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 Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings State Park exists as a way to remember Florida history… But the workers there are doing something extra to “preserve” memories. WUFT’s Marie Edinger reports.
The historic bluff oak tree on the University of Florida’s campus was torn down over one weekend, and now advocates are moving forward after the removal of the tree they tried to save.
Supporters of medical marijuana legalization went to court houses all over Florida on Friday in an effort to acquire the signatures needed to put the issue on the 2016 ballot. They need a total of 683,149 signatures, according to Ben Pollara, campaign manager for United for Care, an organization dedicated to legalizing medical marijuana.
Country Music Television’s new docu-series “Gainesville” is set to air back-to-back episodes on Aug. 20 at 10 p.m. Some residents are worried that the show will not accurately portray Gainesville.
Two people are dead after a single-engine aircraft crashed in Weirsdale, Fla. today. Marion County officials conducted early investigations before handing over to the FAA and NTSB.