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.”

A mixed bag of public support, opposition for Brooksville Main Street program

by KATHRYN DENTATO

The Special Meeting for the Brooksville Main Street Program (BMS) was intended as an opportunity for the Council to hear a presentation from and ask questions of the principals involved, as well as give the public an opportunity to comment. 

A scheduling conflict prevented the new BMS director, Natalie Kahler, and Cliff Manuel of the Brooksville Vision Foundation from attending. The meeting was not cancelled so the public could be heard. 

DeSantis signs budget, vetoes $131 million

June 21, 2019

by Jim Turner, Ana Ceballos

NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

TALLAHASSEE --- Gov. Ron DeSantis used his line-item veto power to slash more than $131 million in proposed spending Friday as he signed a record $90.98 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Calling the package “fiscally responsible,” the freshman governor praised lawmakers for exceeding his request for spending on environmental projects and for a boost in per-student funding in public schools.