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Gainesville Sun

County starts budget-plan process one month early

Alachua County leaders are starting this year's budget-planning process a month early in hopes of getting more public input. County Commissioners met Thursday morning to discuss how they will handle the 2018 fiscal budget. Some of the topics commissioners said they expect to deal with include providing office space for several county departments, such as the Agricultural Extension, Guardian Ad Litem and Medical Examiner offices. The commission also is looking for alternative ways to pay for road improvements and public safety needs that include law enforcement, fire rescue and the jail.

Leesburg Daily Commercial

County officials: local economy rebounds with job growth

TAVARES - Lake County's economy added nearly 4,000 jobs in the past year, the highest year over year percentage job growth in nearly a decade, according to county officials. Furthermore, the unemployment rate in the county dropped to 4.8 percent. Robert Chandler, Lake's Economic Growth director, said annual wages also grew 3.9 percent. "We have had the lowest annual wage in the region," he said. "In 2016, we made up ground. Our wages improved at a faster rate than the rest of the region."

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Associated Press

Keys officials make plans to adapt roads to rising seas

MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — Florida Keys officials have approved a framework for county roads that need to be adapted to rising sea levels. Monroe County commissioners on Wednesday approved recommendations for pilot projects in the Upper and Middle Keys to help prevent tidal flooding. According to a statement from county spokeswoman Cammy Clark, the board also approved interim elevation standards for future county road projects to account for rising sea levels.