The Tallahassee Reports Daily Briefs: Wednesday, February 14, 2024

The Tallahassee Reports Daily Briefs: Wednesday, February 14, 2024

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According to filings with Leon County and the City of Tallahassee, the number of single-family new construction permits was up 91.2% in January 2024 when compared to January, 2023. Get the details.

During the next Leon County Commission meeting on February 20, the Board will consider acceptance of the North Monroe Corridor Charrette Final Report which will correspondingly implement the Report’s 10 action items. Below is the response by citizens to one of the questions in report.

Dustin Rivest, a Tallahassee native who attended Lincoln High School, a former scholarship athlete at Florida International University, and a local entrepreneur, recently appeared on The Steve Stewart Show on Real Talk 93.3.

Dustin Rivest Talks Hiring Strategies, Tallahassee, and Schools.


In the Regional Girls Soccer Quarter Finals Class 5A , Lincoln defeated Choctaw, 2-0. In Class 6A, the Chiles girls team defeated Pace, 5-1.

In the Regional Boys Soccer Quarter Finals Class 6A, Chiles team defeated Fleming Island in a penalty kicks, 5-4. The gamed ended tied at 2.

FSU basketball fell on the road to the Virginia Cavaliers last night 83-75. Jamir Watkins scored a near career-high 26 points to lead two Seminoles in double figures  Darin Green Jr. scored 14 points on three made 3-point field goals for Florida State. The Noles’ next game is this upcoming Saturday at 2:00 pm in the Civic Center against No. 7 Duke. 


A new bill in the Florida Legislature would prohibit those between the ages of 18-20 from working in adult entertainment venues. Adult entertainment business owners would be subject to first-degree misdemeanor charges regarding those under 21 working in the clubs and other adult establishments. If those under 21 dare to bare, the penalty is enhanced to a second-degree felony penalty for the proprietors.

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced his support for cracking down on retail thieves at a press conference Tuesday. The bill by Rep. Bob Rommel would make it a third degree felony for an individual who joins five or more people in retail theft, a second degree if the same group encourages others to join in through social media, and a first degree felony for any repeat offenders who have already been convicted of the same crime within a one year time period.

The Florida Supreme Court on Monday refused to speed up a challenge to the State of Florida’s congressional redistricting from 2022. The maps currently being disputed will likely be in place for the 2024 elections. The court issued a one-sentence order without explaining its reasons for denying a request from the plaintiffs to shorten the timeframe and hold arguments during the first week of April.

Florida Republican leadership, namely Senate President Kathleen Passidomo, said recently that she is unsure whether she would support a bill that would protect monuments and memorials from being removed by local governments. “There are problems with the bill. More than that, there are problems with the perceptions among our caucus on all sides. So, I’m going to take that into consideration. I’m not going to bring a bill to the floor that is so abhorrent to everybody,” Passidomo said.


The House of Representatives yesterday impeached Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas by a 214 to 213 vote for allegedly violating immigration laws over his handling of the southern US border. Mayorkas is the second cabinet member in US history to be removed from office, following the 1876 impeachment of then-Secretary of War William Belknap. 

A powerful nor’easter storm completed its pass through parts of the northern Mid-Atlantic and Northeast yesterday, unleashing up to 2 inches of snow per hour in certain areas. The storm disrupted travel, left more than 130,000 customers without power, and forced the closure of schools for millions of students across the region.

The consumer price index in January fell to 3.1% year-over-year growth, down from the 3.4% rise in December but higher than analyst’s predictions of 2.9%. The annual figure, which tracks the change in prices of a basket of goods and services, is the lowest increase since June (see historical data). 

US stock markets close down (S&P 500 -1.4%, Dow -1.4%, Nasdaq -1.8%); Dow posts worst day since March 2023 following hotter-than-expected inflation report (More


4 Responses to "The Tallahassee Reports Daily Briefs: Wednesday, February 14, 2024"

  1. “would make it a third degree felony for an individual who joins five or more people in retail theft” ………………………. Make it ONE or more people.

    OK Florida Law Makers, you have until 2026 at the earliest now to redraw the Lines so it is not Racist. Get working on it NOW show you have something to show.

    OK, start off with Baby Steps, support a bill that would protect monuments and memorials from being Vandalized.

    The consumer price index didn’t fall in MY Basket.

  2. “Senate President Kathleen Passidomo, said recently that she is unsure whether she would support a bill that would protect monuments”

    Liberals have influenced her against protecting Confederate Memorials. This is what happens when history is rewritten and presented on a 15 minute YouTube video then taken for gospel. I’m a proud descendent of 18th century plantation owners and 19th century farmers. My ancestors fought in the American Revolutionary War and for the Stars and Bars during the war between the states. And they owned slaves. IMO, the atrocities of the war we’re committed by Federal Troops against innocent women, children and old people of the south. For example look up the Kansas Red Legs and what they and other Kansas troops did to the civilians of Missouri.

    Senate President, grow a backbone.

  3. Adios, Mayorkas!!!

    Great job Governor DeSantis on the support for the retail thieves bill! New York and California should take notice.

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