Friday, May 24, 2019
With the Legislature kicking off its regular session on Tuesday, DeSantis returned to the themes that he stressed in the campaign including the “economic opportunities that lie before us,”  the “environmental challenges that require our attention” and “our obligations to education and public safety.”
The legislative session and the Jacksonville mayoral elections aren’t the only political dramas in North Florida these days as candidates battle it out in the special election for an open state House seat.
“While surveying the area, I met with former Fairfax Street Wood Treaters employees who are, sadly, extremely ill from the chemicals they were exposed to while working at the plant,”  Lawson said. “It is unfortunate that it has taken this long to remedy this problem, but I am confident this is a move in the right direction.”
They also joined Bay District Schools Superintendent Bill Husfelt in meeting students and teachers in the Lynn Haven area who were impacted by the hurricane. 
When the Trump administration included waters off the coasts of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida in the draft version of its five-year offshore leasing program, it did so for good reasons.
With dozens of families reporting mold and other issues in private housing at MacDill Air Force Base, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is pushing for answers. 
Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) will fund infrastructure and workforce training programs in small and rural communities in the Sunshine State, including some hit by Hurricane Michael in October. 
Sixteen of the 29 members of the Florida delegation attended the meeting which is the first the delegation has had this year. Buchanan said the good attendance showed how important water issues are in the Sunshine State. 
The Corps announced Saturday that it will release water over the next three weeks to both the St. Lucie and the Caloosahatchee Rivers. Their plan is release the water now in the hopes that less water will have to be released during the rainy season. 
The new land acquisitions will be managed by the Florida Forest Service.