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Rick Scott makes eight judicial, state board appointments

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Gov. Rick Scott announced eight appointments and reappointments this week to a variety of Florida judicial, state boards, and commissions.

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Gov. Scott announces seven new state board appointments

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Gov. Rick Scott announced five new appointments and two reappointments on Friday to a variety of statewide regulatory boards. Northwest Florida Transportation Corridor Authority Scott announced one appointment and two reappointments to the Northwest Florida Transportation Corridor Authority. NFTCA works to improve mobility, enhance traveler safety, provide for hurricane evacuation routes, and promote economic development in Northwest Florida. Peter Bos, 68, of Destin, is the chair and chief executive officer of Legendary LLC. He currently serves on the Gulf Consortium. Bos…

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Perhaps DEP’s Jon Steverson will tell the Cabinet what is going on in Palatka

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DEP Secretary Jon Steverson says he has never fired anyone for enforcing the law. Yet his fingerprints – or at least tacit backing – are all over the ouster of top staff at the St. Johns River Water Management District. The resignations of Executive Director Hans Tanzler and four top staff members at the district, based in Palatka, has prompted criticism from environmentalists and newspaper editorial writers about political interference from Tallahassee. Dinah Voyles Pulver of the Daytona Beach News…

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DEP’s Jon Steverson wants to cut down more trees and do it faster

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Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Jon Steverson told a Senate panel this week he wants to cut and sell more trees from state parks — and do it faster. Citing other states that have increased revenue from timber sales on state land, Steverson told senators he is working to make Florida’s state parks financially self-sustaining. “I want to do it better, I want to do it faster, I want to do it as quickly as I possibly can,” he…

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Gov. Rick Scott releases names of 18 state board, judicial nominating appointments

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On Friday, Gov. Rick Scott released the names of 18 appointments, including four reappointments and ten individuals selected for a series of judicial nominating commissions. Northwest Florida Water Management District Scott began by announced three reappointments to the Northwest Florida Water Management District. John Alter, 78, of Malone, is a manager with Alter-Bevis Farms LLC. He currently serves as a member of the Florida Forestry Association Board of Directors and previously served as a member of the Jackson County Chamber…

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Florence Snyder: Postcard from Red Hills Horse Trials

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Tallahassee’s Red Hills Horse Trials isn’t the first thing that comes to mind for working-class people looking to spend a spring afternoon outdoors with the kids. It’s easy to feel intimidated by a United States Equestrian Association event that attracts an international crowd of die-hard members of the horsey set. But the “suggested donation” of $15 is a whole lot less than a day at Disney. And the look on children’s faces as they sit on a family picnic blanket watching…

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