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Florida Sets New Record for Tourist Visits in First Quarter

Florida Gov. Rick Scott notes that the first quarter visitor total represented a 7.4% increase from the same period last year and demonstrates the economic momentum that has been building in the state.

TALLAHASSEE, FL—The State of Florida enjoyed a record number of visitors in the first quarter of this year. The Sunshine State saw more than 33.2 million visitors to the Sunshine State in the first three months of this year.

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Real estate billionaire Jeff Greene joins governor’s race

Jeff Greene, 63, has filed his intent to run for governor as a Democrat. (AP image)

PALM BEACH, Fla. — Palm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene is running for governor of Florida.

Greene, 63, has filed his intent to run for governor as a Democrat.

A real estate mogul, Greene is a former Republican who previously ran for U.S. Senate in 2010 as a Democrat.

Greene joins other Democrats Philip Levine (Miami Beach Mayor), Andrew Gillum (Tallahassee Mayor), Chris King (Orlando businessman) and Gwen Graham (ex-congresswoman) in the race to be the Democratic candidate this fall.

This is a developing story and more information will be provided as it becomes available.

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Tallahassee (City of) FL — Moody’s Assigns Aa2 to Tallahassee, FL’s $28.1M Capital Bonds, Ser. 2018

Rating Action: Moody’s Assigns Aa2 to Tallahassee, FL’s$28.1M Capital Bonds, Ser. 2018

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New housing could be coming near FAMU campus

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) – New student housing could be coming soon near Florida A & M University’s campus.

WTXL’s Jada Williams is live at FAMU, where students and alumni are eager to see expansion in the area.

While the student’s on campus are excited for new housing options near campus, many alumni are excited about who’s bringing those developments to the area.

Finding off-campus housing can be challenging for any college student.

"I don’t drive, like at all, so I felt limited with the options that I did have," said FAMU student Mikail Trigg. "And there’s satisfy my parents because they pay for a certain amount of everything. So it was like make sure I’m safe, but make sure I like it, but make sure I’m not being too picky but make sure I’m safe...

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Progressives get serious while Gillum Graham spat gets sillier

(Photo: Tallahassee’s hometown candidates for governor, Gwen Graham and Andrew Gillum)

Nathan Archer

Oh well, that was fun.

The Andrew Gillum Gwen Graham spat appears to be petering to an anticlimactic conclusion. Florida progressives have begun to get serious about this year’s election.

A group of grassroots activists opened a Tallahassee office Tuesday. From a hillside opposite the statehouse a half dozen members of For Our Future FL will fan out across the capital city to encourage voters to support candidates that reflect their values.

“We’re trying to promote policies that benefit working families, the poor, the underserved and those who have been marginalized,” said Jordan Anderson, a For Our Future regional director...

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Top 5 at noon: Buckhorn beams during State of the City; staff picks for Lightning-Capitals; and more

Here are the latest headlines and updates on tampabay.com:

BUCKHORN TELLS TAMPA IN ANNUAL SPEECH: ‘LOOK AT US NOW, JUST LOOK AT US NOW’

It may or may not have been his last State of the City address, but Mayor Bob Buckhorn left it all on the stage Friday. In a forceful speech that took shots at Tallahassee, celebrated the city’s diversity, listed his accomplishments as mayor and gave advice for voters about to select his successor, the two-term mayor clearly reveled in his role as booster in chief.

LIGHTNING-CAPITALS: TIMES STAFF PREDICTIONS FOR THE EASTERN CONFERENCE FINAL

Who will win the Tampa Bay-Washington Eastern Conference final, which starts tonight at Amalie Arena? The Times sports staff offers its picks.

FLORIDA VOTING OFFICIALS FIRE BACK AT RUBIO’S CRITICISM OVER CYBER-THREATS

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Philip Levine at Orlando town hall: Florida needs a ‘culture of excellence’

May 04–Philip Levine told an Orlando town hall Thursday night that he’s the Democratic candidate for governor with a real progressive record — and he pointed to businesses as a guide on how the state could become more liberal.

"People say: ‘Phil, you’re in business. How can you be a Democrat and be in business?’" said the cruise line and real estate executive and former mayor of Miami Beach. "Have you ever taken a look at human resources manuals for the most admired companies in America? … They’re pro-education, pro-health care, pro-environment, anti-discrimination. And by the way, if they want to come to your community, they want good public transportation."

While Levine said Florida should remain a low-tax state, he pledged the state would no longer give out tax incentives to companies a...

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Real estate from 12 states to sell in two-day auction – Atlanta Business Chronicle

ATLANTA, May 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — More than 300 properties across the Southeast and beyond are set for auction May 15-16, with John Dixon & Associates conducting the event. The real estate is grouped into 87 offerings, including residential and commercial land, waterfront home sites, homes, and commercial buildings.

The auction will begin at 2 p.m. each of the two days, with live bidding at the Mansour Conference Center in Marietta and remote bidding via Internet by prior arrangement. Remote bidders will be able to see and hear the bidding and converse with a bid assistant, competing in real time with on-site bidders.

Included in the auction are properties in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and We...

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Broward Sheriff Loses No Confidence Vote Months After Massacre

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL — With his Florida constituents still reeling from the murderous Valentine’s Day rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel lost a no confidence vote Thursday that was called by a union representing hundreds of his deputies. The vote was 534 to 92 against the county’s top cop. Israel insisted that the vote was "inconsequential" and reflected only a small percentage of his 5,400 employees.

"I am accountable to the citizens of Broward County. My job is to continue to do the job I was elected to do, which is to ensure the safety of Broward County’s 1.9 million residents," Israel fired back after the vote was announced late Thursday afternoon. The sheriff claimed that the vote was intended to "extort" a 6...

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Deondre Francois Believed to Be Selling Marijuana from Apartment, Led to Raid

Tallahassee police reportedly executed a search warrant at the apartment of Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois after receiving a tip he may be selling marijuana.

Safid Deen of the Orlando Sentinel reported the news Tuesday, noting the signal-caller was the subject of a two-month investigation after a tipster told police he saw a bag full of cannabis in Francois’s apartment estimated to be approximately two pounds.

Tallahassee police examined Francois’ curbside garbage four times and ultimately searched the apartment with the warrant, but the search "yielded just 17 grams of marijuana among other items," per Deen.

Rather than be arrested, Francois was given the opportunity to take a pre-trial diversion program.

Police believed the evidence present in the garbage suggested criminal a...

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