Alarmed by reports of Hurricane Irma evacuees finding empty gas stations throughout South Florida, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is urging FEMA to do something about it. In a letter late Wednesday to William B. Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Nelson called on the agency to use “all available resources and authorities” to help with the evacuation, including pre-positioning del supplies near and along evacuation routes.
The state of Florida, military, federal agencies and emergency response organizations are in gear, and South Florida counties are preparing for evacuations and closings starting Wednesday, but Gov. Rick Scott made clear Tuesday the challenge of preparing for massive Hurricane Irma remains the uncertainty.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Latvala joined the chorus of so far mostly Democrats calling for preservation of the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” program to let young, undocumented immigrants stay in the United States. Latvala, the state senator from Clearwater, directed his call not at President Donald Trump, who has signaled he will end the President Barack Obama program as early as Tuesday, but at Congress and the Republican Party.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum joined the call to save the program allowing young, undocumented immigrants to stay in America, charging that President Donald Trump‘s anticipated repeal of DACA would be a “moral stain.”
Faced with the growing worldwide trend of terrorists using vehicles to mow down pedestrians, Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine is asking Gov. Rick Scott to identify and help protect high-volume pedestrian corridors in Florida’s cities and towns.
Arrested Democratic congressional staffer Imran Awan or his relatives — all reportedly under federal criminal investigation — also worked for five other Democratic Florida members of Congress besides U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who is on the hot seat.
House Speaker Richard Corcoran released his committee assignments for the 2018 Legislative Session Thursday with just a few changes from 2017, notably some freshmen getting vice chairmanships and new chairs for the Ways and Means and Commerce Committees. Corcoran’s changes in committees look more like mid-term adjustments for the two-year term, rather than the wholesale reshuffling that Senate President Joe Negron announced earlier this week for that chamber’s committees.