Port Everglades Releases Video on 2014 Expansion Projects

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In 2007, the Broward County Board of County Commissioners approved the Port Everglades Master/Vision Plan, which included a five-year Capital Improvement Plan and ten- and 20-year Vision Plans, which included around $1.6 billion in capital investments.

The overall plan was, among other refurbishments, to restructure berths to accommodate larger cruise, cargo, and petroleum ships and expand cruise terminals to allow for mega-cruise ships to dock.

The Broward County Board of County Commissioners, which governs the port as a self-funded enterprise fund, held more than 20 meetings with customers, stakeholders, and the general public to discuss the development of the plan.

On Wednesday, the port released video to illustrate its 20-year road map.

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George Zimmerman Likely Won't Face Civil Rights Charges, DOJ Announces

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The Department of Justice announced Wednesday that it doesn't have enough evidence to file civil rights charges against George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

The department had been looking into possible hate-crime charges against Zimmerman, who was acquitted last year of second-degree murder and manslaughter after shooting and killing Martin in 2012. Zimmerman maintains that his actions were in self-defense.

The DOJ was looking into the possibility that Zimmerman had targeted Martin because he was black.

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Florida Reverend Causes Strike at New York Seminary Over Racism and "I Love Vaginas"

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The General Theological Seminary in New York is the nation's oldest training grounds for Episcopalians. It's been going strong in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan since 1817. That is, until a year ago, when it hired Florida Rev. Kurt Dunkle as its new dean.

Eight out of ten of the teachers at GTS were fired on Monday for going on strike against Dunkle for offensive remarks he allegedly made, which they said created an unbearable work environment. The AP reports that Dunkle, who is from Orange Park, Florida, near Jacksonville, told a female faculty member that he "loved vaginas."

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Obama's Climate Leaders Praise South Florida for Taking Action on Rising Sea Levels

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The National Climate Assessment findings released in May by the Obama administration found that South Florida is "exceptionally vulnerable to sea level rise."

South Florida, the assessment concluded, is sinking into the ocean.

That's the bad news.

The good news is that South Florida environmentalists, scientists, business owners, and public officials -- particularly from Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach counties -- took the assessment seriously and wasted no time in trying to keep our part of the state from going way down below the ocean.

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Lawsuit: Riviera Beach Police Harassed and Humiliated Citizen Who Complained About Them

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A civil lawsuit filed last week in Palm Beach County claims that since June 20, 2010, Riviera Beach police have been waging "a campaign of terror and harassment" against resident James Terry in violation of his liberty and property rights."

His attorney, Craig Lawson, says police have been harassing Terry "we think because he started filing citizen complaints after the initial complaint [in 2010], and it's been downhill from there."

He said that Terry had a prior conviction (in 2007, for cocaine-related charges) but that "they're police officers. They do whatever they want to do."

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GOP Puts Out Ridiculously Horrible Rick Scott Dress Ad to Recruit College Grads

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Rick Scott or Charlie Crist. Either way, we're probably screwed, if we're solely to judge them by the way they're trying to reach voters.

Earlier today, we told you about how Crist might be alienating voters by jacking up their inboxes with nonstop emails.

But Scott is doing his part to treat voters like sheeple with no discernible reasoning or ability for abstract independent thought. Or, at least, one of his supporting committees is.

The College Republican National Committee has debuted an online ad that basically announces that it thinks college students are complete brain-dead mongoloids who do only what reality shows tell them to. Or something.

See also: Charlie Crist Is Bombarding People With Emails, and They're Getting Angry About It

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Palm Beach County Authorities Collect 5,500 Pounds of Pills -- but They Don't Know What Kind

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Today, Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg, along with law enforcement and drug addiction specialists, will announce the results of an initiative to collect unused prescription medicine.

But whether that medicine was baby laxative or oxycodone, they don't know, because no one tracked the drug types.

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Charlie Crist Is Bombarding People With Emails, and They're Getting Angry About It

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With the election less than two months away, Charlie Crist is ratcheting things up by hitting Facebook and Twitter to remind people that he's challenging Rick Scott and he's a man of the people.

Crist has for months now tried his darnedest to contrast his campaign with Scott's megamillions one by incorporating a sort of grass-roots movement through social media.

But it might be backfiring on him now down the stretch run.

If your email address somehow found itself on the Crist campaign mailing list, then you know full well the issue at hand: The Charlie Crist campaign is sending a crapload of emails into people's inboxes asking for donations and pointing out how terrible Scott is. We're talking multiple emails per day every day.

And according to Twitter, people are getting freaking fed up.

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Ron Book's Daughter Considering Run for State Senate for Broward in 2016

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Lauren Book, daughter of lobbyist Ron Book, is considering a run for state Senate for South Broward in 2016.

Ron Book -- who reps a bevy of governments, including Broward, and private clients, including the Miami Dolphins, and is regarded by many as the most powerful lobbyist in Florida -- has had his clients donate to Lauren's political committee, reports Broward Beat.

According to the report, the Dolphins have donated $100,000 to Lauren's committee, Leadership for Broward, along with another $25 grand from Vitas Hospice and $10,000 from AutoNation.

Ron himself kicked in another 25 grand, bringing the total to $235,000 raised so far in a month.

See also: Ron Book Recounts Spitting Incident

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Pagan Prayer During Florida Commission Meeting Forces Commissioner to Walk Out

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A Florida commissioner stormed out of a meeting after a man was allowed to give a pagan invocation prior to the meeting.

David Suhor, an agnostic pagan pantheist, was allowed to recite a pagan song prior to the Escambia County Commission meeting last week, which prompted Commissioner Wilson Robertson to walk out and call the invocation "satanic."

"People may not realize it," Robertson said via WEAR. "But when we invite someone, a minister, to pray, they are praying for the county commissioners, for us to make wise decisions, and I'm just not going to have a pagan or satanic minister pray for me."

See also: Satanic Temple to Distribute Pamphlets to Florida Schools

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