Food & Dining

Divided Senate backs ending ‘liquor wall’

TALLAHASSEE | A heavily lobbied proposal to knock down a Depression-era ban on liquor being sold alongside groceries narrowly survived the Senate on Thursday, after a passionate debate that included some opponents warning the change could make alcohol more accessible to — or even “kill” — children.

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Ex-regulator Edgar exits state parks job

TALLAHASSEE | Former utility regulator Lisa Edgar has left her position as director of the Florida Park Service two months after being appointed to the job.

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FPL accelerates plans to add solar power

Florida’s largest electric utility intends to double its solar-energy plans for the coming year, leading solar proponents to praise the announcement — and say they would like to see more.

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Gov. Scott confident agencies will survive session

ORLANDO | Gov. Rick Scott wouldn’t say Friday whether he would sign a budget from the Legislature that fails to include his requests for tourism-marketing and business-recruitment money.

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Scott tries to rally support in incentives fight

ORLANDO | Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday urged members of Enterprise Florida to lobby lawmakers as the business-recruitment agency and tourism-marketer Visit Florida have been put on the chopping block by House leaders.

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Agency chiefs leaving Scott administration

TALLAHASSEE | Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet will begin exploring Tuesday how to replace Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Jon Steverson, who, with Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Jim Boxold, is leaving the administration midway into the governor’s final term.

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Officials worry over China interest in Bahamas fishing deal

TALLAHASSEE | Florida wildlife officials expressed concern Wednesday the government of the Bahamas is in talks with China to split fishing rights in waters east of Florida.

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Rubio fends off Murphy in Senate race

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, who started the year declaring he wouldn’t seek re-election, retained his seat Tuesday, winning a second six-year term by defeating Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy.

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Justices reject efford to block solar amendment

TALLAHASSEE | The Florida Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a pair of legal moves aimed at striking down a solar-energy ballot initiative backed by major utilities.

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Utilities continue pouring money into solar amendment

TALLAHASSEE | Four major electric utilities have surpassed the $20 million mark in combined contributions to support a proposed constitutional amendment on solar energy.

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ELECTION 2016: Voters to flip switch on utility-backed solar amendment

Backers tout Amendment 1 on the November ballot as a consumer protection measure, but critics and editorial boards malign the effort as an attempt to hinder the development of alternative fuels.

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SCOTT: Worst of Matthew still to come

With recovery efforts underway south of Brevard County after Florida’s Southeastern coast was pummeled by Hurricane Matthew, Gov. Rick Scott warned Friday morning that the state is only half-way through the powerful storm.

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5 finalists picked for Enterprise Florida

TALLAHASSEE — A former advisor to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and a retired Florida Department of Transportation assistant secretary are among... Read more

Opponents ready to battle solar amendment 1

TALLAHASSEE — Opponents of a solar-energy ballot initiative backed by major utilities rolled out a coalition Wednesday that links... Read more

Supporters, backers of November ballot measure on solar energy not making light of voter approval of similar measure on Tuesday

TALLAHASSEE — Backers and opponents of a solar-energy proposal on the November ballot aren’t making predictions... Read more

Visit Florida logo emblazened on Khan's English soccer team again

TALLAHASSEE | Visit Florida’s logo remains emblazoned for a second season across the front of uniforms for the London-based Fulham Football... Read more

Primary proposal could boost solar energy

Florida voters will be asked Aug. 30 to extend to commercial and industrial properties a renewable-energy tax break that residential... Read more

Tourism may not pay as much - for Enterprise CEO

TALLAHASSEE — Pay for the next leader of Florida’s business-recruitment agency might be scaled back from the salary of the recently... Read more

State panel backs controversial lower water standards

TALLAHASSEE — A state regulatory panel Tuesday narrowly approved the first changes to Florida’s surface-water quality standards in... Read more

Millionaires add up in the state legislature

TALLAHASSEE — The 2016 Florida Legislature appears to have been the richest in recent history.

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Florida Democrats force legislative poll on post-Pulse special session

TALLAHASSEE — Florida Democrats had little trouble rounding up enough members to call for a vote on whether to hold a special session... Read more

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