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FL Lottery

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ These Florida lotteries were drawn Friday:

Estimated jackpot: $161 million


(eight, nine)


(seven, nine, one)


(five, eight, seven, four)


(zero, two, six, zero, five)

Estimated jackpot: $137 million

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In the race for Florida governor, it’s a billionaire and (mostly) millionaires

Jeff Greene, campaigning for U.S. Senate, in 2010 [LARA CERRI, Times]

Florida’s next governor won’t be decided for another six months, but if there’s one thing that can be predicted, it’s that the next governor is likely to be a millionaire.

The candidates will file detailed financial disclosures before the August primary, but in the meantime, previous records shed some light on their net worths:

Greene was a successful real estate investor in Los Angeles before deciding to invest in credit-default swaps and betting the housing market would crash (like those guys in The Big Short). When the market did crash, he profited between $500 million and $800 million, turning him into a billionaire virtually overnight...

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Fickling & Co., Novare Group Breaks Ground on FL Community

Lullwater at Blair Stone

Fickling & Co. and Novare Group have kicked off construction of Lullwater at Blair Stone, a 244-unit Class A community in Tallahassee, Fla. The development is slated for completion by the end of 2018.

Located at 3900 Blairstone Road, the property will occupy 20 acres near Freeway 261, which connects to Interstate 10. In addition to that, the community is approximately five miles from Florida State University. Lullwater at Blair Stone will comprise a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom units, featuring garages. The property will be surrounded by live oak trees and green space.

Communal area amenities will include:

clubhouse swimming pool community pavilion playground car care center pet park

“We are big believers in Tallahassee and are excited to bring the Lullwat...

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DIY-ers are thrilled about AR Workshop Tallahassee

You can choose projects such as: wood frames and signs, lazy susans, pillows, and more.

AR Workshop Tallahassee prepares the material ahead of time. You just need to register online and pick your project design.

"We’re constantly keeping on with the trend of home decor, home design, and we’re going to continue to do that. As the trends change, we’ll change," said Marsha Shalley, Owner of AR Workshop Tallahassee. "Right now, this is kind of the look everybody is into and the great thing is you can really make it any kind of look you want. It can be more farmhouse chic or it can be more classy and modern."

The DIY trend continues growing in popularity.

Shalley says, people love the idea of getting your hands a little dirty to make something beautiful.

You can have private parties or just res...

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FL: A Miami Monorail? County Seeks Private Transit Projects During Metrorail Stalemate

May 01–Facing a stalemate on the promise to expand Metrorail, Miami-Dade wants privatization proposals for any of the six transit corridors endorsed by the county’s 2016 SMART Plan study.

The detailed solicitation document arrives as the official result of a March flare-up between the chairman of the County Commission and Miami-Dade’s transportation department over the need for another year’s worth of consultant fees to analyze the best transit modes for the SMART corridors. Chairman Esteban "Steve" Bovo said he wanted proposals from the private sector as a speedier alternative to the consultants’ plans.

"One could look at it as shaking the trees, and seeing if the private players are serious enough to put their money where their mouths are," Bovo said Monday...

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Florida editorial roundup

Summary of recent Florida newspaper editorials

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers:


April 10

Palm Beach Post says money is short for teachers amid the state’s scramble to secure schools:

With teachers walking off the job in West Virginia, Kentucky and Oklahoma, demanding higher pay and more money for education, it should surprise no one if this prairie fire were to spread to another Republican-led state, our very own Florida.

Just like the states where we’re seeing teachers taking drastic action to elevate the dignity of their profession — if not simply claim a living wage — Florida dwells in the nation’s nether regions on education spending.

Florida ranks 49th among the states in per-capita spending for K-12 schools, and 35th in teacher pay, according to the National Education A...

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Florida governor’s spokeswoman dies in boating crash in Keys

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A spokeswoman for Florida Gov. Rick Scott is dead after a boating crash in the Florida Keys.

Jereima "Jeri" Bustamante died Sunday night, the evening before Scott announced he is running for U.S. Senate. The Keynoter Publishing Co. reports Bustamante was a passenger in a boat that crashed into mangroves in Islamorada.

‘We will change Washington:’ Gov. Rick Scott announces run for US Senate

The 33-year-old was leaving Scott’s office to work on his Senate campaign. Her 37-year-old husband, Anthony Bustamante, and two others in the boat were injured.

A boat traveling behind the group stopped and took the injured aboard. They performed CPR on Bustamante, but she was pronounced dead a Tavernier hospital.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officer Bobby D...

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Scott signs bill expanding ‘resign to run’ law

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Local and state office holders in Florida will have to resign from their seats to run for a federal office that overlaps with their current term, under a bill signed by Gov. Rick Scott.

The measure (SB 186) was among 18 bills the governor signed into law on Friday.

Scott signs ban on Venezuela business dealings

The resign-to-run law expands a requirement that already applies to state and local elected officials who decide to run for other state or local offices.

If the terms of the offices overlap, the officials have to submit resignations at least 10 days before qualifying to run, with the resignations effective when the officials would take the new offices or when their successors would take office.

The same requirements would apply to state or local officers wh...

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More Than 500 Miami Beach Residents Have Been Waiting Three Years for Affordable Housing

Demand for affordable apartments in the city is actually even higher than that startling number. According to Morales, the city opened applications for so-called workforce housing in April 2015, and more than 5,000 households applied. The city randomly selected 1,000 of those applicants for processing, and only 462 of the families selected have been placed. Some qualified, while others didn’t.

"The remaining balance of waitlist households (462) have been screened and have either accepted housing, been deemed ineligible, or declined an apartment when their wait number was reached," Morales wrote. He added that Commissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez, who is also running for Congress, asked Morales for an update on the waitlist.

The lack of homes for the city’s working class is nothing short of ...

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Inside the Tallahassee bubble, Floridians’ wishes don’t matter | Randy Schultz

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