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Dec-29-2013 The Ledger
Lakeland will complete the year with a goal it announced almost 30 years ago: a population of more than 100,000.
Nov-20-2013 Reuters
Only third city in the nation to receive Palladium honor. The City of Tamarac, Florida has joined the ranks of such prestigious organizations as Motorola, UPS and Hilton Hotels as a recipient of the...
Sep-16-2013 Tampa Bay Times
Shelby Willis is 5 feet 4 inches tall. But that didn't stop her from climbing up the ranks to become Largo's first female fire chief and the only female fire chief in Pinellas County.
Sep-03-2013 Daily Commercial
Eustis city commissioners will meet Thursday night to consider creating a Downtown Waterfront Entertainment District to better promote the city and help local businesses.
Aug-02-2013 Daytona Beach News-Journal
DAYTONA BEACH — As the city comes alive with a massive redevelopment at Daytona International Speedway and the promise of two new oceanfront hotels, the 85-year-old Boardwalk is basking in a rebirth...
May-07-2013 South Florida Business Journal
Fort Lauderdale has been ranked No. 7 for economic potential on a list of the Top 10 Small American Cities of the Future, according to fDi Magazine.
Apr-11-2013 South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Tours in South Florida typically go to the beach but, in Coral Springs, city leaders will pile onto a bus to see government buildings in three counties. City commissioners haven't decided yet to...
Apr-05-2013 Tampa Bay Times
Family, friends and residents will gather at 2:30 p.m. Sunday for the official renaming of “John R. Lawrence Pioneer Park.”
Apr-03-2013 Longboat Observer
A town Fire Rescue Department software application is in a Computerworld Honors Program Safety & Security category with the likes of Hewlett-Packard and the FBI.
Mar-27-2013 Belleair Bee
BELLEAIR - The town of Belleair is encouraging veterans and active military personnel to be on hand at the April 2 commission meeting when the town proclaims April 17 as Military Family and Community...
Jan-31-2014 Florida Current
A bill filed by Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, this month would place state guidelines for giving preference to vendors based in Florida on local governments throughout the state.
Jan-12-2014 Pasco Tribune
Water customers could petition the state’s Public Service Commission to shut down private, for-profit water and sewer utilities if a new bill sponsored by Pasco state Sen. Wilton Simpson wins approval in the Florida Legislature this session.
Dec-27-2013 Florida Times-Union
Among the most important issues facing the city’s Retirement Reform Task Force is how to restructure the poorly performing Police and Fire Pension Fund.
Mar-18-2013 Bismarck Tribune
A bill that allows counties to hold special elections for a home rule charter vote passed the Senate 37-9 and is on its way to Gov. Jack Dalrymple for his signature.
Mar-15-2013 Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Coming back strong after a post-recession starching, Florida is now growing so quickly that the Sunshine State could soon overtake New York as the nation's third most populous state.
Dec-06-2012 Sunshine State News
Florida’s economic condition appears stable. After years of $1 billion-plus shortfalls, legislators are looking at a shortfall of only $149 million in recurring revenue for the coming year and more than $600 million in nonrecurring money still in...
Nov-08-2012 Local 10
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A proposed Florida constitutional amendment that would have capped state revenue has gone down to defeat.
Oct-13-2012 Ft. Myers News-Press
One of the largest election day ballots in Florida’s history will undoubtedly result in voter brain overload and possibly meltdown on Nov. 6, especially when it comes to the 11 constitutional amendments.
Sep-30-2012 Bradenton Herald
This could be viewed two ways -- as an economic stimulus for developers, homebuilders and the entire real estate industry, or a revenue catastrophe for already cash-poor counties and municipalities that would force further cutbacks in government...
Sep-07-2012 Ocala Star Banner
Home rule is one of the cornerstones of government in Florida. Basically, it constitutionally guarantees cities and counties the authority to run their local governments and the services they provide how they see fit. Except...
Jul-30-2012 Bradenton Herald
ISLAMORADA, FLA. — The print ad for the Florida Keys Tourist Development Council, with the picturesque Seven Mile Bridge leading into the blue ocean, touts the island-connecting Overseas Highway as "The Road to Recovery."
Jul-20-2012 Orlando Sentinel
TALLAHASSEE — When you look at the jobs strategies Florida has historically leaned on, they're focused on one overriding mantra: Call it 'Grow, baby, grow.' Policymakers insist that if businesses are freed from costly environmental...
Mar-21-2012 Belleair Bee
BELLEAIR BLUFFS – The city of Belleair Bluffs is ready to fight another round in the battle with its pension board and former firefighters over pension payouts.
Feb-24-2012 WCTV
Governor Scott has some economy-boosting ideas. He shared them with mayors and community leaders from across Florida today.
Feb-24-2012 Sunshine State News
Gov. Rick Scott told mayors and community business leaders Thursday that the perception of Florida as being pro-business has improved "dramatically" in the past 12 months.
Feb-17-2012 Orlando Sentinel
A property-tax cut for small businesses sought by Florida Gov. Rick Scott was rewritten Friday morning by a House committee to appease cities and counties who feared the plan was a Trojan horse designed to get at bigger breaks for large firms.
Feb-16-2012 The Current
A Senate panel decided to delay its decision on a pension measure on Thursday, allowing time for various labor organizations to work out their different concerns.
Jan-31-2012 Seminole Beacon
Seminole supports fire pension changes
SEMINOLE – The city of Seminole has joined an increasing effort by the Florida League of Cities to send a nonbinding message to the Florida Legislature concerning firefighter pension reforms.
Jan-17-2012 Seminole Beacon
SEMINOLE – City leaders are crafting a resolution in support of the Florida League of Cities’ efforts to lobby state legislators on the return of local control for firefighter pension plans.
Jan-09-2012 Palm Beach Post
GREENACRES — The city council urged Florida legislators tonight to reform pension laws to correct "unfunded mandates" that have more than doubled the city's costs for police and firefighter pensions during the past three years.