State News

CORCORAN SEEKS TO PULL PLUG ON PUBLIC FINANCING

By LLOYD DUNKELBERGER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, August 23, 2017......... House Speaker Richard Corcoran announced Wednesday that he wants to repeal part of the Florida Constitution that provides public financing for statewide election candidates.

Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes, and House Commerce Chairman Jim Boyd, R-Bradenton, announced they are asking the Florida Constitution Revision Commission to place the repeal on next year's general-election ballot.

UF/IFAS Tropical REC still recovering 25 years after Hurricane Andrew

By: Brad Buck, UF/IFAS

Photography courtesy of UF/IFAS

Destroyed infrastructure on the campus of UF’s Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead following Hurricane Andrew

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- As Hurricane Andrew barreled toward South Florida in the wee hours of Aug. 24, 1992, Jonathan Crane gathered his family and headed toward the center of their Homestead house.

High winds blew out some windows at the Crane residence, and the neighbors ended up at their home. Nine people huddled in a hallway. The harrowing experience lasted from 3 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

STATUE OF EDUCATOR BETHUNE PROPOSED TO REPLACE GENERAL

By JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, August 21, 2017......... Amid a national debate about monuments and statues, a South Florida lawmaker renewed his push Monday for a likeness of Mary McLeod Bethune --- an educator and civil-rights activist who founded what is now known as Bethune-Cookman University --- to represent Florida in the U.S. Capitol.

State Sen. Perry Thurston, D-Fort Lauderdale, proposed a resolution (SCR 184) to have Bethune replace Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith as one of Florida's two representatives in the National Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C.

$50 million from the state for springs across Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Florida Water Management Districts have identified 40 springs projects that will receive $50 million as part of the 2017-2018 state budget. While none of the 40 projects appear to be in Hernando County, there are projects in neighboring counties that have been funded. Hernando County did receive a $400,000 allocation for a Weeki Wachee River channel restoration project which does not seem to be part of 40 projects.

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