Miami Herald: Code of silence is breaking on Tallahassee’s sex secrets

“Senate President Joe Negron (R-Stuart) ordered an internal investigation of sexual harassment allegations made by six unnamed women who accused Sen. Jack Latvala of groping and inappropriate touching. Latvala has said that he expected to be a target of allegations in the wake of a Politico report that Sen. Jeff Clemens, an Atlantis Democrat, had an extramarital affair with a former Martin County lobbyist … Click here to read more

Miami Herald: Staffer at Martin Girls Academy caught having sex with teen in closet

“A Martin juvenile justice officer goaded teens into sex. Then he was caught in the act. The door to a laundry room supply closet was slightly ajar, and the padlock was dangling open. Inside, Xavier R. Leach, accompanied by a teenage girl, was hiding behind the door — no small trick, considering Xavier Leach stands six-foot-five and weighs in at 394 pounds … Click here to read more

Dave Barry’s hurricane prep: ‘With Irma knocking at our door, we’re NOT FREAKING OUT AT ALL!’

“Here’s how I know a hurricane is coming: We have lentils. We NEVER eat lentils…one of the things we Floridians do in this mode is go to Publix and get in long lines to buy mass quantities of things we will never eat … Click here to read more

Dashcam video of Tiger Wood’s arrest, photos of car damage

From The Miami Herald: “Woods was arrested early on Memorial Day and charged with DUI after police found his idling $222,000 car on a major Jupiter road with Woods asleep at the wheel. Woods said he was headed home to Jupiter Island, which is about eight miles north of where he was. His car, however, was facing in the wrong direction … Click here to read more

Negron offers compromise on Everglades reservoir — state-owned and leased land

“Senate President Joe Negron on Tuesday filed a sweeping rewrite of his top priority legislation to build a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee, abandoning plans to buy up to 60,000 acres of agriculture land and relying on more state-owned and state-leased sugar fields to store and clean water to be sent into Florida Bay,” reports The Miami Herald … Click here to read more

Carl Hiaasen: ‘Like phosphorus in your water? You’re in luck!’

“The federal role in Everglades restoration was expanded by U.S. District Judge Alan Gold, now retired, who had become increasingly exasperated by the stall tactics of Florida officials and the weakening of pollution limits for farm runoff waters. In a 2011 order, Gold irritably concluded that the state and the South Florida Water Management District, ‘have not been … Click here to read more

Medical marijuana ballot language approved for 2016 in Florida

“Supporters of medical marijuana logged an important victory Thursday as the Florida Supreme Court approved the wording of a constitutional amendment legalizing the drug,” according to The Miami Herald. “More than 280,000 petition signatures are needed to hit the mark as Dec. 31 looms as a deadline for signatures … Click here to read more

Audit warns that safety at Florida prisons is compromised by staffing concerns

From The Miami Herald: “Florida’s prisons are infiltrated by drugs, tobacco and cellphones, dependent on outdated security systems, run by inexperienced and overstretched staff, and are housing inmates who are staying longer – and returning just as frequently. Nearly $1 million is spent on training staff that leaves within two years … Click here to read more

Big sugar land buy for Everglades restoration hits road block

The Miami Herald reports: “Calling the deal too costly with too little benefit, the South Florida Water Management District board on Thursday effectively canned a 2010 deal to buy 46,800 acres of U.S. Sugar land that it once considered critical to restoring the Everglades and coastal estuaries. … Click here to read more