After a two-month investigation that crossed county lines, the Fruitland Park Police Department and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement secured arrest warrants for three suspects in the murder of Scott Behney, who was killed on April 10th in Fruitland Park, Lake County. Behney, a resident of Pennsylvania, had been in the Orlando area for several months. [Read more…] about Fruitland Park PD, FDLE arrest three suspects on murder charges
Soup Du Jour
Leanne Wheeler, decorated Gulf War veteran and current Chairperson for Vets4Energy – a national group of volunteer veterans who advocate for sound energy policies to strengthen our national security – will address Florida veterans at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Florida State Convention in Orlando on Saturday, June 24 at 9:00 a.m. [Read more…] about Vets4Energy Chair to Address Florida Veterans at Veterans of Foreign Wars Florida State Convention in Orlando on Saturday
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is holding a public meeting about a concept development and evaluation study along a 4.2-mile section along State Road (S.R.) 519 (Fiske Boulevard) from County Road (C.R.) 502 (Barnes Boulevard)/Interstate 95 (I-95) northbound ramps to S.R. 520 (King Street). The meeting will be next Thursday, June 28, at the Rockledge City Hall from 6-7:30 p.m., and includes an informational looping presentation.
A Clearwater firm specializing in affordable rural housing also has expertise in using energy more affordably. Their successful energy efficiency efforts have earned Flynn Management Corporation the Florida Public Service Commission’s (PSC) 2018 second quarter Triple E Award. [Read more…] about Flynn Management Corporation Receives PSC’s Triple E Award
Together We Make Community Happen is The Volen Center’s mission, and they are helping many Broward County senior adults take charge of their lives with year-round educational programs. As a participant in the Center’s recent Older Americans Month event, the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) is recognizing The Volen Center as its second 2018 Helping Hand. [Read more…] about Broward County’s Volen Center Named PSC Helping Hand
Passersby Might See Activity Near Donegan Avenue, Kissimmee
SunRail is participating in an emergency exercise this Thursday, June 21, along the railroad tracks north of Donegan Avenue, from approximately 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. The event will simulate an emergency, where the train has come to a stop, and passengers are transferred to a bus, which takes them to the Tupperware Station.
This bus bridge exercise is meant to benefit SunRail crews, LYNX bus service providers, as well as emergency responders in the southern expansion area, where new service is beginning July 30. In the event of an emergency where SunRail trains could not run, buses will have to shuttle passengers between stations. About 12 to 15 volunteers are participating.
Passersby are urged to stay back for safety reasons.
The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) and Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) today announced four Florida public power leaders were honored with American Public Power Association (APPA) national awards. Recognized were Amy Zubaly, FMEA Executive Director, Frederick (Fred) Bryant, former FMPA and FMEA General Counsel, Chris Gent, Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) Vice President of Corporate Communications, and Michael Perri, Jr., Fort Pierce Utilities Authority (FPUA) Board member. The awards were presented this morning at the APPA National Conference & Public Power Expo in New Orleans. APPA is the national trade association for more than 2,000 U.S. community-owned electric utilities.
At Representative Bob Cortes’s request, a Memorandum of Understanding between the Florida and Puerto Rico Departments of Education successfully addressed issues for displaced high school seniors.
Representative Bob Cortes today announced the successful results of the partnership he initiated between the Florida and Puerto Rico Departments of Education following Hurricane Maria last fall. Cortes recognized the education challenges displaced students relocating to Florida faced and was an early leader in working to ensure a smooth transition to Florida schools. As a result of his efforts, a high percentage of high school seniors who relocated graduated on time, with some opting to receive a Puerto Rico diploma. Cortes, a Puerto Rican American, worked closely with Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart and Puerto Rico Secretary of Education Julia Keleher to make this option available.
Website www.FloridaReportCard.com hosts grades for legislators
Progress Florida today unveiled its 2018 “People First” Report Card grading every lawmaker on the votes they cast during the 2018 legislative session across a wide spectrum of issues important to Floridians. Every active legislator was graded based on floor votes taken in their respective chambers – 21 votes in the House and 18 in the Senate. To achieve an A or B grade on the Report Card, lawmakers had to consistently vote to put ‘People First’ instead of powerful special interests.
Attorney General Pam Bondi and the Florida Association of School Resource Officers today named Marion County Sheriff’s Office Corporal Jimmy Long the 2018 School Resource Officer of the Year. Corporal Long is being recognized for his quick thinking and heroic action in responding to a school shooting on April 20, 2018.
“Corporal Long is the true definition of a hero. After hearing a gunshot on the campus of Forest High School, Corporal Long did not hesitate to protect the lives of innocent high schoolers,” said Attorney General Bondi. “Corporal Long’s actions undoubtingly saved many lives and I am thankful for his courage. May his quick and selfless response be a testament to the bravery required of a school resource officer. Thank you, Corporal Long.”