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Tampa Bay Times
Five big projects in Tampa; five big problems looming
The city of Tampa is on the cusp of a total makeover. With billions of dollars in investment and dozens of new apartment, condo, office and cultural buildings in the pipeline, the city's skyline and surrounding communities are poised to look a whole lot different than what it does today. But dreaming up the future of Tampa doesn't come without its challenges.

Pensacola News Journal
Escambia County selects new $128.6 million jail design
More than three years after the Escambia County Central Booking and Detention Facility exploded, county official have selected a design for its replacement. The Escambia County Board of County Commissioners unanimously selected Whitesell-Green/Caddell on Thursday to construct the building that will replace the facility that exploded in 2014, killing two people and injuring more than 180.

Sarasota Herald Tribune
Aqua by Bay fails to get planning board’s approval
After a contentious public hearing, the Manatee County Planning Commission on Thursday recommended denial of the controversial Aqua by the Bay development on Sarasota Bay, citing concerns about building heights and whether the project followed Manatee’s growth management plan. The recommendation will be considered Wednesday when the Manatee County Commission could make a decision on the project.

Navarre Press
Commissioners move on Holley by the Sea flood control
The Board of County Commissioners directed staff Thursday to prepare requests for proposals (RFPs) for flood mitigation efforts related to the Holley by the Sea homeowners’ association. Along with the realignment of drainage on select roadways, county staff will issue RFPs for the clearing of drainage easements throughout the subdivision.

Bradenton Herald
10 semifinalists announced for county administrator job
They hail from as far as Ohio and as close as Clearwater; a list of 10 semifinalists for the open Manatee County administrator position has been released. The 10 semifinalists were narrowed from a list of 102 applicants. The position is currently held by Ed Hunzeker. He was first appointed Manatee County administrator in November 2006.

Panama City News Herald
Tourism board continues work on PCB sports complex
Details on a proposed sports park and stadium complex on the east end of the Beach are being hashed out as the Tourist Development Council (TDC) continues discussing the project, which in the coming years is expected to provide a huge economic boost to the area. At a meeting Thursday, the TDC voted to consider using Triumph Gulf Coast funds for the project to offset the project’s expected costs.

Gulf Breeze News
Local Option Sales Tax committee questions recreation funds
The Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) Citizen Committee met for over an hour Tuesday morning this week in Milton to look over the proposed project list from the county staff for the Fiscal Year 2018 sales tax monies. The 10-member committee unanimously approved the list to be sent to the county commissioners. But there were some questions surrounding recreation funds. Some board members said the recreation percentage of LOST should be increased.

Tampa Bay Times
Carlton: They play politics while transportation goes nowhere
Allow me a comparison between two very different issues that have come before our elected officials. Recently, certain Hillsborough County commissioners — faced with the decision to move a Confederate statue from a public courthouse to a more appropriate private family cemetery — actually brought up putting the question to voters in a referendum.

Suwannee Democrat
Hamilton County looking to reduce expenditures
The Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners held a budget workshop Aug. 1 to discuss the $13 million budget. According to County Coordinator Louie Goodin, the commissioners’ are looking to see what can be reduced from the requested expenditures. The board has reduced the amount between transfers in and transfers out by $300,000.

Tampa Bay Times
Brooksville raises yet again the idea of a separate taxing unit for sheriff
Creating a separate taxing district to provide funding for Sheriff Al Nienhuis' budget was again on the table this week as the Brooksville City Council discussed asking the county to reconsider the controversial idea. On Monday, a divided council agreed to draft a letter to county commissioners, requesting that they revisit the taxing district idea.

Citrus Chronicle
Kitchen: Sales tax may be better for road resurfacing
At least two county commissioners are on board with the idea of asking voters to approve a sales tax for resurfacing neighborhood roads instead of increasing property taxes for the same purpose. Commissioner Ron Kitchen Jr. said during Tuesday’s board meeting that he’s heard from several residents who say they’d rather be given a choice of approving a sales tax instead of seeing a bump in their property taxes next year.

Okeechobee News
County won’t ban marijuana dispensaries
Okeechobee County commissioners voted 3-2 Thursday to allow medical marijuana dispensaries in Okeechobee County. At the Aug. 10 county commission meeting, County Attorney John Cassels said under Florida law, all elements of that process from cultivation to use are licensed to individual companies by the state.

Bradenton Herald
Medical marijuana rules coming soon to Manatee County
With Manatee County’s temporary moratorium on medical marijuana dispensing facilities set to expire next month, county staff presented how such facilities will be treated in county codes. During Thursday’s Manatee County Planning Commission meeting, county staff presented a proposed Land Development Code Amendment for medical marijuana dispensing facilities, which the planning commission recommended for approval and the county commission will consider Sept. 7.