Rep. Matt Gaetz

Oil drilling ban for Gulf of Mexico passes House

Oil drilling ban for Gulf of Mexico passes House

Federal legislation to permanently ban oil drilling and exploration in the eastern Gulf of Mexico took a huge step forward Wednesday after passing the House of Representatives 248-180. H.R. 205, entitled “Protecting and Securing Florida’s Coastline Act of 2019,” which permanently extends the moratorium on drilling in areas of the Gulf of Mexico near the Florida […]

Florida’s Gulf oil drilling future remains murky

Florida’s Gulf oil drilling future remains murky

While the Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association (NBLRA) voted unanimously to oppose any drilling off the coast of Florida in the Gulf of Mexico, it may be too little too late. The public comment period for the five-year plan on oil drilling along U.S. coasts closed March 9. Read the full article in the […]

Wild ride as more candidates enter races, others drop out

Wild ride as more candidates enter races, others drop out

Candidate signs have been going up like wildfire here, there and everywhere – something code enforcement won’t be happy about since so many enthusiastic campaign staffers forget to take them down after the elections are over. There were a number of late-minute surprises last week at the Santa Rosa County Elections office in what has […]

Florida Senate should let debate begin on Open Carry

Florida Senate should let debate begin on Open Carry

Guest Opinion The organizing principle of my public service is Constitutional liberty. If government constrains itself to the Constitution, free markets, free enterprise and free people can thrive. Otherwise, we get catastrophic consequences such as ObamaCare, lawless executive orders and a government that (often corruptly) picks winners and losers. In a world of uncertainty, the […]

High court: Florida death penalty system is unconstitutional

High court: Florida death penalty system is unconstitutional

Florida’s unique system for sentencing people to death is unconstitutional because it gives too much power to judges — and not enough to juries — to decide capital sentences, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The 8-1 ruling said that the state’s sentencing procedure is flawed because juries play only an advisory role in recommending death […]

Schools to receive $1.2M for military-related students

Schools to receive $1.2M for military-related students

Four Northwest Florida school districts serving military-related students will receive millions more in state aid next year, thanks to a budget initiative by Sen. Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fort Walton Beach). The special funding was included in the budget approved by Gov. Rick Scott. The “military-connected student supplement” is part of a […]