TUESDAY, MAY 30, 2017
ADVANCES: WEEK OF MAY 28, 2017
THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, MAY 26, 2017........ Florida's luck ran out last year, when it got hit by a hurricane for the first time in more than decade. Now it's time to see what 2017 will bring. The six-month hurricane season will start Thursday. To help Floridians prepare, a three-day tax “holiday” will begin the following day and allow shoppers to buy supplies such as portable radios, batteries and generators without paying sales taxes.
MONDAY, MAY 29, 2017
STATE OFFICES CLOSED: State offices will be closed for Memorial Day.
TUESDAY, MAY 30, 2017
QUALIFYING STARTS IN SENATE DISTRICT 40: A two-day qualifying period will start for candidates in a special election in Senate District 40, which opened when Miami Republican Frank Artiles resigned in April. The special primary election will be held July 25, while the special general election will be Sept 26. (Tuesday, 8 a.m.)
HEALTH CARE AT ISSUE: The Florida Sterling Council will host a “Florida Healthcare Symposium,” with topics expected to include the political environmental and health-care reform. (Tuesday, 8:15 a.m., JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes, 4000 Central Florida Parkway, Orlando.)
MAST SPEAKS AT TEA PARTY EVENT: U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., is expected to speak during a Palm Beach County Tea Party breakfast. (Tuesday, 10 a.m., Abacoa Country Club, 105 Barbados Dr., Jupiter.)
KEYS COLLEGE TRUSTEES MEET: The Florida Keys Community College Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet. (Tuesday, 2 p.m., Florida Keys Community College, Key West Campus, Key West.)
WEDNESDAY, MAY 31, 2017
BEAN TOUTS TEACHERS: Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, will host a “Teacher Appreciation Breakfast” in Nassau County. (Wednesday, 8 a.m., West Nassau High School, 1 Warrior Dr., Callahan.)
VETERANS HONORED IN BROOKSVILLE: A ceremony will be held in Hernando County to present “Governor's Veterans Service” awards. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., National Guard Armory, 16386 Spring Hill Dr., Brooksville.)
ST. PETERSBURG COLLEGE TRUSTEES MEET: The St. Petersburg College Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting to discuss five finalists for the college's presidency. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., EpiCenter, 13805 58th St. North, Clearwater.)
GILLUM SPEAKS AT TIGER BAY: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum is slated to speak to the Capital Tiger Bay Club. (Wednesday, 11:30 a.m., Donald L. Tucker Civic Center, 505 West Pensacola St., Tallahassee.)
QUALIFYING ENDS IN SENATE DISTRICT 40: A qualifying period will end for candidates in a special election in Senate District 40, which opened when Miami Republican Frank Artiles resigned in April. The special primary election will be held July 25, while the special general election will be Sept 26. (Wednesday, noon.)
ROONEY HOLDS TOWN HALL: U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., will hold a town-hall meeting. (Wednesday, 5:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 9751 Bonita Beach Road S.E., Bonita Springs.)
THURSDAY, JUNE 1, 2017
HURRICANE SEASON STARTS: The 2017 hurricane season will start. The season will last through Nov. 30.
ENTERPRISE FLORIDA COMMITTEES MEET: Enterprise Florida committees will hold a series of meetings in advance of a Board of Directors meeting Friday. (Thursday, committees start at 8 a.m., DoubleTree by Hilton, 101 South Adams St., Tallahassee.)
NORTHEAST PLANNING COUNCIL MEETS: The Northeast Florida Regional Council will meet. (Thursday, 10 a.m., Northeast Florida Regional Council, 100 Festival Park Ave., Jacksonville.)
SUPREME COURT ISSUES OPINIONS: The Florida Supreme Court is expected to release its weekly opinions. (Thursday, 11 a.m.)
SESSION DISCUSSED IN SARASOTA: The Sarasota Tiger Bay Club will hold an annual legislative update, with panelists expected to include Sen. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota; Rep. Julio Gonzalez, R-Venice; Rep. Alex Miller, R-Sarasota; and Rep. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota. (Thursday, noon, Michael's on East, 1212 East Ave. South, Sarasota.)
FOUNDATION CHIEF SPEAKS TO ECONOMIC CLUB: Stuart Graff, president and CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, is scheduled to speak to the Economic Club of Florida. (Thursday, noon, FSU Alumni Center, 1030 West Tennessee St., Tallahassee.)
SPACE ISSUES DISCUSSED: The Space Florida Board of Directors is scheduled to meet. (Thursday, 2 p.m., DoubleTree by Hilton, 101 South Adams St., Tallahassee.)
RATE CASE AT ISSUE: The Florida Public Service Commission will hold a customer meeting in Lake County on a proposed rate increase by Lakeside Waterworks, Inc. (Thursday, 6 p.m., Shangri-La By the Lake Clubhouse, 100 Shangri-La Blvd., Leesburg.)
FRIDAY, JUNE 2, 2017
HURRICANE `TAX HOLIDAY' STARTS: A three-day tax “holiday” for hurricane supplies will start at 12:01 a.m. Friday. During the period, shoppers will not have to pay sales taxes on items such as portable radios costing $50 or less; batteries costing $30 or less; and portable generators costing $750 or less. The holiday will last until 11:59 p.m., June 4.
SCOTT FACES DEADLINE ON STACK OF BILLS: Gov. Rick Scott faces a Friday deadline for taking action on about three-dozen bills. They include a measure (HB 7115) that would authorize creation of memorials for victims of abuse at the shuttered Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys and a measure (HB 7077) that would create a framework for distributing BP oil-spill settlement money to eight Northwest Florida counties.
FIU TRUSTEES MEET: The Florida International University Board of Trustees will meet after holding a series of committee meetings earlier in the day. (Friday, committee meetings start at 8:15 a.m., full board at 2 p.m. Florida International University, full board meets at Rafael Diaz-Balart Hall, Miami.)
ENTERPRISE FLORIDA BOARD MEETS: The Enterprise Florida Board of Directors is scheduled to meet. (Friday, 8:30 a.m., Florida State University, University Center Club, 403 Stadium Dr., Tallahassee.)
COLLEGE PRESIDENTS MEET: The Council of Presidents of the Florida College System will meet. (8:30 a.m., Marriott Casa Monica, 95 Cordova St., St. Augustine.)
HEALTH CARE BOARDS MEET: Members of the Board of Dentistry, the Board of Medicine, the Board of Nursing, the Board of Osteopathic Medicine and the Board of Pharmacy will meet to discuss issues such as telehealth, controlled substances and a legislative summary. State Surgeon General Celeste Philip is expected to take part in the meeting. (Friday, 9 a.m., Rosen Plaza Hotel, 9700 International Dr., Orlando.)
SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 2017
GILLUM SPEAKS AT MIAMI MARCH: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum is expected to speak at the “March for Truth” in Miami. (Saturday, 11 a.m., Stephen P. Clark Government Center, 111 N.W. First St. Miami.)
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