Local and State

Land gift fulfills Subway founder's conservation vision

by PAT RAIA
Hernando Sun

Thanks to one of the largest land gifts ever given a US university, 27,000 acres of rural land in Osceola County will be used as a living classroom and laboratory for University of Florida (UF) students, faculty and researchers. Elisabeth DeLuca, the widow of Subway founder Fred Deluca, donated the land to UF in November. 

“Few things in this world are as precious — and threatened — as our untamed lands and the wild animals that live there,” said Elisabeth DeLuca.. “We need to preserve what we can for the benefit of all of us.” 

Florida labor contractor debarred from worker visa program

The U.S. Department of Labor debarred Florida H-2A Labor Contractor, Flo-Ag LLC and its principals Jose and Juan Flores for violating guest worker visa requirements.  This means the company is unable to request temporary foreign workers under the H-2A agricultural worker visa program for two years.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) determined that the employer owed $45,212 in back wages to 113 employees.  The employer has since paid the back wages.

State News Items Oct. 2, 2020

TECO Proposal for 200 electric car charging ports

The Tampa Electric Company (TECO) submitted a proposal for approval to the Florida Public Service Commission which if approved would allow them to move forward with an electric vehicle car charging pilot program within TECO’s service area.
The request overview states, 

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).