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Drew Wilson

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for Florida Politics. He is a former editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and business correspondent at The Hollywood Reporter. Wilson, a University of Florida alumnus, covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools and The Florida Current prior to joining Florida Politics.
Tina Descovich - Florida Coalition of School Board Members

Personnel note: School Board group announces new president, director

The Florida Coalition of School Board Members, a conservative-leaning org that champions fiscally responsible school board members, announced Monday that it has brought on a new president and director.

FCSBM said Tina Descovich, the current chair of the Brevard County School Board, will take over for exiting president Bridget Ziegler.

“I look forward to leading the Florida Coalition of School Board Members for this next year. We are a strong association that has worked hard to build the relationships needed to influence the future of education in our great state,” she said.

Descovich was elected to the District 3 seat on Brevard’s school board in 2016 and in her official capacity she has advocated for local control, parents’ rights, accountability, and fiscal responsibility — all core tenets of FCSBM. The Indiatlantic pol and her husband, Derek, have two children in the public school system.

In handing over the reins, Ziegler said “the future is bright for students and families in Florida, and I could not be more excited about the direction of the FCSBM under Tina’s leadership.”

Also announced was Okeechobee County School Board member Joe Arnold’s ascendency to the director spot. Arnold holds the District 1 seat on Okeechobee’s board and has been a member of the FCSBM since its inception. Like Descovich, he has been a strong advocate for the association’s core values.

Ziegler said his addition to the FCSBM leadership team “ensures that the needs of smaller, rural counties have a seat at the table as well.”

The Florida Coalition of School Board Members splintered off from the Florida School Boards Association in 2014 over ideological differences related to a school voucher lawsuit.


Bed tax brawl: Airbnb sues Palm Beach County

Airbnb filed suit against Palm Beach County Monday over the county tax collector’s charge that the vacation rental company should be policing listings on its platform for users who aren’t paying bed taxes.

The lawsuit, filed in Palm Beach Circuit Court, centers around a rule that requires users who list homes on the site, also known as “hosts,” to register with the county, pay an annual fee and submit a monthly tax return for the 6 percent bed tax Palm Beach County levies on short-term rentals.

Under the rule, hosts who don’t give the county their cut can be assessed a fine of up to a $500 per day per unit.

And Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne Gannon believes Airbnb should be responsible for ratting out users who don’t comply with the county’s ordinance.

Citing Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, Airbnb says Gannon’s assertion is malarkey. If the county wants that money, the onus is on the them, not Airbnb, to follow up with users.

Section 230, as written says, “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”

In English, the owners of a web platform can’t be held responsible for the actions of a user. There are some carve outs to that law, most of them dealing with intellectual property issues.

“Palm Beach has enacted an ordinance punishing home-sharing platforms, like Airbnb, that publish third-party listings advertising short-term rentals, and compelling those platforms to disclose confidential, non-public information about their users without any legal process or pre-compliance review,” the lawsuit states.

“But state and federal law protect Airbnb and other home-sharing platforms from precisely the kinds of measures the County seeks to impose.”

Just as YouTube can’t police all the many hours’ worth of video its users upload every minute, and FaceBook can’t prune the millions of comments per hour of its billion-plus users, Airbnb is arguing it shouldn’t have to do Gannon’s job for her.

And according to Airbnb, it’s Palm Beach County that’s running afoul of the law, not them.

“The Ordinance is inconsistent with the CDA because it (i) requires Airbnb to ‘actively prevent, remove, and cancel’ certain third-party rental advertisements and (ii) requires Airbnb to monitor, review, and verify that third-party content by penalizing booking transactions for certain third-party rental advertisements,” the suit states.

“By imposing these obligations and duties on Airbnb, and costly liability for failure to comply, the Ordinance impermissibly treats Airbnb as the publisher or speaker of third-party content. The CDA therefore pre-empts the Ordinance.”

The suit also asserts the ordinance is a violation of the Stored Communications Act, the Florida Security of Communications Act, as well as the U.S. and state constitutions.

Regarding the latter, the county is violating the state constitution’s “right of privacy,” which states that “every natural person has the right to be let alone and free from governmental intrusion into the person’s private life except as otherwise provided herein.”

The suit comes after years of wrangling between vacation rental companies and the tax collector’s office over the bed tax question.

In 2014, the tax collector’s office filed suit against Airbnb — as well as Homeaway, Tripadvisor and Couchsurfing International — claiming that because the companies facilitated short-term rentals, they were required to collect bed taxes, also known as tourism development taxes, on the county’s behalf.

That lawsuit also claimed the companies were misleading customers by charging a service fee on bookings, which it said could have been misinterpreted as a tax that would be forwarded to the county.

While Airbnb has thus far been unsuccessful in getting statewide guidance through the Legislature, the company does collect sales tax, which it remits to the state, and has entered into dozens of agreements with individual counties to collect and remit bed taxes.

Last year, the company collected and remitted nearly $46 million in taxes for Florida state and local governments, a massive increase over 2016, when the company collected and remitted more than $20 million in taxes.

Palm Beach County has not entered into any agreement with Airbnb, making it the odd man out in South Florida. Included in those 2017 tax collections are $1.87 million remitted to Broward County and another $3.3 million sent to Miami-Dade’s coffers.

The lawsuit is below.

Airbnb v. County of Palm Beach by Andrew Wilson on Scribd

Gulf Power

Gulf Power announces new dates for Economic Symposium

The longest-running annual conference focused on Northwest Florida economic development was put on the backburner when Hurricane Michael tore through the Panhandle, but Gulf Power says it’s coming back in mid-April.

The 22nd Economic Symposium was originally scheduled to commence on Oct.10, the same day the Category 4 storm made landfall near Mexico Beach. Michael killed at least 50 people, including 43 Floridians, and caused billions of dollars in property damage.

“After the tough decision was made to postpone the Gulf Power Economic Symposium in October due to Hurricane Michael, we are excited to have new dates,” the utility company said.

The 22nd Economic Symposium is now scheduled for April 17 through April 19 at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort in Miramar Beach. Gulf Power said it will release more details about the rescheduled event at a later date and that it plans to open up registration in January.

Gulf Power said the slate of speakers lined up for the original dates may change, the rescheduled symposium will have the same theme — “Our Time. Our Place. Our Now!” — and the agenda will be similar.

Additionally, the power company said it will not host the 23rd edition of the symposium as planned, adding that the “symposium team is exploring permanently shifting the event to a date outside of the hurricane season.”

In the weeks following, Gulf Power brought together thousands of lineworkers and support personnel from around the country to quickly restore power to its customers. That effort included rebuilding much of the utility infrastructure in Bay County, where Michael caused the most damage.

The company ended up beating its own estimates in getting 95 percent of its customers back online. After the bulk of its restoration work was done, Gulf Power joined several other Florida-based corporations in making a sizable contribution to the hurricane relief effort.

Lauren’s Kids awareness vids snag two Emmy Awards

Lauren’s Kids, the child sexual abuse prevention organization founded by Democratic Sen. Lauren Book, took home two Suncoast Regional Emmy Awards for awareness videos the organization produced.

The videos earning accolades: Walk in My Shoes: Prevention through Education” and “Child Sexual Abuse Prevention — Lauren’s Kids.” The Suncoast Regional Emmy Awards ceremony was held Dec. 1 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando.

The new wins add to the pile of Emmys for Lauren’s Kids — the nonprofit organization previously produced or co-produced two other Emmy Award-winning videos: “What if I Told You: How to Solve Child Sexual Abuse” and “Out of Darkness, Into Light,” which was produced by WLRN.

“We are honored to be recognized by the Academy of Arts and Sciences with our fourth and fifth Emmy Awards, because each time we receive this recognition, we are also presented with an opportunity to amplify our message of prevention, hope and healing,” Book said.

“We know 95 percent of child sexual abuse is preventable through education and awareness, which is why we will continue to produce engaging, high-quality content to encourage survivors to come forward and arm children, parents and educators with the resources needed to end abuse.”

The first of the videos features Book teaching lessons from the nonprofit’s first-of-its-kind Safer, Smarter Schools curriculum in Florida classrooms alongside testimonials from teachers and school principals.

The video was produced by Chucha Barber, Book, Claire VanSusteren and Joshua McLawhorn. It was the winning entry in the Public/Community Affairs category.

The second video is an animated short based on a passage from Book’s book, Lauren’s Kingdom.

“If you’re choking back tears and your heart’s filled with fears, you know very well … it’s OK to tell,” Book says in the video.

The video was produced by Barber, Book, VanSusteren, Jason Maurer, Jose Kropp and Michele Watson. It was the winning nominee in the Public Service Announcement category.

The award-winning videos are below.

Take Stock in Children launches program to boost college completion rates

Take Stock in Children is expanding from Florida’s middle and high schools to college campuses.

The group, which provides low-income, at-risk youth a chance to escape the cycle of poverty through education, mentorship and college scholarships announced this week that it’s launching a new program: “Take Stock in College.”

Take Stock in Children data shows less than half of Florida students living in poverty will graduate high school. Of those who do, only half will attend college. And of those students, only one in five will earn a degree.

The current program, established in 1995 and deployed in 800 Florida schools, is helping improve some of those stats. Namely, high school graduation rates and the proportion of young adults from low-income families who enter college. As of now, 6,000 young Floridians who have been helped by Take Stock in Children are attending a college or university.

“Take Stock in Children has a tremendous success rate among our students graduating high school and entering college, 96 percent respectively,” said Jillian Hasner, president and CEO of TSIC. “College attainment is the key to ensuring more students make it out of poverty and through Take Stock in College, we’re proactively putting our resources to work to increase our college completion rate to mirror our high school success rates.”

The new program will help students who earn their diplomas and start their quest for a degree get the job done. To achieve that, Take Stock in College is employing a three-pronged approach.

First, it’s leveraging its local affiliate organizations to scale established best practices from high school to college through a mini-grant program.

Second, a student ambassador will be posted at each of Florida’s 40 state colleges and universities.

Third, it’s tapping into a network of college completion coaches who will be assigned to multiple institutions and overseen by a project director tasked to ensure the program’s implementation is consistent across the state.

“For nearly 25 years, TSIC has created a community of mentors and supports for our middle and high school students to put them on a successful path to college,” Hasner said. “Take Stock in College is a further example of our commitment to ensuring our hardworking students have the resources they need to succeed and foster their ability to forge a new trail that prepares them for success during and after college.”

TSIC’s new program announcement comes after recent research shows the Sunshine State needs to boost educational attainment to keep up with its booming population and the need for more and better jobs that come along with it.

Data included in the recent Florida 2030 report from the Florida Chamber of Commerce shows 37 percent of Floridians have completed a two-year college degree and about 28 percent have completed a four-year degree. Overall, 48 percent of the state’s population holds some sort of post-secondary credential.

The Chamber says that number needs to jump to 55 percent by 2025, but research produced by the Lumina Foundation says the state needs to aim for 60 percent.

U.S. Sugar says congressional action ends failed land pursuit

Citing Florida statute put in place by a law passed two years ago, U.S. Sugar said Thursday that the land acquisition option agreement between the company and the state can now be terminated.

The bill, SB 10, mandated the construction of a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to reduce discharges to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries in an effort to quash the harmful blue-green algal blooms that have wreaked havoc on Florida waters in recent years.

The legislation was the priority of former Senate President Joe Negron.

In a Thursday statement, U.S. Sugar spokeswoman Judy Sanchez said that the law as written requires the state’s option agreement to be terminated.

“Many compromises were made to pass Senate Bill 10, bringing together advocates for agriculture and the environment. As part of that compromise, the EAA reservoir is being constructed well ahead of schedule and now, in accordance with SB 10 (F.S. 373.4598(6)), the state’s option agreement can be terminated,” Sanchez said.

The text of that statute: “The district must terminate the option agreement at the request of the seller if: (a) The post-authorization change report receives congressional approval; or (b) The district certifies to the board, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives that the acquisition of the land necessary for the EAA reservoir project, as provided in subsection (4), has been completed.”

Sanchez’s statement came after the first of those outs — congressional approval on Oct. 10 of a post-authorization change report — got the green light.

“With this condition met and the requirement of the law fulfilled, there’s no need for the South Florida Water Management District to hang on to the remnants of a failed scheme. These approximately 150,000 acres of U.S. Sugar’s actively productive farmland were never slated for any planned or approved restoration project,” she continued.

“U.S. Sugar will continue to support the EAA Reservoir project, the Florida Legislature, the South Florida Water Management District and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as they move forward to build and operate the projects that will store, clean and convey more water south of Lake Okeechobee to reduce discharges, protect our coastal estuaries and the Florida Everglades,” Sanchez concluded.

In a presentation to the Senate Appropriations Committee earlier this year, SFWMD Executive Director Ernie Marks said the district had all the land it needed and that the reservoir project was on schedule. Still, Negron sought to acquire more land.

SB 10 prohibits the use of eminent domain to acquire land and Marks made clear in his presentation the vast majority of large landowners south of Lake Okeechobee are not selling. Glades farmers are steadfastly against losing valuable, productive agricultural land.

Thursday evening, SB 10 sponsor Sen. Rob Bradley lauded the developments on Twitter as an “anticipated milestone … an incredible achievement … Great progress!”

Fentrice Driskell

Fentrice Driskel files for re-election in HD 63

A few weeks after ousting Republican Shawn Harrison from Tampa’s House District 63, newly minted Democratic Rep. Fentrice Driskell took the first step toward another run in the perennial swing seat.

On Tuesday, Driskell joined more than 30 other incumbent members of the Florida House — including fellow freshman Democratic Reps.  Anna Eskamani of Orlando, Rep. Dianne Hart of Tampa and Rep. Jennifer Webb of Gulfport — in opening a campaign account to run for another term.

Driskell was one of eight Democrats to flip a Republican-held state House seat in the Nov. 6 general election. She defeated Harrison, who was in the second term of his second stint in the House, by 6 percentage points.

The win was the latest twist in the HD 63 saga. The seat has been a priority for both parties since the 2012 redistricting session. Prior to his election in 2014, Harrison also held HD 63’s antecessor for a term.

In 2012, he was knocked out of office with a surprise victory by former Democratic Rep. Mark Danish, who overcame a massive fundraising deficit to win by a mere 700 votes. Harrison reclaimed the seat with his own 6-point win in 2014, a wave year for Republicans.

Driskell overcame a fundraising deficit as well. She raised an impressive $250,000 for her bid, though Harrison amassed more than $550,000 between his campaign account and PAC, Committee for an Innovative Florida.

Even though the “blue wave” didn’t wash over Florida this year it did crash into Hillsborough County, flipping the county commission into Democratic control for the first time in 14 years as well as producing Driskell’s and HD 59 Rep. Adam Hattersley’s wins.

HD 63 covers part of Hillsborough, including portions of northern Tampa and the communities of Lutz, Pebble Creek, Lake Magdalene, and Carrollwood. Democrats make up about 39 percent of the swing seat’s electorate, while Republicans hold a 32 percent share.

Contractors say Florida is the best environment for builders

National trade group Associated Builders and Contractors put out its annual ranking of state’s construction environments Wednesday and Florida topped the list.

The 2018 Merit Shop Scorecard measures the climate for “merit shops,” which are organizations that do not have labor unions, in each of the 50 states plus Washington, D.C.

The scorecard takes into account seven metrics — project labor agreement (PLA) mandates, prevailing wage laws, “right to work” laws, public-private partnerships, workforce development, career and technical education, and job growth rate — and assigns a letter grade for each one.

The Sunshine State received “As” across the board and rocketed up to the top. Florida was the No. 9 state in ABC’s 2017 Merit Shop Scorecard. Florida’s improvements over last year: Moving from a “C” to an “A” in workforce development, and from a “B” to an “A” in job growth.

“States like Florida and Michigan have built an environment that allows merit shop construction contractors to thrive,” said Ben Brubeck, ABC’s vice president of regulatory, labor and state affairs. “Prioritizing policies that support small business owners, the American worker and the overall construction sector spurs economic growth, which directly leads to more projects and therefore more construction jobs across the country.”

While Florida thrived other large states didn’t do so hot. Texas flunked the prevailing wage section, but climbed four rungs to the No. 25 spot, while New York climbed two spots to No. 47, California sank 12 spots to No. 50 and Illinois held firm in dead last.

Florida’s neighbors, Georgia and Alabama, came in at No. 9 and No. 16, respectively. The South fared best, regionally. Including Florida and Georgia, southern states took six of the top-10 slots in the ranking. Southern states accounted for seven of the top-10 last year.

“Much of the movement up and down in the rankings was due in part to the level of state policymaker support for workforce development and technical education,” Brubeck said. “With an estimated 500,000 open construction positions in the United States, it is essential that states prioritize workforce policies that recruit, educate and benefit the American worker and fill the skills gap.”

The 2018 scorecard is the fourth in the annual series. More information on the methodology used to grade the states, as well as ABC’s take on other factors that aren’t graded, is available on the scorecard website.

Ron DeSantis names four dozen economic advisory committee members

Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis on Wednesday announced nearly four dozen members of his Transition Advisory Committee on the Economy, with several business leaders and some former lawmakers making the list.

Among the 45 members are former House Speaker Allan Bense, JAX Chamber president Daniel Davis, Tampa Bay Buccaneers COO Brian Ford, JAXPORT CEO Eric Green, Gulf Power exec and retired U.S. Navy Capt. Keith Hoskins, Tampa International Airport CEO Joe Lapano, Dosal Tobacco head Yolanda Nader, former state DOT secretary and incoming Florida Transportation Builders Association president Ananth Prasad, Vestcor Companies Chairman and former Ambassador John Rood, Florida Power & Light CEO Eric Silagy, real estate developer and Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik, and AT&T Florida president Joe York.

Some of the committee members are noteworthy for their lack of support for DeSantis’ gubernatorial campaign in either in the primary or the general election, indicating a willingness to build bridges after the contentious 2018 election cycle.

Rood and Vestcor donated nearly $100,000 to the political committee of departing Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, DeSantis’ Republican primary opponent. Bense was also a Putnam donor. Both men, however, followed up with contributions to DeSantis’ political committee after his decisive victory in the primary election.

The committee members were revealed a day after former House Speaker Will Weatherford was named the committee’s chair and GrayRobinson lobbyist Chris Spencer was tapped as the transition team’s deputy director of economic policy.

In the Weatherford/Spencer announcement, transition team head James Blair issued the incoming administration’s guidelines: Maintaining a low-tax environment for individuals and businesses; creating a predictable and reasonable regulatory environment; providing a reliable and advanced hard and soft infrastructure; building a well-trained and highly skilled workforce; and fostering a responsive, efficient and accountable government.

The economic advisory announcements follow a number of recent reveals by DeSantis, who will take over as Governor in January.

On Monday, the Governor-elect announced that Shane Strum will serve as his chief of staff when he takes office in January.

Earlier Tuesday he and wife Casey DeSantisannounced the leadership team for their 2019 Inaugural Committee, which will be chaired by Florida and Washington, D.C. lobbyist Brian Ballard, and his wife, Kathryn Ballard.

The full economic committee member list is below:

— Maureen Adams; President and General Manager, Calder Casino And Race Course

— Kumar Allady; Founder & CEO, Radise International

— Max Alvarez; Owner, Founder & President, Sunshine Gasoline Distributors

— Joe Anderson; President, Anderson Columbia

— Tom Barry; Senior Vice President, Atkins

— Allan Bense; President, Partner, GAC Contractors; former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives

— Locke Burt; Chairman and President, Security First; former state senator

— Matt Connell; Co-Founder & CEO, Total Military Management

— Chris Corr; Senior Vice President, Real Estate, Public Affairs and President of Raydient, Rayonier

— Daniel Davis; President & CEO, JAX Chamber

— Susan Fernandez; Director of Corporate Communications and Government Relations, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas

— Bob Flowers; President, CW Roberts Contracting

— Brian Ford; COO, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

— Blake Gable; CEO, Barron Collier Companies

— Danny Gaekwad; Founder & CEO, NDS USA And Founder, Danny G Hospitality Management

— Eric Green; CEO, JAXPORT

— Tony Grippa; Former Senior Vice President, Brown and Brown; former Leon County Commissioner

— John Hamlin; President, Hamlin and Associates

— Steve Herrig; CEO, Sunz Insurance

— Chuck Hinson; Vice President State and Community Relations, TECO Energy

— Eric Holm; Owner, Golden Corral

— Capt. Keith Hoskins, USN (Ret); West District General Manager, Gulf Power

— Ron Howse; President, Real Deal Development Group; member of the Florida Transportation Commission

— Manny Kadre; Chairman & CEO, MBB Auto, and Director, Home Depot

— Benny Klepach; Founder, Chairman & CEO, DFASS Group

— David Kulik; Retired Former CEO, CEVA Logistics

— Tom Kuntz; Former CEO, SunTrust Banks, Florida

— Robert “Bob” Lloyd; Executive Vice President, Brown and Brown

— Joe Lopano; CEO, Tampa International Airport

— Rick Murrell; CEO, Tropical Shipping

— Yolanda Nader; CEO, Dosal Tobacco Corporation

— Lauren Oakley; Co-owner, Cassidy Development and Homes

— Ananth Prasad; President-Designate, Florida Transportation Builders Association; former Secretary of Florida Department of Transportation

— John Ritenour; Co-Founder and Chairman, Insurance Office of America

John Rood; Chairman, The Vestcor Companies; former Ambassador to the Bahamas

— Joel Schleicher; Executive Chairman and Founder, Focal Point Data Risk

— Eric Silagy; President and CEO, Florida Power & Light

— Rick Sontag; President, Spring Bay Ventures

— Jamal Sowell; Chief of Staff, Port Tampa Bay

— Bill Spivey; Executive Director, Florida Development Finance Corporation

— Capt. Sam Stephenson; President, Florida Harbor Pilots Association

— Jeremy Susac; Vice President of Government Affairs, Lennar Homes and SunStreet

— Jeff Vinik; Owner, Tampa Bay Lightning and Owner, Strategic Property Partners

— Bob Ward; President and CEO, Florida Council of 100

— Lenny Wolfe; Owner, Cornerstone Group

— Joe York; President, AT&T Florida, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands

Will Weatherford, Chris Spencer to advise Ron DeSantis on economic policy

Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis will be getting his economic policy advice from former House Speaker Will Weatherford and GrayRobinson lobbyist Chris Spencer as he makes the transition to the Governor’s mansion.

“Your support for the incoming administration and your assistance on these important policy issues will help shape the future of Florida,” transition team head James Blair said in an email. “Each committee member brings unique experience and perspective to this process, and your contributions will be valuable.

“The purpose of this committee is to provide strategic guidance to the transition team concerning economic policy, as directed by the attached economic policy outline.  The committee will be chaired by former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives Will Weatherford. The transition staff will prepare a report for the administration as they take office, taking into consideration our discussions and your counsel over the next several weeks,” the email continued.

The policy guidelines for the committee include keeping Florida a low-tax environment for individuals and businesses; providing a predictable and reasonable regulatory environment; providing a reliable and advanced hard and soft infrastructure; building a well-trained and highly skilled workforce; and fostering a responsive, efficient and accountable government.

Weatherford, a Pasco County Republican, served as House Speaker for the 2013 and 2014 Legislative Sessions.

While in elected office and in the years since, Weatherford has made it his mission to attack generational poverty in Florida, which has persisted despite an otherwise booming economy since over the past decade — a 2016 state Senate report found that nearly 15 percent of adults and 24 percent of children in the state live in poverty.

Spencer was the longtime aide to St. Petersburg Republican Sen. Jeff Brandes before he was snapped up by GrayRobinson a year ago. He will serve as the transition team’s deputy director of economic policy.

He served as Brandes’ point man on a wide array of issues, including transportation, economic development, energy, insurance and financial regulation. He has demonstrated a deep knowledge of how tech sector disruptors could serve as economic opportunities for Florida.

He recently participated in a panel alongside state Rep. Jason Fischer and Rick Cimerman of the National Internet & Television Association where he discussed how emerging technologies such as autonomous vehicles and the “internet of things” could help the state develop more connected communities.

The addition of Weatherford and Spencer to the DeSantis transition team is the latest in a series announcements from the incoming administration.

On Monday, the Governor-elect announced that Shane Strum will serve as his chief of staff when he takes office in January. Earlier Tuesday he and his wife, Casey DeSantis, announced the leadership team for their 2019 Inaugural Committee, which will be chaired by Florida and Washington, D.C. lobbyist Brian Ballard and his wife, Kathryn Ballard.

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