FAC News Clips – August 2, 2022

COUNTY 

WJHG 

Washington County commissioner, Steve Joyner, dies at age 66  

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – Allen Steve Joyner, 66, of Chipley, passed away surrounded by family on July 31st, 2022. Joyner was born on March 11, 1956 in Escambia county. 

 

The Palm Beach Post 

Sheriff hands out bonuses in extra compensation to top staff, aides  

Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw has been distributing millions of dollars in extra compensation to his executive staff and deputies for at least the past three years, department data shows. 

 

ENVIRONMENT  

WLRN 

Red handed: The connection between human pollution and Florida’s worsening red tide outbreaks  

When the ominous rust-colored cloud of red tide begins to saturate coastal waters in Southwest Florida, it means beach closures. Asthma attacks. Itchy skin and watery eyes. Dead fish and a wretched smell that can spoil the salty breeze. 

 

BROADBAND 

Route Fifty  

Bill Aims To Reclassify Broadband As Essential To Promote Net Neutrality  

Two Democratic senators unveiled a new bill to codify broadband as an essential service and prevent discriminatory practices. 

 

AROUND THE COUNT(R)Y 

Route Fifty 

As Remote Work Sticks, Cities Seek New Ways to Lure People Downtown  

The health of businesses, real estate and tax revenues is on the line. But some see an opportunity in reimagining city centers as places less dependent on office workers. 

 

Route Fifty 

Debunking Stereotypes About Mobile Homes Could Make Them a New Face of Affordable Housing  

Over 20 million Americans live in manufactured housing. Yet many people, including urban planners and affordable housing researchers, see mobile homes as problematic. 

FAC News Clips – August 1, 2022

COUNTY  

Florida Today 

Change of plans: Brevard sheriff finds way to deal with costs  

Just a week after Brevard County Manager Frank Abbate submitted his 2022-23 budget plan to county commissioners, Sheriff Wayne Ivey told Abbate that the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office’s share was not enough. Ivey wanted more money. 

 

Citrus County Chronicle  

Editorial l County, sheriff reach a welcomed compromise  

The fireworks never materialized, and the exchange was amicable last week as the sheriff and the county commission discussed the proposed 2022-23 budget for the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office. 

 

Miami’s Community News 

Miami-Dade County increases environmental violation fines 

Miami-Dade County has significantly increased fines for environmental violations with the potential to pollute the county’s ground and surface waters, including Biscayne Bay. The penalties for these violations have remained unchanged for almost 20 years and have not been adjusted for inflation. 

 

Fox 13 News Tampa Bay  

Manatee, Sarasota County beaches burdened by bacteria  

SARASOTA, Fla. – No swim advisories are up at several Bay Area beaches. The Florida Department of Health says water testing showed high levels of bacteria a multiple beaches in Manatee and Sarasota Counties and is warning beachgoers to stay out of the water. 

 

 

PROPERTY TAXES  

The Bradenton Times 

County Commissioners Look to Cut Millage Rate 

BRADENTON – As property values continue to rise, Manatee County Commissioners have proposed a new spending plan for Fiscal Year 2023, that includes another millage rate reduction. 

 

Miami’s Community News 

County commissioners approve proposed 1% property tax cut  

The Miami-Dade County Commission on July 19 voted to approve Mayor Daniella Levine Cava’s proposal to cut the countywide, UMSA, library, and fire millage rates by one percent — the first property tax cut in over a decade, and the lowest combined millage rate since 1982-83. 

 

TRANSPORTATION 

News Service of Florida 

Florida to get $70 million in transportation resilience money this year  

The money can be used for highway and transit projects, bicycle and pedestrian projects and port facilities that help improve evacuations or disaster relief. 

 

AROUND THE COUNT(R)Y 

Route Fifty  

Beach Battles: Lawmakers Pushed to Increase Public Shoreline Access 

Steep parking fees and other factors can pose barriers to visiting beaches, with some advocates saying restrictive policies reinforce segregation and racial inequality. 

FAC News Clips – July 29, 2022

FAC 

Fort Myers News Press 

Former Lee commissioner John Manning dies in Cape Cod, Massachusetts  

Longtime Lee County Commissioner and former Cape Coral City Council member John Manning has died, Lee County officials confirmed. He was 72. 

 

COUNTY  

Keys Weekly 

CLOCK IS TICKING ON FLORIDA KEYS SPECIALTY CONTRACTORS  

For specialty contractors in Monroe County, time seems to still be running out. That is, of course, unless city, county and state administrators and legislators find a way to combat House Bill 735, which preempts the requirement of local occupational licensing for contractors. The bill, which took effect in July of 2021, prevents local governments from issuing specialty licenses – think painters, pavers, landscapers and other similar work outside the scope of general contractors, plumbers, electricians and others whose work involves life safety implications. 

 

Keys Weekly  

Housing challenge continues in region 

MURDOCK – Charlotte County hasn’t been spared the housing crunch Sarasota County and other neighboring jurisdictions face.  

 

Highlands News-Sun 

County seeks artist for centennial mural  

SEBRING — If you’re an artist who has done or wants to do a mural, and you can meet the requirements from Highlands County, they may have a job for you. 

 

Citrus County Chronicle 

Editorial l Officials must find ways to pay for growing demands  

If everything stays the course as the Board of County Commissioners hammers out the 2022-23 fiscal year budget, Citrus County taxpayers will see a modest increase in taxes. 

 

AFFORDABLE HOUSING  

Fox 35 Orlando 

Central Florida’s rental crisis: Lawmakers call for more affordable housing  

Skyrocketing rent in Orlando has priced many out of the mark or has resulted in record evictions. Democratic lawmakers are calling on the state to do more to help facilitate more affordable housing 

  

AROUND THE COUNT(R)Y 

Route Fifty 

Unexpected Deal Renews Hope for Billions in Climate Funding  

The agreement, struck by key Democrats in the U.S. Senate and backed by President Biden, could mean a huge influx of federal dollars for environment and clean energy initiatives. 

 

Route Fifty 

6 Things For State and Local Governments to Watch With Democrats’ Climate and Tax Deal – Route Fifty 

With billions in proposed spending, the package could affect both government programs and regional economies. 

 

Route Fifty 

Checking in With Mitch Landrieu on the Infrastructure Law Rollout  

President Biden’s top advisor on the $1.2 trillion package tells Route Fifty that 5,000 projects across the country are underway, and that the White House is meeting regularly with state infrastructure coordinators. He also knocked Republicans wavering on the transition to electric vehicles. 

FAC News Clips – July 25, 2022

COUNTY 

WTSP 

Pinellas County looks to clean up 300,000 gallons of spilled sewage  

The sewage spilled after a pipe burst last weekend. 

 

Naples Daily News 

Lee County is top in Florida when it comes to recycling  

Lee County has again claimed the top spot in the state when it comes to recycling. Out of Florida’s 67 counties, Lee finished with the highest tonnage of recycled goods, reusing 1.6 million tons of the 2.6 million tons of waste generated locally. 

 

SNN News  

Sarasota County penny tax set to expire 2024  

Your penny is hard at work in Sarasota County. The 1% ‘penny tax’ is funding the renovation of the 17th Street Regional Park, Twin Lakes football field, and Challenger Park in Venice. 

 

Sun Port Charlotte 

County to consider $5 billion federal grant for road projects 

PORT CHARLOTTE — Charlotte County commissioners will likely support a new federal grant program that could bring billions of dollars to the area for road projects. 

 

Naples Daily News 

Naples Chamber of commerce data illuminates collier county economy  

In the past couple of years there has been a paramount change in the economy and the way in which businesses operate. In Collier County consumers, business owners and employees have adapted to changes stemming from labor shortages, increased population growth and supply chain disruptions and realized opportunities to adopt new protocols and systems to adjust in this new environment. 

 

Waste Advantage Magazine  

Collier County, FL Reaches 75 Percent Recycling Rate  

Collier County has attained the 75 percent recycling rate set by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). One of five counties to reach the 75 percent mark, Collier County recycled 1.5 million tons of the 2 million tons of waste collected in 2021 according to the FDEP. This is the first time Collier County has reached the statewide goal and represents a one percentage point increase over the previous year. 

 

The Gainesville Sun 

Susan Nugent: Climate change will cause migration to Alachua County
When faced with bad news, how do we find hope? The answer proposed is “build community.” A meeting last month, sponsored by the Interfaith Community of Gainesville, focused on the inevitable impacts of climate change in North Central Florida. The message is that knowing what will come prepares us to act effectively. 

 

Miami Herald 

Miami-Dade Mayor Levine Cava to Lacayo: Stop using my photo  

A photo of a flier promoting the candidacy of Sophia Locayo, who is running for the District 12 seat on the Miami-Dade County Commission.  

 

AFFORDABLE HOUSING  

Citrus County Chronicle  

County budget, affordable housing and Betz Farm on BOCC agenda 

County commissioners have a loaded agenda Tuesday with the action starting early in the morning with budget talks and ending late in the day with a hot-button hearing on affordable housing at Meadowcrest. 

FAC News Clips – July 22, 2022

COUNTY 

Tampa Bay Times 

Pinellas County budget focuses investing in roads, bridges and infrastructure  

Pinellas County Administrator Barry Burton describes a twofold effort for the 2023 budget: address pressing needs on everything from infrastructure to personnel while keeping property taxes low. 

 

Sun Port Charlotte 

Constance eyes fourth term on County Commission  

PUNTA GORDA — Current Charlotte County Commissioner Christopher Constance is seeking a fourth term on the board. 

 

Bay News 9  

Orange County renters gather to call for a rent hike cap  

Around three dozen Orange County residents gathered Thursday for a town hall to voice their thoughts on the need for a rent hike cap. 

 

WJCT News  

Mayor Curry unveils proposal for $1.55 billion budget and lower tax rate  

Mayor Lenny Curry’s final budget proposal is here, a $1.55 billion plan that is up 10% from last year and continues priorities featured in the administration’s past budgets, with the lion’s share going toward public safety. 

 

WCJB  

Dixie County commissioners are one step closer to hiring a new county attorney 

CROSS CITY, Fla. (WCJB) – It’s time for Dixie County to hire its new county attorney. Dixie County commissioners held a meeting to interview the applicants for the available county attorney position. 

 

WEAR TV 

Santa Rosa County residents contemplate if bear-proofing their trash cans is worth it  

NAVARRE, Fla. — Videos of bears helping themselves to your garbage have spread across the internet. 

 

First Coast News 

Clay County still working to bring back curbside recycling  

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. — It’s been almost a year since the suspension of the curbside collection of recyclables in Clay County. 

 

Tampa Bay Times 

Pasco commissioners set project list for sales tax renewal  

DADE CITY — Promises Made. Promises Kept. That’s what the website touting the need for another renewal of Pasco’s Penny for Pasco sales tax announces. 

 

Click Orlando 

Marion County looks to eliminate litter with new ordinance. Here are the details  

MARION COUNTY, Fla. – Marion County commissioners enacted a new ordinance in hopes of reducing litter in the area. 

 

Bradenton Herald 

FEMA report: Flood insurance hikes will drive 1M from market 

 

AFFORDABLE HOUSING 

My Panhandle 

Sliding rent rate scale for new Bay Co. affordable housing  

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) — Bay County housing officials answered some questions and concerns residents have about the new public housing developments. 

 

ENVIRONMENT 

ABC7 News 

Citrus greening devastates Florida’s orange crops 

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) – Citrus greening is devastating the orange production industry and orange growers are feeling the pain. 

 

PROPERTY TAXES 

Orlando Sentinel  

Seminole commissioners to set property tax rate as home values soar  

Seminole commissioners on Tuesday will consider the county’s property tax rate for next fiscal year as home values have soared to record levels in recent months. 

FAC News Clips – July 21, 2022

COUNTY  

WCJB 

Dixie County Commission will meet and have a workshop to interview potential new county attorneys  

CROSS CITY, Fla. (WCJB) – Dixie County commissioners will hold a workshop to interview potential new county attorneys on Thursday. The workshop will start at 1 p.m. 

 

FOX 13 News 

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office launches new 911 system to enhance response  

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. – The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office launched a new system that enhances the way deputies respond to 911 calls. 

 

WUFT News 

Alachua County is battling overcrowding at its animal shelter, so adoptions are free for now  

A three-month-old gray tabby cat named Dos sits in her kennel, waiting for someone to take her home. She hopes someone will foster her while she waits to undergo enucleation surgery to remove her eye. Dos is one of over 100 animals living at the overcrowded and understaffed Alachua County shelter. 

 

News 4 JAX 

Clay County residents could be waiting more than year for curbside recycling to return  

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. – In a worst-case scenario estimate from the county, Clay County residents could be waiting until 2024 to get their curbside recycling back. 

 

Tampa Bay Times  

Pinellas County budget focuses investing in roads, bridges and infrastructure  

Pinellas County Administrator Barry Burton describes a twofold effort for the 2023 budget: address pressing needs on everything from infrastructure to personnel while keeping property taxes low. 

 

Tampa Bay Times  

Hillsborough budget plan tops $8.5 billion  

TAMPA — Hillsborough County commissioners will consider a nearly $8.56 billion budget for the coming fiscal year, a 14.4 percent spending increase financed by rising property values, new construction joining the tax rolls and proceeds from the community investment sales tax. 

 

Florida Politics 

Miami-Dade Commission approves $8.8M partnership to curb gun violence, boost opportunity  

The partnership with the nonprofit Carrie Meek Foundation earned sweeping support from Commissioners and residents who traveled to County Hall. 

 

PROPERTY TAXES 

Suncoast News 

Hernando commission seeks slight millage reduction in $647.4 million budget  

BROOKSVILLE — The county still is growing despite the endless warnings of a coming recession, and the county’s government is going to grow with it. 

 

First Coast News 

Jacksonville mayor to present budget proposal Thursday  

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry presents his budget proposal to the city council Thursday morning. He plans to propose a reduction in the property tax rate and is expected to propose a budget increase for Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. His capital improvement plan highlights public safety and city parks. 

 

Local 10  

Miami-Dade commissioners approve mayor’s proposed 1% property tax cut  

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Miami-Dade County commissioners have approved Mayor Daniella Levine Cava’s proposal to cut the countywide UMSA, library and fire millage rates by 1%. 

 

ENVIRONMENT  

Bradenton Harold  

Are fertilizer laws tough enough to protect Florida’s waters? 

Fertilizer bans during rainy season are one tool governments have rolled out in an effort to protect Florida’s water quality, which is increasingly under threat from manmade pollution. 

  

Bradenton Harold 

How to help keep Florida waters clean with a natural yard  

A lawn full of crisp, green turf may be the traditional beauty standard for many Florida homeowners, but over-fertilized lawns could be coming at a big cost to the environment. 

 

Keys News 

County takes on Environmental Issues and Smoking Ban 

The Monroe County Commission took on several environmental issues, including sea-level rise and flooding, and agreed to move forward on a smoking ban at county beaches at it meeting Wednesday, July 20 in Marathon.   

 

Ocala Star-Banner 

Marion County, Florida makes littering cost more in fines, jail time  

After nearly 10 months of work from the Litter Task Force, Marion County commissioners have adopted a final report and ordinance that change how the county will handle littering going forward.  

 

The Gainesville Sun

Scott Angle: UF/IFAS employs high-tech methods to protect springs

We can have it both ways. We can protect our springs and have viable agriculture in Florida. It will take a lot of science and behavior change to do it.   

 

BROADBAND 

Route Fifty  

FCC Chair Pushes for Gigabit Speed Broadband  

Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel wants to increase the national broadband standard to 100 megabits per second for downloads and 20 Mbps for uploads and proposed setting a separate national goal of 1 Gbps/500 Mbps. 

 

AROUND THE COUNT(R)Y 

Route Fifty 

Localities Are Finding Creative Affordable Housing Solutions  

There’s an estimated shortage of 3.8 million housing units nationwide. Cities and towns are stepping up to help residents.