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Rick Scott announces four judicial, board appointments

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On Friday, Gov. Rick Scott announced four appointments to both judicial courts and state boards. 12th Judicial Circuit Court

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Rick Scott names two to Southwest Florida Water Management District

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On Friday, Gov. Rick Scott named two to the Governing Board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District. Joel Schleicher, 65, of Sarasota, is the founder and executive chair of Focal Point Data Risk, a risk-management firm based in Tampa. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota. Schleicher fills a vacant seat for a term ending March 1, 2019. Rebecca Smith, 57, is the president and chief executive officer for the A.D. Morgan Corporation, a Tampa-based construction…

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SWIFTMUD adopts tax rate for coming fiscal year

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The Southwest Florida Water Management District has adopted a tax rate for the 2016-17 fiscal year that’s about 4.9 percent lower than the current rate. The proposed rate for the new fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, is about 33 cents per thousand dollars of assessed, taxable value. The current SWIFTMUD tax rate is about 35 cents per thousand dollars of assessed, taxable value. For the owner of a $150,000 home with a $50,000 homestead exemption, the district tax would be…

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Swiftmud appoints new executive director

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Brian Armstrong was appointed executive director of the Southwest Florida Water Management District during the agency’s Tuesday board meeting. “I’m truly humbled that I have the opportunity to lead such a talented staff,” Armstrong said. Armstrong will succeed Robert Beltran who announced his resignation earlier this month. Beltran, who has been Swiftmud’s executive director since September 2013, is leaving to go back to the private sector. He will stay temporarily at Swiftmud to help with the transition. Armstrong has served…

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Carlos Beruff says his business history is why he would be good for Senate

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At a Thursday meeting of the NW Orange Republican Women Federated at the Errol Estate Golf & Country Club in Apopka, Senate hopeful Carlos Beruff outlined why he would be right for the job. Given only three minutes before the group, Beruff used them to speak about his upbringing and business acumen. His family immigrated from Cuba to the U.S. in 1957, Beruff said, after a failed attack on the presidential palace in Havana. “My mother was the only woman conspirator in that…

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Gov. Scott announces 23 state board appointments

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On Friday, Gov. Rick Scott announced 16 appointments and 7 reappointments to a variety of state regulatory boards. South Florida Regional Transportation Authority Scott made three reappointments to the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, which covers Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties and is the fifth largest urbanized area in the U.S. with more than five million residents. Andrew Frey, of Miami, is the principal of Tecela. He currently serves as the executive director of Townhouse Center. Frey’s reappointment is for a term…

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Gov. Scott vetoes water projects, firefighter pay increases

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Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday vetoed more than $87 million in environmental spending including $27.3 million for suspect “dispersed” water projects. Scott vetoed $461.3 million in spending from a budget of more than $78 billion. While highlighting tax cuts and spending to bring more jobs to Florida, the governor said the 2015-16 state budget provides for springs protection, Everglades restoration and land acquisition. “We are doing the right thing for our environment,” Scott said. He also vetoed more than $29…

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