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BOCC OKs purchase of three new parcels for Conservation 20/20

There have been some great things happening recently with Lee County's Conservation 20/20 program. Thanks to the hard work of county staff and enhancements to the program that allow us to pursue strategic properties, the Board of County Commissioners approved the purchase of three new parcels ...

Senate prioritizes budget, celebrates Vietnam vets and license-free fishing

The Senate convened for its fourth week of the annual 60-day session in Tallahassee for the purpose of holding committee meetings, as well as passing legislation through the full Senate.Below are some highlights of week four's progress.Budget prioritizes education, reservesThe Senate Committee ...

Senate handles legislation sales tax, pollution and religious liberties

The Senate convened for its third week of the Annual 60 Day Session in Tallahassee for the purpose of holding committee meetings, as well as passing legislation through the full Senate.Below are some highlights of week three's progress.Legislation on sales tax passes first committeeThe Senate ...

Best to listen to the water experts when it comes to Lake Okeechobee debate

In my previous role as Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, it wasn't often I would find consensus on issues involving local water management districts, the state, and federal government. But after years of studying the options to best reduce the occurrence of discharges ...

Senate handles legislation on self-defense, religious liberties and more

The Senate convened for its second week of the annual 60-day session in Tallahassee for the purpose of holding committee meetings as well as passing legislation through the full Senate.Below are some highlights:Legislation passes on right to self-defenseThis week the Florida Senate passed ...

Five common flu myths for people to forget during season

With cooler weather and holiday get-togethers, comes a higher risk for flu and flu-like illnesses, or "flu imposters." And, each season I hear many of the same concerns or misconceptions from patients regarding flu. That's why I've compiled this list of "common flu myths" - to not only debunk ...

‘Send the Water South’ is not a solution — it is a weapon

Last week, the Everglades Coalition met at a fancy waterfront resort in Fort Myers, where they all took their parts in an elaborate play orchestrated with a few millionaires and billionaires, as they continued to ignore the threats of the lives of the residents living in the communities south ...