Florida cabinet

Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs

St. Lucie County is one step closer to becoming the next site for Florida’s newest veterans’ nursing home. That’s after several counties lobbied members of a select panel considering the next location to build the state’s seventh VA nursing home.

Silver Springs

Silver Springs, one of Florida's oldest tourist attractions, is going out of business and will become a state park.
The north Florida attraction, famed for its glass bottom boats, has been plagued by low attendance and pollution, which has clouded its once-clear waters.

The Florida Cabinet has approved a statewide shelter plan in advance of the 2012 hurricane season. Ryan Benk reports officials met today in Marathon for a regular Cabinet meeting.

The plan works as a guide for shelters across the state. It includes retrofitted public facilities, existing schools, and the use of hurricane-resistant new schools. That would create a map of more than 939 thousand spaces around Florida that can be used in case of a major storm. Governor Rick Scott says residents need to remember the importance of hurricane preparedness.

The Florida cabinet has approved the purchase of two lots that are next to an historic property called The Grove.  Regan McCarthy reports officials say the purchase opens up the potential of turning the property into a museum or welcome center.

State officials would pay about 580-thousand dollars for the lots. Right now, The Grove, which is adjacent to the Governor’s mansion, is only accessible by a road that runs by mansion, but Secretary of State Ken Detzner says purchasing the plots would create new avenues for accessing the property.