Monday, March 02, 2009

FLORIDA DIGEST - March 02, 2009

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-City workers in Lauderhill now on a 4-day workweek
By Juan Ortega |
Lauderhill is the latest South Florida city changing to a four-day work week to try to save taxpayer money. Starting today, offices will stay open longer - from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday - and close Fridays, considered by the city to be the slowest workday.,0,3264447.story

-Group to write ethics code for Broward County Commission
By Scott Wyman
More than six years after voters demanded a code of ethics for Broward County Click here for restaurant inspection reports commissioners, work on the measure has begun. Stronger limits on gifts, more disclosure of personal finances, expanded rules on when commissioners must abstain from voting and restrictions on outside employment are among the ideas being floated for a special task force to explore over the next year.,0,6448098.story

-State to increase speed limit on Southern Boulevard in Palm Beach County
State agrees to raise the speed limit on Southern Boulevard but by just 5 mph
By Angel Streeter
The state rebuilt it to make it faster. And drivers came, zooming along Palm Beach County's newest highway.,0,2718373.story

-Bicycle rodeos, group rides and even time trials are among the more than 60 activities planned this month as part of Broward County Bicycle Month 2009. CycleMobility, a cycling advocacy organization in Broward, launched Broward Bicycle Week in 2003. The county's Parks and Recreation Division partnered with CycleMobility in 2005, offering staffing, publicity and its parks, and in 2008 it grew to Bicycle Month. Some cities also contribute staffing and parks. Highlights include bicycle rodeos, which teach children riding skills, in Hollywood, Sunrise, Margate and Dania Beach. The South Broward Wheelers has beginners' and groups rides scheduled every weekend, and at 7:30 p.m. March 7 is "The Fastest Mile" time trial at Brian Piccolo Park, 9501 Sheridan St., Cooper City.,0,5654758.story

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-Florida seeks per-gallon water fee from bottlers
By Mary Ellen Klas
In a rural North Florida town where the water tower bears the motto "Tiny but Proud," residents have a big secret: They give the cold, clear spring water that bubbles up from the aquifer below their soil to the nation's largest bottled water company - for free.

-Tobacco Free Florida Week: No ifs, ands or butts this week
But many doubt success of Tobacco Free Florida Week
By Ken Kaye
Smokers aren't getting much love these days. They are banished from an increasing number of areas, such as airports, restaurants, ballparks and sidewalk cafes. They're about to get their butts kicked again.,0,99156.story


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