South Florida 100: Florida legislative session’s first week; Trump impeachment trial set to begin; get ready for Super Bowl Miami

Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson, vice president, community relations, Nova Southeastern University Last week: The legislative session started this week in Tallahassee to much fanfare and tradition. This year they face many critical issues including environmental resiliency, workforce housing, transportation, infrastructure, tourism, economic development, education, and hurricane recovery for the panhandle. I am hopeful our elected officials will balance the needs of their constituents,... Read More

NRA may be losing sway in the ‘Gunshine State’

Yet, signs indicate the NRA’s grip on Florida lawmakers could be loosening. After the Feb. 14, 2018, massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, the Legislature passed Florida’s first gun control laws in two decades over the NRA’s objections, raising the age to buy a rifle from 18 to 21 and imposing a statewide waiting period to purchase a long gun. (A three-day waiting period was already in place statewide for handgun purchases). ... Read More

The clash between sheriff’s candidates Scott Israel and Gregory Tony

Former Sheriff Scott Israel, in blue tie, listens to Sheriff Gregory Tony speak during a policy forum for candidates running for Broward County sheriff on Tuesday. Tony was appointed to the job when Israel was removed by the governor for his performance surrounding the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre in 2018. (John McCall/South Florida Sun Sentinel) ... Read More

Raw sewage and raw politics: A toxic mix in Tallahassee | Steve Bousquet

In St. Petersburg, for example, nearly 200 million gallons of raw or partially treated sewage spilled into Tampa Bay in 2015 and 2016. In Brevard County last month an estimated 180,000 gallons of raw sewage spilled in Viera. Gatehouse Media reported last year that since 2009, nearly 23,000 sewage spills occurred in Florida, releasing 1.6 billion gallons of wastewater, including more than 370 million gallons of untreated sewage. ... Read More

New Stoneman Douglas building will be ready for classes in the fall

Rendering of a new building that’s scheduled to open in August at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High to replace the one that was the site of the mass shooting on Feb. 14, 2018. Students have been learning in portables while construction is going on. The old building will remain on another part of campus until the trial for the killer has concluded. The rendering was prepared by Zyscovich Architects. James B. Pirtle Construction is overseeing the project. (Broward County Schools / Courtesy) ... Read More