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Miami-Dade Gets $99.7 Million Water Infrastructure Loan from the EPA

April 5, 2019 - 1:45pm
Andrew Wheeler Friday in Miami-Dade

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler visited South Florida Friday to announce a $99.7 million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan to Miami-Dade County to finance much-needed advanced wastewater infrastructure upgrades. The money will finance 14 new injection wells.

Veteran Illinois Educator New Jacksonville State College President

April 5, 2019 - 9:00am
John Avendano

The Florida State College at Jacksonville has chosen Illinois educator John Avendano, a man with 30 years' experience in community college education, as its sixth president.

Avendano is president and CEO of Kankakee Community College and has previously held positions such as president of the Illinois Council of Public Community College Presidents. 

The Board of Trustees' selection was unanimous. 

Florida Crime Survivors Flood Capitol to Plead for Safety Reform for Victims, Offenders

April 2, 2019 - 3:00pm
The scene at the Capitol Tuesday morning

Hundreds of diverse crime survivors from across the Sunshine State traveled to Florida’s Capitol Tuesday to advocate for policy changes that make communities safer and meet the needs of crime victims. 

Passionate participants included Parkland and Pulse mass-shooting survivors. 

Dean Cannon to Take Over as President, Managing Partner of GrayRobinson

April 2, 2019 - 10:15am
Dean Cannon

Former state House Speaker Dean Cannon is taking over as president and managing director of GrayRobinson at the start of September. 

GrayRobinson announced Cannon’s promotion from his current post as executive vice president and chair of the firm’s government affairs practice. He takes over from Mayanne Downs who will continue her work with the firm.  

DeSantis Taps UF's Thomas K. Frazer as Florida's First Chief Science Officer

April 1, 2019 - 3:15pm
DeSantis names Frazer Monday in West Palm Beach

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Monday the appointment of Thomas K. Frazer, Ph.D., as Florida’s first chief science officer. Joining DeSantis at the announcement in West Palm Beach were Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Noah Valenstein and state environmental organization leaders.

Ron DeSantis Picks Scott Rivkees as Florida's Surgeon General

April 1, 2019 - 11:00am
Scott Rivkees

On Monday, Gov. Ron DeSantis tapped Dr. Scott Rivkees to serve as Florida surgeon general and secretary of the Florida Department of Health.

DeSantis, FDOT Assure SunPass Customers

March 30, 2019 - 7:30am

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday ordered the continued suspension of fees and penalties for SunPass and TOLL-BY-PLATE customers. And the Florida Department of Transportation has imposed a $4.6 million fine on Conduent, the company that oversaw last year’s botched SunPass conversion.

DeSantis' Continuing Wave of Popularity Is Lifting Trump in Florida, Says FAU Poll

March 29, 2019 - 7:45am
Gov. Ron DeSantis

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis continues to ride a wave of popularity among Florida voters, who also support many of his public policy priorities, including the importation of prescription drugs from Canada to reduce costs to Floridians and the creation of a task force to reduce the impact of harmful algae blooms, according to a statewide survey by the Florida Atlantic University Business and Economics Polling Initiative (FAU BEPI). 

Florida Carry Sues Miami Beach over Police Action against 'Legally Armed' Fishermen

March 27, 2019 - 5:00pm
Miami Beach police officer on South Pointe Pier, July 24, 2018

A lawsuit for deprivation of civil rights under color of law and violations of Florida firearms and fishing laws was filed Wednesday against the City of Miami Beach and officers of its police department. The action was over an incident in which the officers assaulted, battered, and detained law-abiding fishermen at a Florida Carry fishing meetup on the South Pointe Fishing Pier on June 24, 2018, according to Florida Carry. 

The incident was captured on video, available on this page.

Report Details Continued Growth in AOBs ... Thanks to a Handful of Busy Attorneys

March 27, 2019 - 2:00pm

State law intended to benefit insurance policyholders continues to generate an ever-increasing windfall for trial lawyers and the repair vendors who hire them, according to a newly updated report released today by the Florida Justice Reform Institute.

The report uses data from the Florida Department of Financial Services' Service Of Process database, updated through 2018, to show the widespread growth of Assignment of Benefits (AOB) lawsuits.

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