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Government

  • Guessing games at the capitol

    By BRANDON LARRABEE
    THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

    TALLAHASSEE, April 28 – “Deal or No Deal” is not generally a guessing game, but that’s what it meant for much of the week in Tallahassee.

  • Local Government Upvoming Events May 4th

    • SOPCHOPPY CITY COMMISSION meets on Monday, May 8 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 105 Municipal Ave. in Sopchoppy.

    • WAKULLA COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION meets on Monday, May 8 at 7 p.m. in County Commission Chambers, 29 Arran Road, Crawfordville.

    • WAKULLA COUNTY CODE ENFORCEMENT BOARD meets on Wednesday, May 10 at 5:30 p.m. in County Commission Chambers, 29 Arran Road, Crawfordville.

    •WAKULLA BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS meets on Monday, May 15 at 5 p.m. at Commission Chambers, 29 Arran Road, Crawfordville.

  • All over but the budget

    By BRANDON LARRABEE
    THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

    TALLAHASSEE, May 6 – To the extent that any legislative session is remembered, the 2017 edition might be remembered as much for what lawmakers didn’t do as for what they did.
    Supposedly must-pass bills on workers’ compensation and medical marijuana turned out not to be as must-pass as originally thought. A gambling bill that lawmakers said was closer to becoming law than ever before? Dead long before lawmakers stopped work Friday night on most issues.

  • Sopchoppy debates social media policy again

    By NANCY IMPERIALE
    nimperiale@thewakullanews.net

    The City of Sopchoppy debated its proposed Social Media Policy for more than an hour at its meeting on Monday, May 8.
    At times the debate grew heated as commissioners grappled with issues of free speech, the U.S. Constitution and the state Sunshine Law.
    Commissioner Becton Roddenberry offered some changes to the proposed policy, which is now four pages long, saying he had concerns about his rights to free speech being violated.

  • Rezoning draws concern

    A request to rezone 1.687 acres near Azalea Park in Crawfordville to general commercial brought protests from several residents at Monday night’s Wakulla Board of County Commissioners meeting.
    “Myrtle is a dirt road and Azalea Park is a few steps away, a beautiful park…used by so many residents,” said resident Cindy Lee. “We are concerned about the safety and quality of our neighborhood.”

  • Local Government Upvoming Events April 27th

    •WAKULLA BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS meets on Monday, May 1 at 5 p.m. at Commission Chambers, 29 Arran Rd., Crawfordville.
    • SOPCHOPPY CITY COMMISSION meets on Monday, May 8 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 105 Municipal Ave. in Sopchoppy.

    • WAKULLA COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION meets on Monday, May 8 at 7 p.m. in County Commission Chambers, 29 Arran Road, Crawfordville.

    • WAKULLA COUNTY CODE ENFORCEMENT BOARD meets on Wednesday, May 10 at 5:30 p.m. in County Commission Chambers, 29 Arran Road, Crawfordville.

  • Final apologies

    By BRANDON LARRABEE
    THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

    TALLAHASSEE, April 21 – Sometimes, apologies take a long time in public life. Other times, they come more quickly. And still other times, despite how the old saying goes, it is too late to say you’re sorry.

  • Haunted houses?

    By BRANDON LARRABEE
    THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

    TALLAHASSEE, April 14 – It could seem at times this week like Tallahassee was being visited by the Ghost of Sessions Past. The hope is that the phantom will not bring about the same results as those old meetings.

  • All About The Benjamins

    By BRANDON LARRABEE
    THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

    TALLAHASSEE, April 7 – In real estate, it’s “location, location, location.” In the legislative session, it’s “budget, budget, budget.”
    And the all-important budget process – the one thing lawmakers are constitutionally required to complete every year – started moving from the outline phase to the endgame this week. The House and Senate will officially approve their spending plans next week, but little is likely to change between now and then.

  • Shell Point Boat Ramp wins top public works award

    The Shell Point Public Access Boat Ramp Project won the 2016 “Best Performance” of the year award at both the local and state level at the American Public Works Association meeting in March. The project has been nominated by the state for a national award.
    “This award represents a team approach between county staff, the designer and project engineer Dewberry Preble-Rish, and the construction contractor Hydra Engineering & Construction,” said County Administrator David Edwards.