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Tallahassee Democrat

Ziffer: Protect home rule and let cities work

Sometimes Florida’s cities find themselves at odds with the state Legislature over the principle of home rule. That cherished concept, supported by an overwhelming majority of Florida’s citizens, reflects the view that that the closer government is to the people, the more effective, fair and responsive it will be. Over this past year, we have seen a very different approach taking hold in the Legislature. Lawmakers repeatedly considered the role of local authority, trying to shift many home-town responsibilities to the state.


Enough with the state mandates, let 'home rule' rule| Our View

There's a compelling case to be made that the government closest to the people serves the people best. Who knows a community better than the people who live there? Decisions made by accessible local officials — your neighbors — are almost always going to be more attuned to the needs and circumstances of your city or county than some one-size-fits-all rule handed down by distant bureaucrats. It's called home rule, and you'd think Florida Legislators would get it. After all, many of them chafe at federal regulations that come from Washington.

Panama City News Herald

Panhandle counties applaud transportation network

PORT ST. JOE — Four Panhandle counties are eyeing economic development through a newly established freight transportation network. The Gulf to Gadsden Freight Logistics Zone (FLZ) is a grouping of transportation-related services throughout Gulf, Gadsden, Liberty and Franklin counties that is intended to improve the region’s infrastructure and boost the counties’ priority for state funding and incentives. “The new Freight Logistics Zone will connect communities, improve infrastructure for freight transportation and strongly impact the local economies,” said Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Executive Director Cissy Proctor.