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St. Pete’s 40th Avenue Bridge resumes two-way traffic

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After upgrading utilities and days of rerouted traffic, the 40th Avenue NE Bridge in St. Petersburg is now open for two-way traffic as of 10:00 a.m. Wednesday.

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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Republican and candidate for governor, said in a press release he’s “introduced legislation to help repair Florida’s outdated ranking criteria to restore Florida’s beaches.”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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Rick Scott: Florida unemployment down to 4.1 percent

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Gov. Rick Scott announced the creation of more than 26,000 private-sector jobs in July, with the unemployment rate remaining at “the lowest rate in a decade, 4.1 percent.”

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St. Petersburg CEO dead of brain cancer accused of nearly destroying HR firm

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A local human resources firm is suing the estate of its former CEO who suffered from brain cancer, accusing him of trying to undermine the company in a power play before dying earlier this year.

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Latest on the legislative staffing merry-go-round

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With a tip of the hat to LobbyTools, here are the most recent movements — both on and off — of the legislative merry-go-round.

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Denise Grimsley raises $152K in July toward Agriculture Commissioner bid

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Denise Grimsley raised more than $150,000 toward her bid to replace Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, her campaign announced Thursday. Grimsley raised a combined $152,000 — $103,000 for her official campaign and $49,000 for Saving Florida’s Heartland, the political committee backing her — during the one-month period. According to the Sebring Republican’s campaign, she has raised more than $1.1 million to date. “Our campaign is growing stronger by the day and I am honored by the support we have received,” said…

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Matt Caldwell raises $108K in July toward Agriculture Commissioner bid

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Matt Caldwell brought in more than $108,000 toward his bid to replace Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, his campaign announced Thursday. Caldwell raised a combined $108,275 — $43,275 for his official campaign and $65,000 for Friends of Matt Caldwell, the political committee backing his 2018 agriculture commissioner bid — during the one-month fundraising period. According to Caldwell’s campaign, the North Fort Myers Republican has raised more than $1 million since January.

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