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Rick Scott announces eight state board appointments

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On Friday, Gov. Rick Scott announced eight appointments and reappointments to a variety of Florida state boards and commissions. Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County, Inc. Scott began by reappointing Luke Buzard to the Early Learning Coalition Hillsborough County, Inc., which collaborates with agencies throughout the community to offer a range of early learning services. Buzard, 37, of Wesley Chapel, is the pipeline safety director at TECO Energy. He previously served as chair of both the Accounting Circle at University…

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Diane Roberts: Bad science is not good for state’s waterways

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You’d think that a state where they launch rockets into space, a state which houses the world’s most powerful superconducting magnets, a state with several perfectly good universities, would embrace science. Or at least not be so thoroughly hostile to it. But this is Rick Scott’s Florida, where there’s still legislative resistance to teaching evolution (“just a theory!”), the Agency for Healthcare Administration doesn’t understand how doctors determine pregnancy, and climate change is the impending disaster that Dares Not Speak…

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Today on Context Florida: Jon Steverson & the law, Helen Gordon Davis, black bear hunting and shooting hostages

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Today on Context Florida: DEP Secretary Jon Steverson says he has never fired anyone for enforcing the law. Yet Bruce Ritchie says Steverson’s 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. Obituaries for…

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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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Gov. Rick Scott announces six appointments, including new St. Johns County commissioner

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On Wednesday, Gov. Rick Scott announced six appointments to a variety of state regulatory boards, including the replacement for Cyndi Stevenson as St. Johns County commissioner. Merritt Island Library District Board Scott began by announcing one appointment and two reappointments to the Merritt Island Library District Board. Barbara Giel, 63, of Merritt Island, is an assistant at Fidelity Bank of Florida. She fills a vacant seat for a term ending January 17, 2017. Jerry Abrams, 73, of Merritt Island, is a…

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Gov. Rick Scott announces five board appointments

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On Friday, Gov. Rick Scott announced three new appointments and two reappointments to a pair of state regulatory boards. All of the following appointments are subject to Florida Senate confirmation. Florida Development Finance Corporation Scott named three to the Florida Development Finance Corporation. FDFC is a state authorized issuer of industrial revenue bonds through interlocal agreements. Daniel Davis, 42, of Jacksonville, is president and chief executive officer of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce. He fills a vacant seat and is…

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