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Panama City News Herald

TDC: Tourism tax usage changes won’t hurt Bay

PANAMA CITY BEACH — Local tourism officials said they would experience little to no impact when a new law affecting tourist development tax usage goes into effect July 1. Gov. Rick Scott recently signed House Bill 7087, which will allow local governments to expand the use of tourist development tax revenue to include lagoon and estuary renourishment and tourism-related public facilities. The bill defines public facilities as major capital improvements that are expected to stay up for five or more years, including transportation, sanitary sewer, drainage, pedestrian facilities and more.

Tampa Bay Times

Sheriff: Putting an officer in every school will cost Pinellas $23.6 million

Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri met with the Pinellas County Commission today to discuss how to come up with an extra $23.6 million to fulfill a state mandate to  place a school resource officer in every school by July 1. Gualtieri sent a letter to Monday to Pinellas County Administrator Mark Woodard advising him of the "dire need to resolve this funding issue as soon as possible."  A copy was also sent to the Pinellas County school district. According to the letter, there are about 50 school resource officers assigned to middle and high schools and none are assigned to elementary school. Gualtieri estimates that it would cost $20.1 million annually for 156 new SROs.


Constitutional Officers Urge CRC To Review Election Conflict In Florida's Constitution

Florida’s full 37-member Constitution Revision Commission is meeting this week to consider proposed amendments that could be placed on the 2018 ballot. One proposal addresses a conflict in Florida’s Constitution dealing with elections. On Monday, The Constitutional Officer Resource Experts, or C.O.R.E, came together to support proposal 13. It would ensure all constitutional officers be appointed by the voters of each county they hold office in.   The proposal’s sponsor is Commissioner Carolyn Timmann.