Mount Dora Council to Consider Allowing Electric Carriages Downtown

The Mount Dora City Council will soon consider an ordinance that would allow horseless electric carriages to operate in the historic district. At its June 21 meeting, the council directed the city’s attorney to draft the ordinance for the council’s future consideration. The council did not establish a timeline for the proposed ordinance. The decision followed a presentation…

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New Developer Selected for McCollum Hall

The Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency approved a new developer for the restoration, purchase or lease and management of the McCollum Hall property located at 2717 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Fort Myers. After reviewing proposals by potential developers, CRA Board members voted to approve Goshen + Cornerstone, LLC as the new developer. Goshen…

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Tourism is Rosy

THE FLORIDA TOURIST season surged in the first quarter of 2022, encouraging state and local tourism industry officials and businesses to envision a rosier future, while keeping a careful eye on the caveats that could keep that from happening. Numbers of visitors and other tourism metrics have taken great strides since the bottom fell out…

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Facility Funding Options: Creativity can help unlock the budget to build new libraries

As library services evolve, new library buildings that can facilitate those new services are a common wishlist item. Actually getting those new buildings can be a complicated process, however. A panel described their experiences opening new library buildings in “Everybody Wants a New Library: Planning, Funding, and Constructing Inspiring Spaces,” a June 25 session at…

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IMPACTHabitat leads revitalization of Lealman located between St. Petersburg and Pinellas Park

Located between St. Petersburg and Pinellas Park, the unincorporated area known as Lealman is undergoing drastic changes and experiencing rapid growth. Long considered an underserved community and identified as the Lealman Community Redevelopment Area (CRA), Pinellas County officials are investing a substantial amount of time and funding to make Lealman more attractive to residents and…

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PSTA gets $360,000 federal grant to study transit in south St. Petersburg

The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority will study public transportation improvement in south St. Petersburg, an area marked by poor transit connections but high public transit reliance, after receiving federal government funding. The Federal Transit Administration announced this week that it has doled out approximately $16.2 million to fund 40 projects in 32 states. Among them…

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Planning for Economic Recovery: Training Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

PLANNING FOR ECONOMIC RECOVERY Created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the International City/County Managers Association (ICMA), and the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). This four-hour, in-person training course is designed to give participants the knowledge they need to strengthen their communities for economic resilience and recovery. Central topics include: • Capacity building for economic…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Thirty Three Bills and Vetoes Five Bills (Including: SB 620)

For Immediate Release: June 24, 2022 Contact: Governor’s Press Office, (850) 717-9282, communications@eog.myflorida.com Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Thirty Three Bills and Vetoes Five Bills TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills: SB 620: View full bill information here Local Business Protection Act: Citing this act as the “Local Business Protection Act”; authorizing certain businesses to claim…

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