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Orlando Sentinel

Editorial: Tallahassee plots a coup against local governments

Miami-Dade County leaders borrowed $400 million in 2009 to finance a baseball stadium for the Miami Marlins. Projections indicate the tab for county taxpayers to pay off the debt with interest could reach $2.4 billion. This isn’t a subsidy — it’s a stick-up. But a bad deal — even a spectacularly bad one — made by leaders in one county eight years ago doesn’t justify yet another bid by state legislators to drain power and authority from locally elected leaders throughout Florida.

The Villages Daily Sun

County Building Permits Surging Upward

Construction growth took a strong upturn in Sumter County during the fiscal year ended Sept. 30. Growth in the Village of Fenney, along with some fill-in development in a few other Villages neighborhoods, primarily accounted for the gain. The county’s Planning Department issued 1,527 residential building permits over that 12-month period with a value of about $428 million, Development Services Director Karl Holley said. In comparison, the county department issued 1,061 residential building permits, with a value of about $321 million, in fiscal-year 2015-16, he said.

Florida Keys News
Mountains of storm trash prove costly
Mountains of debris from Hurricane Irma grow in collection sites throughout the Florida Keys, as do trash-storage costs now facing Monroe County. County commissioners, meeting Wednesday in Marathon for their first full session since the Category 4 hurricane targeted the Keys Sept. 10, will hear that three privately owned properties in the Lower Keys rented as debris-collection sites will cost a combined $7,687 per day.