January 2021

Moving Forward: Oak Hill Villas plan for residential-only development with larger homesites

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Attorney Darryl Johnston appeared before the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) at the regular meeting on January 12, 2021 on behalf of the Benge Development Corporation.  In November 2019, Benge was denied a Comprehensive Plan Amendment (CPAM 1902) by a vote of 4-1 that would have allowed the company to develop the southeast corner of Oak Hills Golf Course for small-footprint homes and townhomes.

Measures would boost riot-related penalties, hinder law enforcement defunding

by Pat Raia
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With violence occurring at protesting events during the summer of 2020 as well as in the nation’s capital on Jan. 6, a pair of Florida state lawmakers filed bills that would increase some penalties for rioters, and make it easier for residents to appeal their local government attempts to defund police.

Bill would protect businesses from some COVID-19-related lawsuits

by Pat Raia
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A pair of measures introduced into the Florida legislature are aimed at protecting business in the state from unscrupulous or opportunistic lawsuits related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Filed on Jan. 6 by Florida State Senator Jeff Brandes, SB 72, the Civil Liability For Damages Relating To COVID-19 would protect business, charities, educational institutions, “governmental entities” and religious institutions from a COVID-19-related claim.

Additional Obituaries Published Jan.15, 2021

Crisp, Phyllis Severan, passed away on Tuesday, January 5, 2021.  Src; Brewer

D’Angelo, Lena Lorrain Cimino, age 83, passed away on Tuesday,  January 5, 2021. She is survived by her children: Violetmarie, Michelle, Edward; 5 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild.  Src; Brewer

Puglsi, John, passed away on Tuesday, January 5, 2021.  Src; Brewer

Ryan, Gale C., age 86, passed away on Tuesday, January 5, 2021.  He was a United States Navy veteran.  Gale is survived by his wife, Barbara; children: Patrick, Kelly; 4 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.  Src; Downing