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Waldo Swamped By Water Tax

The Waldo city council members sat back, hands folded, awaiting citizens’ complaints about the ordinance they introduced the previous week, adding a 10% utility tax on the purchase of water in the city.  About 35 people showed up to the Oct. 8 meeting to weigh in on the first reading …

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Sandy Soil And Rising Seas Spell Septic Tank Disaster In Florida

By Brendan Rivers Communities across Florida are already grappling with aging septic tanks, which leak into groundwater and are considered a leading cause of toxic algae blooms. As sea level rise is expected to worsen that situation, the state and cities are beginning to tackle the expensive task of converting septic systems to sewer or newer septic technologies. It’s no small challenge. Floridians are estimated to be using 2.6 million septic systems, most of them the conventional variety with two

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Newberry To Enter 30 Year Solar Power Agreement With Florida Municipal Power Agency

Newberry has agreed to purchase one megawatt of solar power from the Florida Municipal Power Agency, enough to power about 5% of the city's total energy consumption. Two years ago, the city was approached for a similar project by the same company, but decided against participating. This time, technological improvements and reductions in the cost of solar panels made the project much more feasible and attractive to the city.

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