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Ingoglia on Red Light Cameras: Taxation by Citation

October 24, 2017 - 21:42

State Representative Blaise Ingoglia is one of the sponsors of a Florida House bill that will get rid of red light cameras for good. The language included in HB (House Bill) 6007 is, “This means local governments will no longer have the authority to implement red light camera programs by local ordinance.”

NURSING HOMES PLAN `SUMMIT' ON GENERATOR ORDER

September 18, 2017 - 15:10

By JIM SAUNDERS AND TOM URBAN THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, September 18, 2017......... Calling the deaths of eight seniors last week an “isolated incident,” a nursing-home industry group will hold a meeting Friday to discuss a move by Gov. Rick Scott to require nursing homes to be equipped with generators to power air-conditioning systems when electricity goes out.

FLORIDIANS SHOULD EXPECT DAYS WITHOUT POWER

September 12, 2017 - 10:12

By JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, September 9, 2017......... Widespread and prolonged power outages will become part of life for most Floridians over the next few days as Hurricane Irma has started to make an anticipated northern turn that will result in a destructive run through the state starting Sunday.

The storm is on a more western track than earlier in the week and is expected to bring storm surges of up to 8 feet in Tampa and 15 feet in Southwest Florida.

FLORIDIANS SHOULD EXPECT DAYS WITHOUT POWER

September 10, 2017 - 11:16

By JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, September 9, 2017......... Widespread and prolonged power outages will become part of life for most Floridians over the next few days as Hurricane Irma has started to make an anticipated northern turn that will result in a destructive run through the state starting Sunday.

The storm is on a more western track than earlier in the week and is expected to bring storm surges of up to 8 feet in Tampa and 15 feet in Southwest Florida.

DUKE PLAN WOULD END NUCLEAR PROJECT, ADD SOLAR

August 30, 2017 - 07:51

By JIM SAUNDERS THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, August 29, 2017......... Duke Energy Florida on Tuesday began seeking approval of a wide-ranging settlement agreement that would eliminate the possibility of building nuclear reactors in Levy County, boost solar-energy projects and help set base electricity rates for the coming years.

CORCORAN SEEKS TO PULL PLUG ON PUBLIC FINANCING

August 25, 2017 - 08:53

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

August 23, 2017 - 10:01

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

August 21, 2017 - 21:13

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

August 16, 2017 - 11:02

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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