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Judge upholds Xerox award in massive FDOT procurement case

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In what may be the end of a titanic legal fight between major state government contractors, an administrative law judge has upheld the state’s award of a massive transportation contract to Xerox, denying Accenture‘s claims that an unusual procurement process yielded the wrong outcome. Administrative law judge J. Bruce Culpepper on Wednesday recommended to the state Department of Transportation (DOT) that it issue an order finalizing the award to Xerox, finding Accenture “failed to establish that the Department’s determination that Xerox will provide the ‘best…

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WTSP: Inadequate warnings, aggressive ticketing and doubled fines plague St. Pete school zones

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Despite years of safety warnings from citizens and community leaders, St. Petersburg will finally begin to correct street signage to better caution drivers of approaching school crossings. The tipping point came after questions from WTSP/10 Investigates, featured in a new report first broadcast Tuesday night. Before the issue became public, however, St. Pete police may have issued thousands of incorrect tickets during the aggressive enforcement of reduced-speed zones. Reporter Noah Pransky discovered the rate of citations was like no other municipality in Tampa Bay. Strict…

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Tampa citizens not done expressing themselves to Hillsborough MPO on TBX project

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Last month, hundreds of concerned Tampa residents pleaded for the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to reject the Florida Department of Transportation’s plans to expand I-275 by adding toll lanes that would cut through part of the city. Despite their pleas, only one MPO member (Guido Maniscalco) sided with the public. The multi-billion plan would add tolled express lanes from the Gateway area of St. Petersburg to Bearss Avenue. The lanes would give extra capacity for cars whose drivers were willing to pay a…

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Favoritism in awarding state toll collection contract, company claims

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A company has filed a complaint claiming Florida transportation officials used favoritism in awarding a multimillion-dollar toll collection contract. WFTV Channel 9 Eyewitness News in Orlando reports an administrative judge will take up the 28-page complaint from Accenture over the $600 million state contract that may not have gone to the best company to do the job. The contract was awarded in June to rival Xerox. Belvin Perry, a former judge who is now a WFTV legal expert, said the…

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Today on Context Florida: AIF & Amendment 1, the Pope & politics and bureaucracies

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Today on Context Florida: In Tallahassee, there was no shortage of opinions spend the money voters approved for Amendment 1. Throughout the debate, Brewster Bevis of the Associated Industries of Florida says some have tried to hold our lawmakers to an arbitrary standard, arguing for tens of millions of dollars for land-buying that the state doesn’t need and taxpayers simply cannot afford. Thankfully, cooler heads in our state’s representative branch of government have prevailed. There’s a reason your mama told you…

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House water bill language finds a new home as session winds down

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Language from a comprehensive House water bill was added on Thursday to other environmental legislation in the House over objections from Democrats. But the water bill language lacks key components of the Senate bill that is important to that chamber’s leadership, raising questions about whether the move represents gamesmanship between the two chambers. And some environmentalists say they’d prefer to see the bills die, effectively ending what some observers predicted would be the “year of water” in the Legislature. HB…

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FDOT procurement meeting canceled after FloridaPolitics.com report

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I guess we can count the Florida Department of Transportation among our beloved readership — along with the many pols, staffers, voters and taxpayers who check in with SaintPetersBlog every day. After our reporting this week on a transportation contract procurement process that seems to have gone a little squirrelly, FDOT announced Tuesday that it has canceled a public meeting previously set for Wednesday on precisely that issue. On Monday we wrote about an ITN process — “Invitation to Negotiate,” in the parlance…

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