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Leon County GOP head calls Andrew Gillum ’embarrassing’

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The chair of the capital area’s Republican Party is firing back after Democratic candidate for governor Andrew Gillum ignited a partisan firestorm this weekend over recent subpoenas into city-backed redevelopment deals. Gillum told the Tampa Bay Times’ Windy March on Saturday weekend, “ ‘I just know that based on the way they have come after me ever since — prior to my jumping into this race, back during Hurricane Hermine … all I can tell you there’s enough on the record”…

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St. Pete to spend $16M on Northwest sewage plant upgrades by summer

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Sewage continues to be a nagging problem for St. Petersburg, after two summers with huge wastewater discharges into Tampa Bay and surrounding waters. At the center of the debate, reports Charlie Frago of the Tampa Bay Times, is whether to reopen the shuttered Albert Whitted Wastewater Treatment Facility, as well as expanding the Southwest sewage plant. Getting not nearly as much press is the city’s Northwest plant, which also suffered a massive spill after Hurricane Hermine, dumping sewage in neighborhoods…

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Claudia Rodriguez: Motorola Solutions salutes Florida first responders

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This week, Floridians are taking pause to recognize and thank the men and women who protect us as we celebrate First Responder Appreciation Week. First responders make countless sacrifices and put their lives on the line every day to keep our communities safe. Motorola Solutions Florida employees salute them for their endless support to those in need each day and during times of crisis. At the same time, our hearts go out to the families and friends of Master Sgt.…

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Infamous dates: The moments that influenced Florida politics in 2016

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Everyone expected Florida to play an important role in politics this year. And why wouldn’t they? Presidential hopefuls hailed from here; the state’s electoral votes were coveted; and its Senate race could have determined control of the U.S. Senate. But just like many predictions in 2016, some of the prophecies for Florida’s outsized role on the national stage fell flat. Many believed a Sunshine state politico would be a presidential nominee (not quite right) or that the election would hinge…

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Flood insurance chief concedes his program failed to put customers first

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The head of the National Flood Insurance Program conceded Tuesday the program has stumbled in responding to natural disasters, but said he has already begun changes intended to emphasize service to its customers. “If you want to know where the National Flood Insurance Program has stumbled, its when we no longer put the customer first,” said Roy Wright, deputy associate administrator for insurance and mitigation at the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “At some point the program focused on the companies,…

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Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund in robust health, report says

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The Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund holds $17.5 billion in liquid assets, enough to meet its statutorily mandated reserves with $500 million left over, administrators said Tuesday. Furthermore, the fund, a backstop to the state’s property insurance companies, can easily go to the financial markets to raise money if Florida suffers storm damage sufficient to strain its reserves. That, according to a report delivered during a meeting of the fund’s advisers in Tallahassee. “The bottom line is, the Cat Fund is…

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Hurricane Matthew represents a major test for Florida utilities

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Florida power companies are prepared for Hurricane Matthew, which is already causing significant power outages throughout the state. But the storm, a Category 3 as of this writing, also represents a test — whether North Florida’s energy infrastructure can handle powerful winds and the resulting storm surge flooding. While utilities throughout the Southeastern U.S. have been actively preparing for such an event, CNBC reports Matthew will nonetheless present a serious challenge to the region’s power grid, as millions of Floridians could…

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