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Florida lawmakers to take up ‘heartbeat bill’

Florida lawmakers to take up ‘heartbeat bill’

The Florida Legislature is set to consider a bill that would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, part of a renewed Republican Party strategy to expand restrictions on abortion in state laws nationwide. In January, State Rep. Mike Hill of Pensacola sponsored the so-called “heartbeat bill” in Florida’s House of Representatives. Read the […]

Workers comp rates plummet 13.8 percent

Workers comp rates plummet 13.8 percent

Florida employers will save nearly half a billion dollars on their workers’ compensation insurance rates in 2019, according to the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (FLOIR). FLOIR approved a 13.8 percent decrease in overall workers’ comp rates based on an annual rate filing by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) just two years after […]

Ballot Breakdown: Florida voters to decide 12 amendments

Ballot Breakdown: Florida voters to decide 12 amendments

When Florida voters go to the polls Nov. 6 they will be greeted by a dozen potential amendments to the state’s constitution. From dog racing to taxes to vaping at work, the amendments hit a variety of issues. Read the full article in the Sept. 13 issue of Navarre Press for brief guide on what […]

County pursues lease-fee laggards

County pursues lease-fee laggards

Three years after county commissioners agreed to cap the annual lease fees on Navarre Beach residential property at $250 a year, about 150 leaseholder accounts are still overdue with total delinquencies of $215,258. Some of the lease accounts have had overdue balances that started long before the county capped the fees in 2015, and a […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 22

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 22

FLORIDA DEPUTIES SHOOT, INJURE WOMAN WHO POINTED GUN AT THEM Hernando County Sheriff’s officials said in a news release the shooting happened Sunday afternoon in Brooksville. They say the woman was reported to be suicidal and was armed with a shotgun and had access to other weapons inside the home. The woman walked out of […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 18

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 18

NO CHARGE FOR MAN WHO DROVE BODY TO LAWYER’S OFFICE The grand jury decided Monday it would not charge 54-year-old John Marshall in the March 2015 death of 65-year-old Theodore Hubbell Jr. Marshall said he acted in self-defense, and jurors found there was insufficient evidence to rebut that. FEC SUES EX-REP. DAVID RIVERA OVER 2012 […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 7

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 7

LAWSUIT CHALLENGES FLORIDA BAN ON SMOKABLE MEDICAL MARIJUANA Lawyer John Morgan filed the lawsuit Thursday, saying smoking marijuana is the best way to administer it to some patients. Morgan led the ballot effort that put medical use of marijuana in the state constitution with 71 percent voter approval. He said the language in the constitution […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 23

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 23

FLORIDA CLASH OVER CONFEDERATE STREET NAMES LEADS TO ARRESTS News outlets report five protesters were charged with disrupting the Hollywood commission meeting Wednesday night. The disagreement involves three streets — Lee Street, named after Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee; Hood Street, named after Gen. John Bell Hood; and Forrest Street, named after Confederate general and […]

Florida’s death penalty still under scrutiny

Florida’s death penalty still under scrutiny

In November 1988 a Milton cab driver went missing. A few days later his bloodstained cab was found hidden in some woods. The body was found 12 miles away with two shot gun wounds to the chest. Evidence showed that the man had been shot at close range inside the car. The bullet fragments were […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 7

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 7

DEAL FOR BECKHAM’S MIAMI SOCCER STADIUM LAND GETS APPROVAL Commissioners in Miami-Dade County have approved a deal to sell Beckham’s group nearly three acres of county land, which would become the last piece in a nine-acre site for a planned 25,000-seat stadium. Beckham’s group will pay just over $9 million for the land in the […]

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.

Dispute spotlights gap in tracking officials’ messages

Dispute spotlights gap in tracking officials’ messages

The current national Sunshine Week initiative (March 12-18) to educate the public about the importance of transparency in government finds Santa Rosa lagging in how it watchdogs officials’ mobile phone text messaging. Unlike a growing number of Florida counties, Santa Rosa has neither formal guidelines on officials’ use of text messaging nor modern tracking technology […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 3

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 3

FORMER FLORIDA POLICE OFFICER CHARGED WITH SHOOTING Former Rockledge police officer Nicholas Galluzzi turned himself in Thursday and later bonded out of jail. He faces up to five years in prison. Police say two teens had been breaking into cars in December. They tried to flee when officers arrived and crashed their vehicle into a […]

From murder to forgiveness ten years to heal

From murder to forgiveness ten years to heal

As of Saturday, it has been 10 years since the body of 21-year-old Josh Whittier was found on the beach behind Juana’s Pagodas. His mother was sure he was murdered. Read the full article in the March 2 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

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.

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 17

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 17

COURT: FLORIDA DOCS ALLOWED TO ASK PATIENTS ABOUT GUNS The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that key provisions of a 2011 law that restricted such speech violate the First Amendment. Three-judge panels of the same court had issued conflicting rulings in a long-running challenge to the law brought by 11,000 medical providers […]

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.

Leaseholders weigh fee simple title over Navarre pass

Leaseholders weigh fee simple title over Navarre pass

Twice now a bill to allow Navarre Beach leaseholders to claim fee simple titles for their leased properties has made its way to the U.S. House of Representatives. Read the full article in the Feb. 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 2

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 2

NEW TRIAL FOR LAWYER CONVICTED IN GAMBLING RING The Florida Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal Wednesday in the case involving Jacksonville attorney Kelly Mathis, meaning an October ruling from Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeal will stand. The earlier ruling says the trial judge should have allowed Mathis’ legal team to call certain […]

Florida’s death penalty in muddy waters

Florida’s death penalty in muddy waters

The death penalty is now off the table for the man accused of shooting two Milton residents to death in their home July 2014 not because of the nature of the crime, but because of chaos in the court system. Read the full article in the Jan. 26 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 9

Five Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 9

FLORIDA AUTHORITIES IDENTIFY MAN KILLED BY DEPUTY IN LAKE Sgt. Fred Jones of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office tells local news outlets that 49-year-old Wayne Donald Dorsey was the man killed Tuesday. The deputy, who has been with the sheriff’s office for 12 years, was placed on paid administrative leave. FLORIDA TO STATE WORKERS: YOU […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 3

Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 3

POLICE SHOOT, WOUND MAN SUSPECTED OF KILLING WIFE, SON, WOUNDING ATTORNEY Miami-Dade police say Fadel Jabado was shot Wednesday afternoon following a nearly three-hour standoff. Police said they believe Jabado killed his wife Bessima and their oldest son at their southwest Miami-Dade home and wounded real estate attorney Larry Harshman at his Kendall office. VANDAL […]

Is your insurance going up?

Is your insurance going up?

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulations (FLOIR) has been busy these past few weeks, raising Citizen’s Property Insurance Corporation coastal policy costs by an average 10.9 percent for consumers and finalizing a rate hike of 14.5 percent for workers’ compensation costs to employers across the state. Citizen’s Citizen’s Property Insurance Corporation is a state-backed insurer […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 23

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 23

FLORIDA SENDS ANOTHER $5 MILLION TO FIGHT ZIKA IN MIAMI-DADE Earlier Monday, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine asked for more federal resources to combat Zika’s spread in South Florida, where the first cases of the virus transmitted by mosquito bites on the U.S. mainland have been found in the […]

County eyes unpaid lease fees

County eyes unpaid lease fees

Navarre Beach residents have long complained about being required to pay both Santa Rosa County ad valorem taxes along with their property lease fees. But some haven’t paid the latter for years. In fact, although the Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association is lobbying to use lease fees to pay their share of the recent […]

Florida employers set to pay highest workers’ comp in southeast

Florida employers set to pay highest workers’ comp in southeast

Florida is set to once again have the highest cost to employers in workers’ compensation rates in the Southeastern region by Oct. 1 thanks to an official recommended rate increase of 19.6 percent. The increase recommended to the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation, which sets insurance rates, by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI). […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 8

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 8

FLORIDA JUDGE WHO PUNISHED VICTIM WILL BE REPRIMANDED The state Supreme Court on Thursday ordered that Seminole County Judge Jerri Collins take an anger management class and attend a domestic violence course. Collins will also be publicly reprimanded. Last year, Collins sentenced a Lake Mary woman to three days in jail for contempt. FLORIDA HOMEOWNER […]

Workers’ comp rates take another hit

Workers’ comp rates take another hit

The Florida Supreme Court has struck down yet another pillar of workers’ compensation law, threatening to drive business costs even higher to an estimated 20 percent according to the National Federation of Independent Business in Florida (NFIB). The ruling in Westphal v City of St. Petersburg states the current two year cap on temporary disability […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 10

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 10

DEPUTY ARRESTED ON 29 CHILD SEX CHARGES Authorities say 43-year-old Sgt. Kreg Costa of the Broward Sheriff’s Office was arrested Thursday and was being held without bail. Costa’s attorney said in a statement that he will be exonerated. POLICE SAY PHILADELPHIA MOM ADMITS SUFFOCATING 2 YOUNG KIDS A Miramar police report released Thursday says 40-year-old […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 8

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 8

TROPICAL STORM WARNINGS DISCONTINUED FOR COLIN National Hurricane Center forecasters said the center of post-tropical cyclone Colin was moving toward the northeast at close to 40 mph. The center of the storm was expected to move away from the North Carolina coast Tuesday and pass east of the mid-Atlantic coast later in the day. FLORIDA […]