FAC News Clips – December 6, 2022

COUNTY  

Positively Osceola  

Osceola County Commissioners Name Viviana Janer as next Chair, Cheryl Grieb as next Vice Chair  

At Monday’s County Commissioner meeting, Commissioner Viviana Janer was named as Chair of the Osceola Board of County Commissioners for the upcoming year. Janer represents Osceola County Commission District 2. First elected to office in 2014, Janer was elected to her third 4-year term last month. 

 

Keys News 

Commission to dives into housing and transportation 

The Monroe County Commission on Wednesday will delve into two of its top priorities: affordable housing and public transportation. 

 

Fox 35  

Orange County commissioner raises questions over fireworks regulation after deadly warehouse fire 

TAFT, Fla. – As the State Fire Marshal investigates what caused the warehouse fireworks fire in Orange County, commissioners are raising concerns. 

 

Click Orlando 

Osceola County delays tenant’s bill of rights, flood disclosure ordinance 

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Commissioners in Osceola County tabled an ordinance calling for a tenant’s bill of rights and a flood disclosure requirement Monday, a move which cheered realtors. 

 

Wear-TV 

Proposed plan by Florida Forest Service aids areas of Northwest Florida hit by wildfires  

PENSACOLA, Fla. — The Florida Forest Service says they want to spend part of $10 million available for Northwest Florida on fire breaks in areas previously hit by wildfires. 

 

Click Orlando  

‘A Band-Aid fix:’ Flagler County receives grant for dune restoration after Hurricanes Ian, Nicole batter coast 

FLAGLER BEACH, Fla. – Grant funding is finally rolling into Flagler County for fixing the severely eroded dunes. The recent hurricanes, Ian and Nicole wiped away what was left of the dunes and took out chunks of A1A. 

 

ABC 7 

Lee County launches housing website for Hurricane Ian-impacted residents  

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Hurricane Ian-impacted residents can connect to resources for housing needs with the new Lee County storm website. 

 

WATER 

My CBS 4 

Alachua County to use $1.25 million to improve water quality for residents  

Ramon Gavarrete serves as the public works director for Alachua County. He says the need for a new Santa Fe Hills water system is necessary. 

FAC News Clips – November 21, 2022

WLRN  

Plans for funds from Broward’s penny surtax  

In November 2018, Broward County voters approved a 30-year one-cent sales tax to increase mobility and address challenges in the county’s transportation system. 

 

Spectrum News 13 

New system to tackle opioid addiction touted in Viera  

PALM BAY, Fla. — Multiple organizations across counties in Florida are joining their resources to combat the opioid epidemic. 

 

Citrus County Chronicle  

Citrus County population up 12% in last 10 years  

County commissioners are putting together a strategic plan to deal with the expected growth of the county in the next five years. 

 

Your Sun 

Sarasota County building a regional fire training academy  

NOKOMIS — In the coming years, Nokomis will have a state of the art regional fire training academy built by Sarasota County, but available for the entire region. 

 

Your Sun 

County budget earns honors again 

SARASOTA COUNTY — The county has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association in recognition of the county’s efforts for the Fiscal Year 2022 budget presentation for the 32nd straight year. 

FAC News Clips – November 17, 2022

COUNTY  

Keys News  

County increases building height; Moves forward on employee housing  

Monroe County Commission members agreed Tuesday, Nov. 15, to increase the allowable building height in the unincorporated areas of the county to combat flooding and storm surge and moved forward on a plan to create affordable worker housing for county government employees. 

 

FOX 35 Orlando  

Orange County unveils new plan to ease Orlo Vista storm flooding  

ORLANDO, Fla. – On some streets in Orange County’s Orlo Vista neighborhood, it still looks like Hurricane Ian happened yesterday, even though it has been several weeks since the storm struck Central Florida.    

 

Action News Jax 

St. Johns County faces ‘impossible task’ in Summer Haven after Nicole breach 

  1. JOHNS, Fla. — It’s a decade-old issue in St. Johns County and the beach at Summer Haven again opened up to new problems.

 

WFLA  

Hillsborough County commission to see new Republican majority with focus on old problem  

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Wednesday was the last meeting for Democrats Mariella Smith and Kim Overman to serve on the Hillsborough County Commission. 

 

South Florida Sun Sentinel  

Broward’s 911 system still needs critical fixes, panel warns 

Nearly five years after the Parkland school massacre, the county’s 911 emergency system still faces some of the same problems that could cause delays in the police response, a state school safety panel warned Wednesday. 

 

Florida Today 

Brevard hotel tax can be used for more things under ordinance change 

Brevard County commissioners have unanimously approved changes to how the county’s 5% tourist development tax can be used, potentially expanding the opportunity to use revenue from the tax for everything from affordable housing initiatives to infrastructure projects to help the Indian River Lagoon. 

 

AFFORDABLE HOUSING  

Bay News 9 

Rent stabilization measures win in U.S. midterm election  

Ballot measures in the U.S. to build more affordable housing and protect tenants from soaring rent increases were plentiful and fared well in last week’s midterm elections, a sign of growing angst over record high rents exacerbated by inflation and a dearth of homes. 

 

Spectrum News 13 

County commissioners to debate what’s next on rent control  

ORLANDO, Fla. — The housing crisis for many Central Floridians looks like this: rising rent, multiple roommates, nowhere else that’s affordable to go. 

 

WFLA 

Disney chooses developer for 1,300 low-income housing units near theme parks 

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (WFLA) — Walt Disney World took the next step in a previous plan to build affordable housing in Florida. On 80 acres of land in Orange County, just miles from the Magic Kingdom, Disney announced they’ve chosen a developer to build more than 1,000 housing units. 

 

Fox 13 News 

Hillsborough commissioners agree to provide affordable housing option in Riverview  

RIVERVIEW, Fla. – Renters in the Tampa Bay area are paying the sixth most over-valued prices in the country, so Hillsborough commissioners took a stab at the county’s affordable housing crunch. 

 

WCJB  

Alachua County motions to support single family zoning in Gainesville  

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) – An appeal to the state to stop Gainesville’s ban on single family zoning has a new ally, Alachua County. 

 

WASTE MANAGEMENT  

Florida Today 

Brevard County opens door for federal aid to clean roads  

The Brevard County Commission passed a resolution Tuesday supporting the removal of debris from roads and streets in Brevard, opening the way for federal reimbursement of the task. 

FAC News Clips – November 8, 2022

FAC  

Sebastian Daily  

Indian River County Participating in ‘Operation Green Light’ 

Indian River County is participating in Operation Green Light, a new initiative between Indian River County, the Florida State Association of Counties, the National Association of County Veteran Service Officers, and the National Association of Counties. 

 

COUNTY 

FL Gov 

Governor Ron DeSantis Cautions Residents to Monitor Subtropical Storm Nicole  

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order (EO) 22-253, declaring a State of Emergency for 34 counties in the potential path of Subtropical Storm Nicole. Governor DeSantis has issued the EO in an abundance of caution so that communities can prepare and families and businesses can create a plan and gather necessary resources in the event that Subtropical Storm Nicole gains in strength. The Governor’s Office and FDEM are in constant contact with local government officials from all 67 counties, the National Hurricane Center and the National Weather Service. 

 

News Herald  

Bay County eligible to apply for federal grant after Star Avenue fire  

PANAMA CITY — A natural disaster from earlier this year opened the door for Bay County to qualify for federal funding.   

 

WCJB 

Alachua County Health Department offers free Narcan to reduce overdose deaths  

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) – Life-saving medication is now being provided for free at the Florida Department of Health of Alachua County in an effort to reduce overdose deaths. 

 

WASTE MANAGEMENT 

Marco Eagle 

Collier County: 1 million cubic yards of debris collected from Ian  

Clean-up efforts from Hurricane Ian have hit a milestone in Collier County. 

 

AFFORDABLE HOUSING 

Governing  

Affordable Housing Is Slow to Recover After Disasters. Here’s Why.  

The housing tends to be older, is more often rented, making it less likely to be maintained and more vulnerable to serious damage in the wake of a disaster. But there are steps communities can take to help. 

 

My News 13 

Orange County rent control votes won’t be certified  

ORLANDO, Fla. — An Orange County judge on Thursday issued two temporary injunctions requested by Realtors and landlords to stop a rent control ballot question from moving forward this election season. 

 

My News 13 

Rental notice ordinance helps some tenants stay housed  

When rent went up from $1,000 to $1,500 earlier this year at the duplex Ivette Luna had rented month-to-month for seven years, the level of her stress increased as well. 

 

Southwest Florida Business Today 

Commissioners approve grant agreements for housing assistance  

Fort Myers, FL– The Lee Board of County Commissioners voted Tuesday to award Disaster Assistance State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) grant agreements totaling about $4.5 million to nonprofit housing development organizations to assist households affected by Hurricane Ian. 

FAC News Clips – November 2, 2022

COUNTY 

WLRN  

Stilt homes, raised roads, maybe a huge wall. Can Miami-Dade stay safe from storm surge?  

It’s been almost a century since a powerful hurricane drove storm surge up the Miami River, a worst-case scenario for what is now one of the most densely populated and at-risk coastal cities in the nation. 

 

Panama City Herald  

Florida Health Department of Bay County promotes diabetes awareness  

CALLAWAY — November acknowledges the start of National Diabetes Month, and one Bay County health department program aims to help spread awareness.   

 

North Fort Myers Neighborhood 

Lee County Commissioners approve grant agreements for housing assistance 

The Lee Board of County Commissioners voted Tuesday to award Disaster Assistance State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) grant agreements totaling about $4.5 million to nonprofit housing development organizations to assist households affected by Hurricane Ian. 

 

FOX 35 

Brightline to test trains at higher speeds through northern Brevard County  

LAKE MARY, Fla. – Brightline continues its work on the Orlando extension of its higher-speed rail service from South Florida.  Train testing will be conducted in northern Brevard County with the trains traveling up to 79 mph over the next week.  

 

WJHG 

Bay County Commissioners aim to make area more water accessible when wildfires strike  

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – Bay County Commissioners are finding ways to protect residents from future wildfires. They voted to apply for a Post Fire Mitigation Grant from FEMA at Tuesday’s commission meeting. It’s aimed at providing funding for fire safety. 

 

WTXL 

Gadsden County set to host Drive-Thru Appreciation Luncheon for local veterans  

GADSDEN COUNTY, Fla. — To express gratitude to local veterans, Gadsden County are inviting veterans to a drive-thru appreciation luncheon on Veterans Day, Nov.11. 

 

My Panhandle 

Supporters say one-cent tax is the ‘best solution’ for Walton County  

WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) — Walton County business owners and locals are sharing their thoughts on the controversial sales tax referendum. 

 

WASTE MANAGEMENT  

Marco Eagle  

Hurricane Ian debris removal at record pace in Collier County  

The approach to removing the mountains of debris from Hurricane Ian will soon change in Naples — and elsewhere in Collier County. 

FAC News Clips – November 1, 2022

COUNTY 

Flagler Live 

‘A Failed Model Ends Today,’ Recovery Pioneer Says in Flagler Launch of New Drug Treatment Pam Britolo described what she called her own journey from addiction to recovery: “I was a professional. I was working in a C suite. I was taking opioids, massive amounts of prescription opioids, including prescription fentanyl. But I managed to hide it seven years. So you know, we’re only as sick as our secrets. And boy, did I have a secret,” she said. 

 

FOX 4 

Commissioners approve $4.5 million in Ian housing grants  

FORT MYERS, Fla. — About $4.5 million dollars in grant money has been awarded to several nonprofits that serve Lee County to aid in Hurricane Ian relief. 

 

WOKV 

Veterans, military receive free passport photos and notary services in November in St. Johns County 

  1. JOHNS COUNTY, F;a. — St. Johns County is offering all Veterans and current military members free passport photos and notary services throughout November in honor of Veteran’s Day. The St. Johns County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller is making this service available to every former and current military member – not just residents of St. Johns County.

 

Space Coast Daily 

Brevard County Fire Rescue’s New ISO Rating Could Result in Lower Insurance Premiums for Residents  

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Residential and commercial property owners in Brevard County could potentially see lower insurance rates as a result of the county’s latest public fire protection services rating from the Insurance Service Organization. 

 

SRQ Magazine 

The Manatee County Clerk’s Office Honors Veterans this November with Free Services  

In recognition of Veteran’s Day, the Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller is honoring military veterans and active-duty personnel by providing complimentary passport photos, notary services, and copies throughout November.