City of Tallahassee

Kate Payne

The city of Tallahassee is offering to foot the bill for about 130 residents in Tallahassee’s Southside to switch from septic tanks to sewer.

View of the waterworks property from above
Erich Martin

Tallahassee commissioners have approved the sale of the city’s old waterworks buildings. The lot will go to North American Properties--the only developer that submitted a bid. Some public commenters pushed against the sale—raising concerns about how NAP has handled other developments, such as the new housing project currently underway near Cascades Park. But Commissioner Curtis Richardson said the city is lucky to work with NAP.

Tom Flanigan

Tallahassee Commissioners are going to get an update on several affordable housing initiatives in the works.  That comes as the area grapples with a rise in both rent and blight.

Erich Martin

The Executive Director of Tallahassee’s Downtown Improvement Authority will continue in her position for now. During a Monday meeting, the agency decided to postpone a decision about its embroiled leader until its next meeting.  Paige Carter-Smith has been named in a warrant in an FBI investigation.

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Tallahassee officials want to turn the police department into a place members of the community want to be. Commissioners are turning their eye toward a new spot and a new vision in the coming year.

State Bills Affecting Leon County Residents

Jan 9, 2018
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The 2018 legislative session is underway and lawmakers will decide whether to fund projects statewide, many of which affect Tallahassee and Leon County. Proposals for the Big Bend region total more than $40 million.

Tallahassee city Commissioners will hold their annual retreat this week. Items listed on the agenda include the extension of FAMU-Way, public safety and replacing the city manager.

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The City of Tallahassee is opening up a temporary cold night shelter this week as temperatures drop below freezing. But even with the extra space, some people in need of stable housing won’t make it inside. 

Kate Payne

Tallahassee’s airport is returning to normal after unseasonable snow grounded seven flights on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The city of Tallahassee is reviewing its policy for tracking and archiving text messages sent by city officials. Mayor Andrew Gillum says part of the change will involve an increased expense for the city.

Miller headshot
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Until Friday afternoon, there had been three candidates filed to run for the Tallahassee City Commission Seat Three race. Now, there are only two as the incumbent, Commission Nancy Miller has dropped out of the race.

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Southside Tallahassee residents are still worried about a proposal to build a new road through their neighborhoods. If city and county officials approve it, the street would be part of the Airport Gateway plan. A recent public meeting on the issue drew dozens of residents.

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The Tallahassee City Commission voted last night to have the city post online all public records that have been provided to a federal grand jury investigating alleged public corruption. And in a separate case, city manager Rick Fernandez is taking paid temporary leave as an ethics complaint against him moves forward.

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At a time when the FBI is scrutinizing Tallahassee’s community redevelopment agency, state lawmakers want to reform the groups across Florida. The FBI is currently looking into any wrongdoing stemming from development deals by Tallahassee’s CRA. But the capital city’s agency is not the only one suspected of misusing public money meant to combat blight and slums. 

Kate Payne via WFSU

City and county officials are butting heads over how to respond to violent crime in Leon County. The area has seen a spate of killings recently, and it’s not clear how local governments will respond.

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The Five Points intersection in Midtown Tallahassee is a source of congestion and confusion for drivers. Now a local transit board is working on improving the block where 7th Avenue, Thomasville and Meridian Roads meet.

The Tallahassee ethics board will send a letter to the city commission warning about the appearance of impropriety. The decision comes after ethics board staffers conducted a limited investigation into accusations made against City Manager Rick Fernandez. Board member Bruce Grant made the motion.

Capital Region Transportation Planning Agency / http://www.crtpa.org/files/125489996.pdf

City of Tallahassee officials are urging residents to stay involved in plans to redesign Southside streets. Local government agencies are studying possible improvements for Orange Avenue, Lake Bradford and Springhill Roads, and they want residents to know the plans are still in the conceptual stages.

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The City of Tallahassee is suspending construction at the Welaunee development because of permit violations. The company behind the Canopy development on Welaunee Boulevard cleared a 700 foot stretch of woods and enlarged a stormwater pond without proper permits. 

Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo
Nick Evans

The Tallahassee Police Department is working to get more engagement from community members by offering the chance to leave anonymous tips via text.

Kate Payne via WFSU

Florida leads the nation in pedestrian fatalities. And some think infrastructure is to blame. Now the state Department of Transportation is transforming the way it designs streets. Tallahassee’s South Monroe Street could be one of the first to incorporate the new changes.

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Tallahassee City Commissioners have adopted a tentative budget for the 2018 fiscal year. The spending plan totals about $743 million. There’s no increase in the property tax rate, but Robert Wigen with the financial management department says residents can likely expect an increase on their water and sewer bills to come soon. The expected increase comes as the city is conducting a water and waste water rate study.

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Florida’s capital dodged the most destructive impacts of Irma, allowing now city and county operations to begin returning to normal.

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Across Florida, more than 64% of households are without power after Irma churned through the state. Here's an update on the efforts to restore utilities in the Big Bend.

LIVE UPDATES: Hurricane Irma Coverage

Sep 10, 2017
Hurricane Irma approaching Anguilla from NOAA's GOES-16 satellite.
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WFSU is following the path of Hurricane Irma. Check back here for regular updates.

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