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Tripadvisor: St. Pete Beach third best beach in U.S., Florida has 7 of top 10

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Seven of the top 10 beaches ranked as the best in the nation by a travel-ratings website are in Florida. TripAdvisor said Wednesday in a news release that the sand at Siesta Key outside Sarasota was the best-rated beach in the nation. Other Gulf Coast beaches weren’t far behind. St. Pete Beach was number 3, followed by Clearwater Beach and Panama City Beach. Hollywood’s beach in South Florida was ranked sixth, followed by Pensacola Beach and St. Augustine Beach near…

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Diane Roberts: Yale tells Rick Scott it’s not ready to swap ivy for kudzu

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It’s springtime! and idiocy is in full Florida bloom. The state Supreme Court just ruled that a disingenuous and dissembling solar energy initiative is good to go on this November’s ballot. The proposed amendment, “masquerading as pro-solar” (in the words of dissenting justice Barbara Pariente), is sponsored by utility companies. Yes, utility companies, those nice people who charge the taxpayers for power plants they may not even build, those great environmentalists who want solar about as much as you want…

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Panhandle has a plan to improve its Spring Break image

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A raucous spring break that made some unwanted national headlines has officials on the Florida Panhandle looking to restore their community’s image. After a season that included a house party that dissolved into gunfire and a beach gathering that resulted in a videotaped sexual assault, Bay County is negotiating a contract for a new marketing strategy to boost public perception. County Manager Bob Majka said the potential deal with marketing executive Jerry Ray and attorney William Harrison could help undo…

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UF fraternity to close after charges of harrasing veterans

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A University of Florida fraternity chapter is shutting down after reports that some members recently harassed a group of wounded military veterans on vacation in Panama City Beach. The University of Florida and the national organization of Zeta Beta Tau announced it would close its UF chapter effective immediately, a result of misconduct allegations following the event. “I continue to be saddened and disappointed by the reported mistreatment and disrespect of our military veterans,” said UF President Kent Fuchs. “Our university…

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Spring Break madness cure: Stop the ‘beer, vomit and urine’

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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Tourism officials who survived Florida’s other Spring Break fevers are ready to help Panama City Beach out of the horror show that led to a woman being sexually assaulted on the sand as hundreds of revelers looked on. “Shame on Panama City Beach for letting itself devolve into what it has become,” said Nicki E. Grossman, now president of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. She said she’s sending a letter to…

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Jimmy Patronis, Julie Brown slide through committee stop toward PSC confirmation

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Former state Rep. Jimmy Patronis wants senators to know he can serve on the Florida Public Service Commission and still help run his restaurant in Panama City Beach. And PSC Commissioner Julie Brown wants you to know that she didn’t vote last fall for gutting utility energy conservation goals. Both commissioners are going through Senate confirmation for their commission seats, which pay $130,036 per year. During confirmation before the Senate energy committee, a representative of the Southern Alliance for Clean energy criticized the PSC…

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