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Some hoping Billy Buzzett takes the reins at Constitutional Revision Commission once again

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While speculation hums along on the membership on the Constitution Revision Commission, there’s been not much buzz on who will be its executive director. But there’s been quite a bit of interest in the Capitol, at least on the south side of the Plaza level, to put it back in the hands of an old pro: Billy Buzzett, who had the job back in 1997-98. Don’t ask why. Ask: Why not? Most importantly, Gov. Rick Scott likes the guy. He tapped the…

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Jac VerSteeg: Rick Scott puts Band-Aid on environmental wounds

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A politician is a guy who shoots you in the gut and then campaigns by bragging about the Band-Aid he put on the wound. The latest example: Just days after The Palm Beach Post’s John Kennedy documented how Gov. Rick Scott‘s environmental policies had led to an explosion of huge developments in Palm Beach County and across the state, Scott showed up in the county to tout his environmental achievements. Scott came to Florida Atlantic University’s Pine Jog Environmental Education…

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Florida editorial roundup

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Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: Daytona Beach News-Journal on funding for state’s park system: Florida’s parks have been recognized three times — in 1999, 2005 and 2013 — as the nation’s best park system. No other state has earned that many honors. Last year they attracted more than 27 million visitors. But that’s not good enough for Florida officials, who are concerned that too many parks generate insufficient revenues for management. Jon Steverson, the recently confirmed head of the Department…

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Steve Seibert steps into the Tigers’ Den

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Florida’s being paved over by developers! It’s a refrain often heard in the debates on how development in the Tampa Bay area will occur. Steve Seibert was a well liked and admired Pinellas County Commissioner before being asked by Governor Jeb Bush to lead the State’s Department of Community Affairs, which oversees development and environmental issues. Since leaving that post in 2007, he has become Executive Director of Florida’s Century Commission, created to advise the Governor and Legislature on how…

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