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Wednesday, Mar 04, 2015


Editorial: Scott’s smart port strategy

In fiscal year 2011, the Florida Department of Transportation allocated $60.4 million for Florida’s 15 ports. The next year, with Gov. Rick Scott aggressively promoting port investments, that number increased to $187.5 million, and last year i...
Published: 02/24/15

Editorial: Proposal to set alimony guidelines deserves support

Couples contemplating the end of a marriage can go online and calculate how much child support the non-custodial parent will be required to pay until the child turns 18 years old.
Published: 02/23/15

Editorial: Don’t misuse Amendment 1 dollars

A mad scramble is on for Amendment 1 dollars, with the Legislature receiving proposals for nearly 500 water projects. They would cost far more than the estimated $700 million expected to be raised each year by the citizen-approved constitutional amen...
Published: 02/22/15

Shoring up Florida’s corrections system

The Florida Senate deserves credit for trying to bring transparency and discipline to a scandal-plagued Department of Corrections that has seemed impervious to reform.
Published: 02/21/15

Editorial: Court gaffs net ban challenge

Ever since voters overwhelmingly adopted a gill net ban in 1994, netters have been trying vainly to shred the law, through both legal challenges and legislative ploys.
Published: 02/21/15

Editorial: Scott needs to address questions raised by FDLE chief’s firing

Gov. Rick Scott is sorely mistaken if he thinks a steady stream of press releases is going to quiet the growing scandal over the forced ouster of former Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey.
Published: 02/20/15

Editorial: Medical school move a winner for USF, economy

Last month the Florida Board of Governors delayed voting on funding a proposal to move the University of South Florida medical school to downtown Tampa, with members of the facilities committee wanting more details and time to review them.
Published: 02/19/15

Editorial: Leave regulation of backyard gun ranges to local officials

Homeowners who live in close proximity to their neighbors shouldn’t have to tolerate backyard gun ranges in their neighborhoods. In densely populated cities, and in suburban subdivisions, the homemade ranges pose a potentially fatal hazard.
Published: 02/18/15

Editorial: School Board should move forward with united effort to replace Elia

Hillsborough County School Board members are right to consider a national search for a new superintendent and to put that search on an orderly track that will bring a resolution by July.
Published: 02/17/15

Editorial: Vaccinate in the public interest

With a confirmed measles case in neighboring Georgia, and a busy tourist season well under way, it’s going to be difficult for Florida to avoid joining the 18 states where measles cases have been reported.
Published: 02/16/15