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For the week ending September 3, TPD reported 66 crime incidents. This included 27 violent crime incidents which is 26.8% above the average number of violent crime incidents reported on a weekly basis in 2022, which was 21.3.
On Thursday September 7th at 8:30 a.m., the Tallahassee Growth Management Department will hold a Type A & Pre-Submittal meeting and address four projects, including the downtown Valencia Hotel project.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was in Yankeetown surveying the damage in the wake of Hurricane Idalia. DeSantis expressed his frustration with President Joe Biden’s statement connecting the storm to climate change. “And we’ve got to stop politicizing the weather and stop politicizing natural disasters,” DeSantis said. “We know from history, there have been times where it’s been very busy in Florida.”
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis also recently discussed the opportunity he will have at the next Republican presidential debate, specifically noting that he is tired of Republicans losing. He said “talk is ineffective, and that’s why my message has been simple: 2024 is the time to put up or shut up.”
Consumer sentiment among Floridians is steadily rising while national sentiment is falling. “Given that Florida’s economy is heavily reliant on tourism, fluctuations in visitor numbers could have a significant impact on the state’s economic landscape,” said Hector Sandoval from the University of Florida’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research.
A Leon County Circuit Court judge ruled against Florida’s Congressional map and ordered a Legislative redraw. The issue at-hand is the elimination of Congressional District 5, once held by former Congressman Al Lawson. Judge J. Lee Marsh said the plaintiffs were able to prove the “diminishment of black voters” and rejected the idea of carving out a district for black voters in Tallahassee that snakes all the way to Jacksonville was “gerrymandering.”
Labor Day weekend saw victories all across the board. FSU football knocked off No. 5 LSU, FAMU football defeated Jackson State in the Orange Blossom Classic, and FSU soccer defeated the USF Bulls on Sunday, 5-1, to extend their record to 3-0. FSU soccer is now No. 2 in the country.