The Tallahassee Reports Daily Briefs: Wednesday, May 8, 2024

The Tallahassee Reports Daily Briefs: Wednesday, May 8, 2024

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The Children’s Services Council proposed amended budget totals $9,570,687 (this includes rollover from previous year) with $7,427,764 or 77.6% of the total allocated to programs. Get the details.

At the February 7, 2024, city commission meeting, Commissioner Jack Porter made a motion related to the city’s parking regulations and the Commission directed staff to bring back an informational item regarding parking standards. Should the city stop requiring developers to provide minimum parking spaces based on the needs of the project?

A new firefighter workforce training program is coming this fall to Leon High School. High school seniors will have the chance to learn what it takes to be a firefighter and possibly land a job with the Tallahassee Fire Department.

Former Jefferson County Clerk Kirk Reams is now on trial for grand theft and fraud. Attorneys selected six jurors Monday afternoon and the first witnesses are expected to take the stand Tuesday morning. Reams and two others are accused of defrauding Jefferson County out of $829,000 in public money.


No. 8 Florida State (36-10) earned a 7-6 walk off victory over Jacksonville (22-24) off Lance Trippel’s single down the left-field line to score the winning run on Tuesday evening at Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles sweep Jacksonville for the first time since 2018 and holds a 14-0 record over in-state opponents this season.


Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation on Tuesday renewing the state’s popular sales tax holidays, as well as implementing other forms of tax relief, totaling around $1.5 billion. Of the sales tax holidays being continued include: Back-to-school, disaster preparedness, “Freedom Month” for outdoors events and activities, September’s “Tool Time” holiday. In addition to the holidays, the relief includes a year-long exemption for property insurance premium taxes, and the same for flood insurance policies – written from Oct. 1, 2024 to Sep. 30, 2025.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recently issued a report showing 230 manatees have died during the first quarter of 2024, which is a drop from 271 over the same period last year. FWC indicated 49 were from natural causes. The Florida manatee population is estimated to be between 5,700 and 8,800, with approximately 3,300 living on the state’s west coast and 2,400 on the east coast.

Almost exactly a year after Florida lawmakers and Gov. Ron DeSantis approved a measure to restrict property ownership by people from China and six other countries, housing and real-estate groups Monday filed a federal lawsuit alleging it is discriminatory. The lawsuit, filed in Miami, contends that the law violates the federal Fair Housing Act and part of the Florida Constitution. The case filed Monday is broader, as it also applies to restrictions placed on people from Russia, Iran, North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela and Syria — each of which Florida calls a “foreign country of concern.”


Boy Scouts of America announced yesterday it would change its name to Scouting America in February of next year, the first rebrand in its 114-year history. Membership in the youth organization known for outdoor activities and patriotic values has halved in the last decade to 1 million, below its 1972 peak of 5 million.

TikTok sues US government over law forcing Chinese parent company ByteDance to divest or face a US ban; argues video platform should be allowed to operate under First Amendment free speech protections (More).

US stock markets close mixed(S&P 500 +0.1%, Dow +0.1%, Nasdaq -0.1%)as investors wait on news of Federal Reserve interest rate cut timing (More).


2 Responses to "The Tallahassee Reports Daily Briefs: Wednesday, May 8, 2024"

    Keep in mind that even though the CSC millage rate remains constant, if your house taxable value increases, which it usually does each year, your “contribution” to the CSC also goes up. It appears the CSC puts a very high priority on ensuring that the budget for salaries and other administrative costs constantly increases.

    What is it going to take to put the continuation of the CSC to a referendum? As others has said, the CSC needs to be shut down.

  2. “Restrict property ownership by people from China and six other countries, how does that violates the federal Fair Housing Act when they can still Rent or Lease. You know that old saying, “It only takes ONE”……… well, China is that ONE, when they started buying up 1000’s of Acres of Land around Military Bases so they can Spy on them (they admitted to it). I think Governor DeSantis did the right thing. It is no different than people not wanting to allow a Murderer or a known Pedophile to buy a Home in their Neighborhood. Would you like if someone buys a House next to you and they Spy on everything you do and say by hacking into all your Electronics, setting up Cameras pointing at your Property and in your Windows watching your every move keeping track of when you’re coming and going? Think about it.

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