Florida Five: Residents want Trump name off high rise, Solar power amendment hits snag

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

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Trump Plaza residents in Palm Beach demand Donald Trump’s name is stripped from high rise – Residents at Trump Plaza in Palm Beach, Florida, have called for the brash presidential candidate’s name to be removed from their building. People living at the iconic high rise have demanded a referendum on the name of the building following Donald Trump’s string of controversial comments. Read more

Dispute with signature gathering firm all but dooms solar power amendment from getting on 2016 ballot – A dispute with a signature-gathering firm makes it likely that the group attempting to expand solar power choice in Florida will fall short of acquiring the necessary signatures to qualify for the ballot next year. Floridians for Solar Choice (FSC) needs to get 683,149 signatures turned in to state Division of Elections by February 1. Read more

Related: Group behind solar power amendment ‘exploring options for 2018’ election cycle

$200 million in state land-buying funds may help restore Everglades – A proposal with broad political support would spend at least $200 million a year in state money to restore the Everglades, South Florida’s fabled but withered wilderness. The bill, introduced Thursday by Rep. Gayle Harrell, R-Stuart, would use money from Amendment 1, a funding source approved last year by 75 percent of voters. Read more

Trial ends with speculation judge could draw Senate map – The final state redistricting trial in a nearly four-year legal battle over Florida’s political boundaries ended with both sides trading charges of partisan gerrymandering, some of them the same accusations that have been hurled in court since the beginning. Read more

Florida Supreme Court signs off on medical marijuana proposal – In a key step for supporters of legalizing medical marijuana, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously approved a proposed constitutional amendment that would go on the November 2016 ballot. Justices said the proposal, spearheaded by the group People United for Medical Marijuana, meets legal tests that include dealing with a single subject and having a clearly worded ballot title and summary. Read more

Bonus: The 5 most disappointing Florida politicians of 2015

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