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Officials celebrate Broward College Public Safety Institute ground-breaking


Continuing his focus on strengthening Florida’s economy, Governor Charlie Crist praised the progress of the Broward College Public Safety Institute during a recent groundbreaking dedication ceremony in Broward County on Aug. 18. The project, which has been in progress for 10 years, is expected to create more than 200 constructions jobs. “In addition to increasing [...]

August 29th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,College,Davie,Schools | Read More »

Florida raced to $700 million in education funding

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Governor Charlie Crist today joined students and teachers at, his alma mater, St. Petersburg High School, to celebrate Florida’s recent Race to the Top award, announced yesterday in Phase 2 of the national education reform competition. Florida will receive up to $700 million in education funding which will work toward improving the state’s lowest performing [...]

August 25th, 2010 | Posted in Schools,Tallahassee | Read More »

Crist responds to Hands Across the Sand with special session on oil drilling

Photo from National Wildlife Federation

Continuing his commitment to recovery efforts in the Gulf of Mexico, Governor Charlie Crist today called a Special Session of the Florida Legislature from July 20, 2010 through July 23, 2010, to address a constitutional amendment banning offshore drilling in Florida waters. This is a logical next step to the repeated calls by local and county [...]

July 8th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Emerging Green,Environmental,Federal Government,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Oil,Tallahassee | Read More »

Crist declares state of emergency in Broward

GULF OF MEXICO - Aerial view of oil being burned from the Deepwater Horizon/BP incident, May 19, 2010. Favorable weather conditions allowed burns to total more than nine hours. The burns are part of an effort to reduce the amount of oil in the water and are part of the joint federal, state and BP effort to aid in preventing the spread of oil following the April 20 explosion on the mobile offshore drilling unit, Deepwater Horizon. U.S Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer John Kepsimelis.

A state of emergency has officially been declared in South Florida. Florida Gov. Charlie Crist declared Broward County, along with Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Monroe Counties in a state of emergency from the BP oil spill on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. “I found that this event threatens the state of Florida,” said Crist in [...]

May 20th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Environmental,Federal Government,Fort Lauderdale,Hallandale,Hollywood,Hurricane season,Lauderdale by the Sea,Local news,Pompano Beach,Tallahassee,Volunteers,Water management | Read More »

Crist requests Increased Assistance to Prepare for Oil Spill

In response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Governor Charlie Crist today directed the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to issue an Emergency Final Order to accelerate preparedness and restoration in the 19 coastal counties under the Governor’s state-of-emergency Executive Orders. In addition, Governor Crist requested that the United [...]

May 12th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Environmental,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Tallahassee | Read More »

Seminole Tribe celebrates new gaming compact with Florida

The Seminole Tribe children opened the ceremony with the pledge of allegiance in English and Miccosukee, the tribe's native language.

With humor and pride, the Seminole Tribe of Florida led a celebration of the Seminole Gaming Compact Wednesday at Seminole Hollywood, the first casino built, under the tribe’s special Council Oak Tree.

May 6th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Fort Lauderdale,Hollywood,Local news,Seminole Casinos | Read More »

Amtrak inspecting FEC Railway for passenger rail

Governor Charlie Crist on Sunday noted Amtrak’s 326-mile, one-way inspection trip of the Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) from Miami to Jacksonville.  The trip will help local and state officials evaluate the feasibility of returning passenger rail service along the Florida East Coast Railway. The inspection trip represents only the second time a passenger train [...]

May 3rd, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Miami,Palm Beach,Tallahassee,Transportation | Read More »

Crist vetoes teacher merit pay bill

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After teachers, students and parents heavily protested around the state, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist vetoes Senate Bill 6, a bill passed by the House and Senate that would have drastically changed a teacher’s pay structure, to merit pay based on test scores. Teachers unions and many parents cried loud and hard, including local teachers, of [...]

April 15th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Families,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Schools,Tallahassee,cooper city | Read More »

Schools, students, teachers can apply online for green awards from Florida

In celebration of National Environmental Education Week, Governor Charlie Crist today announced that Serve to Preserve: Green Schools Awards applications and judging will now be completely paperless, using only online technologies. Applications recognizing students, teachers, classrooms, schools and school districts for their efforts to create healthy, efficient and productive places for learning can be submitted [...]

April 14th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Environmental,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Schools,Tallahassee | Read More »

Governor Crist Signs Legislation to Enhance Transparency in Private Attorney Contracting

From the Governor’s office: Governor Charlie Crist today, alongside Attorney General Bill McCollum, signed House Bill 437  (Click here for HB 437)to increase transparency and accountability in contracts between private attorneys and the Office of the Attorney General.  This legislation requires pertinent contracting information be posted on the Attorney General’s Web site for public review.

April 14th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Business,Ethics in Broward,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Palm Beach,Tallahassee | Read More »

County delays Seminole Compact revenue-sharing agreement


Broward County commissioners delayed a decision on approving a formula that would allow them to lock in a percentage of revenue from the Seminole Gaming Compact (click here to see most recent version) currently winding its way through the Florida Legislature for the third time.

April 13th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Coconut Creek,Coral Springs,Dania,Davie,Fort Lauderdale,Hollywood,Local news,Parkland,Seminole Casinos,Tallahassee,margate | Read More »

Broward teachers taking to the streets in protest again

Broward teachers protesting local budget cuts recently. This time, they gather in Tamarac to protest state changes to teacher pay structures.

From the Broward Teacher’s Union: As the Florida House version of Senate Bill 6, House Bill 7189, comes to a full vote this afternoon, Broward County teachers, parents and community members will take to the streets in protest. Dozens of protesters are expected to gather at 4:30 p.m. today, Thursday, April 8 until 5:30 p.m. [...]

April 8th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Tallahassee,Tamarac | Read More »

State police officials claim crime down in Florida

Governor Charlie Crist and Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey today joined Florida Sheriffs and Police Chiefs to announce the state’s 2009 Annual Uniform Crime Report.  The report indicates the

April 7th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Crime,Fire/police,Fort Lauderdale,Local news | Read More »

Legoland is coming to Florida!!


Governor Charlie Crist and the Florida Cabinet approved the use of state lands enabling Merlin Entertainments to build a LEGOLAND® family theme park on 150 acres of land at Cypress Gardens.

March 23rd, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Families,Local news,Recreation,Tallahassee | Read More »

Space Florida Secures Licenses for Space Launch Complexes 46 and 36

Governor Charlie Crist announced Friday that Space Florida has secured Real Property Licenses for Space Launch Complexes 46 and 36 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. As a result, the 45th Space Wing now grants Space Florida full rights to proceed with construction and refurbishment work at either launch location.

March 20th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Federal Government,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Tallahassee | Read More »

Governor Crist talks economy during town hall meeting

From the Governor’s Office: Governor Charlie Crist recently joined state Representative Lake Ray for a town hall meeting in Jacksonville. The Governor took questions and listened to citizens voice their concerns about issues important to them. Governor Crist emphasized developing a world-class workforce, the environment, census participation and job creation.

March 13th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Local news,Tallahassee | Read More »

SFWMD extends validation deadline for U.S. Sugar purchase to restore Everglades


The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board recently voted 8-0, with one abstention, to extend the Certificates of Participation validation deadline contained in the purchase and sale agreement with the U.S. Sugar Corporation to acquire 73,000 acres of land for Everglades restoration. The Governing Board extended in Paragraph 4 the contract deadline for [...]

March 12th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Everglades,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Palm Beach,Tallahassee,Water management | Read More »

Governor Crist Signs Legislation to Reduce Unemployment Compensation Tax

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Governor Charlie Crist, as part of his continued focus on strengthening Florida’s economy, is hosting bill signing ceremonies in Tallahassee, Orlando, Tampa, Fort Myers and Miami to promote legislation that provides tax relief to nearly 474,000 Florida businesses.

March 11th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Business,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Money | Read More »

Gov. Charlie Crist’s State of the State address to Florida

Florida Governor Charlie Crist

Good evening, Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, Lt. Governor, Madam Chief Justice and members of the Court, members of the Cabinet, members of the Legislature, honored guests and my fellow Floridians. Good evening to you all. I would like to take a moment and acknowledge the woman I fell in love with while serving as your [...]

March 8th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Tallahassee | Read More »

Governor Crist Applauds Interstate-595 Road Improvement Project During Groundbreaking Ceremony

Continuing his focus on strengthening Florida’s economy, Governor Charlie Crist today applauded the beginning of construction at the Interstate-595 site during a groundbreaking ceremony for the 595 Express Corridor Improvements Project in Broward County. The 595 Express improvements, an Accelerate Florida project, has created more than 900 jobs and more are anticipated as construction continues. [...]

February 26th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Local news,Transportation | Read More »

Crist releases preliminary details on $22.7 billion state education budget

Note: The full budget is to be released on Friday, Jan. 27 and will include more details about the education budget. Once BrowardNETOnline.com has obtained a copy, we will be posting a link in this story. From the Dept. of Education Governor Charlie Crist preliminarily released details of his 2010-11 proposed budget for Pre K-12 [...]

January 26th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Families,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Schools,Tallahassee | Read More »

Gov. Crist signs Florida’s Race to the Top application

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Governor Charlie Crist today signed Florida’s overall application for more than $700 million of the $4.35 billion federal dollars available through the Race to the Top competition while visiting Mollie E. Ray Elementary School in Orlando. Half of the total award will be distributed to participating school districts according to a federal funding formula to [...]

January 18th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Families,Federal Government,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Schools,Tallahassee | Read More »

LeMieux chosen to replace Martinez in U.S. Senate


A replacement has been chosen for Sen. Mel Martinez, who stepped down from his U.S. Congress post a few weeks ago. Gov. Charlie Crist, who is running for the seat in 2010, appointed Broward County native George LeMieux to temporarily hold the seat until the upcoming election. “The process of selecting a United States Senator [...]

August 29th, 2009 | Posted in National politics | Read More »

Crist on newer options for private health care

A Different Plan for Health Care By Charlie Crist Governor, State of Florida With more than 18 million people in Florida, the issue of affordable health care has been a priority of my administration as Governor. We have found that lack of affordable health insurance coverage and the rising cost of prescription medicine to be [...]

August 9th, 2009 | Posted in Families,Health,Tallahassee | Read More »

Coconut Creek hosting forum to discuss Seminole Gaming Compact

Coconut Creek City Manager Dave Rivera, will hold a Community Forum on July 9, 2009, 7:00 PM, to discuss the impact of the proposed Compact agreement between the State of Florida and the Seminole Tribe of Florida and the effect of Class III gaming as it relates to the Coconut Creek Casino.  The Forum will [...]

June 19th, 2009 | Posted in Culture,Events,Seminole Casinos | Read More »

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