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Sarasota County Commission hears more details about potential spring training facility with Atlanta Braves

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More details have emerged about the negotiations between the Atlanta Braves and Sarasota County, which could lead to the creation of a new spring training facility and year-round academy by 2019. “We’re hopeful that we come to a conclusion that benefits both parties, that is creative and beneficial, that is win-win for both parties,” said John Schuerholz, the vice chairman of the Braves, speaking to the board on Tuesday. The proposed 9,000 seat stadium (6,500 fixed seats and 2,500 general admission) that would be constructed in…

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Frank Alcock is ‘taking it to the streets’ as he begins general election campaign against Greg Steube in SD 23 race

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Democrat Frank Alcock is wasting no time in preparing for his formidable challenge running against Republican Greg Steube in the Florida Senate District 23 race — and he’s doing it on wheels. Dubbing it “Tour de Frank,” Alcock — an associate professor of political science at New College of Florida and frequent television commentator — will begin a Labor Day weekend 100-plus-mile bicycle tour of the Senate district, which includes Sarasota County and parts of Charlotte County. “I want to demonstrate my commitment to the…

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Doug Holder leads crowded Republican field in SD 23

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Doug Holder would come out on top in Senate District 23 if the Republican primary were held today. A new survey from St. Pete Polls found Holder would receive nearly 29 percent of the vote, besting a crowded Republican field. The study — which was commissioned by Florida Politics and conducted on July 26 — found Greg Steube would come in second with 23 percent of the vote, followed by Nora Patterson with 20 percent. Ray Pilon comes in fourth with 9…

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Enterprise Florida board approves staff cuts, cost reductions

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Enterprise Florida board members approved a plan to slash spending and restructure the state’s public-private economic development agency. The EFI board of directors voted overwhelmingly to approve recommendations to cut about $6 million. The board approved about a dozen recommendations, including closing offices, ending contracts and eliminating 26 positions. Eliminating the positions will save the organization more than $2.1 million, said Alan Becker, vice chair of the Enterprise Florida board. The group voted on the recommendation to eliminate the positions separately…

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New College Professor Frank Alcock enters SD 23 race

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Frank Alcock, a college professor at New College of Florida in Sarasota, announced his candidacy Tuesday for the Florida Senate’s District 23. SD 23 is an open seat being vacated by GOP incumbent Nancy Detert. Alcock has been a full-time faculty member at New College since 2003, teaching courses on world politics and environmental studies. He also served as Director of a Marine Policy Institute at Mote Marine Laboratory, and before spent five years as a policy analyst at the U.S. Department of Energy.…

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Mitch Perry Report for 3.31.16 – Pinellas lawmakers reflect on bills likely positive for entire body politic

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You hear a lot in the news these days about how conservatives are poised to work with liberals on criminal justice. It actually happened a few times during this past Legislative Session in Tallahassee. At Wednesday’s Suncoast Tiger Bay meeting in St. Petersburg, the assembled lawmakers were asked to cite what they thought was the most important piece of legislation of the Session. Clearwater House Republican Chris Latvala referred to his bill that allows certain juvenile offenders apply to the Florida…

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With clock ticking, tax package discussed in Senate

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The 2016 tax package was back in the Senate Thursday, one day before the end of the 2016 Legislative Session, with state Sen. Dorothy Hukill trying to safely land the more than 100 page bill. Ironically, a watchdog group issued a report the same day that said the real tax problem in Florida isn’t at the state level, but higher-than-average local taxes. Among other provisions, the bill (HB 7099) would make permanent the current break on the state’s 6 percent sales tax on…

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