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Gwen Graham performs hotel workday

Gwen Graham performs hotel workday

U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham spent a workday checking in guests, bell hopping luggage, and cleaning rooms at the Sugar Sands Inn and Suites Hotel in Panama City Beach Friday. Graham says she learned firsthand what it's like to work in the hospitality industry, while also promoting North Florida's beautiful beaches and summer tourism season. “I wanted to…

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Florida FWC: Fireworks and nesting shorebirds don’t mix

Florida FWC: Fireworks and nesting shorebirds don’t mix

Fireworks and Florida’s beach wildlife just don't mix. Independence Day is Saturday, and the state’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) asks the public to protect beach-nesting shorebirds statewide by being careful with celebratory fireworks and to avoid using personal pyrotechnics at the beach. Shorebirds are nesting on beaches along Florida’s Atlantic and Gulf coasts; many…

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Florida retailers can expect “fireworks” at cash registers on July 4 weekend, report says

Florida retailers can expect “fireworks” at cash registers on July 4 weekend, report says

Florida merchants can expect fireworks for July 4 weekend, and not just the paper-and-gunpowder kind. Just in time for Independence Day this Saturday, a new report from the Florida Retail Federation — the state’s leading consumer sales trade association — says Floridians will spending more this year on holiday-themed events, food and merchandise. In the…

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Marco Rubio, Chris Christie planning sleepover with the Mitt Romneys

Marco Rubio, Chris Christie planning sleepover with the Mitt Romneys

2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney will be hosting two rival Republican presidential contenders at a holiday sleepover Friday evening. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will both be staying over at Romney's property in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, an aide to Romney confirmed. The aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity…

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Florida Forest Service’s Top Ten tips for safe July 4 fireworks

Florida Forest Service’s Top Ten tips for safe July 4 fireworks

Summer’s biggest party kicks off this weekend, with Fourth of July parties, cookouts, barbecues and – most importantly – fireworks. Nationwide, about 230 people arrive in emergency rooms every day in July, a result of injuries from personal pyrotechnics, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. But injuries are not the only potential danger…

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GOP using July 4 events as national “day of action” for ground game

GOP using July 4 events as national “day of action” for ground game

July 4 may mean a day off for most Americans, but not so for National Republicans. In a campaign memo, the Republican National Committee announced it is using the holiday as the “next phase in its ground game strategy” – with a series of events happening at the earliest time in several election cycles. On…

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Despite Obama over-regulation, fireworks industry continues to take off

Despite Obama over-regulation, fireworks industry continues to take off

Firework sales in America are booming, no thanks to the Obama administration. Sales of low-and high-grade celebratory pyrotechnics in the U.S. – both commercial and personal – expect to reach $1 billion, especially because more states and municipalities are allowing the purchase of sparklers, Roman candles, and other consumer fireworks. Many of these places have…

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July 4th Weekend is brought to you by these lobbyists and political organizations

July 4th Weekend is brought to you by these lobbyists and political organizations

It doesn't get much more American than the Fourth of July. After all, the holiday commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It was then 239 years go our founders took great personal risk to declare their independence, and created this democratic republic out of their blood, sweat, and philosophical determination. The politics of 1776…

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Scott Shalley begins as executive director of Florida Association of Counties

Scott Shalley begins as executive director of Florida Association of Counties

On Thursday, Scott Shalley began as the new Executive Director of the Florida Association of Counties, replacing former Director Christopher Holley, who is retiring. Shalley has been with the association since 2012, most recently as enterprise director; he was chosen for the leadership position in the fall by the FAC board of directors. “For more…

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Outside Opinions

  • A round-up of Sunday editorials from Florida’s leading newspapers

    A round-up of Sunday editorials from Florida’s leading newspapers

    A round-up of Sunday editorials from Florida's leading newspapers: Tampa Bay Times — A bad bet on tying SAT scores to teacher raises Florida education policy has become even odder, thanks to last-minute budget meddling by lawmakers. The Legislature that…

  • Alan Williams: Freedom … worth the fight!

    Alan Williams: Freedom … worth the fight!

    Happy Independence Day!!!!! We all hope for an America that celebrates the foundational principles of freedom. Today we celebrate the bedrock principle upon which our nation was built 239 years ago: FREEDOM. If we take a look across our community, state and…

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