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This past weekend, I attended the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Conference. As usual, it was a very positive experience.

It was my 11th consecutive conference, and to be surrounded by so many clients, elected officials, and business partners all in one place is a rare opportunity. Putting differences aside, you can spend a weekend together pushing forward the agenda of making North Florida a better place. Keep Reading

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Confederate monument supporters mourn its upcoming removal in Tampa

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Supporters of the Confederate monument in Tampa that will soon be moved to a cemetery in Brandon held a ceremony mourning its removal on Saturday morning. The group of about 20 people gathered shortly before 10 a.m. across the street at Joe Chillura Square Park, and then walked across the street onto Pierce Street, where Lunelle McCallister placed a wreath titled “1911-2017” on a shrub standing in front of the statue, which is now completely boxed up. Members of the…

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1 police officer killed, 3 injured in 2 shootings in Florida

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One police officer was killed and three wounded in nighttime shootings in two Florida cities where the officers were responding to suspected drug activity and reports of a suicide attempt, police said Saturday. One officer was killed and another gravely injured late Friday night in Kissimmee in central Florida just south of the theme park hub of Orlando.

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At Tampa Tiger Bay, advocates push for restoring felon voting rights

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This summer, the Tampa Tiger Bay Club has bypassed its normal practice of asking politicians to come into its den. Instead, the civic-minded organization has invited speakers to discuss some of the pressing issues facing Florida. This has often led to advocates and critics of an issue dueling it out during Tiger Bay forums. Not on this Friday, when the only disagreement among the panelists was the application of a proposed constitutional amendment that would restore voting rights for ex-felons.…

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Tampa’s I-75 Confederate flag is one man’s mission

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Marion Lambert is unapologetic about the abundance of Confederate flags that surround him. A faded pillow with the flag’s print sits on the porch chair of his quirky urban farm in South Tampa, an area known more for craft beers and gluten-free brunch. He’s got a sticker with the red-and-blue battle flag and the words “I ain’t coming down” affixed near the shopworn light switch in the building that holds his farm’s free-range eggs. And in his barn, there’s a…

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Jack Latvala files legislation to save Florida’s beaches

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Sen. Jack Latvala, a Clearwater Republican and candidate for governor, said in a press release he’s “introduced legislation to help repair Florida’s outdated ranking criteria to restore Florida’s beaches.” “Beaches play a unique role in Florida’s economy as its number one tourism attraction and as a vital position in the environment,” the release said. The bill (SB 174) dedicates a “minimum of $50 million annually to beach nourishment and inlet management restoration projects in Florida,” the release said. “It also…

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