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Fort Lauderdale City Commission
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Fort Lauderdale city commissioners met at the city's Women's Club downtown on Friday to dissect what initiatives worked last year, and where they should focus their efforts and city money for 2021. The exercise was part of the city's annual goal-setting workshop. 

One of six key areas the commission decided to focus on with urgency: fixing sewage and infrastructure. 

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Duval Street is Key West's main drag, which stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf end of the street is busy, with lots of bars and restaurants. The Ocean end is public property; it's got a pier, nine parking spots and a Dumpster for the seaweed that collects at the shoreline.

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Last week, several cities announced they were suing Gov. Rick Scott to overturn a 1987 state law that bans cities from passing tougher restrictions than the state on guns..

Will Hollywood Change Confederate-Named Streets?

Aug 29, 2017
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The city of Hollywood has been grappling with how to deal with some of its Confederate icons and is looking into changing streets named after Confederate generals.

The issue may be decided Wednesday, when the City Commission is scheduled to vote on whether to change the names or keep the existing ones.

Florida lawmakers want to set new statewide standards for public contracts. But local governments say the plan threatens their independence.

The Florida House is moving closer to keeping Speaker Richard Corcoran’s promise to crack down on public corruption – at least at the local level.

Local Pension Overhaul Ready For Full Senate Vote

Mar 27, 2015
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An effort to overhaul police and firefighter pensions is ready for consideration by the full Senate.

The bill, SB 172, changes the way state insurance premium tax revenues are used to fund local pension plans. It essentially enables local governments to use the money as they wish.

The bill is sponsored by lawmakers from both parties, including Sen. Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island).