Florida

Eastern Florida State College | Governor Announces $75 Million Career Education Proposal

Governor Announces $75 Million Career Education Proposal

March 23, 2021 – Gov. Ron DeSantis has proposed a new $75 million investment for two
initiatives that could help Eastern Florida State College students and others around
the state gain careers in high-tech and other in-demand fields.

DeSantis announced the plan Monday during a visit to Brevard County, saying it would
expand access and enrollment in quality Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses,
postsecondary credentials, and work-based learning programs.

 

 

 

Gov. DeSantis announces a $75 million Career and Technical Education intiative at
Eau Gallie High School’s airplane hangar. Photo Credit: Malcolm Denemark, floridatoday.com

Read More

Florida Tech Alumni, Solar Transport System Chairman Julian Field to Speak at F. Alan Smith Lecture

Lecture set to take place march 30

Florida Tech alumnus Julian Field, founding chairman of a start-up company preparing for the commercial launch of a solar-powered car boasting a 50-mile range, will be the featured speaker at the F. Alan Smith Distinguished Lecture Series on March 30. (Florida Tech image)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Florida Tech alumnus Julian Field, founding chairman of a start-up company preparing for the commercial launch of a solar-powered car boasting a 50-mile range, will be the featured speaker at the F. Alan Smith Distinguished Lecture Series on March 30.

The virtual event, “Making

Read More

National Guard doctor originally from Eskridge killed in bicycle-car crash in Florida

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – A National Guard doctor with close ties to Northeast Kansas has been killed in a crash in Florida.

Capt. Troy Manz, 46, served as an air transport physician with the Illinois National Guard. He lived and worked in Indiana. CBS affiliate WJAX -TV reports that Dr. Manz, his fiance, and a friend were hit by a car around 2:30 Sunday morning. According to WJAX, his fiance Trish Wilkinson and friend Barbara Gilmore were injured. Troopers say the 27-year-old driver veered out of his lane, hitting the three.

The trio was a team participating in

Read More

Florida Supreme Court rejects transportation tax increase

The Florida Supreme Court struck down the voter-approved one-cent sales tax passed in 2018 by Hillsborough County residents.

The state of play: The 4-1 ruling declared that the tax’s “spending directives are unconstitutional in that they conflict with a state law that gives the county commission the authority to allocate such funds.” The decision is a blow to transportation progress.

  • The revenue was to be split between the county’s transit authority and the cities of Tampa, Temple Terrace and Plant City to fix roads and improve mass transit, bus service and transportation safety.
  • The Metropolitan Planning Organization was to use
Read More

Florida Supreme Court strikes down Hillsborough transportation tax

All For Transportation is dead.

In a 4-1 ruling from the Florida Supreme Court, the Hillsborough County transportation sales tax was overturned Thursday.

Hillsborough County voters approved a 1% sales tax in 2018 with nearly 60% of the vote.

But in a majority opinion handed down by Chief Justice Charles Canady, the Supreme Court ruled the tax was unconstitutional because it conflicted “with a state law that gives the County Commission the authority to allocate such funds.”

Justices Alan Lawson, Carlos Muñiz and Ricky Polston voted with Canady to overturn the tax. Justice Jorge Labarga was the lone

Read More