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  • Weekly round up: More school ‘choices’ in store?

    By LLOYD DUNKELBERGER
    NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

    TALLAHASSEE – Richard Corcoran has long been an outspoken critic of the Florida Education Association, the state’s major teachers’ union.
    And now with Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis’ decision to back the former House speaker as the successor to outgoing Education Commissioner Pam Stewart, Corcoran will be in a strong position to continue his advocacy for non-traditional education reforms that have been largely opposed by the union.

  • Weekly round up: Change is in the air

    By DARA KAM
    NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

    TALLAHASSEE – As one former high-ranking state official confided not long ago, “You don’t want to be the last can on the shelf.”
    So the musical chairs now underway on the plaza level in the Capitol come as no surprise, with the advent of a newly minted governor and two fresh Cabinet members preparing to take office in early January.

  • Developer meets with citizens before county vote

    By ERIN HILL
    Staff Writer

    After meeting with developers last week before the Planning Commission is to vote this week, neighbors of two proposed new subdivisions at the intersection of East Ivan Road and Wakulla Arran Road are still opposed to the projects.
    More than 30 citizens showed up to the meeting, held Monday, Dec. 3 at the Wakulla Community Center.
    Nearby residents say they object to the proposed densities: Palmetto, on 40 acres, would have 111 homes; and Chadwick Estates, on 72 acres, with 190 units.

  • WEEKLY ROUND UP: Turning the page

    By JIM SAUNDERS
    NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

    TALLAHASSEE – Florida’s political world is built around two-year cycles.
    And the latest acrimonious, head-scratching cycle finally ended Tuesday when the state Elections Canvassing Commission certified the results of the Nov. 6 elections.
    The acrimony, of course, did not end with the usual campaign attack ads and nastiness. It lasted nearly two additional weeks as ballots continued to be counted and recounted and legal fights raged.

  • WEEKLY ROUNDUP Nov. 21, 2018: All eyes on Florida

    By LLOYD DUNKELBERGER
    NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

    TALLAHASSEE –With flashbacks to the 2000 presidential election, Florida was again ground zero this week for a vote recount with national implications.
    But despite a host of lawsuits and controversies, by the weekend the state appeared to be closing in on decisions involving the election of a new governor, a U.S. senator and a state agriculture commissioner.

  • WEEKLY ROUNDUP Nov. 15, 2018: ‘Here we go again’

    By DARA KAM
    NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

    TALLAHASSEE –Oy, Florida.
    It’s been almost two decades since the Sunshine State earned its biggest election-related black eye. Who can forget the indelible image of a Palm Beach County official peering through a magnifying glass to inspect the notorious hanging chads in a contest some Democrats still contend went to the wrong man?

  • Residents will pay for grinder pumps

    By ERIN HILL
    Staff Writer

    St. Marks will require any homeowners who move into the city after Oct. 1, 2018 to be responsible for the cost for repair, maintenance, annual inspection and replacement of their grinder pumps.

  • St. Marks eyes grant for Riverwalk

    By ERIN HILL
    Staff Writer

    St. Marks City Commission is applying for a grant for the city’s Riverwalk project.
    With the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Recreational Trails Grant, the city can build a boardwalk from the end of the bike trail to the life flight trail.
    The St. Marks Park Committee met on Thursday, Nov. 8, shortly before the City Commission meeting, and members of the committee voted unanimously to recommend that the City Commission apply for the grant.

  • WEEKLY ROUNDUP NOV. 8, 2018: CNN and a Chihuahua on the campaign trail

    By DARA KAM
    NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

    TALLAHASSEE – For dozens of people attending a political rally Wednesday in Southwest Florida, another celebrity held almost as much fascination as President Donald Trump, the headliner of the event.
    A steady stream of rally-goers, many of them wearing “Make America Great Again” red caps, drifted by the fenced-off space for the media in the center of Hertz Arena to heckle CNN’s Jim Acosta, often before or after asking the White House correspondent to pose for selfies.

  • Proposal for Tarpine airport authority

    By ERIN HILL
    Staff Writer

    Wakulla County commissioners voted 4-0 in support of a resolution to create a Wakulla County Airport Authority.
    Commissioners took the vote at their meeting on Monday, Nov. 5.
    It would require a special act of the Florida Legislature to create the airport authority as an independent district. Rep. Halsey Beshears, R-Monticello, whose district includes Wakulla County, has indicated his willingness to file the proposed special act.