Today on Context Florida: J. Stanley Marshall, Santayana, guns and Florida CAT fund

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Today on Context Florida:

Peter Schorsch reminisces about his 1997 meeting with Dr. J. Stanley Marshall, former president of Florida State University, founder of Sonitrol and an all-around legend of the Tallahassee community. Marshall died Sunday at the age of 91.

Mark O’Brien says that GM, Obama and Blue Angels should all heed the warning of philosopher George Santayana, who phrased so eloquently: “People who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” It brings to mind another saying parents often shout at children: “You’re old enough to know better!”

Palm Beach County Circuit Court Judge John C. Cooper did from the bench what Linda Grist Cunningham says local governments and regular folks have been unable to do since 2011. Cooper ruled that Florida Gov. Rick Scott does not have the authority to remove local elected officials from office should they dare add local gun control rules to their books.

The rosy picture of the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund isn’t quite so rosy once you look at the real facts and consider the financial damage a storm would do to our state, given our reliance on government mechanisms and public debt rather than private capital, writes Tom Feeney.

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