HB 17 targets Community Redevelopment Agencies (CRAs), calls for more transparency

HB 17 (2018) targets Community Redevelopment Agencies (CRAs) This legislation will require community redevelopment agencies (CRAs) to be more transparent and accountable. According to the Liberty First Network, “Under Florida law, local governments can designate areas as Community Redevelopment Areas and create a Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). CRA’s are funded by property taxes and are billed…

Florida bill reduces penalty for “open carry” by concealed-weapon licensees

A proposed bill, SB 148, reduces the penalties for people who have concealed-weapons licenses and openly carry, at least for the first two occurences. Under current Florida law (790.053), it is a second-degree misdemeanor to open carry a firearm other than the exceptions listed in F.S. 790.25 (e.g. during target practice under safe conditions and…

2017 Pro-Life baby shower and fundraiser

October 15, 2017 – The Little Flower Citywide Pro-Life Committee hosted its annual Baby Shower and Fundraiser for the Alpha Center, a local pregnancy resource center. The Little Flower Citywide Pro-Life Committee is pleased to support the Alpha Center’s efforts through events such as this baby shower, as well as the “baby bottle drive” fundraiser…

ACLU of Florida proposes 14 ways to decrease overcrowding at Escambia County Jail

The ACLU of Florida recently published a report, with 14 recommendations to decrease overcrowding at the Escambia County Jail. The report, titled “Smart Jail for Escambia County: Factsheet and Recommended Solutions,” notes that Escambia County spends about $46.5 million annually on incarceration. In addition to recommendations to address overcrowding, the report also addresses issues such…