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'Heartfelt' Appeals Fail: All Aboard Florida Wins $1.8 Million in Bonds

August 6, 2015 - 8:30am
Debbie Mayfield

After eight hours of testimony, discussion and presentations, the Florida Development Financing Corp. approved the use of $1.75 billion through Private Activity Bonds (PAB) for All Aboard Florida to expand passenger rail through counties convinced the "service" will negatively and forever affect their communities' safety and character.

Marco Rubio, Eve Samples Pass Easily; Bob Solari and Arthenia Joyner Need to Study

August 3, 2015 - 3:45pm

Welcome to The Dean's List -- an Ed Dean-style look at who Florida's political achievers were (and weren't) in the last seven days. What you see here is strictly my opinion, not necessarily the editor's or the rest of the staff at Sunshine State News. 

Rick Wilson Soaring High; David Jolly and Carlos Curbelo Flying Low

July 28, 2015 - 3:00pm

Welcome to The Dean's List -- an Ed Dean-style look at who Florida's political achievers were (and weren't) in the last seven days. What you see here is strictly my opinion, not necessarily the editor's or the rest of the staff at Sunshine State News.  

THOSE WHO MADE THE LIST

Is All Aboard Florida Decreasing Property Values?

July 27, 2015 - 11:00am

For months, opponents of All Aboard Florida (AAF) including Citizens Against the Train (CATT) and Citizens Against Rail Expansion (CARE) have made the case against the high-speed rail project, covering government financing, noise, environmental impact and safety concerns -- and the latest volley touches on property values. 

Golf Channel Workers Want Out Of Union

July 22, 2015 - 6:00pm

After two years of representation, workers at the Orlando-based Golf Channel say they are fed up and want out of their union.

The worker who is initiating this process is Golf Channel camera operator John Gallagher. Gallagher says he and his fellow co-workers are tired of the promises made by the union that they haven’t delivered.

In an exclusive interview with Sunshine State News, Gallagher said it all began five to six years ago when camera operators and technicians who produce golf tournaments and other programming for the channel pushed to have a union.

Florida Carry Gets Cheers, Allison Tant Gets Jeers

July 20, 2015 - 8:00pm

Welcome to The Dean's List -- an Ed Dean-style look at who Florida's political achievers were (and weren't) in the last seven days. What you see here is strictly my opinion, not necessarily the editor's or the rest of the staff at Sunshine State News.  

THOSE WHO MADE THE LIST

Pasco County, New Port Richey Officials Pass; Tampa Bay Sierra Club, Broward Commission Fail

July 13, 2015 - 11:30pm

Welcome to The Dean's List -- an Ed Dean-style look at who Florida's political achievers were (and weren't) in the last seven days. What you see here is strictly my opinion, not necessarily the editor's or the rest of the staff at Sunshine State News.  

Rick Scott, Jeb and Rubio Have a Good Week; Florida Dems Need to Do Better

June 29, 2015 - 3:15pm

Welcome to The Dean's List -- an Ed Dean-style look at who Florida's political achievers were (and weren't) in the last seven days. What you see here is strictly my opinion, not necessarily the editor's or the rest of the staff at Sunshine State News. 

THOSE WHO MADE THE LIST 

Steve Schale, Grady Judd Make the Grade; Debbie Wasserman Schultz Doesn't

June 22, 2015 - 2:45pm

Welcome to The Dean's List -- an Ed Dean-style look at who Florida's political achievers were (and weren't) in the last seven days. What you see here is strictly my opinion, not necessarily the editor's or the rest of the staff at Sunshine State News.

THOSE WHO MADE THE LIST. 

Florida Senate, Bob Buckhorn Excel; Florida Democrats Falter

June 15, 2015 - 4:00pm

Welcome to The Dean's List -- an Ed Dean-style look at who Florida's political achievers were (and weren't) in the last seven days. What you see here is strictly my opinion, not necessarily the editor's or the rest of the staff at Sunshine State News. 

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