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Gulf County bay scallop season to open Sept. 23

Gulf County, Fl – The Gulf County bay scallop season will open to harvest Sept. 23. The 2017 season was postponed earlier this year due to a naturally occurring algae bloom (Pseudo-nitzschia) in St. Joseph Bay that affects shellfish. Recent samples have indicated that the scallops in St. Joseph Bay are safe for human consumption and meet FDA requirements for opening harvest in the bay. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will continue testing of the bay. The 2017 season will be open for 16 days, with the last day of harvest being Oct. 8 and closing Oct....

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Gov. Scott and HHS Sec. Price Discuss Hurricane Irma Recovery Efforts in the Fla. Keys

MARATHON, Fla. – Today, September 18th, 2017 Governor Rick Scott and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Tom Price met with local and state officials in Monroe County to discuss Hurricane Irma response and recovery efforts in the Florida Keys. See updates on the state’s resources in Monroe County below.   STATE RESOURCES CURRENTLY BEING DIRECTED TO THE FLORIDA KEYS   FWC FWC has more than 40 additional officers, including Special Operations Group (SOG), in Monroe County. These officers are working with National Guard members and an Urban Search and Rescue team to continue rescue operations in the...

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CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis Offers Full Support to Ensure the Life Safety of Floridians

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, September 16th, 2017, Governor Rick Scott took emergency actions requiring the immediate installation of life-safety features in assisted living facilities and nursing homes following eight deaths at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills in Broward County. Governor Scott’s emergency rules include a mandatory inspection of all newly-installed generators at assisted living facilities and nursing homes to be completed by the Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office. In response to Governor Scott’s emergency actions, CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis today issued the following statement. CFO Patronis said, “First and foremost, my heartfelt sympathies go out...

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I-75 will Remain Open

  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, September 14th 2017, the Florida Department of Transportation announced that I-75 will remain open, as flood waters have been receding on the Santa Fe River. As of this morning, FDOT engineers and state meteorologists do not believe that the Santa Fe River will reach a level to make the interstate unsafe.     On Wednesday, FDOT and the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles announced that due to unprecedented flooding of the Santa Fe River, there was a potential for I-75 to close for motorist safety.   Because of high water levels of...

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Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton crew conducts Hurricane Irma relief efforts

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton began conducting Hurricane Irma relief efforts Tuesday on the east coast of Florida. The Hamilton crew arrived off the coast of Jacksonville early Tuesday morning, after battling through the narrow band of more than 15-foot seas between Hurricane Irma and Jose throughout the weekend. Upon arrival, the crew began conducting a preliminary assessment of the entrance to the St. Johns River in Jacksonville. The Hamilton crew deployed its 35-ft Long Range Interceptor small boat to survey the port, whose five man crew traveled up the river, assessed the status of aids...

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Gov. Scott Issues Updates on Continued Hurricane Irma Response Efforts

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Today, September 12th, 2017, Governor Rick Scott toured impacts of Hurricane Irma in Lee County with City of Bonita Springs Mayor Peter Simmons and Lee County Undersheriff Carmine Marceno, and joined Adjutant General of Florida Maj. Gen. Michael Calhoun, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, and members of the National Guard on an aerial tour to assess damage from Hurricane Irma in Jacksonville. Over the past few days, Governor Scott has also visited four shelters in Pensacola, Immokalee, Jacksonville and Fort Myers. The Governor will continue to be in constant communication with state and local emergency management officials, city...

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