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City of Jacksonville Passes Human Rights Ordinance

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus was celebrating Tuesday night the Jacksonville City Council's passage of a comprehensive Human Rights Ordinance. The HRO bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.

2 Florida Projects among Corps of Engineers' 10 Highest-Funded for 2017

Here is a list of the 10 highest-funded ongoing construction projects in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' FY 2017 Budget:

Olmsted Locks and Dam, Ill. and Kent. ($225 million);

South Florida Ecosystem Restoration (Everglades), Fla. ($106 million);

Columbia River Fish Mitigation, Wash., Ore., and Idaho ($84 million);

Isabella Lake, Calif. dam safety ($70.5 million);

Lower Mississippi River Mainstem, La. ($64.3 million);

Poplar Island, Md. ($62.3 million); 

East Branch Clarion River Lake, Penn. ($56.3 million);

SFWMD Board Approves $2.5 Million Renovation of Historic Loxahatchee Dams

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board today approved a $2.5 million contract to restore two historic dams on the Northwest Fork of the Loxahatchee River in Jupiter, Florida's first wild and scenic river.
 

EAA Farmers Distressed after Negron Bill Advances

EAA Farmers, Inc., an organization of Everglades Agricultural Area farmers opposing Senate President Joe Negron's plan to buy 60,000 private acres south of Lake Okeechobee, issued the following statement Tuesday following the Senate Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee's passage of SB 10:

Judicial Watch Praises Trump SCOTUS Nominee, Neil Gorsuch

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton issued the following statement in response to Tuesday’s announcement of the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court of the United States:

Rick Scott's 2017 Jobs Summit Feb. 2 and 3 in Orlando

Gov. Rick Scott will host the 2017 Jobs Summit in Orlando on Thursday and Friday, an event the governor says is designed to bring together Florida business, education, economic development and community leaders to discuss how to keep bringing new jobs to Florida and ensure positive economic development across the state continues.

The summit is set for the Caribe Royale Hotel and Resort.
 
Some of the speakers include --

HUUUGE Polk County Gator Goes Viral via Facebook

A massive alligator caused quite a stir when it took a weekend stroll in a Central Florida nature reserve.

A video posted to Facebook by Kim Joiner shows the huge alligator sauntering across a path at the Circle B Bar Reserve in Polk County, reportedly on Sunday. Visitors to the nature center can be seen capturing the unusual spectacle. They said it took a full half-minute for the prehistoric-looking creature to cross the road. 

Floridians' Top 10 Consumer Complaints in 2016

Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Adam Putnam today released the top 10 consumer complaints filed with his department in 2016. Complaints about violations of the state’s Do Not Call list were the most common complaint this year, followed by complaints related to fuel and gasoline, cable services and motor vehicle repair. In addition, the department recovered $2,965,000 for Florida consumers in 2016.
 

3 South Florida Democrats Announce Big Win for Everglades Restoration

U.S. Reps, Lois Frankel, Ted Deutch and and Patrick Murphy, all South Florida Democrats -- this morning celebrated the federal authorization of the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP), with a press conference in West Palm Beach.

Ballard Partners and Chicago's All-Circo Announce Strategic Alliance

Florida government affairs firm Ballard Partners announced Thursday "a strategic alliance" with Chicago-based All-Circo, Inc., which Ballard calls one of the most respected political consulting firms in the Midwest.
 

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