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Florida Sheriffs Association: Give Us Enough Money for School Resource Officers

The Florida Sheriffs Association released an urgent letter Tuesday afternoon requesting adequate funding for school resource officers. The letter was sent to Gov. Rick Scott, House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes, and Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart. Here is the text in its entirety:

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House Passes 'Strongest Sexual Harassment' Protections in the Nation

Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes, congratulated the House Thursday for passing what he claims is "the strongest sexual harassment reforms (HB 7007) in the nation."
 

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Caulkins Water Farm Wins Don Voss River Advocate Award in Martin County

Caulkins Water Farm, one of the few truly good-news projects to emerge on the Treasure Coast since blue-green algae began fouling the St. Lucie estuary, has received one of Keep Martin Beautiful's 12 2018 Environmental Stewardship Awards.

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Scott Wants All FBI Details Surrounding Failure to Investigate Cruz Tip

Gov. Rick Scott called on the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Monday to release all details surrounding the Bureau’s failure to take action after receiving information Jan. 5 regarding “[Nikolas] Cruz’s gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting.” Last week Scott called on FBI Director Christopher Wray to resign following the Bureau’s admission it did not follow through and investigate the tip.

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FBI: We Failed to Investigate Report on Suspected Parkland Shooter

The FBI says it failed to investigate a specific report in January that Nikolas Cruz could be plotting a school shooting.

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Steube Bill Still Likes Daylight Savings, but Would Let Panhandlers Stay in Central Zone

Northwest Floridians like their lives on Central time. They're happy living an hour behind the rest of the state. 
 

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SFWMD Jump-Starts C-44 Reservoir's Environmental Benefits in Martin County

The South Florida Water Management District Governing Board approved the purchase pumps last week to help realize environmental benefits for the St. Lucie Estuary more than two years before the C-44 Reservoir is set to be completed.
 

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Florida Agriculture Will Get a 3-Way Cut of $2.36 Billion in Federal Disaster Relief

Florida will be splitting $2.36 billion in federal disaster relief for agriculture losses with similarly storm-ravaged Texas and Puerto Rico. 
 
Congress approved and President Donald Trump signed off Friday on a spending plan that included an overall $90 billion disaster relief package. How much of the $2.36 billion each state will receive wasn't immediately available.
 

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SFWMD Board OKs Purchase of Parcels to Preserve Everglades' Headwaters

The South Florida Water Management District's Governing Board approved another land purchase Thursday, this one to help preserve the Shingle Creek Management Area in Orange and Osceola counties. The area serves as the headwaters for Florida's Everglades.

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Juan Peñalosa Tapped as FDP's Top Executive

Veteran progressive activist and Democratic operative Juan Peñalosa was named Monday executive director of the Florida Democratic Party, the first major staff appointment announced in newly elected party Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo's term.

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