Water management districts told to curtail land acquisition, ‘reexamine’ priorities

In a memo (.pdf) sent to the heads of each of Florida's five water management districts, a state Department of Environmental Protection special counsel writes that districts need to begin paring down or eliminating certain functions — an unsurprising request, given recent budget cuts. But environmental groups are worried about portions of the memo, which expressly indicate that the districts' responsibilities be limited in several areas — including land acquisition, wetlands mitigation, water conservation and the regulation of water supply and environmental resources.

Rivera admits to loans-for-slots scheme

Tomorrow, Republican David Rivera will be sworn in as a congressman from the 25th District of Florida. But today the Republican representative-elect admitted that he received $137,000 in loans from a company co-owned by his mother that received payments from Flagler Dog Track as it was campaigning the legislature to allow slot machines when Rivera was a state representative.