School Textbook Bill, Two Everglades Projects, Democrat drops from CD13, Private Flood Insurance Market
Legislature passes school textbook bill – The Senate voted on Thursday to pass SB 864, which would force school districts to give parents a chance to object to a textbook used in schools. The bill, now in need of Gov. Rick Scott’s signature, would require districts to hold a public hearing if parents object, but would not get rid of an existing state review of textbooks. SaintPetersBlog
Funding resolved for 2 Everglades projects – South Florida Water Management District Director Blake Guillory said Wednesday that funding has been resolved for two everglades projects: a series of detention basins and the ability to store water in the Kissimmee River Basin rather than flushing it east and west of Lake Okeechobee. SaintPetersBlog
Another Democrat, Eric Lynn, decides not to run in CD 13 – Democratic candidate Eric Lynn announced he would not enter the race for Florida’s 13th Congressional District. Democratic candidate Rev. Dr. Manuel Sykes, president of the St. Petersburg chapter of the NAACP, also dropped out of the race after receiving a “strongly worded message” from the Pinellas County Democratic chair. SaintPetersBlog
Florida Chamber applauds passage of private flood insurance market bill – More flood insurance options will become available to Florida residents after the Legislature passed SB 542 on Thursday. The proposal, which created a framework for a private flood insurance market, now needs Gov. Rick Scott’s signature. SaintPetersBlog
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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission hosts the first statewide nonnative fish catch. The contest was created to raise awareness and help reduce the growing population of invasive fish species in Florida’s waters.
Antique dealers wary of ivory ban bill – A bill before the Legislature would impose a statewide ban on ivory, making it illegal to sell without proper documentation of its origins. Orlando Sentinel Senate panel votes to confirm Loretta Lynch […]
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The Preservation Hall Jazz Band performed on Bo Diddley Community Plaza on Thursday as part of a street fair. The fair was part of day three of the 2015 frank conference.
Local farm practices sustainable farming techniques through community supported agriculture. The University of Florida Office of Sustainability has been working with the farm to provide sustainable food options to the community.