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Tab Mounts to Clean up Irma Water Debris

November 13, 2017 - 7:00pm

Florida continues to spend about $2.4 million a week to clean up debris strewn across state waters during Hurricane Irma two months ago.

The state money could soon run dry, even as the weekly costs grow with the cleanup moving deeper into counties more heavily damaged by the storm.

Department of Environmental Protection Deputy Secretary David Clark told members of the House Select Committee on Hurricane Response and Preparedness on Monday that by early next year the state may use up the $36 million allocated to the agency for storm-debris cleanup.

Backroom Briefing: How High Will Tax Cuts go?

November 9, 2017 - 2:30pm

Based on past years, and comments from House and Senate leaders, Gov. Rick Scott will get a tax-cut package to sign in 2018 when he is expected to be ramping up a run for U.S. Senate.

Senate Panel Backs $100 Million for Florida Forever

November 6, 2017 - 6:30pm

A measure that would double the amount Gov. Rick Scott wants to spend on the state's most-prominent land preservation program was easily approved Monday during its first Senate committee.

And bill sponsor Rob Bradley, a Fleming Island Republican elevated earlier in the day to chair the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, said the state isn't doing enough for land conservation.

The Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee voted unanimously to support Bradley's bill (SB 370) that would designate $100 million a year for the Florida Forever program.

Backroom Briefing: Scott Won't Seek to Lead GOP Governors

November 2, 2017 - 8:00pm
Rick Scott

Gov. Rick Scott said he won't seek higher office next year --- at least among his fellow Republican governors.

'Job Growth' Fund Requests Top $500 Million

October 30, 2017 - 6:15pm

In the four months since the state created an $85 million pool of money for economic development, more than 160 requests topping $500 million have poured in from local governments, schools and business groups.

State Says Law Enforcement Ready for UF Speech

October 17, 2017 - 7:30pm
Rick Scott, Adam Putnam, and Pam Bondi

The commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said Tuesday authorities are prepared to handle people who commit or encourage violence when a white-nationalist leader speaks Thursday at the University of Florida.

Scott Says Keys 'Open for Business,' but Work Remains

October 4, 2017 - 7:00pm
Rick Scott

Gov. Rick Scott, seeking to recapture tourism lost over the past month to Hurricane Irma, said Wednesday that the Florida Keys “are absolutely open for business.”

Regulators Approve Shutting Down Jax Coal Plant

September 25, 2017 - 8:00pm

The Florida Public Service Commission approved plans Monday to close a jointly owned coal-fired power plant in Jacksonville, with supporters saying the move will cut carbon-dioxide emissions and reduce some customer costs.

Citrus Industry Looks for Aid after Irma

September 20, 2017 - 6:45pm

A long wait may be ahead for broad federal relief for Florida's beleaguered citrus industry, “decimated” last week by a lethal hurricane that crossed the peninsula at the start of the growing season, state Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said Wednesday.

Lake Okeechobee Rise Spurs More Water Releases

September 19, 2017 - 6:45pm

Water started to be released southwest from Lake Okeechobee on Tuesday morning, as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks to stem a post-hurricane rise in the lake's water level.



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