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From The Miami Herald: “Florida’s prisons are infiltrated by drugs, tobacco and cellphones, dependent on outdated security systems, run by inexperienced and overstretched staff, and are housing inmates who are staying longer – and returning just as frequently.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