City Commission Seat 5: Two Candidates Challenge Dianne Williams-Cox

City Commission Seat 5: Two Candidates Challenge Dianne Williams-Cox

Tallahassee City Commissioner Dianne Williams-Cox is facing two challengers -Adner Marcelin and Shelby Green – in the August 23rd primary. Williams-Cox was elected to her current position in 2018 and previously served on the Tallahassee Leon County Planning Commission. Provided below is a table giving the positions of the candidates on six specific issues. Also, […]

DeSantis Taps Francis for Florida Supreme Court

DeSantis Taps Francis for Florida Supreme Court

By Dara Kam, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Two years after justices thwarted his first attempt to place Renatha Francis on the Florida Supreme Court, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday tapped the Palm Beach County circuit judge to serve on a high court dominated by conservative jurists. With four of the seven-member court’s […]

DeSantis Suspends Hillsborough State Attorney

DeSantis Suspends Hillsborough State Attorney

By Ryan Dailey, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Saying that a twice-elected Hillsborough County prosecutor has put himself “above the law,” Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday suspended State Attorney Andrew Warren for pledging to not enforce Florida’s 15-week restriction on abortion. DeSantis appointed Hillsborough County judge Susan Lopez to take Warren’s place during […]

Ask Judge Smith |Open-Handed Greetings

Ask Judge Smith |Open-Handed Greetings

I talk to students about what judges do and the rule of law. Sometimes, we talk about American history and their questions can range from whimsical to probing.  Q. Judge Smith, why do the people in England drive on the other side of the road. Clay (a fourth-grade student). A. During the Middle Ages, most […]

Small Businesses Vulnerable to Lawsuit Abuse

Dear Editor, Florida’s courts are being commandeered by con artists and fraudsters, earning massive paydays at the expense of everyday small business owners. And things will keep getting worse on Mainstreet and in our communities if things don’t change soon. There are many forms of lawsuit abuse in the Sunshine State, but one in particular […]

Appeals Court Upholds City Ordinance Related to Strip Club Restrictions

Appeals Court Upholds City Ordinance Related to Strip Club Restrictions

By Jim Saunders, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — In a legal battle rooted in the discovery of a 13-year-old human trafficking victim working as a dancer, a federal appeals court Monday largely upheld restrictions that Miami Beach placed on nude strip clubs. A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals […]

New Leon County Residential Construction Permits Trending Down

New Leon County Residential Construction Permits Trending Down

According to permit filings with Leon County and the City of Tallahassee, the number of single-family new construction permits are trending down. The New SFR Permit Report, provided below, shows the number of June permits is down 13.7% when compared to the number of permits issued one year ago. The value of the June permits […]

Bannerman Road Widening Project Update

Bannerman Road Widening Project Update

Leon County Commissioner Brain Welch – who represents District 4 – recently provided an update on the Bannerman widening project which was approved in 2014. Based on the results of a Traffic Feasibility Analysis, which examined future traffic capacity and supporting infrastructure needs along the Bannerman Road corridor, the project was expanded in September 2020. […]

Nikki Fried Announces Support of a Reparations Bill in Florida If Elected Governor

Nikki Fried Announces Support of a Reparations Bill in Florida If Elected Governor

During a campaign interview with hip-hop legend Luther Luke Campbell and others, Florida gubernatorial candidate Nikki Fried said she would support reparations legislation like the bill recently adopted in California if she is elected governor. Stephen Johnson, 100 Black Men of South Florida Past Chair and member of the Miami-Dade Black Affairs Advisory Board, told […]

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