FLORIDA PUBLIC EMPLOYEES
Palm Beach Daily News: Council to revisit options for improving public-safety pensions
A recent survey of area public safety departments revealed what police and firefighters have been telling town officials for several years — their pensions are not competitive.
Florida Times Union: City Council will look at Mayor Curry’s pension bailout plan
Mayor Lenny Curry’s plan for Jacksonville residents to vote on a half-cent sales tax to pay off the city’s massive pension debt will be reviewed Monday by the City Council.
Daytona Beach News-Journal: Retired general hoping to restore trust in Wounded Warrior
JACKSONVILLE — Retired Maj. Gen. Charles Fletcher’s military career brought him to Jacksonville to help manage a global network for moving military equipment to hot spots and bases. He’s back now on a new mission with a military angle, but his task is harder to quantify.
Florida Politics: DARREN SOTO “TROUBLED” BY BROWARD PROGRAM SHUTDOWN
State Sen. Darren Soto is adding his name to the growing list of state lawmakers objecting to the closing of a prisoner re-entry program in Broward County.
Los Angeles Times: Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants to use the minimum wage hike to steal California businesses
Florida Gov. Rick Scott is back, and he is again gunning for California’s businesses.
Miami Herald: Predicting the future of South Florida’s condo market
Nearly a century after the first major residential real-estate boom in South Florida, the Tri-County region of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach still experiences ebbs and flows as it attempts to adjust to the demands of buyers who are interested in owning local properties.
Tampa Bay Times: One top taxpayer moved to Florida and New Jersey shuddered
Tepper, 58, declined to comment on his move. He does have family — his mother and sister — who live in Florida. But several New Jersey lawmakers cited his relocation as proof that the state’s tax rates, up from 6.37 percent in 1996, are chasing away the rich. Florida has no personal income tax.
The Chronicle of Higher Education: Former Moonwalker Pushes Colonization of Mars From Florida Tech
Although renowned for long-ago exploits,Buzz Aldrin, at 86, seems as focused on shaping the future as on celebrating his past.
Inside Higher Ed: FTC Takes Action Against Florida Lead Generator
The Federal Trade Commission announced Thursday that the operators of Gigats.com agreed to settle deception charges.
Washington Post: Florida officer fired and arrested after video shows him beating handcuffed woman
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office in Florida said it fired and arrested one of its own this week after the officer repeatedly struck a handcuffed woman in a jail, an incident authorities caught on film. Probationary patrol officer Akinyemi Borisade, 26, had been with the sheriff’s office for just over a year when the incident occurred this past Wednesday.
Bay News: Florida school districts facing teacher shortage
“There is a teacher shortage statewide in Florida caused by people entering our DROP program, or retirement program,” said Roy Sprinkle, Director of Human Resources with the Sarasota County School District. “They’re all kind of bubbling right now and leaving us at once, which is causing a high need for teachers in all of our systems statewide.”
CBS: Facing South Florida: Rundle’s Shady Fundraiser
Katherine Fernandez Rundle, the top law enforcement official in Miami-Dade County, attended a fundraiser for her re-election campaign co-hosted by a man who admitted in federal court to loaning money at a 36 percent interest rate, which would be considered a violation of Florida’s laws against loansharking.
WEAR TV: Retired investigator reported missing – FOUND
Authorities found Jordan’s truck and trailer at Black Creek Lodge Landing in Freeport. The vessel is an 18′ white and black Triton bass boat with a 150 horse power outboard motor and a vessel registration of FL 0053LN.
WCTV: Police: Gun-Wielding Man Fatally Shot By Orlando Officers
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Police say two officers fatally shot a man carrying a gun after he ignored orders to drop the weapon.
WSVN: Sources: FBI foils terror attack at Aventura synagogue; 1 arrested
AVENTURA, Fla. (WSVN) — Federal agents arrested a man who, sources said, was planning to throw an explosive device into a South Florida synagogue.
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