Florida Five: Project plans to move water to Everglades, Gov. Scott signs 5 bills into law

Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips:

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Florida Gov. Scott says Tamiami Trail project will help move water south— On Tuesday, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection recently issued a permit to the Department of Interior’s National Park Service, Everglades National Park, for the construction of 2.6 miles of bridges and raised roads along the Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41) in Miami-Dade County. The project will deconstruct a section of the Tamiami Trail and replace it with a bridge so that water north of the road may flow into the Everglades, providing needed water to the Everglades National Park. This project will result in enhanced movement of water south from Lake Okeechobee. Read more

Gov. Rick Scott signs 5 bills into law – Florida’s 2015 Legislative Session is in full swing with legislators handing Gov. Rick Scott the following bills which he signed into law Thursday, according to a statement from his office. Read more

Florida House, Senate clash over health care spending —The Florida House and Senate rolled out vastly different health care spending plans Thursday, putting the two chambers on a collision course over the state’s $77 billion budget. The dueling health care proposals are $5 billion apart — more than the entire budget for the state of Vermont. The Senate version includes $2.8 billion in federal money to pay for expanded health care coverage, something the House adamantly opposes. Read more

Uber political consultant Frank Terramferma joins Brett Doster’s firm – Today, Brett Doster announced that Frank Terraferma has joined Front Line Strategies. Terraferma most recently served as director of House Campaigns for Speaker Steve Crisafulli. “Few strategists are more respected in this business than Frank Terraferma. His deep knowledge of Florida politics and his command of effective messaging have caused political leaders at every level to seek his advice for more than a decade,” said Brett Doster, President and founder of Front Line Strategies. Read more

Education bill would allow parents to enroll students in any school in Florida – The Comprehensive Education Bill would give parents the option to choose any school in Florida for their children. It would also give parents the choice to have their child moved from a teacher’s classroom if that teacher is out of his or her field of expertise. But others say the bill doesn’t address some key points, like transportation and logistics, which could be problematic for local districts. Read more

NCAA basketball tournament watch: Florida Governor’s Duke upset pick won’t happen

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