The Tallahassee Reports Daily Briefs: Friday, February 23, 2024

The Tallahassee Reports Daily Briefs: Friday, February 23, 2024

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Seldom do all Leon County Commissioners weigh-in on an issue. However, the proposed trespassing ordinance resulted in a discussion that explains why officials supported or opposed the new law. Read comments from all seven Leon County Commissioners.

At the February 21, 2024 Tallahassee City Commission meeting, elected officials voted to introduce an ordinance that would revise sections of the Tallahassee Land Development Code (TLDC) related to Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) or what is commonly called mother-in-law suites.

No foul play was suspected in a death investigation that is being conducted after a man’s body was found in a wooded area Thursday morning, according to Tallahassee Police. Tallahassee police officers and forensics responded to what TPD confirmed was a death investigation in the 500 block of John Knox Road in a tract of woods near Silver Slipper Lane. According to police, the body was found in the wooded area just before 9 a.m. Thursday, and detectives were working to identify the person.


Sophomore guard Ta’Niya Latson continued her torrid stretch of play on Thursday night, pouring in 34 points as Florida State Women’s Basketball clinched its 20th win of the season in an 84-71 victory over Boston College at the Tucker Center.

The Florida State baseball program returns home to host Western Carolina for three games beginning Friday at 5:00 p.m. on 100.7 WFLA and streamed on the ACC Network Extra. The Seminoles remained perfect following a 7-4 victory Tuesday at Jacksonville, FSU’s first road tilt of the young season.


The Florida Senate passed a bill Thursday that secures funding for conservation lands and infrastructure through revenues made available by the compact between Florida and the Seminole Tribe. Sen. Travis Hutson called the proposal an “investment” to expand and promote state recreation lands. They include Florida’s state parks, greenways and trails, and game lands.

The Florida Legislature has approved a social media ban barring anyone under age 16 from opening or maintaining an account. The House already passed a version of the ban already, but the measure was significantly changed when the Senate took it up. The Senate ultimately passed its language on the bill earlier Thursday. House Speaker Paul Renner cheered the legislative accomplishment as a bipartisan one.


The US has warned Russia not to deploy nuclear weapons in space, noting it would violate a 1967 treaty that bars weapons of mass destruction in space. It marks the first indication of the Biden administration’s approach to Rep. Mike Turner’s (R, OH-10) warning last week alluding to a “serious national security threat.”

The Chicago Board of Education voted unanimously on Thursday to remove school resource officers from Chicago Public Schools, with the removal of the officers required by the start of next school year.

The Odysseus spacecraft successfully reached the lunar surface yesterday, becoming the first-ever private-sector mission to land on the moon while remaining operational. Its arrival also represents the first US-built spacecraft to land on the moon in more than 50 years, following the final Apollo mission in 1972. 

US stock markets close higher (S&P 500 +2.1%, Dow +1.2%, Nasdaq +3.0%), S&P 500 hits another high after Nvidia’s blockbuster earnings report Wednesday; Nvidia rises 16% (More).


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