Your Sun 

‘Bags for the Brave’ aims to connect veterans with county services  

PORT CHARLOTTE – Charlotte County staff and partner agencies are distributing 250 backpacks with supplies for local veterans and part of an outreach campaign.  



ABC Action News 

Pinellas business owners want tourist bed tax raised for beach renourishment  

This comes after Pinellas County beach renourishment projects came to a halt because of a policy issue enforced by the Army Corps of Engineers. 



A surprise administrator candidate; more wetland mitigation in Manatee  

Commissioners are establishing a second wetland mitigation bank in Manatee County, but environmental advocates are skeptical since the move comes days after commissioners took steps forward on a plan that cuts county-level wetland protections. 


Bay News 9 

Orange County officials balk on allocating tourist tax funds  

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Orange County Board of Commission convened on Tuesday, to figure out how to best distribute millions in county tourist development taxes (TDT) to organizations hoping to fund projects to ultimately attract more visitors. 



Orange County OKs violence prevention plan after Pine Hills shootings  

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — On Tuesday, Orange County leaders approved a plan to try to prevent violent crime after the deadly Pine Hills shooting spree in February. 



Collier passes Bill of Rights sanctuary county ordinance  

The Collier County Board of Commissioners passed an ordinance establishing Collier County as a Bill of Rights Sanctuary County at a Board of Commissioners meeting August 22. 



Miami Today 

Mayor makes case for continuing Miami-Dade recycling  

In a report to county commissioners last week, Mayor Daniella Levine Cava noted that a mid-July commission discussion centered on a concern that “recycling is much more expensive than simply taking the same waste to a landfill.” She sought to explain why she thinks recycling must continue. 



Orlando Sentinel  

Seminole to urge state for stricter water standards  

Seminole County commissioners on Tuesday considered urging Florida lawmakers in the coming weeks to adopt a statewide policy during next year’s legislative session that provides more protective standards for Florida’s drinking water.