Matt Gaetz

Florida House of Representatives

Qualifying is still three months away, but the jockeying for position to run for the U.S. House’s District-1 seat is beginning to get underway.

When Republican Jeff Miller announced last week he would not seek a ninth term, the names of potential candidates began flying about. One of those was Don Gaetz, who’s being term-limited out of the Florida Senate.

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Gun owners in Florida who already have permits to carry concealed weapons could be a step closer in being able to carry them openly in public. 

House Bill 163 passed the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee Tuesday on an 8-4 vote. It will go before two other House committees at later dates.

The measure’s sponsor, Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Republican from Fort Walton Beach, points to figures from the Justice Department, as part of his argument that the bill does not create a less-safe environment.

Grand Opening Of The Bud And Dorie Day Patriots' Trail

Jun 3, 2015
Danielle Freeman

The Bud and Dorie Day Patriots’ Trail is officially open in Ft. Walton Beach.

The trail is named in honor of Vietnam War hero Col. Bud Day, who died in July of 2013 at the age of 88, and his wife Dorie. It winds down Staff Drive, Nebraska Avenue, and California Drive and features 16 historical markers comprised of information highlighting their life together.

There’s a marker detailing Bud’s childhood, another on how he met the woman who would become the love of his life.

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The City of Destin is now considering the possible annexation of Crab Island. Residents and city officials gathered recently to discuss that and to brainstorm ideas on how to better manage the local underwater hot spot. 

Voters across Florida are deciding if it will become the 24th state, and the first in the Southeast, to have a comprehensive medical marijuana program.

In a nutshell, Amendment 2 would allow the medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating diseases, as determined by a licensed Florida doctor. The amendment was proposed by John Morgan, a trial attorney from Orlando.

Qualifying for state and local offices in Florida closed at noon on Friday, June 20. While Gov. Rick Scott and the three Republican members of the Cabinet all drew opponents, several incumbent members of the Florida Legislature were re-elected without opposition.

Two of them are in Northwest Florida.

Greg Evers of Baker is headed for a second and final four-year term in the Florida Senate, representing District 2.

It’s very humbling that folks thought enough of you that they were able to elect you without opposition.”

Local Parents Advocate Medical Marijuana

Mar 4, 2014
Caring 4 Florida

A new non-profit organization is rallying support for legislation allowing the use of a specific type of medical marijuana. Caring 4 Florida was founded in January this year by Peyton and Holley Moseley. The not-for-profit organization is intended educate and advocate for the legalization of non-euphoric strains of cannabis for use by epilepsy patients. The Moseley’s eleven year old daughter, RayAnn, has intractable epilepsy and cerebral palsy.

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