Bay County is getting a chunk of the first civil penalty money secured from the BP oil spill, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) announced Friday. The state will use the $10 million for stormwater management projects and land acquisition.
- On the 71st anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor we honor the heroes who lost their lives on that fateful day. Today we’re provided a solemn opportunity to reflect upon their heroism and commitment to this great nation. On this day of remembrance, let us also offer thankful prayers for the brave men and women in uniform who stand guard today.
- The EPA today approved Florida’s numeric nutrient criteria standards for water quality. Florida should come first when setting water quality standards in our state. That said, the EPA’s decision to issue new proposed federal rules reminds us of the need to remain vigilant of the impact that more Washington regulation would have on Florida agriculture, small businesses, and hardworking families.
- Today I am pleased that Governor Scott has announced the State of Florida has received approval for a $2.7 million grant through the U.S. Department of Labor providing relief for the Franklin County oystermen and fishermen who have been dev...astated by the impact of Tropical Storm Debby. Apalachicola Bay’s oystermen and fishermen are a rich part of our Florida heritage, and this desperately-needed disaster aid will go a long way in restoring our coastal economies and keeping these hardworking families on the water and in business.
- As we join together with family and friends this Thanksgiving, let us reflect upon all we have to be thankful for as a nation. We all may come from different walks of life with distinct points-of-view, but we all share in many blessings on this uniquely American holiday. On behalf of the entire Southerland Family, have a Happy Thanksgiving!
- Honored to attend the Organizational Session of the Florida House of Representatives. Congrats not only to the new and returning members, but also to Speaker Will Weatherford and Senate President Don Gaetz on their unanimous selections to preside over the Florida House and Senate, respectively.
- Washington’s spending problem continues. The federal government starts FY 2013 budget year with a 22% higher deficit than last year. The federal government is using an unbalanced checkbook at a time when hardworking American families are struggling to keep their fiscal house in order. It’s time for Washington to do the same.
- The National Federation of Independent Business released its monthly survey this week showing that uncertainty is growing among small businesses. The survey showed that a record high, 23 percent, of small business owners are uncertain about improving business conditions over the next 6 months. Congress must avert the fiscal cliff and restore certainty for job creators and hardworking families.
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