Today on Context Florida: Common ground, environmental questions, one little detail and the Milton courthouse

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Today on Context Florida:

During the three gubernatorial debates, Bill Golden noticed something more profound than a breakdown over a personal cooling device, and it happened so quickly that many of us almost missed it.  Amid the bickering, the puffery and the ceaseless back-and-forth, it appears that these two men — two men who clearly can’t agree on almost any issue — met on common ground.

The debates are over in the race for Florida’s governor. Bruce Ritchie notes that environmental questions have been asked and either answered or dodged. But the lingering unanswered question he has that should be on the minds of every Floridian is: What will happen to the state role in managing growth with the election of either candidate?

In a land where small electric fans cause tornadoes of political outrage, Julie Delegal says the simple contract negotiations between state Sen. John Thrasher and his new employer, the Florida State University Board of Trustees, were refreshingly smooth. The terms appear to be completely pro forma. Except for one little detail.

Santa Rosa County voters first had the chance to fund construction of a new courthouse in 2002. As Shannon Nickinson points out, the measure failed, but the need to replace the nearly 90-year-old facility in downtown Milton, about 25 miles from Pensacola in the Florida Panhandle, has only grown in the intervening 12 years.

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