.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Government

  • WEEKLY ROUNDUP October 11, 2018: Welcome sign at the pearly gates

    By DARA KAM
    NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

    TALLAHASSEE – “To say that Dorothy was a welcoming person would be an understatement.”
    Those were the words of incoming Senate President Bill Galvano reacting to the death of Sen. Dorothy Hukill, who passed away Tuesday after a recurrence of the cervical cancer that kept her away from Capitol for an entire legislative session last year.

  • WEEKLY ROUNDUP September 23, 2018: High stakes for high courts

    By DARA KAM
    NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

    TALLAHASSEE – Elected officials, political pundits and armchair quarterbacks are fanning the flames of a firestorm over President Donald Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, a federal judge who’s been accused of sexual assault at a drunken high-school bash more than three decades ago.

  • Debate set for gubernatorial candidates

    From Florida Press

    Leadership Florida and the Florida Press Association today announced final plans for the Oct. 24 “Decision 2018: Before You Vote” statewide televised gubernatorial debate between Democratic nominee, Mayor Andrew Gillum, and the Republican nominee, Congressman Ron DeSantis – and any other candidate who may qualify under the project’s criteria.

  • GIS in county’s future

    By ERIN HILL
    Staff Writer

    Wakulla County will soon have a Geographic Information System (GIS).
    During the county commission meeting last week, Commissioner Randy Merritt announced that the  Apalachee Regional Planning Council (ARPC) received $63,000 to put GIS in eight counties, including Wakulla.
    GIS is a computer system used for capturing, storing and displaying spatial or geographic data.

  • WEEKLY ROUNDUP September 20, 2018: Stormy political weather

    By DARA KAM
    NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

    TALLAHASSEE –Hurricane Florence may have spared the Sunshine State, but political squalls continue to churn throughout Florida, and the worst is yet to come.
    President Donald Trump whipped up a tempest after accusing Democrats of dramatically inflating the number of deaths in Puerto Rico caused by Hurricane Maria.
    But it wasn’t just Trump who stirred the political pot this week.

  • County OKs oyster hatchery

    By ERIN HILL
    Staff Writer

    An oyster hatchery and nursery will soon be opening in Panacea.
    Wakulla commissioners voted 5-0 to rezone property on Alison Avenue in Panacea so the business can be built, and operated.
    Plans for the hatchery include a 50-foot setback from wetlands, leaving some of the already existing vegetation and installing a water intake and return pipe.
    One of the owners, Bob Danzy, said he will only sell oysters wholesale, and he does not want to compete with the seafood houses that are already there.

  • County Briefs September 20, 2018

    • Wakulla County, St. Marks retain Community Rating System scores
     
    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently completed its National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS) five-year cycle review for Wakulla County and the City of St. Marks.
    Through its review, FEMA determined that Wakulla County will be able to maintain its Class 7 CRS rating and the City of St. Marks will keep its Class 8 CRS rating.

  • WEEKLY ROUNDUP September 13, 2018 – The teams are set

    By LLOYD DUNKELBERGER
    NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

    TALLAHASSEE – The candidates for lieutenant governor had their 15 minutes of fame this week.
    Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum selected primary-election rival Chris King as his running mate, while Republican Ron DeSantis tapped state Rep. Jeanette Nunez for his ticket.
    But if history is any guide, the two lieutenant-governor candidates will be quickly relegated to the sidelines. And that obscurity is likely to continue once one of them is elected along with the new governor.

  • WEEKLY ROUNDUP August 30, 2018 – (Recap and analysis of the week in state government) : Trump’s star rising in Panhandle?

    By DARA KAM
    NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

    TALLAHASSEE –The West Coast glitterati might be shunning President Trump’s Hollywood star, but Pensacola’s ready to welcome the Donald’s celebrity plaque.
    That’s according to Mike Hill, a former state representative running to return to the Legislature in the conservative stronghold, who took to Facebook Live this week with a giant replica of the Hollywood Walk of Fame plaque.

  • WEEKLY ROUNDUP August 23, 2018 – (Recap and analysis of the week in state government) : ‘We aren’t the enemy’

    By DARA KAM
    NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

    TALLAHASSEE – “The liberty of the press is essential to the security of freedom.”
    Those aren’t the words of editorial writers at The Boston Globe or at more than 300 newspapers throughout the country who spoke out this week in response to President Donald Trump’s branding of the media as “the enemy of the American people.”
    It was John Adams who declared more than two centuries ago that an unfettered press is the backbone of a democracy.