Governor Rick Scott

Gulf Breeze nears medical marijuana sales ban

Gulf Breeze nears medical marijuana sales ban

The impending City of Gulf Breeze ordinance that prohibits medical marijuana sales outlets within the municipality’s borders leaves no room for misinterpretation—starting with its first words: “Ban imposed.” Written by the city’s paid staff at the direction of the elected City Council, the new law is tentatively slated to go into effect in mid-to-late August […]

Opioid abuse declared state emergency

Opioid abuse declared state emergency

Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declaration that opioid abuse has become a national epidemic, Gov. Rick Scott declared a Public Health Emergency in Florida Wednesday. The declaration opens up $27 million in federal funds for the state to use in prevention, treatment and recovery services News Service of Florida reports. “I know firsthand how heartbreaking substance […]

Gov. Scott directs public health emergency in Santa Rosa County for Zika

Gov. Scott directs public health emergency in Santa Rosa County for Zika

Today, Governor Rick Scott signed Executive Order 16-29 which directs State Surgeon General Dr. John Armstrong to declare a public health emergency in the four counties which have the Zika virus.  There are currently a total of nine travel-associated cases (defined as disease believed to be contracted outside of the state) of the Zika virus […]

Florida First Budget increases funding for Elders and Caregivers

Florida First Budget increases funding for Elders and Caregivers

Gov. Rick Scott’s 2016-17 Florida First Budget recommends a funding increase of more than $6 million for the Department of Elder Affairs to serve additional elders and caregivers through enhanced tools and technology. “As our state continues to grow, so does the population of Florida’s seniors,” Scott said. “We want to make sure our seniors […]

Economic development giveaways drop

Economic development giveaways drop

Freebies are falling out of fashion as a means to lure new employers to Santa Rosa County. The recent slowdown by county officials in bestowing money or other incentives, such as discounting the sale of government-owned property to prospective new employers, is in step with the current advice of some economists. Job-recruiting sweeteners approved by […]

Gov. Scott orders flags lowered to half-staff

Gov. Scott orders flags lowered to half-staff

In a statement released by the Governor Rick Scott’s office, the flags of the United States of America and the State of Florida are ordered to be flown at half-staff. The governor said, “Florida joins all Americans in mourning the more than 120 innocent people who lost their lives and the more than 350 people […]

Legislature’s special session starts Monday

Legislature’s special session starts Monday

With a looming deadline, Florida legislators return to the state Capitol this week promising to do what they couldn’t during the 60-day regular session that ended May 1. And that’s pass a new state budget that covers everything from money for schools and hospitals to paying for child abuse investigations. Legislative leaders are already promising […]

Update: Bay scallop season open in Gulf

Update: Bay scallop season open in Gulf

The recreational bay scallop season opened in some Gulf of Mexico state waters (shore to 9 nautical miles) June 28, three days earlier than the season was slated to start. The portion of Gulf state waters is from the Pasco-Hernando county line north and west to the west bank of the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay […]

Governor signs Gaetz’s marijuana bill

Governor signs Gaetz’s marijuana bill

Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed legislation June 16 that provides for the use of Charlotte’s Web, a low-THC cannabis to treat certain illnesses such as epilepsy in children. State Rep. Matt Gaetz introduced the legislation and championed its passage along with RayAnn Moseley and her parents from Gulf Breeze. RayAnn’s parents believe Charlotte’s Web can reduce their […]

Incorporation heads to voters

Incorporation heads to voters

Gov. Rick Scott May 12 signed numerous bills approved during the 2014 legislative session, and one bill gives voters in the Southwest Florida community of Estero the ability to choose whether or not they would like to become the state’s newest incorporated town. State Rep. Ray Rodrigues from Estero introduced the legislation at the beginning […]

Governor recognizes Navarre teacher

Governor recognizes Navarre teacher

Fla. Gov. Rick Scott during a Florida Cabinet meeting May 13 recognized nine outstanding educators for their contributions to learning, and Holley-Navarre Intermediate teacher Danielle Clark was one of them. Clark earlier this year was also named Santa Rosa County Teacher of the Year by the Santa Rosa Education Foundation. Read more in the May 22 issue […]

Small business loans available for flood impacted businesses

Small business loans available for flood impacted businesses

Businesses impacted by flooding may apply for short-term, interest-free loans to help meet the demands of their businesses. Gov. Rick Scott announced May 8 the activation of the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program as the request of State Rep. Clay Ingram of Pensacola. The program was also made available in 2010 for businesses adversely impacted […]

Governor urges feds to lengthen snapper season

Governor urges feds to lengthen snapper season

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved April 16 a 52-day recreational red snapper season in state waters to begin May 24. The next day Gov. Rick Scott sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce urging the agency to provide additional fishing opportunities in federal waters. The federal season is currently […]

Florida’s jobless rate drops

Florida’s jobless rate drops

Florida’s unemployment rate in March 2014 stands at 6.3 percent, down 1.4 percent from March 2013. Gov. Rick Scott April 18 announced that Florida’s private sector created 20,900 jobs over the month in March 2014. Since December 2010, Florida has added 563,900 private sector jobs. “Florida’s economic turnaround continued in March, with significant growth in private-sector jobs, […]

Florida Senate and House pass rival spending bills

Florida Senate and House pass rival spending bills

By Gary Fineout, Associated Press Tallahassee, Fla. (AP) — Flush with plenty of extra cash during an election year, the House and Senate on Thursday passed rival versions of a new state budget that spends more money on child protection, health care for the disabled and public schools. But there remain key differences between the two chambers over everything […]

Governor recognizes Seminoles football team

Governor recognizes Seminoles football team

Florida Governor Rick Scott presented the Governor’s Sports Award to Florida State University Head Coach Jimbo Fisher and the 2013 FSU Football team for their athletic achievements and winning the 2014 BCS National Championship. The presentation was made April 1 in Tallahassee. The Governor’s Sports Award is an award given to those who have made […]

Governor signs Florida GI Bill

Governor signs Florida GI Bill

Governor Rick Scott was joined  by Senate President Don Gaetz, Speaker of the House Will Weatherford, Representative Marti Coley, Speaker Pro Tempore, Representative Jimmie Smith, Representative Jimmy Patronis and Representative Doc Renuart to sign House Bill 7015 which creates the “Congressman C.W. Bill Young Tuition Waiver Program,” that waives out-of-state tuition fees for honorably discharged veterans. […]