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Florence Snyder has 116 articles published.

Florence Beth Snyder is a Tallahassee-based lawyer and consultant.

Halsey Beshears supports small government, except when he doesn’t

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State Rep. Halsey Beshears (R-Not From Panacea) supports small government, except when he doesn’t. Beshears was elected to the House in 2012 from Monticello, in Jefferson County. He’s all in for making a city out of Panacea, located in Wakulla County, inside his sprawling district, but an hour’s drive and a world away from where he lives and works. Florida law requires approval from the Wakulla County Commission and from the Legislature before there can be a City of Panacea, where the locals can be taxed to…

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Florence Snyder: In loving remembrance of Gus Harwell

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By the time reporters like the Miami Herald‘s Mike Sallah and Carol Marbin Miller and Kimberly Miller of The Palm Beach Post took starter jobs at the Boca Raton News, 1960s-era Publisher Gus Harwell was long-gone to bigger jobs at Knight Newspapers. But his legacy as a reporter’s publisher continued to attract top young talent for years after he moved on to the Tallahassee Democrat and a corporate vice-presidency before retiring in 1995. Harwell, who died last Friday in Port…

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Florence Snyder: Postcard from Red Hills Horse Trials

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Tallahassee’s Red Hills Horse Trials isn’t the first thing that comes to mind for working-class people looking to spend a spring afternoon outdoors with the kids. It’s easy to feel intimidated by a United States Equestrian Association event that attracts an international crowd of die-hard members of the horsey set. But the “suggested donation” of $15 is a whole lot less than a day at Disney. And the look on children’s faces as they sit on a family picnic blanket watching…

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Florence Snyder: Postcard from ‘The Process’

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In Casablanca, “everybody goes to Rick’s” Cafe Americain.  In Tallahassee, everybody goes to Andrew’s Capital Grill. Or Andrew goes to everybody, as he did last night, personally attending to the feeding and watering of 1,200 of Associated Industries’ closest friends at its annual eve-of-session cocktail party. Andrew Reiss has been doing this since the party began, 28 years ago poolside at the old Ramada Inn. Andrew hugs and smiles a lot more than the brooding, lovelorn character played by Humphrey…

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Florence Snyder: In respectful remembrance of Ken Plante

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“Revered lobbyist” is usually an oxymoron, but not when applied to Ken Plante, who died last night of Lou Gehrig’s disease. As the tributes pour in, it is hard to believe there was ever a time when Plante was not beloved of government reformers and their cheerleaders on Florida’s editorial boards. But that’s how it was in 1976, when Plante was the lead plaintiff in a court challenge to Florida’s Sunshine Amendment. The amendment had been championed by Gov. Reubin…

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As Sunshine Week concludes, meet a young woman from the ‘Old School’

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Editor Lenore Devore thinks reporters should look at the wheat to be found in public records, and not the chaff of press releases peddled by taxpayer-supported ministers of disinformation. So when the Lakeland Police Department’s “public information officer” stonewalled a young police reporter looking to flesh out details of a shooting, Devore did what good editors do.  She refused to let her newsroom take “no” for an answer. That was in the fall of 2012, when the community and its…

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Spotted at Momo’s: Judge Terry Lewis’s launch party for his third crime novel, “Delusional”

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Momo’s Pizza and Brew Pub looked more like a Bar convention Monday, as Terry Lewis, circuit court judge and mystery writer, presided over the launch party for his third crime novel, “Delusional.” The popular pizzeria at Market Square was crowded with Lewis’ 2nd Circuit colleagues, as well as judges from the 1st District Court of Appeal and retired Supreme Court Justice Harry Lee Anstead; all stood in line to have their books autographed, and then held court with Lewis’ friends, family,…

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