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On September 14, the Amazon Tallahassee Robotics Fulfillment Center held its grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony. This facility is just the sixth Amazon Fulfillment Center to launch in Florida, is almost the size of 11 football fields and took more than 20,000 tons of steel to build.
This week the Capital Regional Transportation Planning Agency will meet on Tuesday September 19 – see the agenda here.
Also, the Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency will meet on Thursday, September 21, see the agenda here.
The First District Court of Appeal recently upheld a lower court ruling enforcing a two-week suspension for the Lawton Chiles High School principal Joseph Burgess. The two-week suspension began Monday, September 11 and will be without pay. Assistant Principal Grace Bigelow will serve as the lead administrator during the suspension.
The State of Florida has penalized a Miami venue after a viral video on social media revealed a young girl between the ages of 3-5 holding the hand of a transvestite man wearing stripper attire. The original video was recorded in June as part of “Pride” month celebrations. Viewers online identified R House Inc in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood as the venue.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, in a recent interview, accused of the U.S. Military of funding “abortion tourism” referencing a DOD policy rolled out earlier this year that allows service members are able to travel for health care decisions. “Our recruiting is in the absolute gutter now, and you’re funding abortion tourism. Is that really something that is helping to protect this country? So we need to fight back against it,” DeSantis added. “I can tell you when I’m president, on Day One, that policy goes into the trash can where it belongs.”
Gov. Ron DeSantis has appointed fellow Republican Emery Gainey to take over the Alachua Sheriff’s Office next month. He will replace Sheriff Clovis Watson, who in August tendered his resignation, effective Oct. 1, after spending about two months on extended medical leave amid numerous issues within his department. Gainey is set to step in the following day and serve through the 2024 election.
After Florida State football escaped Boston College with a two-point win, 31-29, FAMU football also got a win this weekend. The Rattlers defeated the West Florida Argonauts 31-10 to move to 2-1.
Florida State soccer remains undefeated after scoring four unanswered goals to take down No. 8 Clemson on Friday on the road. It is the Seminoles’ second road victory over a top 10 team and is the fifth straight season the Seminoles have opened ACC play with a victory.
Florida State volleyball fell in straight sets to Hawaii on Saturday. The Seminoles return home to play the University of North Florida Ospreys on Tuesday evening in Tully Gymnasium at 5 p.m. The game will be available for streaming on ACC Network Extra.