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Carlos Beruff joins Carlos Lopez-Cantera in supporting a Mexican border wall

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Republican candidates for Senate in Florida are warming to the policy positions of Donald Trump when it comes to “building the wall.” Manatee homebuilder Carlos Beruff is the latest, as evidenced by his recent interview with 880 The Biz in Miami. In response to a question about the immigration problem from Latin America, which boiled down to “Are you in favor of a wall? Do you favor rounding them up?”, Beruff endorsed the concept of a wall on the Mexican…

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Bill Nelson gets drones-at-airports intercept program into FAA reauthorization bill

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U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson‘s concern about unpiloted drones flying near airports led him to take steps in Senate action Wednesday to stop them. Florida’s senior senator had the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee insert a pilot program to deter them into the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization bill. Senate Bill 2658, which ranking Democrat Nelson of Florida and Chairman Sen. John Thune, a South Dakota Republican, had marked up and approved by the committee, also includes new protections for airline passengers hit with…

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Today on Context Florida: RNC money pitch, grown-up conversations, the next big thing, better readers & leaders and the Florida GOP primary

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Today on Context Florida: Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, just asked Tony Parker, the RNC treasurer, to get in touch with Linda Cunningham. Yeah, he did. She got the letter in the mail this week. Had a handwritten note from Tony himself, promising that if Cunningham would send him a pledge for $35-$50, he’d personally tell good old Reince that she anteed up the dough. Tony made it really easy; included a charge card form and all. He…

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Bill Nelson wants limits on drones around airports

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U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is meeting with Florida’s airport directors as part of a push to garner support for new technology that could protect airports and other sensitive areas from drones. Nelson was in Orlando on Friday meeting with airport directors from Orlando, Miami, Tampa, Jacksonville, Sarasota, Clearwater and Panama City. Nelson is hoping to insert a measure into legislation that would help airports install technologies that could thwart unwanted drones. The technologies would be able to shut down drones…

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Drone legislation advances in Florida Senate

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An effort to add liability language to the state law governing drone aircraft is moving through the state Senate, now without a contentious clause calling for joint and several liability. On Tuesday, the Senate commerce and tourism committee approved a measure (SB 642) related to drones. The proposal, sponsored by Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, updates the state’s Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act to include liability language. The measure previously said the owner and operator of the drone would…

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House sends Gov. Scott bill creating City of Panacea & another that keeps Compassionate Care Hospice running

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The Florida House sent Gov. Rick Scott five bills on Tuesday for consideration, including a measure that would give a hospice an expedited process of getting a license to resume operating. Compassionate Care Hospice in Lakeland didn’t renew its license and state healthcare regulators ordered it to close down in March. The company claims to have mailed its license renewal on time but the state said it didn’t receive the paperwork and that the facility could not operate without a license. HB 441…

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Drone restrictions flying to Gov. Scott

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A Florida Legislature crackdown on drones flew out of the House Tuesday with a unanimous vote. SB 766 would prohibit drones – unmanned mini-robots equipped with cameras — from taking pictures on private property without consent. The measure already cleared the Senate, and now is on its way to Gov. Rick Scott. Drones are popping up everywhere. They are being used to fight an avocado fungus in Florida, terrorists in the Middle East and to rescue injured skiers in Norway. The…

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