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• State Sen. Keith Perry filed the second-most bills of any Florida state senator during this year’s session in Tallahassee. “I have a limited amount of time to come up here and try to make an impact,” he said. (WUFT News)
• At Celebration Pointe, “We’re trying to make a casual atmosphere, like your living room,” one of its partners says. To that end, a bill from state Rep. Clovis Watson would allow people to drink alcohol on property there. (Gainesville Sun)
• A scary evolution: Criminals can now install gas pump skimmers using Bluetooth technology to steal your credit card information. Statewide, inspectors have found 2,250 skimmers in the past four years. (WUFT News)
• The University of Florida is telling Florida blueberry farmers it’s trying to protect them from foreign competitors by stopping “fruit of our licensed varieties from being imported to the U.S. during the Florida blueberry production window.” (WFTS – Tampa Bay)
• The Polk County student arrested last month after a confrontation over not standing for the Pledge of Allegiance will not face charges. (Lakeland Ledger)
• It has slim chances of gaining traction with the Republican-led legislature, but Florida Democrats yesterday put forward the “New Sunshine Deal.” (GateHouse)
• Not all policymaking discussions so far this session have been so serious or partisan. One committee yesterday worked toward a consensus of whether a tomato is a fruit or vegetable. In the end, it won’t matter because both will be allowed to grow in front yards if this bill becomes law this year. (WFSU)
• As you turn your clocks ahead this weekend, know it could be the last time if Congress passes this bill. (Florida Politics)
• The Florida Memory Blog points out that St. Johns County’s history of potato farming is so prolific that it once had a community named “Spuds.” Like the nearby Hastings, it no longer officially exists.
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