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PORT RICHEY — Years of delay in building new amenities at Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park are coming to an end.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is getting ready to ramp up a $1.7 million construction project that includes building more parking, roads, bathrooms and a boardwalk. Completion is slated for this fall. Several dozen people came to the park last week for a ground-breaking ceremony during which state and county officials, as well as volunteers, stressed the importance of the park and the need to spruce it up.
TALLAHASSEE — Language in a bill intended to prevent Medicaid fraud has raised red flags among hospital officials and Democrats concerned about patient privacy and cost.
Rep. Dane Eagle is the sponsor of House Bill 1299, a measure intended to reduce public assistance fraud. But much of the discussion during a recent committee meeting focused on a provision that requires Florida hospitals to install software that allows them to use biometrics and the state driver’s license database to check patient identification.
South Florida, home to one of the country's most fragile water systems, could be the nation's next fracking frontier.
After rejecting efforts to require the oil and gas industry to disclose carcinogens and monitor the effects of fracking on pregnant women and drinking water, the Florida House on Wednesday passed a bill to open the door to the high-pressure drilling technique.
The measure, HB 191, allows the state to regulate and authorize the pumping of large volumes of water, sand and chemicals into the ground using high pressure to recover oil and gas deposits. It passed by a 73-45 vote with seven Republicans joining Democrats to oppose the measure.