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If things go as planned in the next 72 hours, state workers will come away with a small victory this year in the way of a pay raise.
Tallahassee Democrat
The Florida Department of Transportation will conduct a "public kickoff meeting" to update the status of the Cortez Bridge.
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
FDOT will host an open house to begin discussions of the Project Development and Environment Study of the Cortez Bridge replacement.
Bradenton Herald
It’s only been a few weeks but by most accounts Florida seems to be hanging in there without a lieutenant governor.
Tampa Tribune
For almost a decade, a problem with high arsenic levels in multiple wells in northwest Citrus County has been known.
Citrus County Chronicle
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will consider having a 44-day fishing season for red snapper within state waters.
Miami Herald
Floridians can no longer trust the DEP to protect the environment and fairly enforce the rules.
Tampa Bay Times
At $124,851 a year, Florida's lieutenant governor has to be the most expensive professional ribbon-cutter in the state.
Tampa Bay Times
Florida Board of Medicine withdrew the license of a doctor based in Bonita Springs who used unproven stem-cell therapy on two patients who later died.
Naples Daily News
After six years of no raises, both chambers of the Florida Legislature are proposing salary increases for all state employees.
Lakeland Ledger
Florida regulators are investigating an organization called Children’s Cancer Cooperative that is based in South Carolina yet licensed in Florida.
Naples Daily News
Of Florida’s 149 state parks and recreation areas, only 33 of them operate in the black — and all 33 are situated on bodies of water.
Ocala Star-Banner
Both chambers of the Florida Legislature are proposing salary increases for all state employees.
Ocala Star-Banner
There are a lot of conflicting claims about Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford’s plan to phase out the pension for state workers.
Tampa Tribune
St. Johns County Sheriff David Shoar has criticized the Florida DLE investigation into the death of a woman who was the girlfriend of a deputy.
St. Augustine Record
The transfer of permitting power involving endangered species came to light as two environmental groups signaled they intend to file a lawsuit.
Tampa Bay Times
Gov. Rick Scott indicated he is in no hurry to replace Jennifer Carroll when he temporarily shut down the vacant lieutenant governor’s office.
Panama City News Herald

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Tampa Tribune

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South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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Tampa Bay Times

The Florida Commission on Ethics has proposed a number of important ethics reforms to the Florida Legislature this year, and I’d like to talk...

Florida Political Press

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Tallahassee Democrat

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Letter To The Editor

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Orlando Sentinel

I am 75 years young and have traveled this world, and the documents that DMV requires have been copied, lost and mutilated. I, as a valid license...

Lakeland Ledger

After 13 years (much too long) on the board of Florida State College at Jacksonville, one member suggested that the board’s independence is so...

Florida Times-Union

The Department of Environmental Protection is embracing a town proposal to build a 3,500-foot pipe extension to bring sand from the south jetty at...

Palm Beach Daily News