FAC News Clips - February 15, 2019 -

WCTV

Desloge appointed to FEMA National Advisory Council

Leon County Commissioner Bryan Desloge has been appointed to serve on the FEMA National Advisory Council. The council works with FEMA to help coordinate all aspects of emergency management, including communication with state, local and private sector entities. Desloge will represent the viewpoint of elected local officials.

Sun Sentinel

Palm Beach schools, community working together to ensure student safety

Student safety in Palm Beach County has always been a priority. For decades, the District has funded an internal School Police Department, investing more than $20 million per year to cover operational costs. A year before Parkland, the community had generously approved a penny sales tax that jump-started single point of entry and other campus hardening projects.

Naples Daily News

Connect with the Chamber: Say 'yes' to Investing in Collier County

For more than 70 years, The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce has been committed to community and business leadership in Collier County. We are grateful to have more than 1,200 businesses representing over 50,000 employees who say “yes” to investing in the Chamber. When you become a member, you are joining into a collective effort to enhance your organization and improve the business climate in Collier County.

Tampa Bay Times

Carlton: Tallahassee, don't tread on St. Pete's ban on plastic straws

For the record, the city of St. Petersburg is in no way identical to, say, the also-in-Florida town of Spuds. (Best known for its amusing potato-related name and also for being a half-hour out of St. Augustine.) Nor is St. Pete the same as metropolitan Miami, more rural Wauchula or quirky Key West. This big, long state in which we live contains communities young and old, seaside and landlocked, city and country, conservative and not. St. Pete has its own distinct vibe — its thriving downtown, rolling green waterfront, art, parks, bungalows and annually, the biggest Pride event in Florida.

Coastal Breeze News

Marco’s Beach Renourishment

The beach renourishment project is in progress for Marco’s Central Beach. It will continue from dusk to dawn, Monday through Saturday and will be completed before sea turtle season, which begins April 15th. Nighttime dredging activities may occur, but will be limited to an area along the water’s edge. Approximately 150,000 – 175,000 cubic yards of sand will be dredged from the intertidal zone in front of the beach and graded up to the dunes to create a wider and positive slope.

South Dade News Leader

FPL Solar Energy Center in Homestead Officially Up and Running

The array of more than 300,000 solar panels at the FPL Miami-Dade Solar Energy Center have been in full operation since February 1, 2019 and hundreds of people gathered Tuesday, February 12, 2019 to celebrate the achievement. Previous articles have described the capability of this, the first solar power plant in the county. Community collaboration was as much on display as was technology.

News 96.5

EPA LOOKING INTO ALLEGED EXPOSURE OF TOXIC CHEMICALS IN MARION COUNTY DRINKING WATER

The EPA just put out recommendations for how to deal with toxic chemicals found in flame retardant. There is now a class action lawsuit in Ocala where former employees of the Florida Fire College are suing because they say those chemicals made them sick. People who live near the fire college said after hearing about the contamination in the well at the school they're worried about their drinking water.

Pensacola News Journal

Escambia County to conduct water testing around Rolling Hills landfill

Escambia County is going to begin testing water flowing out of the now-defunct Rolling Hills landfill after learning that tests in 2017 showed high levels of heavy metals including arsenic. South Palafox Properties, the company that owns the property, has not complied with a 2016 court order to continually conduct groundwater tests at the site and their last test was in 2017. Groundwater from the Rolling Hills property feeds the head waters of Marcus Bayou.

News6

$10 million competition to clean up Lake Jesup

Scientists from around the world are competing right now to help clean up Florida's dirty water, specifically by removing toxic algae that is causing high levels of phosphorus in Lake Jesup. Tiffany Cowie is the division director for management services and public affairs for the St. Johns River Water Management District and helps oversee the lake, which is one of the largest in Florida. "Lake Jesup is one of the water bodies in our state that needs the most love," she said. 

National Public Radio

After 16 Months Of Dead Fish, Manatees And Dolphins, Florida's Red Tide Ebbs

For well over a year, visitors to Florida's beautiful Gulf Coast beaches have found dead fish lining the shoreline. A red tide algae bloom afflicted coastal communities from Florida's Panhandle to its southern tip. But in the past few weeks, monitoring conducted by marine scientists shows that the red tide bloom is finally disappearing.

TC Palm

Florida Legislature's efforts to undermine home rule reach 'dangerous level'

We may have reached the nadir of the state's efforts to undermine the authority of local governments. Home rule — the decades-old tradition that allows municipalities and counties to regulate issues within their jurisdictions — has been under withering attack in recent years. That said, the latest proposal percolating in Tallahassee may have crossed a line.

Wokv 104.5

MEDICARE AMBULANCE RIDES MAY NO LONGER END UP AT ER

Medicare wants to change how it pays for emergency ambulance services to give seniors more options besides going to a hospital emergency department, officials said Thursday. Other options could include going to an urgent care center, a doctor's office, or even treatment at home under supervision of a doctor via telehealth links. It's just a pilot project for now, but if adopted nationwide the idea could save Medicare more than $500 million a year and allow local fire departments and ambulance services to focus the time and energy of first responders on the most serious emergencies.