Lake County commissioners voted recently to triple the existing school impact fees, all the way to $7,719 per new single-family home.
We learned last week that Lake Emergency Medical Services, the county’s ambulance service, submitted a healthy budget request to the Lake County Commission that includes new money for equipment, a 3 percent increase in salaries and funding for a new data analyst and an associate medical director.
The decision by the Leesburg City Commission to allow chickens in residential areas might seem inconsequential in the Pantheon of public policy i ssues, but it is has serious implications for those who live in many area neighborhoods.
The recent news that Florida schools will mandate instruction in cursive writing next school year was a head scratcher, principally because many of us weren’t aware schools aren’t teaching this most basic skill.
The reappearance of Lynx buses on the streets of south Lake County in recent weeks has been a welcome sight for those who depend on mass transit for their livelihoods.
The lates t word o n our water supply is hardly news but worth noting nonetheless. The St. Johns River Water Management District is projecting the 18 counties that make up the district — including Lake — will tap out their groundwater supply by 2035. When that happens, other means will have to be found to meet the shortfall that is forecast to be somewhere around 256 million gallons a day.
If chemical weapons killed 64 people on U.S. soil, the nation would be in a frenzy trying to determine what measures could be taken to prevent it from happening again.
Florida lawmakers have largely failed to produce lower rates in their attempts to tinker with the state’s home insurance markets, but that doesn’t stop them from trying. On Dec. 17, state Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, filed the bill in response to rising flood insurance rates for thousands of Floridians under the federal Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act.
Something’s going on in south Lake County — and it’s bound to get your heart racing.
S ometimes the consequences of mixing politics and governing aren’t pretty.
A mong many of the president’s unfulfilled campaign promises was his statement that” his administration would be the most transparent in history.” Ironically in 2013 his promise of transparency became clearer but not due to his efforts. The element of transparency revealed in 2013 was the discovery by the American people that they finally learned the magnitude of the lack of transparency in this administration.
B ayli Silberstein wanted to establish a Gay-Straight Alliance at her school, Carver Middle, to help combat bullying and create a more tolerant atmosphere.
Y ou can tell there’s something special about this time of year — besides the annual preparations for the “holiday season.”
In September of 1938 the “Munich Agreement” was signed among G ermany, Great Britian, France and Italy. This agreement gave Adolph Hitler and Germany the Sudetenland (western part of Czechoslovakia) and set up the capitulation of the rest of Czechoslovakia to become part of Hitler’s ambitions towards the expansion of Germany.
We’d like St. Johns River Water Management District officials to provide a fuller explanation of their decision to recommend approval of a request by Groveland’s Nigara Bottling Company.
W e can certainly understand what would motivate leaders in retirement and planned communities to allow golf carts to drive on public roads.
I n my life time I believe the movie I have enjoyed the most was Cecil B. DeMille’s epic film, The Ten Commandments, shown in 1956. Loaded with a star-studded cast, the two lead roles were played by Charlton Heston, as Moses, and Yul Brynner who played Rameses, the Pharaoh of Egypt.
We all need to help protect our springs
H ow could you make Florida’s Christmas season traffic more dangerous than it already is? Maybe by raising the speed limits.