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Department of Health official charged with taking bribe

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An alleged $500 bribe has exposed a Florida Department of Health official to up to 20 years in federal prison. Federal prosecutors in South Florida last week charged Anthony Johnson, an environmental supervisor based in Fort Lauderdale, in a corruption case involving sewer and water permits. Court records show two builders putting up a home in Southwest Ranches, a rural but affluent area of Broward County, had planned to install a septic system. They went to Johnson last June, who…

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St. Pete implements program aimed at streamlining building permits

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Small construction projects in St. Pete are about to get a little easier. Mayor Rick Kriseman announced Tuesday the “Stop, Drop & Go” program to ease the permitting process on what the city refers to as small over-the-counter commercial projects. Examples of work that would qualify for the new permitting process include kitchen or bathroom remodels or door and window replacement. Contractors doing such work can drop plans off at the Construction Services and Permitting office before noon and receive the…

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Tampa posts $400 million in increased construction permits over last year

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Tampa issued nearly $400 million more in permits for construction services this year than in fiscal year 2014. The city’s Construction Services Office exceeded $2.4 billion in permits in 2015, up from just $2 billion last year. “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this City has its swagger back and  I could not be more excited about these numbers,” Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said. “Not only did Construction Services increase their permitting value by nearly $400,000,000 but they did so…

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