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History comes alive at St. Augustine Seminole Wars convocation

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The drum beat a slow, mournful cadence as a procession of soldiers in 1842 uniforms led by two mounted cavalrymen proceeded down St. Augustine’s Marine Street to the National Cemetery where Maj. Francis Dade and all but two men of his command are buried.

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Leslie Waters: ‘Home rule matters’

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It was my honor to be elected to the Florida Legislature from 1998 to 2006. Currently, I serve proudly as the mayor of the city of Seminole. The 2017 Florida Legislature blatantly conducted a ‘war on cities.’ The home rule provision in the Florida Constitution was ignored, stomped on, mocked, and decimated. It was shocking and egregious! Home rule is the right of local self-government, including the powers to regulate for the protection of the public health, safety and welfare;…

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Personnel note: AT&T names Dan Pollock Regional Director of External Affairs

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Dan Pollock joins AT&T as regional director of External Affairs for Central Florida. In his new role, Pollock will work closely with leaders in Orange, Brevard, Seminole, Lake, Sumter and Marion counties on AT&T legislative and community efforts. He will be based in Orlando. “Dan’s addition to our team is a big win for AT&T,” said Joe York, AT&T Florida president. “His proven track record in public affairs will help AT&T promote a business-friendly environment in Florida.” Before joining AT&T,…

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Larry Ahern files bill to provide commercial sales tax relief

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State Rep. Larry Ahern filed a bill Wednesday that would eliminate the state sales tax that Florida business owners pay on their commercial leases. The legislation would provide a sales tax exemption on the total rent paid for the right to use or occupy commercial real property.  “Florida is the only state that imposes a standard, statewide sales tax on commercial real estate leases” the Seminole Republican said. “This bill will have a positive and direct effect on the bottom…

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Sock it to Leslie Waters for the holidays

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Seminole Mayor Leslie Waters has started a “Sock it to the Mayor” tube sock drive for the benefit of two Seminole organizations – Operation Military Matters and the Interfaith Food Pantry. Operation Military Matters needs tube socks for the shoe boxes they pack for our military men and women. Operation Military Matters was founded this year by two Seminole Elementary School fifth graders, Graci Tubbs and Ava Spano, both 10 years old, who are trying to make a difference in…

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Thom Barnhorn, Jim Quinn win re-election to the Seminole City Council

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After two recounts and a wait for the overseas ballots to come in, the Seminole election results became official Friday. Thom Barnhorn was the top vote-getter with 4,549, or about 37.7 percent of the ballot. Jim Quinn came in second with 4,302, or about 32.8 percent of the vote. And Tom Christy was close third with 4,273, or about 32.6 percent of the ballot. Incumbents Barnhorn and Quinn will take the two available seats on the council. Christy, who was…

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After two recounts, Seminole City Council election still up in the air

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Pinellas elections officials spent much of Tuesday recounting votes in the race for two seats on the Seminole City Council. But by the end of the day, the final results are still uncertain. A final decision won’t be made until Friday when the final overseas mail ballots will be counted. There are 74 of those countywide. It’s unclear how many might be from Seminole. The order of finish stands as it did on Election Day — Thom Barnhorn in first place.…

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