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Mayfield, Sirois File Legislation to Improve Rail Safety

October 29, 2019 - 6:00am
In Boynton Beach, a Brightline train fatality, November 2017

Sen. Debbie Mayfield, R-Indialantic, and Rep. Tyler Sirois, R-Merritt Island, filed Monday the Florida High-Speed Passenger Rail Safety Act, SB 676 and HB 465, designed to promote and enhance the safe operation of high-speed passenger rail systems in Florida.

DeSantis Breaks Ground on Embankments, Canals to Complete Caloosahatchee Reservoir

October 26, 2019 - 9:00am
Groundbreaking ceremony Friday

Gov. Ron DeSantis visited the site of the Caloosahatchee (C-43) West Basin Storage Reservoir to break ground on the embankments and canals, a project that will complete this Everglades restoration project which was built mostly during former Gov. Rick Scott's watch.

DeSantis was joined by members of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), as well as conservation groups, local community leaders and other environmental stakeholders.

Pam Bondi a Top Prospect to Handle the President's Impeachment Messaging

October 25, 2019 - 5:00pm
Pam Bondi

Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is one of two names at the top of President Donald Trump's list to handle White House communications for the impeachment probe, a person familiar with the deliberations told Reuters Friday. He was speaking on condition of anonymity.

The news service reports that Bondi and former Treasury Department spokesman Tony Sayegh are the top contenders for the job of coordinating the White House response and messaging on the Democratic-led impeachment effort in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Tampa's Whopping $1.4 Billion Westshore Area Interchange Project Set for FY 2023-2024

October 25, 2019 - 6:00am
Ron DeSantis, Kevin J. Thibault and Whit Blanton

Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) announced Thursday $1.4 billion for the reconstruction of the I-275/SR 60 Westshore Area Interchange in Tampa. The project is set to take place in fiscal year 2023-2024.

Survivors of Florida's Death Row Deliver Message to DeSantis: 'Don’t Kill James Dailey'

October 23, 2019 - 6:00am
Exonorees (Credit: Lance Oliver Photography)

Five men who spent years on death row for crimes they did not commit delivered a letter to Gov. Ron DeSantis Tuesday, urging him to halt James Dailey’s upcoming execution and thoroughly review the evidence in his case.

Dailey, who is set to be executed Nov. 7, was convicted in the May 1985 murder of 14-year-old Shelly Boggio, who had been hitchhiking with her twin sister and another girl near St. Petersburg, according to court documents.

Nikki Fried Brings Second Graders to the Old Capitol for National Ag Literacy Day

October 23, 2019 - 6:00am
Nikki Fried with second graders Tuesday

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried joined a group of second grade students from Pineview Elementary School on Tuesday to celebrate National Agriculture Literacy Day. 

Florida Workforce Listening Tour Coming With Focus on Career and Technical Education

October 23, 2019 - 6:00am
Richard Corcoran and Ron DeSantis

With the Florida Department of Education planning to submit a plan to the U.S. Department of Education on how career and technical education (CTE) centers around the state help students enter the workforce, state Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran is getting ready to hit the road. 

Corcoran announced that he will host a series of events across the state to gather input as the state gets ready to submit the report in the spring and receive federal funds. 

Spirit Airlines Will Locate Its $250 Million Global HQ in Dania Beach

October 19, 2019 - 6:00am
Rendering of new Spirit Airlines headquarters

Spirit Airlines, fastest-growing airline in America, announced Thursday its intention to build a state-of-the-art headquarters in Dania Beach. The company said it plans to move into the new campus by mid-2022.

The airline, headquartered in Miramar for more than 20 years, submitted site plans to the City of Dania Beach to build a campus up to 500,000 square feet at Dania Pointe, what it calls "a premier mixed-use development comprised of nearly one million square feet of retail space, restaurants and housing."

Waltz, Crenshaw, Murphy Urge Defense to Award Medal of Honor to Florida Sergeant

October 18, 2019 - 6:00am
Army Sgt. First Class Alwyn Cashe

U.S. Reps. Michael Waltz, R-Fla., Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, and Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla. wrote a letter Thursday urging the U.S. Department of Defense to consider awarding the Medal of Honor to U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Alwyn Cashe, a war hero and Florida son who grew up in Oviedo.

The bipartisan letter sent to Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy cited SFC Cashe’s extraordinary heroism and self-sacrifice as the basis for Cashe’s Silver Star to be upgraded to the Medal of Honor, the highest award for military valor.

Albritton Wins Galvano's Appointment to the Southern States Energy Board; Mayfield Is an Alternate

October 12, 2019 - 7:00am
Ben Albritton and Debbie Mayfield

Florida Senate President Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, announced Friday the appointment of Sen. Ben Albritton, R-Wauchula, chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, as a Florida member of the Southern States Energy Board. Galvano appointed Sen. Debbie Mayfield, R-Melbourne, chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, the Environment, and General Government as an alternate Florida member.

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