioner Christine Moore's two-part series on the transformation of Deland. more
Olsen: "They're saying we're going to be adding 500,000 people. How many of those are coming to Apopka? What's our 2025 plan, or 2026 plan, or 2050 plan? We need to be thinking in advance." more
The environment wasn’t even an issue that Graham ran on, not at first.  In seeking election as governor in 1978, he focused on education and crime. But then, well into his first term, a national magazine slammed him on his environmental record. more
Bob Graham — two-term governor, three-term U.S. senator — was always thinking about Florida, how to preserve Florida’s waters and save the Everglades, how to improve K-12 education, how to promote civic engagement, how to alleviate poverty. more
A forensic audit of a City's finances focuses on examining the financial records, transactions, and processes of municipal government entities such as departments, agencies, or public funds. Opinion by The Apopka Voice Managing Editor Reggie Connell. more
Becker was a generational leader. People with his skill set usually skip municipal politics and aim for a fast track to a CEO role in a Fortune 500 company or a higher office.  more
As average temperatures rise across the U.S., heat illness is a growing safety and health concern for workers indoors and outdoors. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that environmental heat exposure claimed the lives of 36 workers in 2021 and 56 in 2020. more
Why do spring cleanups succeed so reliably? Obviously, there are environmental and aesthetic benefits. But they go so much deeper. more
It's best to view a politician through the prism of their motivations. If they are considering a run for office, voters should be aware of the possibility.  more
Too many ordinary citizens in District 2 do not feel empowered. We must restructure smaller interdependent teams based on neighborhoods and local areas so all feel welcome. In essence, we must become … more
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