Saturday, June 28, 2008

FLORIDA DIGEST - June 28, 2008

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-GLCC: Gay center buys site, plans new home in Wilton Manors
The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of South Florida announced Friday ithas purchased 5.6 acres in Wilton Manors that will allow it to move to averitable "campus" - complete with conference building, theater, waterfrontmemorial garden and office space for other groups serving the gay community.The organization paid a telecommunications company $4.75 million for thesite at 2040 N. Dixie Highway, just south of Wilton Drive, putting an end tothe organization's long search for a new home, said executive director PaulHyman.,0,6348130.story

-Fort Lauderdale's New River Marina headed to auction block
Family-owned New River Marina likely to auctioned off next monthA longtime Broward County marina, sinking in choppy economic waters, isheaded for the auction block next month. For more than 20 years, thefamily-run New River Marina boatyard has repaired small and midsize boatsand mega yachts.,0,3799184.story

Miami Herald
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-Fort Lauderdale Gay Men's Chorus: Open auditions for the 23rd season of thechorus, auditioners can use recorded music, or accompanist provided by thechorus; 1 p.m., Sunshine Cathedral Auditorium, 1480 SW Ninth Ave., FortLauderdale. 954-832-0060 or

-AGRICULTURE: Tomatoes may not be to blame for salmonella
Tomatoes may not be the cause of a salmonella outbreak, which has continueddespite a warning that pulled them off shelves and cut Florida growers'sales in half. As the number of people sickened by a salmonella outbreakrose to 810, federal officials said Friday they're unsure whether tomatoesare still the cause of the illness.

Fort Report
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-Schwarzenegger splits from Crist on gulf drilling
For a second year, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger flew in for aclimate change summit, heaping praise on Gov. Charlie Crist's work inFlorida. Until the subject turned to offshore oil drilling.

-Florida Power & Light goal: 3 solar plants in 2009
Florida Power & Light, the state's largest utility, announced Wednesday itplans to build three solar energy plants in Florida, including one thatwould be the biggest of its kind in the world.

-Under Crist, Florida lifts civil rights death penalty
It has taken Gov. Crist about 14 months to correct an injustice that hispredecessor fostered during eight years in office. More than 115,000 formerfelons who have completed their sentences have had their civil rightsrestored because of a state rule enacted in April 2007. The governor chairsthe Board of Executive Clemency. At his urging, the board changed thestate's 140-year-old policy of requiring felons to go through a long anduncertain process of individual appeals to regain their rights. Because ofGov. Crist's leadership, restoration is virtually automatic.

-New Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Peggy Quince makes history
In the ornate chambers of the Florida Supreme Court, Peggy Quince today willmove to the chief justice's center seat. And history will be made. Quince,60, will become the first black woman to lead the state's court system -- orany branch of government in Florida. The soft-spoken mother of two knowsshe's a role model. "One of the ways you give back to your community is bybeing there and being visible," Quince said. "Young people find it's not allabout whether you are a rap star or a baseball player or any of those kindsof careers. But there are also other careers available that can make adifference. "I know my responsibility," she added.,0,6012250.story

-Glimmer of hope for home prices: They're up a little!
Palm Beach County home prices and home sales climbed in May compared toApril, providing a glimmer of hope in an unrelentingly bleak housingpicture. The median price of an existing single-family home sold in PalmBeach County in May was $330,900, up from $314,000 in April, the FloridaAssociation of Realtors said today.


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