Local and State

University Merger Plan 'Abandoned'

March 6, 2020

by Ana Ceballos

NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

TALLAHASSEE --- A short-lived, yet high-profile, fight to merge New College of Florida and Florida Polytechnic University into the University of Florida died Friday in the state House.

House Speaker Jose Oliva told reporters the chamber “abandoned” the proposal after the Senate refused to go along with the consolidation plan.

"It's a shame, but it is the process," Oliva, R-Miami Lakes, said about the demise of the measure (HB 7087).

Toll road routes could emerge in early 2020

October 16, 2019

Jim Turner

NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

TALLAHASSEE --- Potential environmental impacts from a series of controversial toll-road projects could start to be known shortly after the start of the new year.

Will Watts, chief engineer for the Florida Department of Transportation, said Wednesday that preliminary routes for the three projects will be based on input from task forces over the next couple of months, with a focus on what to “avoid and minimize first.”