FAC News Clips - July 24, 2017 -

SRQ Magazine
Sarasota County Receives Award for Excellence
Sarasota County has earned the 2017 Achievement of Excellence in Procurement (AEP) award from the National Procurement Institute (NPI) for the third consecutive year. This achievement honors organizational excellence in public and nonprofit procurement, provides benchmarks for continued excellence and increases awareness of public procurement as a profession.

Daytona Beach News Journal
Flagler County officials seeking to ban sale of fireworks
Flagler County fire officials are working to craft an ordinance that would close a loophole in state law that allows vendors to sell fireworks in the county. Flagler County Administrator Craig Coffey announced those intentions during last week’s County Commission meeting, saying Flagler Fire Chief Don Petito is in the preliminary stages of putting together a unified measure.

Miami Herald
Miami-Dade Mayor Gimenez says no to new rail for the county
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez tried to make a persuasive case last week that rapid buses are the better way to get people around town. Rail trains, which he originally embraced, are passe, he told the Editorial Board, so “19th century.”

News Chief
Annual survey finds fewer homeless in Polk County
Homelessness in Polk County is declining according to an annual survey that counts individuals and families living in shelters and on the streets.  A total of 512 men, women and children were interviewed during the annual Point in Time survey, conducted Feb. 18 by volunteers for the Homeless Coalition of Polk.  The previous year’s survey found 635 homeless individuals. That is a nearly 20 percent reduction.

Tampa Bay Times
Pinellas licensing board asks Sen. Jack Latvala for $500,000 loan
The troubled Pinellas County agency that regulates contractors wants Sen. Jack Latvala to help it get a $500,000 lifeline from the state to stay afloat.  Without that bridge loan, the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board is projected to go broke in February and shutdown, said interim executive director Gay Lancaster.

News Chief
Development plans near Eagle Lake brings protests from residents
Crystal Beach Road just west of Eagle Lake is an area with large lots, old homes and pretty views. Residents see eagles, ospreys and an occasional fox in the area.  “The whole area is just pristine,” said resident Joan Fitchett. “You really know you’re out of the city when you are here.”  But Fitchett and other residents in the area say tranquility could be uprooted in the coming months.

Sun Sentinel
Pain medication prescriptions drop in South Florida but more needs to be done, CDC says
South Florida’s doctors are prescribing far less potentially addictive and deadly pain medication after a statewide crackdown, but the numbers are still too high, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Greater monitoring and new regulations aimed at shutting down pill mills in Florida more than halved per-person rates of opioid prescribing in Broward and Palm Beach counties from 2010 to 2015, according to CDC data obtained by the Sun Sentinel.

Florida Politics
Medical marijuana grower wants in on challenge to pot law
A medical marijuana nursery is asking a Tallahassee judge to allow it to step in on a case over the state’s new law governing the drug.  Canadian-based DFMMJ Investments, which inked a deal to take over operations of Chestnut Hill Tree Farm, filed a “motion to intervene” earlier this week with Circuit Judge Karen Gievers.