Sen. Don Gaetz

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 17

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 17

STATE SEN. DON GAETZ APPLIES TO BE UWF PRESIDENT Media outlets in the Florida Panhandle report that the Niceville Republican is among more than 70 applicants for the job. Gaetz is serving his second term in the Florida Senate and faces term limits in November. He served as Senate president from 2013-2014. He currently chairs […]

Turtle center hatches

Turtle center hatches

The wooden beachfront shack sat vacant, collecting sand and salty grime from years of lacking care. Mold had begun to grow on the walls, floors and ceiling of the county-owned building. Once a state park information center, it shut its doors in 2008, left to sit and rot. Until some turtle ladies, a handful of […]

Don Gaetz helped in Gulf Breeze park wrangling

Don Gaetz helped in Gulf Breeze park wrangling

Although influential Florida Sen. Don Gaetz maintained a cautious public position as the City of Gulf Breeze pushed for more compensation for right of way to build the new Pensacola Bay Bridge, behind the scenes he advocated for the municipality’s quest. “At first the Florida Department of Transportation’s offer was zero, nothing,” said Gulf Breeze […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Mar. 10

Five Things to Know in Florida for Mar. 10

FLORIDA DEPUTIES FATALLY SHOOT MAN ARMED WITH BB GUN Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Larry McKinnon says in a news release that at least four deputies responded Tuesday night to the Windwood Oaks Apartments after 911 calls about man screaming and waiving a gun. FLORIDA REPORTS FIRST CASE OF SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED ZIKA VIRUS Secretary of […]

Record school funding? Local taxpayers bear load

Record school funding? Local taxpayers bear load

This editorial published in the Orlando Sentinel on Oct. 17, 2015   Tallahassee wants to provide “historic” school spending by continuing to play Tallahassee’s trick on taxpayers. You might think that Florida’s system of financing education is simple: Your property taxes pay for the schools in your county. It’s not that simple. Local taxes pay […]

School district earns historic increase

School district earns historic increase

After decades of being at or near the bottom in per pupil funding from the state, the Santa Rosa County School District will receive historic funding increases in 2016, according to Sen. Don Gaetz (R-Niceville). The district will receive $8,239,180 in additional revenues next year for a total of $181,014,246 to support the 26,000 students […]

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 […]

Legislature passes $79B budget in overtime

Legislature passes $79B budget in overtime

After a sprawling and messy budget fight that spawned lawsuits and finger-pointing, the fractured Republican-controlled Florida Legislature approved a nearly $79 billion budget and ended its special session Friday. Legislators were racing against the clock to pass the budget after they failed to pass one during their regular two-month session that ended in late April. […]

Athletic bill heads to Senate

Athletic bill heads to Senate

Navarre High School athletic director Scott Murphy understands both sides of the extracurricular activities bill, which passed the Florida House of Representatives by an 86-29 vote April 22. The bill, which would create free agency in high school athletics, is up for a vote in the Senate this week. Sen. Don Gaetz (R-Destin) said changes […]