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Capitol preview: What to expect this week in Florida politics

By on July 9, 2012

MONDAY

SCOTT TO BRITAIN: Gov. Rick Scott heads this week to England, where he will attend the Farnborough International air show, one of the major aerospace and aviation industry gatherings, hoping to lure business to Florida. It’s Scott’s sixth overseas trade mission.

PRINCIPI, STEARNS WITH VETS: Former Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs Anthony Principi and U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL) meet with Clay County veterans on Monday. Principi also will endorse Stearns for election in Florida Congressional District 3. (Monday, 9:30 a.m., 470 Madeira Dr., Orange Park.)

LAND ASSESSMENT TOUR HITS VOLUSIA COUNTY: The St. Johns Water Management District will hold a public hearing in Volusia County to get public input on whether any of the district’s 600,000 acres should be sold. The meeting is one of a series held throughout the 18-county district as officials look at options to reduce costs. (Monday, 6 p.m., Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center, Rm 204–207, 123 West Indiana Ave., DeLand.)

SANTA ROSA TEA PARTY PATRIOTS STRAIGHT TALK CANDIDATE FORUM: Candidates for local offices and legislative seats are invited to address the Santa Rosa Tea Party Patriots at this event on Monday in Milton. (Monday, 6 p.m., CDT., Milton Community Center, 5629 Byrom St., Milton.)

NICHOLS STARTS AT DMS: Craig J. Nichols starts Monday as the new secretary at the Department of Management Services. Nichols, a personnel consultant, replaces Jack Miles, who stepped down at the end of March after a little over a year in the post. Scott Stewart had served as interim secretary.

TUESDAY

STAND YOUR GROUND TASK FORCE: The Task Force on Citizen Safety and Protection, the panel created to take testimony and discuss the state’s “stand your ground” self defense law, meets Tuesday in Arcadia, in south-central Florida. The task force, which will take four hours of public testimony, was created in the wake of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, which resulted in a heavy criticism of the stand your ground law. The committee is chaired by Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll. (Tuesday, 9 a.m., DeSoto Middle School, 420 East Gibson St., Arcadia.)

SUWANNEE RIVER WMD GETS DEBBY UPDATE: The Suwannee River Water Management District reviews damage wrought by Tropical Storm Debby and is expected to approve a resolution allowing it to expend emergency funds in response to flooding in the region. (Tuesday, 9 a.m., Wilson S. Rivers Library & Media Center, 149 SE College Place, Lake City.)

ST. JOHNS RIVER WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT: The governing board of the St. Johns River Water Management District holds its regular meeting. The board gets a report on water shortage evaluation and discusses possible actions; selects an accounting firm for audits of the district, and considers a tentative millage rate and tentative budget for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1. (Tuesday, Following a regulatory committee meeting at 10 a.m., SJRWMD District Headquarters, 4049 Reid St./SR 100, West, Palatka.)

ROBINSON HOSTS COMMUNITY FORUM: Florida Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson hosts a community forum in the “Conversations with the Commissioner” series. He’s meeting with parents, teachers and local communities to talk about education in Florida. Dr. Donnie Horner, the first Education Commissioner for the City of Jacksonville, will join Robinson for the conversation. (Tuesday, 6 p.m., Jacksonville City Hall, 117 W. Duval St., Jacksonville.)

THURSDAY

SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT: The South Florida Water Management District holds its regular governing board meeting at its West Palm Beach headquarters. Updates are expected on Everglades projects, the proposed budget for FY 13, and proposed millage rates. The meeting will also include a discussion of Florida Power & Light’s proposal to expand its Turkey Point nuclear facility by adding two additional units. The proposal calls for the plant to use reclaimed water purchased from Miami-Dade County as its primary source of cooling water. The company, however, has also proposed a secondary cooling water system that includes drilling lateral wells under Biscayne Bay. (Thursday, 9 a.m., 3301 Gun Club Rd., West Palm Beach.)
Agenda: http://www.sfwmd.gov/portal/page/portal/xweb%20about%20us/gb%20application

SUPREME COURT OPINIONS: The Florida Supreme Court releases opinions. After Thursday’s opinion release, the court will take its summer break. (Thursday, 11 a.m.)

FRIDAY

NATIONAL GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION: Governors from around the nation gather in Williamsburg, Va., for the National Governors Association meeting. Speakers include U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and former Education Secretary Margaret Spellings in a discussion of education, along with meetings on health care, the electric grid, biosurveillance, and serving veterans. Gov. Rick Scott won’t attend – he’ll be in England. (http://www.nga.org/cms/AM12News)

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