Florida's recap – Highlights from around the state – July 19th
Bottom Line: Your daily recap of the some of the biggest news from around the state that impacts you in South Florida.
- A subcontractor for FPL ruptured a water main in Fort Lauderdale that resulted in a water shortage Thursday afternoon. Water has been restored but a boil water order remains in effect through Saturday. Impacted communities included Davie, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Oakland Park, Port Everglades, Sea Ranch Lakes, Tamarac & Wilton Manors.220,000 residents are affected. Free bottled water is available at three locations for residents until 8 pm Saturday
- The Palm Beach County School District will discuss the future of former Spanish River High School Principal William Latson next Wednesday, the 24th. While he’s been reassigned, and Superintendent Donald Fennoy has recommended that his contract “not be renewed”, he remains on the payroll. Latson’s contract doesn’t expire until June 30th of 2020 – so he’d remain employed by the Palm Beach County School District for another full year. Reports that his contract not being renewed is the equivalent of him being fired are false.
- The organization, Florida Citizen Voters, has produced more than 1.3 million signatures, nearly double the number needed, to have a proposed Constitutional Amendment question added to the 2020 ballot that would specifically state that only a citizen would be able to vote in Florida
- Former Okaloosa School Superintendent Mary Beth Jackson who was suspended from office by Governor DeSantis has dropped her challenge of the decision to remove her
- The new Florida Statewide Council on Human Trafficking will be headed by state Senator Lauren Book and former state Senator Ellyn Bogdanoff. The new board is tasked with oversight of the new state law which requires education of hospitality workers to spot potential human trafficking and implementation of policy under the state’s new law