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Legislative update: Dean’s bill eyes water preservation

State legislators began their 60-day regular session last week in Tallahassee, but bills have been filed and heard in committee since late last year. Here’s a look at the measures being pushed by Baker County’s two lawmakers: state senator Charlie Dean (R-Inverness) and Representative Elizabeth Porter (R-Lake City). Read More »

Variances should not be used to thwart zoning laws

There are myriad of good reasons to have zoning laws in place, but without proper enforcement, they’re meaningless.

And in light of the Macclenny Zoning Adjustment Board’s decision last week to allow the addition of two new homes on a one-acre lot with one existing home and a detached garage, the city showed there’s so much flexibility in its zoning rules, the laws might as well be window dressing. Read More »

Some things he’d ‘really’ like to see on television

I was thinking the other day about some of the things I’d really like to see on television. There are a variety of reasons for this. Sometimes it’s just that things seem so obvious but aren’t mentioned on the screen. Here’s what I mean. Read More »

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