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St. Augustine Record

St. Johns County braces for another challenging budget process

Fiscal year 2018 may be months away, but St. Johns County is already gearing up for another challenging budget process. Tuesday’s commission meeting included an overview of the county’s budget, focusing on the General Fund as well as initial budget guidelines for next year. Projections through fiscal year 2022 were also provided. Jesse Dunn, director of management and budget for the county, said the budget is a fluid document that reflects the policies adopted by the board.

Daytona Beach News Journal

Bridge named to honor ex-Flagler commissioner

PALM COAST — George Hanns, who served as a Flagler County commissioner for more than two decades, saw a plaque bearing his name installed on the covered bridge at Princess Place Preserve during a special ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 22. Current Flagler County commissioners surprised Hanns with a resolution to name the bridge in his honor during their regular meeting Monday night. The resolution salutes Hanns' 24 years of service — six County Commission terms from 1992 to 2016 — and specifically acknowledges his "unflagging dedication to the success of Princess Place Preserve."

News Service of Florida

House takes aim at local regulations

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Legislation that would bar city and county governments from regulating businesses, unless state laws specifically allowed them to do so, cleared its first House panel Wednesday over objections that it would unwind local control. The House Careers & Competition Subcommittee approved the bill (HB 17) on a nearly party-line vote, 9-6. Rep. Shawn Harrison, R-Tampa, joined the panel's five Democrats in opposing the legislation. Sponsored by Rep. Randy Fine, R-Palm Bay, the bill would repeal any local regulations not authorized by state law in 2020, in addition to banning new rules.