The Leon County Democratic Executive Committee elected Ryan Ray as their new chairman last night. Ray is the aide to Tallahassee City Commissioner Jeremy Matlow. Ray received 70 percent of the committee’s vote. Ray was supported by the progressive wing of the party garnering votes from City Commissioners Matlow and Jack Porter, and District 5 County Commissioner David O’Keefe. City Commissioner Curtis Richardson and County Commissioner Rick Minor voted for Monica O’Neal.
On December 14th, the Tallahassee-Leon County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to address the recommended approval of the City Walk transitional residential facility on Mahan Drive. At the hearing, City Walk will request approval of the facility and seek to remove the two proposed conditions included in the judge’s order. These conditions concern the housing of persons with prior convictions and prohibiting feeding or clothing non-residents.
Tallahassee Police responded to a shooting Saturday night around 11:40 p.m. on Dover Street. The injured man was taken to the hospital for treatment. The ongoing investigation found shell casings on Delaware Street. There has been no indication on if the victim is recovering or if the shooting turned fatal.
In nearby Taylor County, a middle schooler was arrested yesterday after allegedly creating a list of names with threats intending to harm those listed. The list of names included current students and the threat was specifically a school shooting threat. No students or teachers have been harmed as a result of the threats. The investigation is still ongoing.
A Florida senate committee is accelerating a bill that would ensure Florida drivers would see a 50 percent credit on tolls through next year. SB 6A authorizes the Florida Turnpike Enterprise to establish a toll relief program for drivers that notch 35 transactions a month on their SunPass transponders. The program will be funded by Florida’s budget surplus.
Florida lawmakers also unveiled a series of hurricane relief bills for the Special Session. State Sen. Travis Hutson and Rep. Stan McClain filed identical bills, HB3A and SB 4A, providing various methods for Florida citizens to be able to seek relief. Included in the legislation is a proposal backed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis where Floridians would be able to earn tax refunds for the days their homes were uninhabitable because of the pair of storms.
Florida State women’s basketball freshman guard Ta’Niya Latson continues her early season dominance in the ACC. She has won her fifith straight ACC Rookie of the Week award. Last week against Texas Southern, she tied her career high in points with 34 in 26 minutes. She’ll look to continue her high level of play this Thursday night against Presbyterian College at the Tucker Center.
Florida State men’s basketball hosts the University of South Carolina-Upstate tonight at 8:30 p.m. The Noles are coming off a blowout win against the Louisville Cardinals on Saturday and looking to get their third win of the year after starting 1-9.