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Tallahassee Regional Airport will soon be offering direct flights to South Florida as well as some additional flights to another top destination in the state.

Silver Airways is one of the three major airlines flying out of Tallahassee Regional Airport. And, in a TLH terminal Wednesday, the carrier’s spokeswoman Misty Pinson announced the new services.

A Tallahassee research firm says according to its study, citizens would rather see their services cut than their taxes go up as the city fixes its budget woes. Property tax increases appear particularly unpalatable.

Kerr and Downs asked residents about how they’d like to see the city fill its five-million dollar budget hole. The five hundred respondents were overwhelmingly opposed to raising property taxes, which City Commissioner Scott Maddox said bolsters his early opposition to the rate hike.

Tallahassee City Commissioners are considering a ban on hiring smokers in order to help stem a five-million dollar budget shortfall. But, Tallahassee wouldn’t be the first city in Florida to make such a move.

Smoking cigarettes can lead to heart disease, hypertension, cancer and depending on where you live in Florida, unemployment. Tallahassee City Commissioner Scott Maddox said smokers present a higher health care cost to the city and it’s not fair for taxpayers to subsidize a bad habit.

A looming $5 million budget shortfall means Tallahassee commissioners are looking to make cuts anywhere they can. Some commissioners suggest avoiding a certain group of people as a cost-saving measure.

“If you smoke cigarettes, it’s bad for you, it leads to cancer, it leads to lung cancer, [and] it leads to heart disease," said Tallahassee City Commissioner Scott Maddox. “It’s an elective choice that you have made. I don’t think that if you’ve made that choice you ought to be eligible for hire at the City of Tallahassee.”

Food Trucks For Lunch? What A Capital Idea!

Mar 29, 2013
R.Benk / WFSU-FM

A long day of lawmaking can really work up an appetite and during the legislative session there’s little time and a limited choice for a good meal. But, food trucks are rolling in to the rescue.

The Johns Lot, named after a former Florida Governor, has been largely unoccupied since the Occupy Tallahassee protesters were evicted last year. Now the city is allowing food trucks to use the lot temporarily. Food Truck Association President Rebecca Kelly said the idea was a collaborative effort.

Tallahassee Police are investigating potential criminal activity at a homeless shelter following an accusatory blog post an undercover woman posted last week. City Commissioners are awaiting the results of the police investigation at The Shelter,  at 480 W. Tennessee St., which they ordered on Friday.

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After 37 years working with the city of Tallahassee, City Attorney Jim English is retiring. Mayor John Marks thanked English for his service at Wednesday’s commission meeting, which was English's last on the job.

English started representing the city in the mid-1970s for his private practice. He was officially appointed city attorney about 30 years ago and has been serving at City Hall ever since.

During Wednesday’s meeting, former Tallahassee mayor and returning commissioner Scott Maddox said, English is the best city attorney in Florida.

Jessica Palombo / WFSU-FM

The Tallahassee City Commission is ready for another term after swearing in two commissioners and saying goodbye to another on Monday evening. The new commission is full of experienced public servants who have all governed before.

In front of a near-capacity crowd in the City Hall chambers, the swearing-in ceremony began with a farewell to Commissioner Mark Mustian. He’s stepping down after nearly 10 years in office. City Manager Anita Favors Thompson said, Mustian has been an outstanding leader.

Maddox Wins City Commission Seat

Nov 7, 2012
LHatter / WFSU

Former Tallahassee Mayor Democrat Scott Maddox is returning to local politics after beating his Republican rival for an open city commission seat. The race was supposed to be non-partisan, but not only did party affiliation play a major role, the  race also got personal and at times, downright nasty.

Scott Maddox And Steve Stewart Attack The Attack Ads

Oct 26, 2012
Thomas-Andrew Gustafson

At a news conference Friday, Tallahassee City Commission candidate Scott Maddox attacked recent third party attack ads calling him a racist. The attack ad was based on his membership in a Southern Fraternity: the Kappa Alpha Order.  A committee called Citizens for a Better Tallahassee paid for the ad, but it’s unknown who is financially backing the committee. The committee has not disclosed any of its contributions or expenditures.

The race for the Leon County Commission Seat one has been heated from the start. Scott Maddox filed an ethics complaint against Steve Stewart that was later dropped, and both sides have accused the other of dirty politics. And in a joint appearance on WFSU’s Perspectives Program Thursday, the two carried on their political sparring match, with Maddox making the first dig:

The often contentious Tallahassee City Commission Seat One contest between Scott Maddox and Steve Stewart results in some angry exchanges during this Perspectives. Still, both candidates find some time to compare and contrast their approach to the challenges facing city government.


The race for Tallahassee City Commission Seat One heated up today (Tuesday).  Tom Flanigan reports the issue involved a campaign brochure, a political T-V ad and a ruling by the Florida Elections Commission.

The brochure promoting candidate Steve Stewart had a photo of him with Leon School Superintendent Jackie Pons.  Stewart opponent Scott Maddox cried “foul”.

Even though it showed the school superintendent’s picture with him on there and had a quote from Jackie Pons on the mail piece, he certainly wanted to give the inference that he was endorsed.”


Steve Stewart and Scott Maddox are heading into a runoff in November. The two are vying for the hotly-contested City Commission One seat, being vacated by outgoing Commissioner Mark Mustian. The race has gotten even more contentious in the last few weeks with both candidates accusing the other of playing dirty.

It’s the most crowded local race in the upcoming August 14th primary. Six candidates are in the running for Tallahassee City Commission Seat One and five of them: Daniel Parker, Dalaitre Hollinger, Steve Stewart, Scott Maddox and Bob Fulford, discuss the big issues facing the Capital City. Eric Friall was unable to be part of this conversation.