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

(Source: Miami Herald)

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

Governor Rick Scott and Martin County officials, October 7.

“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

(Source: ABC News)

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

Algae formed around the Herbert Hoover Dike on Lake Okeechobee on Friday, July 8, 2016. The algae bloom from Lake Okeechobee has grown since it was first measured in May. Environmentalists believe it now stretches more than 200 square miles. South Florida Water Management District says the aglae bloom has dissipated some, following efforts to reduce Lake O discharges. (Source: Palm Beach Post)

“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

(Source: Office of Governor Rick Scott)

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.

(Source: TCPalm)

“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

The event will be held at Stuart's Memorial Park, 300

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

Carl Hiaasen: Gov Rick Scott’s inaugural message – ‘Hey, America, all of you c’mon down’

(Source: The Miami Herald)

“’I have a message today to the people of New York, Illinois, California, Pennsylvania and others: Move to Florida!’ Such was the sunny welcome put forth by Gov. Rick Scott at his second inaugural last week in Tallahassee. For Hiaasen’s commentary in The Miami Herald … Click here to read more

Reuters: Florida to monitor health of travelers from Ebola-hit countries

(Source: Reuters)

Florida will require 21-day health monitoring of people returning to the state from Ebola-affected countries in Africa, Governor Rick Scott said, even though the state has no airports authorized to receive travelers from the three nations. Scott signed an executive order mandating twice-daily health evaluations of anyone who has come from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. … Click here to read more

Gov. Scott: Patient being monitored for possible Ebola symptoms

(Source: CBS Miami)

CBS Miami: According to the governor, a patient is being treated for symptoms in Sarasota at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. The patient is being monitored and treated in isolation as a precaution because he had recently traveled to West Africa, Gov. Scott said. … Click here to read more