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The enthusiasm that accompanied the move of the homeless shelter in 2015 has given way to the reality that the shelter is now not meeting the needs of the homeless and is also hurting local businesses in the immediate area and having financial impacts that reach beyond western Leon County.
Summaries of non-agenda discussion topics from recent local government meetings address staff text messages, Blueprint structure, & LCS book reviews.
The Leon County Commission recently approved a $35 million bond issue to construct 156 rental units exclusively for low-income and very low-income families. They’ve authorized the Housing Finance Authority of Leon County to issue the bonds for the Lake Bradford Apartments Affordable Housing Project on Kissimmee Street.
Members of Tallahassee’s Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency cut the ribbon Wednesday on a new park on the south side of Tallahassee. The park is more than 100 acres and includes a playground, picnic areas and butterfly garden. It’s called the Debbie Lightsey Park, named after the former city commissioner.
Two Leon County children who were reported missing were found in Escambia County. Deputies from Leon County and Osceola County closed down highway 90 near the Gadsden County line Wednesday around noon as part of the search. A K9 unit could be seen searching the roadway just before noon.
LOCAL SPORTS NEWS
Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis is one of 20 semifinalists for the Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year Award. The Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year Award is the first college football honor to focus primarily on a player’s leadership, both on and off the field.
Tonight, No. 1 FSU soccer will wrap their three-game homestand tonight against No. 18 Pitt Panthers. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at the Seminole Soccer Complex and can be seen live on ACC Network Extra.
In a joint statement, Florida House Speaker Paul Renner and Senate President Kathleen Passidomo issued a joint proclamation in support of the Israeli people. Joined by members of the Florida House and Senate, Florida lawmakers vehemently condemned the atrocities committed by Hamas.
Gov. Ron DeSantis attacked the Biden administration for providing a $100 million in foreign aid to Gaza and the West Bank for humanitarian assistance. DeSantis called it a “gift to the Gaza Strip” and predicted that Hamas will commandeer the money for their purposes.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said that foreign college and university students who are glorifying Hamas do not have a right to be “in the U.S. on a student VISA.” DeSantis touted his administration’s efforts reclaim Florida’s universities and said that the students espousing pro-Hamas views should be “repatriated back to their home country.”