Broward News

Morning Juice: Dust Settles in Municipal Races; Florida Gets Hosed by Feds

On a day when we'll be reunited with our old friend, 80 degrees, let's look at the local headlines:

  • Tuesday was municipal Election Day, with most of the high-profile races in Palm Beach County. Jose Rodriguez won a hotly contested race for Boynton Beach mayor. In Jupiter's mayoral race, incumbent Karen Golonka held off James Burg. [Palm Beach Post]
  • In Broward's most intriguing campaign, Town Council members Susan Starkey and Marlon Luis both won reelection while teacher Caryl Casey Hattan won the open seat. [Sun-Sentinel]
  • Broward County School Board members are looking for ways to avoid making cuts to the system's curriculum, a search that has led them to the familiar option of laying off teachers. One way or another, the board will have to cut $80 million to $100 million from next year's budget. [Sun-Sentinel]

  • Census figures show that Florida gets far less federal aid per citizen than states in the Northeast, like New York and Vermont. The study by the Brookings Institute doesn't address why that is, but it's clear that an accurate census count is one key. [Miami Herald]
  • Yet another sign of the bad economy. A man was robbed in a parking lot of Gulfstream after being hit with a rock. The thief's getaway car? A county bus. [WPLG-5]

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Thomas Francis