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County Administrator says Washington County officials do pay attention to constituents ………….

Keynote speaker for Thursday’s luncheon was Washington County County Administrator Jeff Massey who commented on the proactive approach that the Washington County Board of County Commissioners is taking dealing with county business.  Top of the list was the debt paydown being stressed by commissioners.  Massey said commissioners are actively working to bring the county government into a better financial situation and work on the 2018-19 budget is already well underway.  He said the current Board didn’t want to wait until July to start work but got the ball rolling back in early April.

Orlando Sentinel
Don't count on feds right after hurricane, FEMA chief tells Florida leaders
FEMA had a warning for local governments at the annual Governor’s Conference on Hurricanes: Don’t count on Uncle Sam to be there immediately after the next natural disaster.  “If you’re waiting on FEMA to run your commodities, that’s not the solution,” FEMA Administrator Brock Long said Wednesday. “I can’t guarantee that we can be right on time to backfill everything you need.”

 

Miami Herald

Lobbyist Ron Book tends to get his way in Miami-Dade, but this time it's a No.

Miami-Dade commissioners unanimously rejected county lobbyist Ron Book's request for a waiver to represent pet stores that had pushed state lawmakers to block local regulations of puppy sales. The 12 to 0 vote represented a rare rejection for Book before the commission, which has consistently waived term-limit and residency requirements to allow the powerful lobbyist to remain the volunteer head of the county's homeless board. Book represents dozens of local governments in Tallahassee, including Miami-Dade, as well as private-sector clients.