Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis’ pick to lead state business-recruitment efforts got the unanimous backing Thursday of the Enterprise Florida executive committee, whose members acknowledged the candidate will have a “learning curve” on economic development.
Democrat Nikki Fried, the incoming state agriculture commissioner, drew praise at the start of the week when she called for granting a pardon to the “Groveland Four” after next month’s inauguration events.
But her thunder was stolen Wednesday as current Republican Cabinet members appeared to start rushing to take up the case, which they have not addressed in the past.
Nine people face animal-cruelty charges and other allegations after a year-long investigation into the use of dogs to attack Florida black bears, Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced Wednesday.
Two Republican congressmen are pointing to a state report on passenger-rail service as they implore the U.S. Department of Transportation to put the brakes on extending a deadline to issue tax-exempt bonds needed to expand the Brightline rail system from South Florida to Orlando.
Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis campaigned against the influence of Big Sugar, fracking and oil drilling off the state’s coasts, which is why environmentalists are trying to remain optimistic.
Florida senators recalled a late colleague who mixed an assertive nature with a quick wit, as lawmakers returned to the Capitol on Tuesday to begin preparing for the 2019 legislative session.
Money set aside annually for the restoration of the Everglades and other waterways should also help end the use of septic tanks, a former House speaker suggested Monday as a panel considered potential environmental policies for Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis.
Florida politicians are quickly giving support to a U.S. Air Force recommendation to use supplemental funds to eventually locate three squadrons of F-35 fighters at hurricane-ravaged Tyndall Air Force Base.
Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis is retaining Gov. Rick Scott’s budget chief and rehiring a chief inspector general who served under both Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist.
As he helps his Democratic successor, Nikki Fried, transition into office, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is staying out of the fight over the future of the state’s concealed-carry permit program.