On Monday March 13, the Executive Committee of the Leon County Children’s Services Council (CSC) will consider a proposal to increase staffing. The increase in staffing will result in $819,858 in total expense during the FY 2023-24. In February, the total CSC budget was reported to be approximately $7.6 million.
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After the storm that came through last Friday, the National Weather Service conducted a storm survey Saturday morning and it was determined that 80 mile-per-hour winds were the cause of the damage is eastern Leon County, and not a tornado. The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) defines straight line winds as “Straight line winds are thunderstorm winds that have no rotation.”
The City of Tallahassee’s HR Director was fired late last week and believes it was retaliatory. The former director’s firing came after TPD Chief Lawrence Revell reinstated an officer who tested positive for amphetamines while on duty. The officer claimed he took his wife’s Adderal meds by accident. The now-fired HR Director pushed back against the reinstatement, according to internal records. However, the former HR Director did not say specifically if she was fired for her pushback.
A new poll shows Florida voters are now in favor of recreational marijuana legalization. The University of North Florida released the polls and it showed approximately 70 percent of voters would support legalization while approximately 29 percent opposed it. In 2016, over 71 percent of voters passed a constitutional amendment legalizing medicinal marijuana. Constitutional amendments require 60 percent of voters to vote in favor of the measure in order for it to pass.
Red Tide has made a comeback on the Sarasota coast, and local officials are expecting it to remain in the area for a couple of weeks. Dead fish have washed up on the beach and breathing problems are being reported. Red tide, a toxic algae bloom that occurs naturally in the Gulf of Mexico, is worsened by the presence of nutrients such as nitrogen in the water. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said on Friday they found red tide in 157 samples along Florida’s Gulf Coast, with the strongest concentrations along Pinellas and Sarasota counties.
FSU baseball fell to the Pitt Panthers yesterday, but they had already locked up the series win in Saturday’s game. Yesterday’s game, however, was delayed at 3:30 p.m. before eventually being called after two-and-a-half hours due to rain and lightning, ending in a 8-6 Pitt win. The Noles are now 11-4 and 2-1 to start ACC play.