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Sun Sentinel: Preserve more barrier islands, strengthen building codes to minimize storm damage | Opinion

Hurricane Michael put the lesson front and center. Mexico Beach lay in ruins, destroyed by 155 mph winds — roofs ripped off, walls collapsed, windows shattered. Homes that withstood the wind were gutted by the storm surge. The photo was a panorama of rubble, except for that one house. The Sand Palace, a two-story beachfront home […]

Tallahassee Democrat: Hurricane resilience and building codes should be important discussion | Opinion

Hurricane Michael put the lesson front and center. Mexico Beach lay in ruins, destroyed by 155 mph winds — roofs ripped off, walls collapsed, windows shattered. Homes that withstood the wind were gutted by storm surge. The photo was a panorama of rubble, except for that one house. The Sand Palace, a two-story beachfront home […]

CoreMessage Adds Communications Specialist to Team

~Kat Bustamante Joins Leading PR and Grassroots Firm~ TALLAHASSEE — CoreMessage, Inc., a full-service public relations and grassroots firm, today announced the addition of Kat Bustamante as account manager. In her new role, Bustamante will develop, implement and guide communications strategies for various corporate, political and government clients across Florida. “We’re excited to welcome Kat […]

Tallahassee Democrat: Marsy’s Law is doing exactly what it was meant to | Opinion

Last November, more than 60 percent of Florida voters put Marsy’s Law into the state constitution to afford victims meaningful rights in the justice system. Now law enforcement agencies across Florida, including the Tallahassee Police Department, are changing their policies and practices to comply with the new rights. Among the changes: restricting the automatic disclosure of […]

SunSentinel: Child Rape: OK if You’re Married to Your Abuser? | Opinion

Imagine moving to a strange country, scared and alone, stripped of both your family and your childhood. Imagine being forced to perform sexual acts with a man twice your age and knowing that no matter how badly you want it to stop, the law is not on your side. That’s exactly what’s happening to many […]

WTXL: Marsy’s Law goes into effect in Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) – A new law is now in effect that will help protect crime victims throughout the state. Marsy’s Law went into effect Tuesday. According to MarsysLawForFl.com, on Nov. 6, 61 percent of Florida voters voted to pass it. The Tallahassee Police Department says this is important to keep victims safe because any information that can be […]

Orlando Business Journal: E-warfare and robots: Harris Corp.’s $125M R&D investment will create high-wage jobs here

By Matthew Richardson  – Staff writer, Orlando Business Journal Global aerospace and defense firm Harris Corp. largely has focused on communication services for the U.S. military, but now plans to diversify its services through a multimillion-dollar investment. The Melbourne-based company (NYSE: HRS) on Dec. 10 announced plans to invest more than $125 million in internal research and development […]

USA Today: I thought sexual abuse only happened to other people’s children. Then I woke up.

by Ronald L. Book I did everything a responsible adult should do, vetting everyone who interacted with my children. But I had unwittingly let a monster into our home. Nearly 17 years ago, I woke up from a nightmare I didn’t realize I was in. If you’re a parent whose child has suffered sexual abuse at […]