Army Corps to Decrease Lake Okeechobee Flows Following Gov. Scott’s Emergency Declaration

On June 30, 2016, in News Releases, by Staff

ORLANDO, Fla. – Today, following Governor Scott’s emergency declaration in St. Lucie and Martin Counties, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District announced they will reduce the amount of water flowing from Lake Okeechobee into local waterways and estuaries beginning this weekend. To view Executive Order 16-155, click HERE. Today, Governor Scott expanded the […]

Gov. Scott Declares State of Emergency in St. Lucie and Martin Counties Following Algal Blooms

On June 29, 2016, in News Releases, by Staff

Also Directing DEP & FWC to Mitigate Spread of Algal Blooms TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott issued Executive Order 16-155 declaring a state of emergency in Martin and St. Lucie Counties following the presence of algal blooms in local waterways. The Executive Order will allow state and local governmental agencies to take swift […]

Governor Scott Announces $1.8 Million in Defense Grants Given to Thirteen Counties

On June 29, 2016, in News Releases, by Staff

  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that $1.8 million was awarded through the Florida Defense Support Task Force Grant Program to support seven defense projects across 13 counties. This funding will strengthen Florida’s military bases ahead of any potential Department of Defense realignment or closure actions, thereby protecting the more than 774,000 […]

Governor Scott Ceremonially Signs Detention Cost-Share Bill

On June 29, 2016, in News Releases, by Staff

ORLANDO, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott ceremonially signed SB 1322 which establishes a 50-50 split of juvenile detention costs between the state of Florida and certain counties. Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Commissioner Rick Swearingen is also announcing today that FDLE will begin waiving the $75 records expungement application fee for juveniles following […]

DOH Confirms First Zika-Related Case of Microcephaly in Florida; Governor Scott Calls on CDC to Host Call with Medical Professionals

On June 28, 2016, in News Releases, by Staff

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Today, the Florida Department of Health announced the first confirmed case of microcephaly in an infant born in Florida whose mother had a travel-related case of Zika. The mother of the infant contracted Zika while in Haiti. Following the confirmation of this case, Governor Rick Scott called on the Centers […]

Governor Scott Appoints Zachary M. Gill to the Lee County Court

On June 24, 2016, in Recent Appointments, by Staff

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Zachary M. Gill to the Lee County Court. Gill, 36, of Fort Myers, is currently a partner with Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice, and Purtz, P.A. where he has practiced since 2010. He previously served as an assistant state attorney in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit […]

Governor Scott Appoints Gary L. Sanders to the Fifth Judicial Circuit Court

On June 24, 2016, in Recent Appointments, by Staff

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Gary L. Sanders to the Fifth Judicial Circuit Court. Sanders, 53, of Ocala, has been with the Bice Cole Law Firm, P.L. since 2000, where he serves as owner and managing partner. He was previously a partner with Pattillo, McKeever & Bice from 1993-2000. […]

Governor Scott Appoints Michael P. McDaniel to the Tenth Judicial Circuit Court

On June 24, 2016, in Recent Appointments, by Staff

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Michael P. McDaniel to the Tenth Judicial Circuit Court. McDaniel, 45, of Lakeland, is the owner of the McDaniel Law Firm where he practices primarily civil litigation. From 2010-2013, McDaniel served as a Senior Rule of Law Advisor with the U.S. Department of State […]

Governor Scott Appoints Judge Don Thomas Hall to the Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court

On June 24, 2016, in Recent Appointments, by Staff

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Judge Don Thomas Hall to the Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court. Hall, 60, of Arcadia, has served as a County Court Judge for DeSoto County since 1995. He was previously an assistant state attorney from 1992-1994. Hall began his legal career as an attorney and […]

Governor Scott Appoints Robert E. Long, Jr. to the Second Judicial Circuit Court

On June 24, 2016, in Recent Appointments, by Staff

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Robert E. Long, Jr. to the Second Judicial Circuit Court. Long, 34, of Tallahassee, has served as General Counsel for the Leon County Sheriff’s Office since 2014. He was previously an attorney with Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, P.A. from 2013-2014. Long began his legal […]