Reuters: Trump administration bars oil drilling off Florida after governor’s plea

“President Donald Trump’s administration will not allow drilling for oil and gas off the coast of Florida after urging from the state’s governor, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said on Tuesday. Zinke said in a statement, ‘As a result of discussion with Governor (Rick) Scott and his leadership, I am removing Florida from consideration for any new oil and gas platforms … Click here to read more

Author unknown: ‘Twas the night before Irma…

“Twas the night before Irma and all through the house Everyone was nervous, except for my spouse. The shutters were hung ‘round the house all with care, In hopes in the morning it still would be there. … Click here to read more

Reuters: Concrete railroad tie supplier begins construction of new Treasure Coast facility

“Rocla, the largest supplier of pre-stressed concrete ties to North America’s freight and transit railroads, has entered in to a long-term supply agreement with All Aboard Florida and Florida East Coast Railway (FECR). The new agreement will require the construction of a new facility in Ft. Pierce … Click here to read more

Reuters: Environmental groups sue Florida legislature over budget

“Three environmentalist organizations sued the Florida legislature Monday, accusing lawmakers of defying a constitutional mandate and short-changing conservation land purchase and water protection projects. Earthjustice filed suit … Click here to read more

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

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

Reuters: Florida governor signs record $77 billion state budget

Florida Governor Rick Scott used his veto pen sparingly on Monday, signing a record $77 billion state budget that balanced spending on programs favored by his Republican supporters in the state legislature against the concerns of fiscally conservative voters, reports Reuters. … Click here to read more

Reuters: Florida nears 1 million permits for concealed weapons

The number of active concealed weapons licenses in Florida, already home to more owners of such registered weapons than any other U.S. state, is expected to reach the 1 million mark next week, a state official said on Wednesday. … Click here to read more