Pensacola News Journal
Escambia County Commissioners could be voting on a hands-on training contract for all Emergency Medical Services staff as soon as their next meeting June 6. Although the commission decided May 16 not to ratify an earlier vote to expedite bidding for training that had been requested by the county's medical director, the county is now moving forward with seeking bids for the training. Escambia County began advertising for bids from EMS training companies Thursday afternoon. County spokeswoman Joy Tsubooka said the advertisement will run until June 5, and the results will then be brought to the County Commission on June 6.
In an unusual extended session, the Florida Legislature concluded the 2019 Legislative Session on Saturday, May 4, a direct result of budget negotiations that did not finish with sufficient time for the constitutionally-mandated 72 hour budget review period. The extended session was an anomaly in a session where the Legislature otherwise expeditiously resolved a large number of significant pieces of legislation related to education, health care, insurance, and transportation.
Southeast AG NET
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) applauded Senate passage of a disaster supplemental that will provide much-needed funds to Florida’s Northwest communities, which were devastated by Hurricane Michael more than seven months ago. With Senate passage, Rubio urged the U.S. House of Representatives to swiftly approve the long overdue disaster relief package, and send the measure to the president for signature. The funding will allow the Air Force to continue to its rebuild of Tyndall Air Force Base and also provides critical resources to Puerto Rico.
A long-stalled federal disaster relief package that would help Northwest Florida recover from Hurricane Michael cleared the U.S. Senate in an 85-8 vote on Thursday. The House is expected to vote on the $19.1 billion package Friday before Congress departs on a holiday weekend recess. The package includes $1.2 billion to help rebuild Tyndall Air Force Base, which is close to where the Category 5 Hurricane Michael made landfall Oct. 10 with 160 mph sustained winds. About 700 structures were damaged at Tyndall, and the F-22 planes formerly at Tyndall were moved after the storm to Alaska, Hawaii and Virginia.
Cape Coral Daily Breeze
Being born and raised in Southwest Florida, fighting for clean water is personal to me. My mother makes her living on the water as a boat captain, providing tourists with an opportunity to see Southwest Florida's natural beauty. After last summer's water crisis where we witnessed the worst red tide bloom and blue-green algae outbreak in years, we made adopting solutions to clean our waterways the top priority in Tallahassee.
More than 30 speakers and exhibitors from around Florida are scheduled for Sarasota County’s Water Quality Summit on June 5, joining the discussion of how to protect the important resource, the county said in a news release. Speakers include representatives from the Florida Legislature, state agencies, Mote Marine Laboratory, University of Florida, Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, Southwest Florida Water Management District, Sarasota County and local municipalities. “On June 5, our community will come together in one place to learn, connect and engage with experts on this important issue,” said Lee-Hayes Byron, director of Sarasota County UF/IFAS Extension and Sustainability.
Federal weather forecasters are predicting a "near normal" number of storms this hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through November 1. Between nine and 15 named storms, including includes tropical storms, are predicted to form in the Atlantic this year, said Neil Jacobs, acting administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Of those, between four and eight are predicted to become full-blown hurricanes, with winds capable of removing shingles and taking down power lines, Jacobs said Thursday at a news conference to announce the forecast.
Finding affordable housing is an extreme challenge these days. But one non-profit is taking that challenge head on. Bright Community Trust’s team and Hillsborough County officials celebrated their first Community Land Trust (CLT) home Thursday, which sold for $163,000. According to Realtor.com the average sales price in the Tampa area is $250,000. “I’m getting ready to move into my new home,” are words that grandmother of six Sabrina Teel couldn’t wait to say.