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  • Friday, October 17, 2014

    County Profiles

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    Florida’s counties are great!  You know it.  We know it.  But do you know all the fun facts about your county neighbors?

    Starting this month, FAC will highlight an amazing Florida county periodically in our News & Notes newsletter!  Does your county have a fascinating history?  Some fun facts only the locals know?  Operate a successful program or initiative?  Tell us about it and your county may be in the spotlight next!  Email us if you would like to submit a county profile.

    County Profile:
    Alachua County

    • Population: 247,336 (2010 Census)
    • 23rd Most Populous County in Florida
    • Established: December 29, 1824
    • The ninth county established in Florida
    • The name Alachua comes from the Timucuan word Chua meaning: sink or jug for its many springs and sinkholes in the area
    • County Seat: Gainesville
    • There are 9 incorporated communities in Alachua County
    • Largest employment sector: Professional & Business Services

     

    Alachua County produces a video series, Take 5 that highlights the people, events, programs and services that make the county great!  Here is a great one spotlighting Alachua’s Animal Control Services! Check it out! 

    Alachua County has put a great resource of their history online, click to learn more.


  • Friday, October 17, 2014

    Legislative Conference – Discount Deadline is Approaching

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    Be sure to register by Wednesday, November 5th.  After this date, registration fees will increase $50. CLICK HERE to register online.  CLICK HERE for more conference information. 

    The FAC Legislative Conference will be held November 19-21 at the Marriott Tampa Waterside in Hillsborough County.  This is the final opportunity for the membership and Legislative Policy Committees to meet and voice their opinion on the policies FAC lobbies during the legislative session. On the final day, commissioners vote and adopt the final FAC policies. You do not have to serve on a policy committee to attend; all commissioners and county staff are encouraged to register!

     


  • Friday, October 17, 2014

    EPA Extends Comment Period on WOTUS Rule

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    The US Environmental Protection Agency has extended for the second time the public comment period on its controversial proposed rule to define the scope of Waters of the United States under Clean Water Act jurisdiction.  The new deadline for public comment is November 14, 2014.  

    The proposed rule, published on April 21, would give the agency greater authority to regulate water bodies such as ponds, streams, canals and ditches.   The extension comes as the EPA's Scientific Advisory Board is finalizing a report on the connectivity of these water bodies.   

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