The Tallahassee City Commission devoted a lot of conversation to affordable housing during its annual retreat Wednesday. Mayor John Dailey says there’s a national housing crisis, and that Tallahassee is not immune to it. According to the University of California at Berkley, developers face financial challenges when it comes to low-income housing due to rising land and material costs. Dailey is now challenging the commission to solve that riddle. Get more details.
On the affordable housing question, Tallahassee City Commissioner Jeremy Matlow supports the City of Tallahassee building more housing. Details here.
A Tallahassee man is now on trial nearly three years after he allegedly committed murder in January 2020. Cleveland McNair is accused of shooting and killing John Dees in January 2020. Dees’ body was found in the woods on Pecan Road on January 13th, and court records say officers found two spent shell casings at the scene. Testimony in McNair’s trial is scheduled to last through the end of the week.
It is estimated over $1 billion in damages were incurred on Florida’s agriculture industry after Hurricane Ian ravaged southwest Florida. University of Florida-Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is set to report citrus damages at $247 million, horticultural crops at $227 million, vegetables and melons at $204.6 million, non-citrus fruits and tree nuts at $137.7 million, field and row crops at $130 million and livestock and animal products at $122.7 million.
Florida Republican Congresswoman Maria Salazar recently spoke in Davos, Switzerland at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting and said that Americans need to accept amnesty for the nations illegal immigrants. Salazar was previously one of six other House Republicans in unveiling an amnesty plan last year.
Florida State women’s basketball travels to Charlottesville, VA to take on the Virginia Cavaliers tonight at 7:00 p.m. Florida State is tied for third place in the ACC standings after being picked to finish ninth in the league’s predicted order of finish. The Noles are also 5-1 in road games this season.
It was officially announced that Florida State football has hired Patrick Surtain Sr. from the Miami Dolphins to coach the Seminoles’ defensive backs. Surtain had a 10 year career in the NFL playing for the Miami Dolphins and the Kansas City Chiefs. Before coaching with the Dolphins, he spent the previous nine seasons, including six as head coach, at American Heritage High School in Plantation, Florida, and was named the 2020 High School Football America National Coach of the Year where he also won three state titles.