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Personnel note: Amy Zubaly named new head of FMEA

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Amy Zubaly has now gone from interim to permanent executive director of the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA), and the first women to head the organization, according to a Thursday press release. The board of directors in January had tapped Zubaly, then deputy executive director of public affairs and strategic communications, to helm the association while it looked for a new leader. She’d been with the organization for 17 years. Longtime FMEA executive director Barry Moline resigned last year to lead the California Municipal…

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Personnel note: Amy Zubaly now interim head of FMEA

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Amy Zubaly is now interim executive director of the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA), according to a Monday press release. The board of directors tapped Zubaly, deputy executive director of public affairs and strategic communications, to helm the association while it looks for a new head. She’s been with the group for 17 years. Longtime FMEA executive director Barry Moline resigned last month to lead the California Municipal Utilities Association (CMUA) in Sacramento. “We are fortunate to have someone who has the longevity and knowledge…

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Public utilities praise Rick Scott for ‘coordination and cooperation’ during Matthew

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Hurricane Matthew swept up the Atlantic Coast this week, leaving widespread flooding, several deaths and more than a million people without power. For his demeanor and handling of emergency preparation, response and evacuations ahead of the historic storm, many are praising Gov. Rick Scott, including the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA), which represents 34 public power communities across the state. FMEA members provide electricity to more than 3 million residential and business consumers. FMEA Executive Director Barry Moline commended Scott’s leadership…

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Jack Latvala says bill may put PSC over local utilities

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State Sen. Jack Latvala, his chamber’s next budget chief, Friday said he might file legislation for next year to put municipal utilities under the supervision of the state’s Public Service Commission. “I think you’re going to see a bill dealing with the municipalities that are currently not supervised by anybody above them, in terms of their (storm) preparedness, their rates,” he told reporters in Tallahassee. The commission already oversees investor-owned utilities, including rate increase requests. But the head of the…

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William Peebles’ firm rakes in $310K in Q2 lobby fees

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The two-lobbyist governmental relations firm William J. Peebles, PA, operated by the firm’s namesake along with John Wayne Smith, reported earning more than $300,000 during the second quarter of 2015, according to recently submitted compensation reports. The boutique shop’s list of clients heavily tilted toward local government clients: nearly all of the Peeble’s 22 legislative and 21 executive lobbying clients were municipalities or related entities. The City of Tampa and Florida Municipal Insurance Trust were the highest-paying of the firm’s legislative clients, contributing between $20,000-$29,999…

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