Good Wednesday morning.

Breaking in a single day — “A big day of voting in March will point the way to November.” through Jonathan Weisman of The New York Instances — President Joe Biden and former President Donald J. Trump romped by means of Tremendous Tuesday, amassing enormous delegate hauls in California, Texas and past as they moved inexorably towards their events’ nominations and a rematch for the White Home in November. Trump’s Major rival, Nikki Haley secured Vermont, depriving Trump of a clear sweep. Even with that lone defeat, Mr. Trump took a large step towards the nomination Tuesday night time, profitable a dozen states by simply after 11 p.m. Jap time. The Related Press has but to name a Republican winner in Utah, and polls in Alaska haven’t but closed. On the Democratic aspect, Biden swept in all 15 states that held Democratic contests, in addition to the Iowa caucuses. His one stumble got here in American Samoa, the place a little-known Democratic businessperson, Jason Palmer, bested the President.

—”Democrat Adam Schiff and Republican Steve Garvey advance to the General Election in California’s Senate race” through Sahil Kapur of NBC Information

—”Nikki Haley campaign pushed to brink after Super Tuesday trouncing” through Steve Peoples of The Related Press


We’re all the way down to the previous couple of days of the 2024 Legislative Session and whereas just a few issues are nonetheless in flux, there’s sufficient certainty to adjudge a good variety of this Session’s Winners & Losers.

As soon as once more, Florida Politics is assembling the definitive checklist of who walked away from the 2024 Session victorious, who tanked and who landed someplace between. However it gained’t really be definitive with no serving to hand from readers such as you. Sure, you.

Who’re the most important losers within the 2024 Session? We would like your finest wonky guess.

We’ll cowl the apparent ones, so except you might have an particularly novel take, don’t fear about telling us why the Governor is both ‘meh’ or a loser … or winner, we suppose.

What we want are deets on who scored large (or ate it) on an under-the-radar situation, shout-outs for lobbyists who moved mountains for his or her purchasers or mentions of organizations that had been snubbed within the state finances.

Don’t be afraid to get wonky!

Ship your strategies to [email protected] for consideration.


State of the Union handle — 1; final day of Common Session, if Legislature completes work in 60 days — 2; 2024 Oscars — 4; Georgia Democratic Major — 7; Arizona/Florida/Illinois/Kansas/Ohio Primaries — 14; James Madison Institute’s ‘2024 Naples Dinner’ with keynote speaker Laura Ingraham — 15; ‘3 Physique Drawback’ premieres on Netflix — 15; Trump’s New York hush cash trial begins — 19; The Supreme Courtroom will hear arguments within the mifepristone/abortion tablet case — 20; Main League Baseball’s (MLB) 2024 season — 22; March Insanity Ultimate 4 (ladies’s) begins — 29; March Insanity Ultimate 4 (males’s) — 32; Florida TaxWatch’s Spring Assembly — 36; The Masters start — 37; Kentucky Derby — 60; 2024 Management Convention on Security, Well being & Sustainability — 65; ‘Bridgerton’ new season (half one) premieres on Netflix — 72; French Open begins — 74; ‘Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes’ premieres — 77; Dave Matthews Band 2024 Summer season Tour begins in Tampa — 77; Monaco Grand Prix — 81; the 2024 World Cup begins — 97; ‘A Quiet Place: Day One’ premieres — 115; Republican Nationwide Conference begins — 131; the 2024 World Cup ends — 135; 2024 MLS All-Star Recreation — 140; Opening Ceremony of the 2024 Olympic Video games on NBC/Peacock — 142; ‘Alien: Romulus’ premieres — 161; Democratic Nationwide Conference begins — 167; Georgia Tech to face Florida State in 2024 opener in Dublin — 171; Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour stops in Miami — 226; 2024 Florida Chamber Annual Assembly & Way forward for Florida Discussion board — 229; 2024 Presidential Election — 244; Las Vegas Grand Prix — 257; MLS Cup 2024 — 272; ‘Captain America: Courageous New World’ premieres — 345; ‘Moana’ premieres — 475; ‘Thunderbolts’ premieres — 506; ‘Improbable 4’ reboot premieres — 506; ‘Blade’ reboot premieres — 611; ‘Avatar 3’ premieres — 653; ‘Avengers: The Kang Dynasty’ premieres — 790; Untitled ‘Star Wars’ film premieres — 806; One other untitled ‘Star Wars’ film premieres — 1,017; ‘Avengers: Secret Wars’ premieres — 1,157; ‘Avatar 4’ premieres — 2,116; ‘Avatar 5’ premieres — 2,838.


Tolls rebate program added to $117.5B budget deal” through Grey Rohrer of Florida Politics — The finances (HB 5001) is for the fiscal yr that begins July 1 and totals $963 million greater than the present yr, or lower than 1%.

Home Speaker Paul Renner repeatedly warned of the necessity to present restraint in spending, as federal COVID-19 funds expired and state income development slowed, however lawmakers included a $450 million toll rebate program within the ultimate levels of finances talks.

Toll rebates make an eleventh-hour addition to Florida’s proposed finances.

The precise parameters of this system will probably be included in an modification to the tax lower bundle (HB 7073) which hasn’t been made public however must be just like this system pushed by Gov. Ron DeSantis and handed by lawmakers in a December 2022 Particular Session.

Underneath that plan, the toll rebate program ran for 12 months and drivers with a SunPass or different Florida-based transponder who’ve 35 or extra toll transactions per thirty days had been eligible for a 50% rebate, which appeared as a credit score to their account.

In different elements of the finances, PreK-12 colleges will get $28.4 billion for the fiscal yr that begins July 1, a $1.8 billion improve on the present yr. That involves $8,959 per scholar, a $240 improve on the present yr. That features a $200 million increase to instructor salaries.

“This finances continues our sturdy assist of training in Florida,” mentioned Sen. Keith Perry, a Gainesville Republican and the Senate’s high training finances author. “We’re rising Ok-12 per-student funding to an unprecedented stage, together with elevating the bottom scholar allocation, which we all know supplies necessary, wanted flexibility for our districts.”


Senate strips wage preemption from heat exposure bill, sends back to House” through Grey Rohrer of Florida Politics — Within the final week of the Common Session, the Senate and Home are in a showdown over whether or not native governments can set wage preferences for contractors and subcontractors. The Senate has amended HB 433, stripping the piece of the invoice that preempts native ordinances from giving desire for native contractors that present higher wages or advantages to their employees. The remainder of the invoice preempts cities and counties from passing ordinances requiring companies to permit employees who toil open air to obtain breaks within the shade and water at intervals all through the day. The Senate accepted the measure on a 28-11 vote alongside social gathering traces, with Democrats objecting to the warmth publicity regulation preemption. The transfer despatched the invoice again to the Home, which handed it on a 79-33 vote Friday.

A invoice defending employees from extreme warmth goes again to the drafting board.

House tees up communism history lessons for final vote, rejects bid to add Jan. 6, McCarthyism” through A.G. Gancarski of Florida Politics — SB 1264, beforehand handed by a 25-7 vote within the Senate, is analogous sufficient to Chuck Brannan’s companion HB 1349 (“Historical past and Instruction of Political and Socio-economic Techniques”) to the place the Home sponsor had no drawback utilizing Senate language. Each variations require college students in conventional public and constitution Ok-12 colleges to obtain instruction on the historical past of communism starting within the 2026-27 educational yr in what’s billed as an age-appropriate and developmentally applicable means. Brannan notes that nothing within the invoice says that kindergartners can be taught in regards to the depredations of communism, nevertheless it’s unclear at what age they might be taught in regards to the Soviet Union, Cuba, China, and different collectivist police states.

With little debate, Florida demands 2 more constitutional conventions” through Jacob Ogles of Florida Politics — A constitutional conference hasn’t occurred because the Founding Fathers drafted the framework for America. However the Senate accepted two extra calls to amend that doc within the span of 4 minutes. Senators on voice votes accepted a push to amend the U.S. Structure to present Presidents a line-item veto on budgets (HCR 7057) and to ban Congress from passing legal guidelines making use of to residents that don’t apply to federal lawmakers (HCR 7055). Dialogue of the proposals consumed lower than 4 minutes of time on the Senate ground. For the reason that resolutions don’t require the Governor’s signature, nor are they topic to vetoes, meaning the requests now head to Washington, D.C., the place they’ll kick off an unprecedented analysis of the U.S. Structure.


Lawmakers put conditions on Ron DeSantis’ spending as they unveil $117B budget” through Lawrence Mower and Romy Ellenbogen of the Tampa Bay Instances and Ana Ceballos of the Miami Herald — When state lawmakers unveiled their $117.4 billion finances for the following fiscal yr Tuesday, it included strings on a few of DeSantis’ high priorities, in addition to some cuts.

His conservative overhaul of New Faculty of Florida will nonetheless get hundreds of thousands — nevertheless it gained’t be a clean test. His migrant relocation program isn’t getting the hundreds of thousands DeSantis wished, and as an alternative must survive on the cash it hasn’t spent but.

And each state company must begin producing reviews on their progress in finishing up the Legislature’s agenda.

New Faculty will get more cash on this finances, however not a clean test.

Lawmakers are devoting one other $500 million to an emergency fund that he’s used to pay for immigration crackdowns. An equal quantity will go to pay down state debt.

His resolution to fly migrants from Texas to Martha’s Winery in 2022 generated nationwide headlines and intense debate, however Republicans and Democrats noticed it as a flagrant violation of the legislation they handed, which approved transporting migrants solely from Florida.

This yr, DeSantis requested for one more $5 million for this system in his proposed finances. Senate President Kathleen Passidomo mentioned she “thought lengthy and exhausting” about it.

In the long run, she determined this system might survive on the $12 million lawmakers assigned final yr. Of this, $9.4 million stays unspent.

Lawmakers additionally accepted 3% pay raises for state employees and extra bonuses for the state police brokers who shield DeSantis and his household.

This yr, lawmakers are assigning a recurring $100 million for brand new housing models and main repairs and renovations. The finances additionally contains an additional $21 million for Florida Nationwide Guard members to proceed working in prisons, that are short-staffed.

Legislature passes bill to allow recurring funding for private Jewish school security” through Jesse Scheckner of Florida Politics — Laws granting lawmakers the choice to make safety funding for personal Jewish day colleges a recurring a part of the state finances is cleared for DeSantis’ signature. Senators voted 39-0 for the invoice (HB 1109), which might direct the Florida Division of Schooling to determine an everyday funding mannequin for guards, cameras, fencing, impression home windows, perimeter lighting and associated safety prices at Jewish colleges. By itself, the invoice establishes no financial dedication. Joe Gruters, the measure’s sponsor within the Senate, famous that there was a pointy rise in antisemitic incidents because the Oct. 7 assault on Western Israel by Palestinian Hamas terrorists.

Florida’s state workers set to receive third consecutive raise, or a $1,000 boost for most” through James Name of USA At this time Community — The Florida Legislature is seeking to increase the pay for a depleted state workforce and for the third consecutive yr has inserted a pay increase in a $116 billion state finances. In sum, the plan spends about $134 million for a 3% pay improve for 96,863 state staff. Home and Senate leaders completed understanding particulars Monday. The chambers Tuesday revealed the doc and despatched copies to lawmakers at 11:48 a.m. That began a constitutionally mandated 72-hour cooling-off interval earlier than a Friday vote and the conclusion of the 2024 Legislative Session. When saying the finances had dropped, Renner mentioned lawmakers may have a “fairly good Friday,” which means they’ll have the ability to finish their work and head house.

Sprinkle list: Private prisons lock down millions for salaries, contract extensions” through Jacob Ogles of Florida Politics — The Senate and Home supplemental funding lists each budgeted vital {dollars} to cowl correctional officer pay. Pay fairness between guards at personal prisons and people working straight for the Division of Corrections has been a sticking level for the Home and Senate by means of the finances convention course of. Whereas the Senate has pushed in talks for extra funding to catch salaries as much as state employees, the Home finally jumped in and agreed to chip in as a lot for the job at hand. The majority will go to a few amenities. The amenities run by The GEO Group — Blackwater River Correctional, Moore Haven Correctional and South Bay Correctional — will obtain $1.6 million from the Legislature for the only goal of elevating correctional officer salaries “commensurate with wage will increase for state correctional officers.”


Senate adds anti-grooming language to online child exploitation bill” through A.G. Gancarski of Florida Politics — Sen. Jonathan Martin substituted Rep. Jessica Baker’s invoice (HB 1545) for his equivalent product, however provided an modification concentrating on what the sponsor known as “grooming language,” known as “dangerous communication to a minor” within the invoice somewhat than the phrase “grooming” itself because it was in earlier variations of the language. This stipulates that an “grownup who engages in a sample of communication to a minor that features express and detailed verbal descriptions or narrative accounts of sexual exercise, sexual conduct, or sexual pleasure and that’s dangerous to minors commits a felony of the third diploma.” The brand new language additionally says a “particular person’s ignorance of a minor’s age, a minor’s misrepresentation of his or her age, a bona fide perception of a minor’s age, or a minor’s consent will not be raised as a protection in a prosecution for a violation of this part,” eradicating potential for sufferer blaming from the invoice language.

Johnathan Martin couldn’t resist the urge so as to add ‘grooming’ to the kid exploitation invoice’s language.

Senate approves Sen. Jonathan Martin, Rep. Jessica Baker bill increasing penalties for child porn, with changes” through Michelle Vecerina of Florida’s Voice — A invoice handed by means of the Florida Senate Tuesday that addresses youngster exploitation offenses, rising offense ranges for crimes associated to youngster pornography. Martin sponsored SB 1656, a invoice that addresses youngster exploitation offenses. It handed with a 48-0 vote by means of the Senate. The invoice will increase offense ranges for crimes associated to a number of crimes associated to possession and promotion, or manufacturing of kid pornography. Baker sponsored the present model of the laws, HB 1545. It will increase present third-degree felony penalties for youngster pornography possession to second diploma felonies. Martin’s unique invoice created the offense of “lewd or lascivious grooming” and supplied felony penalties for such an offense.

Lawmakers OK bill giving more budget authority to Jacksonville Sheriff” through A.G. Gancarski of Florida Politics — The measure from Sen. Clay Yarborough and Rep. Wyman Duggan would enable a Sheriff, together with one among a consolidated metropolis/county authorities, to maneuver funds “between classes and code ranges” with out the approval of the County Fee or Finances Fee after their finances is accepted by the legislative physique. This independence extends to procurement and personnel points. When SB 1704 (substituted for the Home product) was handed, the invoice is successfully a carve-out for Jacksonville’s T.Ok. Waters, affirming the intention of earlier laws giving Sheriffs inside consolidated governments the identical authority as others. The measure affirms Waters’ authority to maneuver funds with out the approval of the Metropolis Council after his finances (which is almost $600 million this yr) is accepted by the legislative physique. The laws is backed by the Florida Sheriffs Affiliation.

Bill creating online pregnancy resource hub heads to DeSantis” through Michelle Vecerina of Florida’s Voice — A invoice that will set up a web-based being pregnant useful resource hub for brand new and anticipating mother and father handed by means of the Senate ground Tuesday and can head to the Governor’s desk after some Democratic lawmakers pushed again on the invoice. Rep. Berny Jacques sponsored HB 415, which handed the Senate with a 27-12 vote. Sen. Erin Grall sponsored the Senate model of the invoice. Grall defined that the web site will include essential assets for pregnant ladies starting from prenatal care and maternal well being companies, social companies, early childhood growth assets, and academic mentorship packages particularly designed for fathers.

Fines, criminal penalties for street racing in Florida might get a little tougher” through Alyssa Johnson of the Miami Herald — On March 1, lawmakers within the Florida Senate cheered as they handed laws that intensifies the penalties for drivers who take part in avenue or freeway racing by rising fines and turning misdemeanor offenses into felonies. Throughout final week’s Senate Session, the sponsor of the invoice, South Florida Democrat Jason Pizzo, mentioned that as a father, avenue racing is one among his “largest fears.” The Senate invoice would change the state legislation to outline the time period “coordinated avenue takeover” to imply 10 or extra autos operated in an organized method to take over a avenue. The Home model of the invoice has some differing language from the Senate model. As an alternative of accelerating the penalty for a 3rd violation of involvement in avenue racing exercise from a first-degree misdemeanor to second diploma felony just like the Senate model does, the Home model modifications it to a third-degree felony.

Jason Pizzo is placing the brakes on avenue racing.

‘Most popular bill of Session’: Legislature passes bill to rename A1A as ‘Jimmy Buffett Memorial Highway’” through Jesse Scheckner of Florida Politics — Lawmakers accepted laws (HB 91) to re-christen all of State Street A1A as “Jimmy Buffett Freeway” from its tip in Ferdinand Seaside to Mile Marker 0 in Key West. And it didn’t matter whether or not their fins leaned left or proper; each vote within the Capitol was for the change. Senate Democratic Chief Lauren Guide, the measure’s sponsor within the higher chamber, mentioned it’s a becoming tribute to the self-proclaimed Parrothead who’s now “off trying to find his misplaced shaker of salt.” The chamber voted 40-0 for the measure.


Jim Mooney amendment aims to cut cultivated meat ban, impose labeling and import rules instead” through Jacob Ogles of Florida Politics — A Republican lawmaker against a lab-grown meat ban has filed a last-minute modification to a controversial agriculture bundle. Rep. Mooney, an Islamorada Republican, desires the Home to dump language in a invoice (SB 1084) already handed within the Senate that will outlaw the sale of cultivated meat. However an modification he filed would require labels on meat merchandise informing customers of their origins. He additionally helps a ban on the import of cultivated meat from China or every other “overseas nation of concern.”

House rejects amendments to water down cultivated meat ban” through Jacob Ogles of Florida Politics

—“Biotech investors urge lawmakers to reject lab-grown meat ban” through Jacob Ogles of Florida Politics

Jim Mooney desires to melt the ban on cultivated meat.

Florida Citrus Mutual cheers agricultural workforce housing invoice — Florida Citrus Mutual is praising lawmakers for approving a invoice (SB 1082) to streamline the method for agricultural landowners to assemble reasonably priced housing for employees. “Eradicating hurdles for the development of workforce housing is essential for Florida citrus growers who must fill important jobs,” mentioned FCM VP and CEO Matt Joyner. “Thanks, Sen. Jay Collins and Rep. Kaylee Tuck, for championing this laws. As Florida citrus growers proceed to recuperate from challenges posed by hurricanes and citrus greening, enacting this laws as legislation will assist our business’s nice American comeback.” FCM mentioned the laws comes at a “essential juncture” for the business, which has been preventing the impacts of citrus greening and up to date hurricanes.

Hemp business exec blasts restrictions accepted by Home — The co-founder and CEO of a number of authorized hemp companies in Florida is blasting the state Home following its approval of SB 1698, which might place new restrictions on hemp that may result in many at the moment authorized merchandise being pulled from the market. “At this time the Florida Home ignored the widespread opposition from the Florida hemp business, customers, and residents, and as an alternative voted to ban extra of the secure, lawful merchandise that many people search to enhance their high quality of life,” JJ Coombs mentioned. “Rep. (Tommy) Gregory’s modification even went as far as to ban THCV, a cannabinoid current in Charlotte’s Internet, a product sought by many households to assist relieve epileptic seizures in youngsters. … The Florida Legislature is effectively on its method to eliminating a number of helpful hemp and CBD merchandise, ending Florida’s hemp business as we all know it.”

‘Again from the useless:’ Internet Selection VP blasts revamped social media invoiceCarl Szabo is vp of Internet Selection, an organization that has challenged comparable legal guidelines in different states and has gained. “Like a zombie getting back from the useless, this dangerous thought has been reborn in HB 3 which is now transferring by means of Florida legislature and I’m hoping lawmakers know the way dangerous that is,” Szabo advised NBC 2 Fort Myers. DeSantis vetoed the earlier HB 1 after admitting it could not make it by means of the courts. “I hope we don’t have so as to add Florida to a listing of states that repeatedly attempt to enact unconstitutional actions,” Szabo mentioned of the revamped invoice. The ultimate resolution will probably be as much as the Home, which has but to vote on the invoice. It can finally be as much as the Governor who will both signal it or veto it for a second time.


6 a.m. Home 58th Day Rule. After the 58th day (March 6) of a Common Session, the Home could think about solely: Returning Messages, Convention Stories, and Concurrent Resolutions. [Rule 10.19]

10 a.m. The Senate holds a ground Session. Senate Chambers.

10:30 a.m. The Home holds a ground Sesson. Home Chambers.

6:15 p.m. Senate Particular Order Calendar Group meets. Room 401, Senate Workplace Constructing.


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‘Been there, done that’: Ron DeSantis won’t ‘unsuspend’ 2024 campaign” through A.G. Gancarski of Florida Politics — “Been there. Accomplished that. Acquired the T-shirt,” DeSantis mentioned in response to a query from commentator Chris Nelson in Miami Seaside. The Governor’s newest feedback on his presidential bid comply with the custom of earlier remarks wanting again on a marketing campaign that stored him out of the state for a lot of 2023. The presidential bid noticed him spend roughly $168 million in marketing campaign funds to win zero counties and acquire simply 9 delegates. Final month, when requested if he would “do it another time,” DeSantis mentioned he would have on condition that “this nation wants large change” and “you want somebody that’s going to go in there and get all this executed.” “I used to be anyone that had the power to do this. And I believe we needed to supply that to the parents,” DeSantis mentioned.

Been there, executed that.

DeSantis boosts police presence to keep ‘Spring Break’ peaceful” through Michael Moline of Florida Phoenix — Drones will patrol skies over Florida’s Spring Seaside scorching spots. Surveillance cameras, barricades and DUI checkpoints are additionally deliberate to forestall potential hassle breaking out amongst Spring Break crowds, DeSantis mentioned. The state will deploy 140 officers to help 17 native legislation companies, together with 60 in South Florida and an identical quantity deployed in websites like Daytona Seaside and Panama Metropolis, DeSantis mentioned. The deployment follows successive years of out-of-control crowds in Miami Seaside, DeSantis and metropolis Mayor Steven Meiner mentioned. The town noticed two deadly shootings final yr and 488 arrests, “with a number of nightly brawls and partygoers regularly clashing with police,” in accordance with a report by ABC Information. “Should you’re coming right here as a way to get pleasure from Florida and have an excellent time, positive. Should you’re coming for these different causes, in the event you’re committing crime, inflicting havoc, you’ll pay the worth and we’re going to maintain you accountable,” DeSantis mentioned.

DeSantis will send troopers to Miami Beach, other cities during Spring Break’” through Aaron Liebowitz of the Miami Herald — DeSantis introduced Tuesday that 140 state troopers will probably be deployed throughout Florida to help 17 completely different legislation enforcement companies with anticipated Spring Break crowds. That features about 60 troopers in South Florida, DeSantis mentioned throughout a information convention on the Miami Seaside Conference Middle. About 45 of these will probably be concentrated in Miami Seaside, in accordance with Meiner. DeSantis mentioned state officers reached out to communities throughout the state to ask what reinforcements they wanted to cope with Spring Break chaos in March and fulfilled all of their requests. The troopers will probably be stationed in in style Spring Break locations, together with Miami Seaside, Fort Lauderdale, Daytona Seaside and Panama Metropolis Seaside. “We on the state stage stand prepared to assist our native communities keep order,” DeSantis mentioned, including that the state is prepared to ship extra assets if crucial.

Report: Less than 1% of hospital admissions, emergency room visits made by undocumented migrants” through Christine Jordan Sexton of Florida Politics — The primary official report after Florida’s sweeping immigration measures had been put in place a yr in the past reveals that lower than 1% of all Florida hospital admissions and emergency room visits had been from sufferers who self-reported as not legally residing in the US. However that report additionally factors out that many individuals wouldn’t reply the query. The report estimates that hospitals supplied greater than $573 million in well being care companies to sufferers who weren’t within the nation legally. However AHCA was unable to find out how a lot of that care supplied to migrants was uncompensated or discover “any apparent correlation between the extent of uncompensated care and the extent of unlawful aliens presenting on the hospital.”

‘There’s no real long term plan:’ former Sen. Jeff Brandes sounds alarm on Florida’s prison system” through Caden DeLisa of The Capitolist — Florida’s jail system faces a disaster of ageing amenities, staffing shortages, and a rising inmate inhabitants that might overwhelm current infrastructure inside 20 years, a report acquired by means of public document request by former Sen. Jeff Brandes signifies. The report identifies 4 essential challenges confronting the state: an anticipated rise within the inmate inhabitants, pressing necessities for modernization, ongoing points with workers vacancies and turnover, and safety and security considerations. The plan requires the development of recent prisons and medical amenities to accommodate the projected improve within the state’s incarcerated inhabitants, which isn’t solely anticipated to develop but additionally age considerably, which calls for extra medical and ADA-compliant amenities. The report forecasts an inmate inhabitants that’s projected to doubtlessly surpass the whole capability over the following two fiscal years if no motion is taken.

Florida condo market takes a tumble in past year” through Drew Dixon of Florida Politics — Condominium costs in Florida are beginning to drop whereas extra persons are attempting to promote their condos, in accordance with a brand new report by Redfin actual property and mortgage companies firm. Pure disasters, corresponding will increase in house insurance coverage costs together with house owner affiliation (HOA) charges are being blamed for the “faltering” marketplace for condos within the Sunshine State, Redfin concluded. “Costs of condos in main Florida metros are dropping yr over yr, and gross sales are declining. New condominium listings are hovering as sellers attempt to offload their properties,” the Redfin report mentioned. Throughout the state, the median sale worth for condominiums was $317,000, a lower of 6.8% in a year-over-year comparability. In the meantime, new listings for condominium gross sales in Florida jumped by 28.2% within the final yr.

Gene Deckerhoff among 9 inductees in Florida Broadcasters Hall of Fame’s inaugural class” through Jim Henry of the Tallahassee Democrat — Deckerhoff is staying busy studying, engaged on house initiatives and following his beloved Florida State Seminoles. He additionally has an necessary — and historic — dedication scheduled in June. Deckerhoff, the legendary voice of FSU soccer and males’s basketball on radio for almost 50 years and present Tampa Bay Buccaneers radio play-by-play announcer, is a part of the introductory class of the Florida Broadcasters Corridor of Fame. The nine-member class, which additionally contains the late Rush Limbaugh, will probably be acknowledged through the Florida Broadcasters Corridor of Fame Gala and award ceremony on the Breakers Lodge in Palm Seaside on June 27.

Gene Deckerhoff is honored for his steadfast protection of FSU sports activities.

Is there red-tide anywhere in Florida right now? What to know during start of Spring Break season” through Samantha Neely of USA At this time Community — Some Spring Breakers is likely to be fearful about an sudden customer placing a damper on their anticipated seaside trip — pink tide. Karenia brevis is a naturally occurring, single-celled organism belonging to a gaggle of algae known as dinoflagellates. Giant concentrations can discolor water from pink to brown, inflicting blooms to be known as “pink tides.” In accordance with USA At this time’s database, pink tide has not been detected in Florida as of March 5. Most individuals can nonetheless swim in pink tide, however it may possibly trigger pores and skin irritation and burning eyes. In case your pores and skin is well irritated, keep away from pink tide water. Should you do expertise irritation whereas swimming, get out instantly and totally wash off.

— 2024 —

‘Battleground’ no more? Florida Republicans approach General Election with 850,000+ lead” through Eric Daugherty of Florida’s Voice — Within the beforehand perceived presidential battleground state of Florida, state-level Republicans are heading into the 2024 presidential election cycle positioned almost 1 million voters higher than 2020. State Republicans maintain a registration lead over Democrats of 854,318 as of March 4. That leads contrasts from the final Division of Elections report earlier this yr, which handed Republicans a lead of nonetheless below 800,000 as of late-2023. “Our grassroots are conserving the pedal to the steel by registering extra voters each day,” mentioned Republican Occasion of Florida Chair Evan Energy. “Floridians proceed to reject the unconventional left’s agenda and are serving to us make Florida a extra Republican state.”

Poll: Republicans want Donald Trump to choose DeSantis as VP” through Samuel Benson of Desert Information — In accordance with a Deseret Information/HarrisX ballot of registered Republican voters nationally, 18% mentioned DeSantis is their high decide to be Trump’s vp. He was adopted by Vivek Ramaswamy (15%), inside the margin of error. The following highest picks had been Nikki Haley (12%) and Tim Scott (9%). Amongst all voters, no matter social gathering affiliation, Haley (16%) is the highest decide, adopted by DeSantis (10%) and Ramaswamy (8%). The ballot was carried out Feb. 26-27 amongst 1,007 registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 3.1 share factors. The pattern of self-described Republican voters was 367, with a margin of error of +/- 5.1 share factors.

Voters say DeSantis must be Donald Trump’s VP.

Maddening new poll: Voters are unaware of Trump ‘dictator’ threats” through Greg Sargent of The New Republic — Biden’s mind belief seems assured that he’ll finally prevail over Trump because of the menace Trump poses to our constitutional system. By November, the election’s “focus will turn out to be overwhelmingly on democracy,” one high Biden adviser advised The New Yorker, including that “the most important photographs in folks’s minds are going to be of Jan. 6.” In that case, the Biden marketing campaign had higher get cracking. Some new polling from a high Democratic pollster finds blended information for Crew Biden on this entrance: Giant swaths of voters seem to have little consciousness of a few of Trump’s clearest statements of hostility to democracy and intent to impose authoritarian rule in a second time period, from his vow to be “dictator for at some point” to his obscure menace to enact “termination” of provisions within the Structure. That’s maddening for apparent causes. However it additionally presents the Biden marketing campaign with a possibility. If voters are unaware of all these statements, there’s loads of time to make voters conscious of them.

—“Mitch McConnell weighs endorsing Trump. It’s a stark turnaround after the Jan. 6, 2021, attack” through Lisa Mascaro of The Related Press

Mark Cuban calls Trump ‘snake oil salesperson,’ praises Joe Biden” through Emma Loop of Axios — Billionaire entrepreneur Cuban lambasted Trump on Tuesday as a “snake oil salesperson” whereas explaining his resolution to again Biden within the upcoming election. The endorsement from one among America’s most high-profile enterprise house owners comes because the 81-year-old President struggles within the polls amid swirling questions on his age and his dealing with of the Israel-Gaza battle. “I don’t desire a snake oil salesperson as President,” Cuban mentioned. “I’m voting for Biden/Harris over Trump all day each day.” “It’s the snake oil salesperson vs the incumbent, conventional politician,” Cuban mentioned. “One will let you know his snake oil will treatment all the things that ails you. The opposite will present you the small print of his insurance policies by means of charts, graphs and statements,” Cuban mentioned.

$100K photos, Stephen Colbert and a fashion doyenne: Details of the Biden fundraiser with three Presidents” through Natasha Korecki of NBC Information — A primary-of-its-kind fundraiser that includes three Democratic Presidents this month is shaping as much as be among the many most profitable in social gathering historical past, in accordance with a key organizer, forecast to boost greater than $10 million and draw a minimum of 3,000 folks. In an interview, Biden Victory Fund nationwide finance Chair Chris Korge laid out specifics of the March 28 soiree at Radio Metropolis Music Corridor in New York that includes Biden and former Presidents Barack Obama and Invoice Clinton. Whereas tickets will promote for as little as $250, the premier perks will go to the excessive rollers. The associated fee for an opportunity to pose in a photograph with all three Democratic Presidents without delay? $100,000 and up. Those that donate on the $250,000 and $500,000 ranges may even have entry to 2 separate receptions with the presidential trio.

Three of a form: A Democratic fundraiser for the Biden Victory Fund will probably be a historic occasion.

Michelle Obama’s office says the former First Lady ‘will not be running for President’ in 2024” through Mike Memoli of NBC Information — Former President Barack Obama has mentioned he’s “all-in” for Biden’s re-election effort. However a query nagging at many Democrats is what position his in style partner would possibly play. Democrats nervously looking forward to November say they wish to see Michelle Obama taking part in a much bigger position within the marketing campaign. Some even whisper in regards to the chance that she would possibly substitute a politically hobbled incumbent on the 2024 ticket this Summer season, making her a fantasy candidate for members of each events, albeit for various causes. Supporters of Trump have fixated on the notion of Obama’s swooping in to exchange Biden in an try and diminish the President’s political viability and stoke the GOP base. The previous First Woman’s workplace tried to rein in imaginations on the correct and the left, making it clear her 2024 plans don’t embrace working for workplace.


Barring insurrectionists from holding office? Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Jamie Raskin write legislation after Trump is kept on ballot” through Anthony Man of the South Florida Solar-Sentinel — U.S. Reps. Wasserman Schultz and Raskin are taking over the problem from the U.S. Supreme Courtroom. The court docket dominated that states couldn’t preserve former President Trump off their ballots by invoking the 14th Modification to the Structure, added after the Civil Battle to forestall individuals who had engaged in rebellion in opposition to the U.S. from holding workplace once more. The justices mentioned it was as much as Congress, not the states to implement the availability. All 9 justices mentioned it was in Congress’ arms. A narrower majority of 5 conservatives went additional, ruling it may possibly solely be executed by means of laws. The 2 Democratic members of Congress mentioned they’re getting down to do exactly that.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Jamie Raskin will submit laws to maintain insurrectionists (like Trump) off the poll.

Rick Scott ‘seriously considering’ running for Senate leader, discusses it with Trump” through Stephany Matat of The Palm Seaside Publish — U.S. Sen. Scott is “critically contemplating” working once more for the Senate GOP chief publish in November after McConnell steps down, and he went to Mar-a-Lago on Monday night to speak about it with Trump. Scott, who should first win re-election this November, mentioned he believes an important process going through McConnell’s substitute can be doing the issues the voters need, together with having a balanced federal finances. He talked about that, too, with the previous President in Mar-a-Lago, Scott mentioned. “I talked to him about the truth that I would run for chief, and if I did that, we might have the chance collectively to vary the course of this nation for the higher,” Scott mentioned.

—“Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema will not seek re-election” through Jessica Boehm of Axios

Marco Rubio and Chuck Grassley urge Sun-Sentinel, other media companies to halt contract printing of China Daily” through Angie DiMichele and David Lyons of the South Florida Solar-Sentinel — Two Republican Senators have urged 9 media retailers, together with the South Florida Solar-Sentinel, to halt the contract printing and distribution of the China Every day, claiming the media teams are “disseminating (Chinese language Communist Occasion) propaganda to an American viewers.” “Regardless of mounting proof of the CCP’s makes an attempt to harass and intimidate Americans, spy on websites of nationwide safety significance to the U.S., and affect our elections, your outlet has chosen to not lower ties with China Every day,” Rubio of Florida and Grassley of Iowa mentioned within the letter, which was addressed to David Karabag, a Solar-Sentinel vp.


Two years on, Ken Griffin’s plan for a Miami headquarters finally begins to take shape” through Deborah Acosta of The Wall Road Journal — Citadel can be planning new workplace areas in New York Metropolis and additional development in London. However the primary headquarters will probably be in Miami, which Griffin regularly extols as “Wall Road South.” The brand new constructing displays his persevering with effort to go away his mark on town’s skyline, a pursuit that has captivated Miami’s enterprise group since his much-ballyhooed arrival. “Ken Griffin has been the best profile transplant to Miami since LeBron James,” mentioned Nitin Motwani, managing accomplice of Merrimac Ventures and developer of Miami Worldcenter. “The ensuing Citadel impact is attracting extra companies and wealth to Miami, driving pockets of the true property market and fueling philanthropic giving.” Shortly earlier than saying his transfer in 2022, Griffin quietly acquired a 2.5-acre waterfront lot on Brickell Bay, in accordance with public paperwork, to function a base for his new workplace. He paid $363 million, a Miami document of $3,340 a sq. foot.

Ken Griffin’s Miami house base is nearer to actuality.

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A Miami Beach condo, an AI company and accusations of $100M social media lies” through David J. Neal of the Miami Herald — Two Miami federal court docket actions spotlight the erratic flight, crash and investor burn of a Miami Seaside AI promoting firm. A Securities and Change Fee criticism filed final week accuses Alfi founder and CEO Paul Pereira of creating public claims about present and future Alfi revenues that he knew weren’t true, together with spreading the financial tall tales by means of a social media burner account. The SEC mentioned in a single use of account “Uptix12” on Stocktwits, Pereira claimed “Alfi has $100 million of income stock” when he knew Alfi had, at most, $4.3 million. And, when Pereira claimed a coming relationship with Outback Steakhouse on a livestreamed YouTube inventory merchants interview, the SEC says he knew that wasn’t occurring.

Paul Pereira will get on the unsuitable aspect of the Securities and Change Fee.

Ex-BSO deputy found guilty of ripping off pandemic loan program, one of 17 charged in agency” through Jay Weaver of the Miami Herald — The primary of 17 Broward Sheriff’s Workplace staff to face trial on costs of bilking a enterprise mortgage program through the pandemic was discovered responsible of committing fraud by a Fort Lauderdale federal court docket jury. Stephanie D. Smith, a former BSO deputy college useful resource officer, was convicted of submitting falsified mortgage functions for 2 corporations by means of the federal Paycheck Safety Program and fraudulently accumulating greater than $31,000 that she spent on herself, the jury discovered. Smith, 53, now faces as much as 20 years in jail on every of two wire fraud convictions at her sentencing earlier than U.S. District Decide James Cohn. She stays free on bond following her federal trial, which started final week.

‘Huckleberry Finn,’ ‘Princess Diaries’ among challenged books at Palm Beach County schools” through Katherine Kokal of the Palm Seaside Publish — Whereas information of guide bans in Florida has unfold throughout the nation, even casual challenges to books in Palm Seaside County stay uncommon. Between the beginning of the 2023-24 college yr on Aug. 10 and Feb. 15, 4 books had been challenged in Palm Seaside County by means of complaints to particular person colleges, in accordance with district data. Just one was quickly faraway from the cabinets. A guide is completely eliminated provided that a proper problem is submitted to the college’s principal, it’s reviewed by the Superintendent, it’s heard in a public assembly and its removing is accepted by the College Board. No books have been formally challenged this college yr.

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Linda Stewart wants a local leading Disney World governing Board” through Gabrielle Russon of Florida Politics — Sen. Stewart is urging DeSantis to nominate an Orange County elected official to steer Disney World’s Governing Board after the blockbuster information that the highest Administrator switched jobs to supervise Orange County elections. DeSantis appointed present Disney World Administrator Glen Gilzean to exchange retired Orange County Elections Supervisor Invoice Cowles. Cowles retired early as a result of he wished to spend extra time together with his household. That places Gilzean, a Republican, answerable for working the elections in one among Florida’s bluest counties. “We’re going to need to work extremely exhausting in Orange County to make sure the integrity of our elections,” mentioned Rep. Anna Eskamani, who represents Orlando, on social media. DeSantis known as Gilzean a “devoted public servant.”

Invoice Cowles’ retirement led to an eyebrow-raising appointment.

Disney has plenty of room to build new rides, CEO Bob Iger says” through Gabrielle Russon of Florida Politics — “We might really construct seven new full lands if we wished to around the globe, together with the power to extend the dimensions of Disneyland in California — which everyone thinks is landlocked — by 50%,” Iger mentioned. “You’ll be able to take a look at each single location that we’ve obtained, and there’s land alternative. However most significantly, we’ve a lot IP to mine.” Iger pointed to the Avatar-themed lands at Orlando’s Disney World and coming to Disneyland as one instance of how the corporate can develop and replicate the land “someplace in Asia, someplace in Europe.”

Iger pushes back on Marvel fatigue, but says Disney quietly canceled movies” through Alex Weprin of The Hollywood Reporter

Glen Gilzean stays mum as he starts Orange elections chief job” through Skyler Swisher and Steven Lemongello of the Orlando Sentinel — Gilzean began his job as Orange County Elections Supervisor with a full day of workers conferences, entering into a task overseeing voting in one among Florida’s most Democratic counties. Gilzean, an in depth ally of Gov. DeSantis, declined to take questions from a reporter who went to the elections workplace in search of to satisfy him. “The Supervisor’s schedule is jam-packed,” mentioned D’Anne Mica, a consultant for the elections workplace. DeSantis appointed Gilzean to the publish, filling a emptiness created when longtime Democratic elections chief Cowles retired in January. Gilzean, a Republican, serves because the Administrator of the tourism oversight district on the middle of DeSantis’ feud with Disney.

Osceola County’s property taxes made a record jump in 2023” through Natalia Jaramillo of the Orlando Sentinel — Osceola County noticed a document soar in property taxes and total income in 2023, fueled by tourism but additionally by its taxpaying residents. County Commissioners acquired an annual monetary report the place officers mentioned the rise in tax collections is a testomony to the county’s financial well being and displays the magnitude of tourism’s impression. “Total, I believe you’re in an excellent monetary place,” mentioned Dan O’Keefe, the shareholder answerable for MSL, the agency that carried out the monetary audit. In 2023 advert valorem taxes, vacationer growth taxes, native gross sales taxes, gasoline taxes, tolls and state shared revenues all skilled a rise, the report mentioned.

Proposed school chaplain bill met with mixed reviews in Volusia, Flagler counties” through Mary Ellen Ritter of the Daytona Seaside Information-Journal — Neighborhood members are break up over a proposed invoice that will enable spiritual chaplains to counsel college students in Florida colleges. Whereas some see the profit in providing extra companies, others are firmly opposed, saying faith has no place in public colleges. Arnie Levine served as a chaplain within the pediatric intensive care unit at New York College’s medical middle for a few yr. Then, within the late ’90s, he moved to Florida and started work as a bereavement counselor within the hospice care unit at what was then Memorial Hospital in Ormond Seaside. He has since mentored youngsters in Volusia and Flagler counties by means of quite a lot of group packages.


Less than half of old Hillsborough transportation tax would go to roads” through Olivia George and Lawrence Mower of the Tampa Bay Instances — The cash, first collected in 2019, has languished since 2021, when the Florida Supreme Courtroom struck down the tax, whereas Hillsborough’s inhabitants has swelled, its streets proceed to clog with visitors and its public transit companies stay bare-bones. About $256 million of the $589 million pot can be spent on street resurfacing initiatives throughout the county. About $171 million would pay for authorized charges within the lawsuit that led to the Supreme Courtroom ruling and to dole out refunds to individuals who apply by the tip of the yr. One other $162 million can be used to offset the price of a short lived vacation on different gross sales taxes within the county.

Solely a fraction of the Hillsborough transportation tax will go to street repairs.

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In phone call, ex-JEA CEO launched expletive-laden tirade over lawyer’s concerns about bonus plan” through Nate Monroe of The Florida Instances-Union — Jason Gabriel, the previous high lawyer for Jacksonville Metropolis Corridor, advised jurors on Tuesday that his refusal to again the legality of an incentive plan — which federal prosecutors allege was secretly designed to make JEA’s former leaders wealthy — prompted the utility’s ex-CEO, Aaron Zahn, to erupt into an expletive-laden tirade throughout a cellphone name within the Fall of 2019. That was not the primary time, Gabriel testified, that his considerations in regards to the incentive plan had angered Zahn. Throughout an earlier in-person assembly earlier than that decision, when Gabriel laid out his questions in regards to the plan in a non-public gathering with Zahn and others within the legislation places of work of Foley and Lardner, he mentioned, “I might inform he (Zahn) was actually pissed at me.” The then-CEO was, Gabriel mentioned, “seething.”

Tensions rise as Tallahassee Mayor, Leon County Commissioner tussle over firefighter pay” through Elena Barrera of the Tallahassee Democrat — Studying between the traces, Mayor John Dailey on Tuesday had a not-so-subtle message for Leon County Commissioner Invoice Proctor about metropolis firefighter pay talks: Butt out. Hours after Proctor volunteered to reasonable union contract negotiations for Tallahassee firefighters, Dailey wrote to Proctor saying it “could also be time to reevaluate” town’s offering fireplace safety within the county. Mayor Dailey participated in a Blueprint assembly at Metropolis Corridor on Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024. Dailey, previously a three-term County Commissioner who served alongside Proctor, additional recommended that Leon County ought to think about establishing its personal fireplace division as they’ve mentioned in previous years.

John Dailey makes it plain to Invoice Proctor — time to ‘reevaluate’ offering firefighting companies.

Duval School Board seats won’t get Special Elections, judge rules in gerrymandering lawsuit” through Steve Patterson of The Florida Instances-Union — Duval County College Board members gained’t have a Particular Election this yr to fill two seats that plaintiffs in a redistricting lawsuit argued had been racially gerrymandered, a choose has determined. U.S. District Decide Marcia Morales Howard mentioned the election requested by residents and organizations together with the Jacksonville Department of the NAACP wouldn’t be justified by a settlement reached final yr to resolve the lawsuit filed in 2022. “Whatever the advantage of plaintiffs’ want for a Particular Election, the request for such reduction on this motion at this stage of the proceedings is improper,” Howard wrote in a ruling. The 2022 lawsuit challenged the outcomes of a redistricting effort Jacksonville’s Metropolis Council was required to do to account for inhabitants modifications measured within the federal authorities’s 2020 Census.

United Faculty of Florida pens letter denouncing elimination of DEI positions at UF” through Lillian Lawson of the Gainesville Solar — The United School of Florida (UFF) launched an announcement Tuesday in response to the College of Florida’s announcement final week that it was eliminating all positions associated to range, fairness and inclusion (DEI), efficient instantly. The choice was in response to a brand new Florida Board of Governors rule on prohibited expenditures. The regulation labels bills associated to DEI, which is outlined as “any program, campus exercise, or coverage that classifies people on the idea of race, coloration, intercourse, nationwide origin, gender identification, or sexual orientation and promotes differential or preferential remedy of people on the idea of such classification,” as prohibited expenditures.

UF lands $19M to buy ‘Lee property’ conservation area” through Jesse Scheckner of Florida Politics — UF plans to accumulate an enormous swath of largely undeveloped land close to Haile Plantation in Alachua County, which can progress with a $19.425 million last-minute lower of state finances funds. The UF-apportioned funds will assist cowl land buy inside the Hickory Sink Strategic Ecosystem, identified domestically because the “Lee property.” It’s half of what Sen. Keith Perry and Rep. Bobby Payne sought in matching appropriations requests this yr. The whole funding would have lined shopping for 2,658 acres (4 miles) from the landowner, FCL Timber Land & Cattle LLLP. Alachua has lengthy examined the prospect of buying the property, which at present spans 4,068 acres on the county’s west between Gainesville, Newberry and Archer.

Volusia Sheriff’s Office leaves News-Journal off invitation list to news conference” through Frank Fernandez of The Daytona Seaside Information-Journal — Volusia Sheriff Mike Chitwood for a minimum of the second time declined to ask The Daytona Seaside Information-Journal to an necessary information convention. Chitwood introduced Wednesday, Feb. 28, on social media that he would maintain a media briefing Thursday in regards to the location of the stays of a 16-year-old woman. On Thursday, Chitwood’s media workers didn’t ship an announcement to The Information-Journal in regards to the time and place of the briefing, nor did it reply to emails and a textual content to spokesperson Andrew Gant inquiring in regards to the briefing. Chitwood carried out the media briefing with a minimum of WESH-TV and Fox 35 in attendance. It’s unclear how Chitwood communicated to them the time and place of the briefing.

Bloody fingerprint leads ECSO to suspect in 1998 cold case murder” through Benjamin Johnson of the Pensacola Information Journal — Escambia County Sheriff Chip Simmons introduced Tuesday that investigators have recognized a suspect in a 26-year-old homicide thriller. In a information convention on the Sheriff’s Workplace, Simmons introduced that 44-year-old Donald Holmes II fatally shot Steven Davis 3 times on Aug. 26, 1998, close to a Winn Dixie on Navy Boulevard. Davis, an off-duty cabdriver for Yellow Cab-Taxi, had stopped at Winn Dixie simply earlier than 4 a.m. after ending a 12-hour shift when Holmes allegedly shot him as soon as within the jaw and twice within the again. Davis then obtained out of his yellow station wagon, gasped for assist, collapsed and died.

A bloody fingerprint helps Chip Simmons shut a chilly case.

NWF Beaches Airport in Bay County off to hot start in 2024, already up 11% for passengers” through Nathan Cobb of the Panama Metropolis Information-Herald — After logging a document yr in 2023, the Northwest Florida Seashores Worldwide Airport already is off to a scorching begin in 2024. The power, also referred to as ECP, serviced 86,288 passengers through the month. That is 11%, or 8,631, extra passengers than it serviced throughout the identical time final yr. It must be famous that 2023 set the document because the busiest yr in ECP’s historical past. Greater than 1.66 million passengers handed by means of the airport. This was virtually 62,000 greater than in 2021, which beforehand held the document.

Pensacola looks to land trust to keep affordable homes affordable at Malcolm Yonge Gym site” through Jim Little of the Pensacola Information Journal — Pensacola is seeking to accomplice with a group land belief to make sure no matter reasonably priced houses are constructed on the previous Malcolm Yonge Health club property will keep reasonably priced for a minimum of 99 years. The Pensacola Neighborhood Redevelopment Company workers gave a presentation Monday to the Metropolis Council, which met because the CRA Board, on the proposed choices for reasonably priced housing on the Malcolm Yonge Health club property. The beneficial possibility can be to construct 12 houses on the property positioned in a group land belief that will be break up between market charge and variable ranges of reasonably priced housing to create a mixed-income growth.

Florida Legislature OKs TCC name change to ‘Tallahassee State College’” through Tarah Jean of the Tallahassee Democrat — Tallahassee Neighborhood Faculty is now only one step away from formally being acknowledged as Tallahassee State Faculty. Florida legislators unanimously handed a proposal (SB 522) to vary the identify of the school in state legislation. The ultimate approval got here simply days forward of the 2024 Common Legislative Session’s scheduled finish on Friday. TCC stays one among solely two faculties within the Florida Faculty System’s 28 colleges to nonetheless have “group faculty” in its title. TCC’s renaming plan comes on account of new bachelor’s diploma packages that had been just lately added to the school.


Bradenton spilled 1.2 million gallons of sewage into Manatee River. What happens next?” through Ryan Ballogg of the Bradenton Herald — Final week, over 1 million gallons of partially handled sewage from Bradenton had been discharged into the Manatee River resulting from a blockage on the metropolis’s wastewater remedy plant. It’s the primary main wastewater spill reported because the metropolis settled a lawsuit in 2022 with Suncoast Waterkeeper for releasing an excessive amount of air pollution into the river. The settlement required Bradenton to make main upgrades to its wastewater remedy amenities to forestall future spills. Bradenton officers say these modifications are underway and must be completed by 2032. They embrace $20 million in upgrades to town’s wastewater remedy plant and one other $20 million to overtake town’s wastewater assortment system, Metropolis Administrator Rob Perry mentioned.

What occurs when 1.2 million gallons spill into the Manatee River? We quickly shall see.

Marco Island City Council approves affordable housing plan for upper-level offices” through J. Kyle Foster of the Naples Every day Information — Business constructing house owners on Marco Island now have an possibility for his or her unused workplace areas that might present housing for workers on the island in want of an reasonably priced place to dwell. Marco Island Metropolis Council accepted a conditional use addition to its Land Growth Code that creates a course of for multilevel commercial-building house owners to transform places of work on higher ranges into residences for reasonably priced housing as outlined by the Legislature. Planning Supervisor Mary Holden estimates there are 2,450 accessible dwelling models, nearly all of that are within the current business growth space of the island, with about 450 in residential zoning, mentioned Council member Wealthy Blonna.

Homeless outreach update in North Port prompts questions about end of 211 line in Sarasota” through Earle Kimel of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune — North Port’s Homeless Outreach Crew has documented contacts with 304 homeless people because it began compiling a tally in September 2020, together with 10 in January, the latest determine supplied as a part of an replace supplied to the Metropolis Fee. The presentation by Police Capt. Scott King and Homeless Outreach Crew members, police officer John Contorno and caseworker Jasmine Waltz detailed quite a lot of points, starting from the shortage of emergency shelter beds in south Sarasota County to latest success tales of accomplice companies serving to folks left homeless following Hurricane Ian.


Legislature’s answer to homelessness is callous and cruel” through the South Florida Solar-Sentinel editorial board — It appears to be the contempt that has aroused motion, however not conscience, on the a part of the Florida Legislature, which has responded in an all-too-familiar means, by ducking the plight of the unhoused and dumping the issue on others — on this case cities and counties.

A invoice headed to the Governor (HB 1365) is shamelessly irresponsible. It places cities and counties fully on the spot for homelessness by requiring them to ban tenting or sleeping on public property, together with sidewalks and different rights of means. It permits them to arrange short-term campsites for the homeless, restricted to a yr at a time, supplied the governments put money into water and sanitation and prepare for psychological well being companies.

However the invoice doesn’t present a dime to assist locals bear any bills imposed or approved by the invoice. A sponsor, Republican state Sen. Martin of North Fort Myers admitted within the debate that he didn’t have a clue how a lot it may cost.

If cities and counties don’t present secure areas to exchange these they’re compelled to displace, they are often sued by any resident, enterprise proprietor and even the lawyer common to make them thrust back the homeless. They must pay authorized charges and court docket prices. It’s so callously unsuitable in its execution that DeSantis ought to veto it.


The Supreme Court did Trump no favors. He’ll be facing a Fall trial.” through Jennifer Rubin of The Washington Publish — Whereas leaving him on the poll within the 14th Modification case, the Supreme Courtroom has taken each alternative to delay Trump’s Jan. 6 trial. In late December, the court docket declined to think about absolutely the immunity declare, preferring to attend for the ruling from the U.S. Courtroom of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. After the appellate resolution, the excessive court docket was not obliged to take the case. It might have affirmed summarily. However, after almost two weeks, the court docket determined it did must take the case. Then it set the listening to for April 22. Trump’s crew undoubtedly celebrated the newest delay. However ought to it? As a preliminary matter, the Justice Division has clarified that its guideline to chorus from initiating indictments or investigations about 60 days earlier than an election is inapplicable to pending instances {that a} court docket schedules throughout that timeframe. Instances which might be able to go can begin whatever the marketing campaign calendar.

Thank you, Gov. DeSantis, for protecting women’s rights” through Jessica Dudley for the Orlando Sentinel — Social-media platforms have turn out to be a spot for people from all walks of life to return collectively to create, share concepts and passions, construct companies, be taught new issues and way more. Just lately, entry to social media got here below assault from Florida lawmakers who wished to ban all teenagers below 16 from accessing social media. Fortunately, the laws, Home Invoice 1, was simply vetoed by DeSantis for its failure to assist parental rights and permit mother and father to determine what is suitable for his or her youngsters. It is a enormous win for Florida mother and father and is a testomony to DeSantis’ unwavering dedication to parental rights. Whereas we commend the Legislature for his or her well-intentioned want to handle very actual and necessary considerations surrounding the impacts of social media on teenagers, we strongly consider that an outright ban that takes management out of the arms of oldsters and replaces it with the federal government is just not the reply.

Florida’s increasingly anti-immigrant policies hurt all of us” through Silvana Caldera for the Miami Herald — In final yr’s Legislative Session, DeSantis and his allies within the Legislature enacted notorious SB 1718, one of many nation’s harshest anti-immigrant legal guidelines. The legislation harms Florida’s immigrant households by concentrating on each aspect of their lives. Individuals who had come to see Florida as a spot with a historical past of welcoming immigrants had been caught off guard, shocked by the legislation’s extraordinarily punitive measures. The present Session continued the pattern. These legal guidelines additionally foster a tradition of bias by which employers hesitate to rent somebody resulting from a presumption about their immigration standing, and law enforcement officials cease and detain somebody primarily based on their look. That is particularly problematic when politicians legitimize anti-immigrant sentiment, untroubled by practices that focus on folks primarily based on race or ethnicity.


— ALOE —

Citadel CEO Griffin makes largest philanthropic gift in Florida. Where’s it going?” through Michelle Marchante of the Miami Herald — Billionaire, philanthropist and Citadel CEO Griffin has donated $50 million to go towards analysis and growing new most cancers remedies at Sylvester Complete Most cancers Middle on the College of Miami (UM). UM President Julio Frenk and Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava introduced Griffin’s $50 million naming reward for Sylvester’s new 12-story constructing at a information convention at Sylvester. UM officers say his “landmark” reward will assist Sylvester — the one Nationwide Most cancers Institute-designated most cancers middle in South Florida — double its analysis capabilities and assist develop new most cancers therapies, enhance affected person care and develop entry to scientific trials.

Julio Frenk and Danielle Levine Cava face a $50 million endowment. The place will the cash go?

Rally caps of glitter: How an all-girls tee-ball team in South Walton won over a community” through Collin Bestor of the Northwest Florida Every day Information — Because the calendar modifications from February to March, hundreds of Little League groups throughout the nation once more gear up for one more season. For the children, it’s an opportunity to make new mates or see previous ones. For folks and coaches, it may possibly convey new reminiscences that may final a lifetime. For many groups, the winter break stays quiet. However for the all-girls South Walton Glitter Unicorns tee ball crew, the offseason was something however quiet after a coach for a boys crew mentioned he’d pull out of the league somewhat than play the ladies. The textual content message unfold like wildfire throughout social media, resulting in overwhelming assist for the ladies’ crew and the league.


Belated needs to Trey McCarley. Glad birthday to former Rep. Juan Fernandez-Barquin.


Sunburn is authored and assembled by Peter Schorsch, Phil Ammann, Daniel Dean, Ryan Nicol, Jacob Ogles, and Drew Wilson.

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