The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will hold a public kick-off meeting to talk about a corridor planning study along State Road (SR) 19 (North Central Avenue) from County Road 450‐A to Bulldog Way / Olde Millstream RV Park in Umatilla, Florida.
The study will open the discussion about the corridor’s growth and its future use. The planning study will develop and evaluate alternative corridor improvement concepts to support a multimodal approach to providing for future transportation needs.
The meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at the Umatilla City Hall at 1 South Central Avenue, Umatilla, Florida 32784. It begins with an open house at 5:30 p.m., followed by a live presentation at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will conclude at 7:30 p.m.
Persons with disabilities who require accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Kyle Taniguchi, Project Planner, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. at 407-839-4006 or via email at [email protected] at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact us by using the Florida Relay Service, 1-800-955-8771 (TDD) or 1-800-955-8770 (Voice).
Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status. Persons wishing to express their concerns relative to FDOT compliance with Title VI may do so by contacting Jennifer Smith, FDOT District Five Title VI Coordinator by phone at 386-943-5367, or via email at [email protected].
The Florida Department of Transportation urges drivers to not text and drive, and to always wear a seatbelt.
The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) invites customers of LP Waterworks, Inc. (LPWW) to a customer meeting on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, to discuss the utility’s petition for a rate change. Customers can comment on LPWW’s proposed rates and any quality of service issues at the meeting.
The last PSC staff-assisted rate case for this system occurred in 2015. LPWW provides water service to approximately 465 customers and wastewater service to approximately 400 customers in Highlands County.
The meeting is scheduled for the following time and location:
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Lake View Clubhouse
Camp Florida Resort
231 Shoreline Drive
Lake Placid, FL 33852
LeadingAge Florida released the following statement today, attributable to President and CEO Steve Bahmer, regarding a meeting with the Senate Minority Leader to discuss the proposed Prospective Payment System (PPS) plan for nursing homes that is currently included in the Senate budget.
“On behalf of LeadingAge Florida and the high-quality nursing homes that are our members, I want to thank Leader Oscar Braynon for arranging this morning’s meeting to discuss the Medicaid payment plan included in the Florida Senate’s budget. An open discussion of the proposal and its many flaws was long overdue, and we appreciate Leader Braynon’s willingness to have that discussion.
“Leader Braynon and other Senate Democrats asked a number of important questions about how the plan shifts dollars from high-quality nursing homes to lower-quality nursing homes, how payments to nursing homes would be calculated, and what kind of accountability should be required if nursing homes receive additional taxpayer dollars under the plan. These and other critical issues are precisely the questions LeadingAge Florida has been raising about the plan since it first appeared just one month ago.
“An important issue raised during the meeting focused on the lack of transparency and absence of public vetting of this plan, which would institute major policy changes – in the budget – to the way nursing homes are paid for caring for Medicaid residents.
“This meeting demonstrated that there are still major holes in the plan that must be addressed. Chief among them is its complete lack of accountability with taxpayer dollars – there is no requirement in the plan that nursing homes that gain additional dollars have to spend even one dime of that new money on resident care. Because of that, the plan simply does not create an incentive to improve nursing quality.
“This is a concern that LeadingAge Florida has been expressing for months and we appreciate Leader Braynon’s draft amendment, which is an important step toward solving this specific problem with the plan. We also applaud the Florida Health Care Association for finally agreeing include an accountability component in their plan. This has been one of the many major flaws in their plan from the beginning. It won’t entirely fix the proposal, but it’s a step in the right direction.
“We look forward to continuing to work with members of the Florida Senate and House, as well as fellow stakeholders, on a PPS plan that meets our collective goals of ensuring accountability of taxpayer dollars and providing the highest standard of care for our state’s seniors.”
The Central Florida Commuter Rail Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meets Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at LYNX Central Station, in the 2nd floor Multipurpose Room, located at 455 N. Garland Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32801. The TAC is comprised of appointed city and county officials.
This meeting site is conveniently located near the LYNX Station platforms. Please check SunRail arrival and departure times at www.sunrail.com.
Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status. Persons who require accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Ms. Jessica Ottaviano, FDOT Public Information Specialist, 719 S. Woodland Boulevard, DeLand, FL 32720, or by phone at 386-943-5473, or by email at [email protected].
Questions? Please contact Steve Olson of the Florida Department of Transportation at [email protected] /386-943-5479.
Please be careful around trains, railroad crossings, and while at station platforms. Be smart. Be safe. For more information about SunRail, including fares, schedule and station locations, please visit www.sunrail.com.
From data on student mental health to the Board of Governors’ first-ever
Annual Report for Online Education, the Board this week took up a number
of important initiatives during its meeting at Florida A&M University.
The Board of Governors this week pushed forward on several initiatives to ensure accountability and progress for the State University System and to make sure students are getting the resources they need to be successful.
Those include approval of the Board’s Annual Accountability Report, which showed that universities demonstrated year-over-year improvement on six of the eight performance funding metrics that are shared by all universities. The Board’s new metric on cost to the student showed that the average cost of earning a bachelor’s degree is less than $15,000 after financial aid is taken into account. Additionally, the report shows that 34 degree programs were eliminated during the 2015-16 academic year.
“The Annual Accountability Report is a critical part of the Board’s nationally recognized accountability system, and it plays a huge role in keeping us on track to meet our goals,” said Tom Kuntz, Board of Governors Chair. “Best of all, if you look at our remarkable improvement each year, it’s clear that our approach is working.”
The Board also approved its first-ever Annual Report for Online Education, which documents the System’s progress toward the goals set out in the 2025 Strategic Plan for Online Education and identifies opportunities for improvements. Florida continues to be a leader in online education, ranking second in the nation in the number of students enrolled in distance learning courses. Sixty-one percent of State University System students took at least one distance learning course in 2015-16.
“Florida is one of the first and only states to implement a Strategic Plan for Online Education, which guides the growth of online education in the System and makes sure that our 12 institutions have high-quality and cost-efficient instruction and services,” said Ned Lautenbach, Board of Governors Vice Chair and Chair of the Innovation and Online Committee. “Our Annual Report shows that we are moving in the right direction to meet our goals.”
The Board also heard new data on student mental health, which included a steep increase in year-over-year demand for services. As an example, the number of crisis visits more than doubled from 4,200 to 9,100 between 2014-15 and 2015-16, and the number of Baker Act hospitalizations grew from 300 to 440.
“Many of our students are dealing with serious and complex mental health issues, and we need to make sure that those who need counseling are able to access it quickly and without barriers,” said Norm Tripp, Chair of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee. “In some cases, counseling could make the difference in whether these students are able to graduate and go on to live healthy, productive lives.”
The meeting also included a Think Florida: A Higher Degree for Business panel, including Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Director Cissy Proctor, Florida Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Mark Wilson, and Florida Council of 100 President and CEO Bob Ward. The panel was moderated by Chancellor Marshall Criser III and included questions from Board members.
“The business community is a critical partner for our universities, which is why we have ramped up our efforts to make sure we’re listening to employer needs,” Chancellor Criser said. “All three of our panelists came with great ideas and advice for our universities and students.”
Additional meeting highlights include:
- The State University System launched of the Safer, Smarter, Stronger campaign, designed to promote the State University System priorities on student mental health and security, university research, and performance funding.
- The Task Force on University Research discussed the Research and Innovation Metrics Dashboard, designed to document the System’s progress toward its research goals. Additionally, the Board heard a presentation on the immediate and long-term impact of university research on the economic and social vitality of Florida.
- The Board confirmed the appointment of Michael Martin as president of Florida Gulf Coast University, contingent on a revised employment agreement.
- The Board confirmed the reappointment of University of South Florida President Judy Genshaft.
- The Board appointed Dean Colson to Florida International University’s Board of Trustees. Mr. Colson previously served as chair of the Board of Governors and chair of the University of Miami Board of Trustees.
- The Board approved the University of Central Florida Lake Nona Medical Center, a joint-venture between UCF’s College of Medicine and Hospital Corporation of America. No state funds will used for construction of what is proposed as an initial 100 bed hospital.
For more information, consult the meeting’s official minutes at http://www.flbog.edu/. The Board’s next meeting is scheduled for June 19-21 at the University of South Florida in Tampa.
Facts about the State University System of Florida and the Board of Governors
The State University System of Florida is a constitutional body led by the 17-member Board of Governors. The system has 12 universities and more than 338,000 students, making it the second-largest public university System in the nation. Responsibilities include defining the distinctive mission of each institution and managing the System’s coordination and operation. The Board appoints a Chancellor who serves as the System’s chief executive. For more, visit www.flbog.edu, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, or download the Board of Governors’ app.
The State Board of Education will meet next week in Tallahassee.
The agenda is posted at State Board Meeting.
WHAT: State Board of Education Meeting
WHEN: 9:00 am
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
WHERE: The Capitol, Room LL03
400 South Monroe Street
For more information about the Florida Department of Education, visit www.fldoe.org.
Famed former Los Angeles Lakers basketball star Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr. will join Senate Democratic Leader Oscar Braynon II and members of the Senate Democratic Caucus on Monday. The meeting will be held at 9 am, March 13, 2017, in the Senate Democratic Caucus Conference Room, Room 200, SOB.
The State Board of Education will meet next week in Gainesville.
The agenda may be viewed at State Board Meeting.
WHAT: State Board of Education Meeting
WHEN: 9:00 a.m.
Thursday, February 16, 2017
WHERE: Alachua County School Board Office
620 East University Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32601
For more information about the Florida Department of Education, visit www.fldoe.org.
The Central Florida Commuter Rail Commission’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will meet on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the second-floor multipurpose room at LYNX Central Station, 455 N. Garland Ave., Orlando, FL 32801.
Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status. Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Ms. Jessica Ottaviano, FDOT District Five Public Information, 719 S. Woodland Boulevard, DeLand, FL 32720, or by phone at 386-943-5367, or by email at [email protected].
Questions? Please contact Steve Olson of the Florida Department of Transportation at 386-943-5479 or [email protected].
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), is having a public information meeting for the US 92 (International Speedway Boulevard) Corridor Management Plan Study (Beachside).
The meeting is on Thursday, Feb. 9, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Peninsula Club located at 415 S. Peninsula Drive in Daytona Beach.
The meeting will have an open-house format, and participants can visit any time between 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. There will not be a formal presentation.
The study focuses on the area from the Halifax River Bridge to S.R. A1A (Atlantic Avenue) in Daytona Beach. The purpose of the meeting is to introduce the study and present information concerning the corridor’s operations, deficiencies and potential opportunities for future enhancement. Maps, drawings and other pertinent information will be on display for public review. FDOT staff and others associated with the project will be available to discuss the project and answer questions.
Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status. Persons wishing to express their concerns relative to FDOT compliance with Title VI, may do so by contacting Jennifer Smith, FDOT District Five Title VI Coordinator by phone at (386) 943-5367, or via email at [email protected].
Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Katie Widdison, Public Information Coordinator by phone at (386) 212-0449, or via email at [email protected] at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact us by using the Florida Relay Service, 1-800-955-8771 (TDD) or 1-800-955-8770 (Voice).
For more information, call the public information office, Jennifer Horton 386-943-5497, or email [email protected].