Last Call for 9.19.17 – A prime-time read of what’s going down in Florida politics

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Last Call – A prime-time read of what’s going down in Florida politics.

First Shot

Bob Ehrhardt, now a senior attorney for the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco, will become the state’s top gambling regulator, sources told Florida Politics Tuesday afternoon.

Ehrhardt would replace Tony Glover as head of the Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering. Glover left the state earlier this month to open his own law firm.

Both divisions fall under the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. A department spokeswoman acknowledged a request for comment Tuesday but did not immediately confirm or deny the appointment.

According to his LinkedIn page, Ehrhardt also was an assistant prosecutor in the 6th Judicial Circuit for Pasco and Pinellas counties.

He received an undergraduate degree from Presbyterian College in South Carolina and a law degree from Florida State.

Ehrhardt is the son of retired Florida State law professor Charles Ehrhardt, the leading expert on Florida evidence law, the law school’s Ladd Professor of Evidence for 35 years, and the university’s longtime representative to the NCAA and the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Evening Reads

New York crowd gets glimpse of President Jeb(!)” via Katie Glueck of the Miami Herald

Cycle of selfishness: How the Florida Keys survived Irma’s darkest days” via Elliott McLaughlin of CNN

Gov. Scott: Advance payments a possibility for Jax FEMA reimbursements” via A.G. Gankarski of Florida Politics

Gov. Scott wants Florida Keys ‘open for business’ by Oct. 1” via Jim Turner of the News Service of Florida

Hurricane Irma challenges Florida grocery pipeline” via Kyle Arnold of the Orlando Sentinel

Jeff Brandes wants Gov. Scott to create hurricane oversight commission” via Steve Bousquet of the Tampa Bay Times

FPL’s Irma storm charge for customers could come before full cost analysis” via Marcia Heroux Pounds of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel

House proposal calls porn ‘public health crisis’” via The News Service of Florida

How China is creating its answer to Florida’s Orlando on an island near Macau” via Farah Master of Reuters

Brain operates a lot like GPS, says FSU researcher” via Dave Heller for the Tallahassee Democrat

Quote of the Day

“It’s time the utilities stop spending money on political candidates and instead protect the residents of this state.” — Republican state Sen. Jack Latvala of Clearwater, a 2018 candidate for governor, calling for utilities to instead spend their money on infrastructure.

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The offices of state Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio will help open a disaster recovery center and “insurance village” for people affected by Hurricane Irma. That’s at 8 a.m., New Hope Ministries, 7675 Davis Blvd., Naples.

The Florida Citrus Commission is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m., at the Florida Department of Citrus, 605 East Main St., Bartow.

The Task Force on Transportation Disadvantaged is scheduled to meet. Among the expected participants is Barbara Palmer, director of the state Agency for Persons with Disabilities. It takes place 9 a.m., 401 Senate Office Building, Tallahassee.

Citizens Property representatives will begin processing claims in Big Pine Key as it increases its Hurricane Irma response throughout the Florida Keys. They’ll be available 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Morgan Insurance Group, 31109 Ave. A, Suite #4, Big Pine Key.

The Florida Supreme Court is expected to release weekly opinions at 11 a.m., one day earlier than usual because courts are closed Thursday for Rosh Hashanah.

The Brevard County legislative delegation is scheduled to meet as it prepares for the 2018 session. The meeting is 1 p.m., Brevard County Commission chamber, 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera.

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