BREAKING: Florida will send Trump panel some voter info

“With Democrats and some Republicans increasing calls this week to fully reject a federal commission’s request for voter information, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced Thursday that the state will provide the commission publicly available data,” according to The Palm Beach Post. “‘Driver’s license information and Social Security numbers are not, and cannot be provided … Click here to read more

Scott pitches dike repairs to Trump

“Gov. Rick Scott said he spoke with President Donald Trump on Wednesday about the importance of completing repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee, according to News Service of FL … Click here to read more

Wildfires scorch parts of Florida; Gov. declares State of Emergency

“Florida’s governor declared a state of emergency Tuesday in response to the 107 wildfires burning around the state,” according to US News and World Report. “Gov. Rick Scott said the proclamation will make it easier for state, regional and local agencies … Click here to read more

‘Sexy Beaches:’ FL legislature’s public relations war on tourism marketing, business development

From The Miami Herald: “What started out as a disagreement over taxpayers footing the bill for a version of Pitbull’s ‘Sexy Beaches’ video is now turning into a full-blown public relations war between Republican Gov. Rick Scott and the GOP-controlled Florida House. … Click here to read more

Board of County Commissioners: Hurricane Matthew response and recovery updates

“Martin County officials continue to respond and assist in recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. The County reports the following statistics of the storm’s impact to our community. Total rainfall: 3.75 inches. Winds: Highest sustained 66 mph with gusts to 80 mph. Storm surge: Estimated at 3 feet. … Click here to read more

ABC News: First outbreak of locally transmitted Zika virus confirmed in Florida

An outbreak of the Zika virus has been confirmed in Florida, marking the first time the virus has been found to be transmitted via infected mosquitoes within the continental U.S. The outbreak has infected at least four people … Click here to read more

Palm Beach Post: Governor focuses on septic tanks to combat blue-green algae

“Gov. Rick Scott said last week that he plans to seek state money to help curb what he calls a “major contributor” to the pollution problem — septic tanks. Many say the governor’s approach would not eliminate the recurrent problem of blue-green algae choking inland waters … Click here to read more

Martin County defends Comprehensive Plan amendments

From the Martin County Board of County Commissioners: “Martin County defended amendments to its award-wining Comprehensive Plan in front of the Florida Administration Commission, comprised of Governor Rick Scott and members of the Cabinet. The Commission takes final action on processes relating to comprehensive plans or plan amendments. The issue is whether Martin County … Click here to read more

Miami Herald: Scott signs 44 bills into law, including concealed carry, body camera legislation

Gov. Rick Scott signed 44 bills into law Thursday afternoon, including one allowing concealed weapons to be carried without a permit during emergency evacuations and another that will shield police body camera videos from public record laws. The concealed carry bill is a favorite project … Click here to read more

TCPalm: Governor appoints three to Florida Development Finance Corp.

“Gov. Rick Scott on Friday announced three appointments to the Florida Development Finance Corp. The quasi-governmental agency in August agreed to issue $1.75 billion in tax-free bonds to All Aboard Florida, but later discovered that its board members’ terms had expired … Click here to read more

Mark your calendar, March 2: Residents unite to remind legislators of local priorities

As Florida legislators travel to Tallahassee for the start of the 2015 session, concerned citizens, community and business leaders will gather in Stuart on Monday, March 2 at 10AM, Memorial Park, 300 SE Ocean Boulevard, to remind their state representatives of top concerns back home. … Click here to read more