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House Appropriations Dooms Enterprise Florida, Guts Visit Florida, as Expected

February 22, 2017 - 6:00am
Rep. Paul Renner presents his bill Tuesday

The House Appropriations Committee voted 18-12 Tuesday to advance a measure that 1) eliminates Florida's 21-year-old economic development agency and 2) emasculates its tourism marketing arm. 

West Palm Crime Story: Media Really Must Stop Giving Trump an Excuse to Hammer Them

February 20, 2017 - 6:00am

Donald Trump likes to niggle Chicago as the poster child for violent crime, but over the weekend NBC had some fun with federal crime statistics, pointing out that West Palm Beach's crime was equal to the Windy City's in 2015.

Anti-Gunners' Hollow Victory; Negron a Flip-Flopper?; Picture a Reservoir Here

February 18, 2017 - 6:00am

This column is a vehicle for a number of items in a bits-and-pieces, strictly opinion, sometimes irreverent format. Look for "Just Sayin'" to run once a week in this spot.


Hollow Victory for the Anti-Gunners

One More Plea to Spare Visit Florida

February 17, 2017 - 6:00am

Speaker Richard Corcoran and the Florida House are going to do what they've got to do, I know that. And, Lord knows, I like a lot of what they do. But kill Visit Florida? Please reconsider, ladies and gentlemen.

FIU Law School Dean, Alexander Acosta, Trump's Secretary of Labor Pick

February 16, 2017 - 2:30pm
Alexander Costa

Alexander Acosta, dean of Florida International University College of Law and chairman of U.S. Century Bank, is President Donald Trump's new nominee for Secretary of Labor, Fox News and CNBC are now reporting.

Renewables on Life Support: No Break for Biomass

February 16, 2017 - 11:15am

CORRECTED TO FIX COST OF SOLAR: Unfair pricing and the absence of a free market for all of Florida's renewable electricity generation have biomass technologies in a steep decline. 

It doesn't seem right. Biomass energy production is being bullied in Florida, or so it seems. Why?

... Meanwhile, Burmese Pythons Discover the Florida Keys

February 14, 2017 - 4:30pm

While the Florida Legislature talks about blowing billions of dollars on land in the Everglades, the reptilian elephant in the room continues to prosper, undeterred in those same Everglades.

Sad Prospect: The 'Royalty' of Jeff Atwater Gone from Tallahassee

February 13, 2017 - 6:00am
Jeff Atwater

Plenty of elected officials have served longer and noisier than Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, but few have done so at every level of government with as much integrity and character. 

Florida Audubon's Two Heads; Bullsugar Bob Markey II, Exception or Norm?

February 11, 2017 - 6:00am

This column is a vehicle for a number of items in a bits-and-pieces, strictly opinion, sometimes irreverent format. Look for "Just Sayin'" to run once a week in this spot.

A Win-Win: Speed Dike Restoration to Cut Damaging Discharges

February 10, 2017 - 6:00am

Sen. Jack Latvala said he was still waiting to hear alternatives to the 60,000-acre Everglades land buy -- after he'd just listened to a pretty darn good one from Sen. David Simmons, R-Longwood.

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