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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

From the pages of Orlando Weekly: Florida’s city and county governments are being overruled by our state Legislature

We all know things get outsourced these days. It can feel odd talking to someone in Salt Lake City about a cell phone charge or Mumbai about a wonky wireless router. But it’s how things work now. One thing that shouldn’t be outsourced, though, is the ability of communities to pass ordinances on the issues that matter to them. But Florida’s city and county governments are being overruled by our state Legislature, which has passed dozens of laws that nullify or even pre-empt resolutions made on the local level. When Key West voted to ban sunscreens that destroy the coral reefs vital to their tourism trade, the state passed a law against that ban. When a citizen-led initiative put paid …
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Intersection: Florida Phoenix

In an era of dwindling reporting staff for many news operations, the arrival of a brand new news organization is noteworthy. The Florida Phoenix, a non-profit news site with a statewide focus, launched this month in Tallahassee. Editor-in-Chief Julie Hauserman, a former reporter for the St. Petersburg Times, joins us to talk about going beyond the headlines and digging into the big stories as startup news organization.
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