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Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater hosted a ceremony Tuesday to honor the lives of Florida’s fallen firefighters.

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The Florida Cabinet is saying farewell to Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, who is resigning his post early next month to work as the new Vice President of strategic initiatives and CFO for Florida Atlantic University.

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The Florida Cabinet as well as stakeholders involved in the issue are reviving a discussion about what should be done with the now defunct Dozier School for Boys, surrounded by allegations of abuse and deaths over the course of a century.

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The Florida Cabinet discussed the future surrounding the now-closed Dozier School for Boys, a former Panhandle reform school with a troubling past.

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The Florida Cabinet joined firefighters as well as families of the fallen for a groundbreaking ceremony of a new Florida Fallen Firefighter Memorial on the grounds of the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee Tuesday.

With Bagpipes to mark the beginning and end of Tuesday’s groundbreaking, Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater officiated the ceremony in his capacity as the state’s fire marshal.

“The time for a memorial on our Capital grounds to recognize 181 lives of firefighters lost in the line of duty dating back to 1885 is long overdue,” said Atwater.

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Elementary school children across Florida are getting a lesson in thrift this week, courtesy of limited-government think tank, the James Madison Institute. Thrift Week kicked off Thursday with Benjamin Franklin paying some Tallahassee students a visit.

If founding father Benjamin Franklin were still alive, he would have turned 307 on Thursday.

Lloyd Wheeler, a Franklin impersonator, said he would spend his birthday talking to this fine group of students and maybe having a mug of rum punch later this evening.”

Peter Brown Construction

The State of Florida has agreed to settle a long-running dispute with a Tallahassee art gallery over photos that were meant for the First District Court of Appeal's new building.

The lawsuit stemmed from the state's refusal to pay $390,000 to Signature Art Gallery, the business that received a contract from the Peter Brown Construction  which built the building.

Burned House
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It’s National Fire Prevention Week. And Florida fire officials are reminding people to make a plan for how they’d escape a fire in or around their homes.

On Tuesday, the Florida cabinet passed a resolution recognizing Fire Prevention Week in the state. Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, who also serves as the State Fire Marshall, says, in Florida, fires destroy homes and lives every day.

“Last year, there were 69,000 fires, and we lost 136 lives. Fire is a serious public safety concern both locally and nationally," he said.