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Five Things to Know in Florida for April 5

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 5

3RD FLORIDA MAN GUILTY FOR BURNING CROSS IN COUPLE’S YARD Federal prosecutors said in a statement Tuesday that 56-year-old William Dennis of Port Richey pleaded guilty to conspiring with others to threaten, intimidate and interfere with an interracial couple’s enjoyment of their housing rights. Two other men previously pleaded guilty. PROSECUTOR SEEKS DEATH PENALTY FOR […]

Tuition, graduation and the ever-present bottom line

Tuition, graduation and the ever-present bottom line

Florida legislators in the House and Senate are taking a long, hard look at the state’s college and university system. Legislation in both arms of the Capitol could change not only how the state’s schools of higher learning are funded, but how the students are billed and funded, too. Read the full article in the […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 28

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 28

FAMILY VISITING SOUTH FLORIDA HIT BY TRUCK WHILE WALKING The family was visiting from Eagle Mountain, Utah, and preparing to take a cruise out of Port Everglades when they were hit Sunday evening. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles says 24-year-old Raquel Leota had her lower left leg amputated. Her brother, 10-year-old Tyson Wensel, […]

Teen entrepreneur draws accolades from Tallahassee

Teen entrepreneur draws accolades from Tallahassee

Sage Offutt received a standing ovation inside the Capitol building in Tallahassee after Gov. Rick Scott praised the 14-year-old entrepreneur for her efforts in starting a thriving small business. Read the full article in the March 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Death penalty fix fast tracked by Florida legislature

Death penalty fix fast tracked by Florida legislature

After a year of uncertainty, Florida’s death penalty law is back on track with passage of a bill intended to correct a flaw in the current statute. Read the full article in the March 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

House passes oversight bill for Visit Florida

House passes oversight bill for Visit Florida

In its first week of session the Florida House of Representatives passed two bills Friday that took aim economic programs eliminating Enterprise Florida, Inc. and restructuring Visit Florida. Read the full article in the March 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 15

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 15

FLORIDA DAD GETS LIFE IN PRISON FOR KILLING INFANT SON Gene Anthony Quinones-Rivera pleaded no contest to the 2015 death on Monday. A judge in Panama City gave him the maximum sentence for second-degree murder. The investigation began in December when Quinones-Rivera went to police and confessed that he’d caused the death of his son. […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 7

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 7

MARGARITAVILLE KING JIMMY BUFFET LAUNCHES RETIREMENT VILLAGE Latitude Margaritaville — named after Buffet’s best-known song, “Margaritaville — will open its first community in Daytona Beach for “those looking to live the Margaritaville lifestyle as they grow older, but not up,” according to a press release. Current plans call for walkable neighborhoods, a fitness center and […]

Capital punishment back on solid ground

Capital punishment back on solid ground

As the Florida Legislature inches closer to correcting the state’s death-penalty law, the Florida Supreme Court has voted to allow capital-punishment cases to proceed in a reversal of an earlier ruling. Read the full article in the March 2 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Legislation could reinstate Florida death penalty

Legislation could reinstate Florida death penalty

State Attorney Bill Eddins voiced confidence that the death penalty will be back in working order in Florida by the end of March. Read the full article in the Feb. 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Proposed legislation could eliminate Visit Florida and Enterprise Florida, Inc.

Proposed legislation could eliminate Visit Florida and Enterprise Florida, Inc.

Proposed legislation that would eliminate state tourism marketing group Visit Florida and state economic development agency Enterprise Florida, Inc. was introduced Feb. 8 to the Florida House of Representatives Careers and Competition Subcommittee. Read the full article in the Feb. 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per […]

Budget provides boost to senior services

Budget provides boost to senior services

With the 65 and older population still on the rise in Florida, the decision by Governor Rick Scott to devote $315.5 million to the Florida Department of Elder Affairs is one that makes sense. Read the full article in the Feb. 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 3

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 3

2 TEENS FACE MURDER CHARGE IN FATAL CRAIGSLIST ROBBERY Tampa police said in a statement Thursday that they arrested a 17-year-old boy who now faces first-degree murder and robbery charges in the Tuesday night death of James Beck. A 16-year-old is already in custody who is facing murder and robbery charges. Beck’s body was found […]

Peoples appointed to advisory council

Peoples appointed to advisory council

Dottie Peoples retired as the executive director of the Northwest Florida Area Agency on Aging in 2011. She still serves on the agency’s board and was recently given another opportunity to work closely with the group, landing a spot on the Florida Department of Elderly Affairs Advisory Council. Read the full article in the Feb. […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 27

Five Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 27

FLORIDA AIRPORT SHOOTING SUSPECT INDICTED ON 22 COUNTS The indictment returned Thursday charges 26-year-old Esteban Santiago with 11 counts of causing death or bodily harm at an international airport, five counts of causing death during a crime of violence and six counts of using a firearm during a crime of violence. Santiago could face the […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 26

Five Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 26

FLORIDA GOVERNOR THREATENS PORTS THAT DO BUSINESS WITH CUBA Scott said Thursday via Twitter that he will propose a budget that restricts state money for ports that trade with the communist island. He said he was disappointed some Florida ports would enter into agreements with Cuba. The threat came after news reports of the first […]

Losquadro represents county in Art in the Capitol competition

Losquadro represents county in Art in the Capitol competition

Holley Navarre Middle School art teacher Cara Sayer is quick to point out that Luke Losquadro is a “very talented art student.” It’s hard to debate the statement, especially after Losquadro learned earlier this year that his drawing of an eagle was selected to represent Santa Rosa County at the Art in the Capitol Competition. […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 24

Five Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 24

WOMAN ACCUSED OF SMEARING BANANAS ON CARS AT TRUMP’S CLUB Palm Beach police say in a report released Monday that 48-year-old Kelly Weidman also typed a profanity about Trump on a Mar-a-Lago computer and moved outside some ballroom balloons a few hours before Trump was sworn-in Friday. She was confronted by security guards, who called […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 11

Five Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 11

VISIT FLORIDA TO PAY $73,000 TO CEO AFTER RAPPER KERFUFFLE The Visit Florida board of directors agreed Tuesday to pay Will Seccombe, who agreed to resign after pressure from Gov. Rick Scott. Visit Florida is hiring Ken Lawson, the current secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation as a replacement. Seccombe led the […]

Visit Florida scrutinized for clandestine contracts

Visit Florida scrutinized for clandestine contracts

Florida’s contracted tourism agency Visit Florida came under fire just months before the legislature would meet to decide whether to approve a $76 million budget for the organization. The criticism has resulted in the resignation of the company’s President and CEO Will Seccombe. The drama centered on a supposedly privileged $1 million contract between Visit […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 8

Five Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 8

3 Teens Charged In Beating Death Of Another Teen Two 15-year-old boys are facing manslaughter and battery charges, and a 14-year-old boy has been charged with tampering with a witness. Winter Park Police Lt. Pam Marcum says 15-year-old Roger Trindade got into a confrontation with the other boys Oct. 15 and was brain dead by […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 2

Five Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 2

MAN GETS 40 YEARS IN MURDER-SUICIDE PLOT THAT LEFT 3 DEAD Patrick Carlopoli was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to six counts, including second-degree murder. Authorities say Carlopoli and his girlfriend, 37-year-old Tammy Modlin, on Jan. 24 first killed the family’s dog at their Fort Myers apartment. Modlin then stabbed 16-year-old Montana Modlin, her daughter […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 17

Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 17

911 CALLS SHOW PULSE PATRONS DESPERATELY WAITING FOR HELP The last batch of 911 audio recordings released Wednesday by the city of Orlando captures patrons desperately waiting for first responders. The operators repeatedly tell them help is on the way but that there are a lot of people to rescue in the club, as well […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 16

Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 16

FLORIDA TEEN PLEADS NOT GUILTY IN FACE-BITING ATTACK Austin Harrouff’s attorney filed the written plea Tuesday. Defense attorney Robert Watson waived the teen’s Wednesday arraignment appearance and asked for a jury trial. Authorities say Harrouff fatally stabbed 59-year-old John Stevens, and his wife, 53-year-old Michelle Mishcon, outside their Tequesta home in August. SHERIFF: POT COOKIES […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 15

Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 15

DONALD TRUMP DROPS LAWSUIT ABOUT FLIGHTS ABOVE FLORIDA CLUB County Attorney Denise Nieman emailed commissioners about the lawsuit Monday afternoon. Nieman says Trump’s attorneys contacted her to say they are dropping the lawsuit, which claimed the historic Mar-A-Lago was being irreparably harmed by air traffic from Palm Beach International Airport. MORE PULSE 911 CALLS RELEASED […]

Red snapper season extended into late November

Red snapper season extended into late November

Recreational fishing in the Gulf is big business. According to Amanda Nalley, the public information specialist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, it brings in billions each year, and that includes fishing for red snapper. “While we don’t have this number broken down, we do know recreational fishing in Gulf Waters adds $7.6 […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 8

Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 8

MAN GETS LIFE IN PRISON FOR MURDER OF TRANSGENDER WOMAN Terry Brady was sentenced Monday. He was convicted in September of second-degree murder. Prosecutors say Brady fatally shot 31-year-old Yaz’min Shancez in June 2014, burned her and dumped the remains behind a garbage bin. FLORIDA PLASTIC RECYCLER AGREES TO PAY $424,573 IN BACK PAY In […]

Aerospace engineering era begins in Pensacola

Aerospace engineering era begins in Pensacola

Nearly five years after the dream was initiated of bringing an aerospace engineering facility to Pensacola, ground was broken on the VT Mobile Aerospace Engineering, Inc. at the Pensacola Regional Airport Friday morning. Hiccups occurred along the way in terms of coordinating the project and coming up with a design for it, but when local […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 27

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 27

‘STRONG ODOR’ OF ALCOHOL ON MARLINS PITCHER JOSE FERNANDEZ AFTER BOAT CRASH A search warrant released by the Miami-Dade state attorney’s office Wednesday also says investigators found evidence that the boat was speeding when it slammed into a jetty Sept. 25. Fernandez, 27-year-old Emilio Jesus Macias and 25-year-old Eduardo Rivero died. FLORIDA MAN FATALLY SHOT […]

County commits BP dollars to clean up Santa Rosa Sound

County commits BP dollars to clean up Santa Rosa Sound

The Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners voted Thursday, Aug. 25, to allocate the county’s portion of Pot 3 of the RESTORE funds toward five projects to improve the water quality of Santa Rosa Sound. Applications for the county’s $12.3 million portion of the fund must be approved by the RESTORE Council, the Department […]