Crist has slim lead in Saint Leo poll

With a less than two weeks until voters have to make a final decision on who they should send to (or keep in) Tallahassee, a new poll from the Saint Leo University Polling Institute shows Democrat Charlie Crist with a slight lead over incumbent Republican Rick Scott. However, the survey — which polled 500 likely voters between Oct. 16 and Oct. 19 — has a margin error of plus or minus 4.5 … [Read more...]

Pasco’s free lunches take to the road

It’s hard to imagine getting through most days without that noontime break for lunch. That packed sandwich, frozen entrée, or maybe even a quick trip to a local eatery, is something many people take for granted each day. But for 36,000 students in the Pasco County school district, that trip to the cafeteria may be the only nutritious meal they have all day, paid for through federal tax … [Read more...]

BreakSpot program modernizes search for summer meals

Florida’s families now have new ways to find free healthy meals for their children this summer now that school is out. The 2014 Summer BreakSpot program, led by Florida’s agriculture commissioner Adam Putnam, offers meals, recreation and educational activities for children 18 and younger at 3,400 locations statewide during the summer. This year, the Florida Department of Agriculture and … [Read more...]

Tax collectors could issue concealed weapons permit under new bill

Tax collectors could soon accept applications for concealed weapons or firearms. State Sen. Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, and State Rep. James Grant, R-Tampa, have passed legislation that would allow county tax collectors the ability to be appointed to accept such applications. "Allowing tax collectors to assist applicants in their home counties is not only a convenience for citizens, it makes … [Read more...]