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John Mica congressional hearing on Orlando’s lost federal anti-terrorism money aims some blame at Congress

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Whose fault was it that Orlando did not qualify for federal funding to shore up anti-terrorism efforts the past few years? U.S. Rep. John Mica called a congressional hearing Friday to see, and several officials concluded it is at least partly because of Congress. Mica was not entirely convinced and countered with several reasons why he is convinced the federal Urban Area Security Initiative Grant Program under the Department of Homeland Security should have done more to provide funding to Orlando for…

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State of Florida cities are good for economic growth, new study says

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North Florida is on the right path of economic growth, says a new “State of the Cities” survey released Thursday by the Florida League of Cities. A combination of high-quality local services, lower property taxes and drawing new business made the difference for Northwest Florida and around the state to maintain positive economic growth in 2014, according to the annual report produced by the League’s Center for Municipal Research and Innovation. “An important part of our continued growth over the…

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