Tallahassee City Commission

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It’s been almost a year since the Tallahassee Commission got three new members, bringing a new era at City Hall. WFSU recently went to Commissioner Jeremy Matlow’s open office hours to get his thoughts on the first year with the group.

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A petition urging Tallahassee commissioners not to ban plastic straws is gaining momentum. It has more than 1,000 signees.  Now two, city commissioners are asking the body to consider sustainable alternatives to plastic straws.

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The Tallahassee City Commission will review whether to adopt two proposals concerning gender-neutral or gender-specific language.

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The City of Tallahassee is set to close on its purchase of the old Northwood Mall around May 20th. That $7.1 million purchase also includes the land the Hooters restaurant sits on, as well as one of the locations for Enterprise car rentals and three restaurants.  The city is also considering 68 proposed sites for a new Tallahassee Police Department location.

Tallahassee Commissioners have given city staff the go-ahead to continue looking into a co-location project with the energy group NextEra—but it comes with the stern warning the commissioners likely won’t approve a final plan that includes power lines along Tram Road. The project would help harden the city’s power grid at a reduced cost and Commissioner Curtis Richardson says while that’s good, it doesn’t balance out the bad.

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The Tallahassee city commission has decided to scrap two plans: one to develop more parking in Midtown, and another that called for the building of a new headquarters for the Tallahassee Police Department on the Southside.

The Tallahassee city commission wants the city to be on 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. The goals are outlined in a resolution adopted by commissioners during their Wednesday meeting.

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Local businessman Erwin Jackson has filed a lawsuit against the Tallahassee City Commission over its selection process to fill Seat 1.

Jeremy Matlow, owner of Gaines Street Pies, is trying to win a seat on the Tallahassee City Commission.
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Two Tallahassee City Commission seats remain up for grabs as the top two vote getters in both head toward the general election in November. 

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Three Tallahassee residents received keys to their new homes Tuesday. This was part of the Big Bend Habitat for Humanity’s newest projects and highlights the city’s efforts to grow more affordable housing.

 

[Left to Right] Tallahassee Commission Seat 3 candidates: Richard Garzola,  Lisa Brown, Bill Schack, Alexander Jordan and  Jeremy Matlow were on Tuesday's Political Perspectives.
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Candidates for Tallahassee City Commission Seat 3 are weighing in on the FBI’s investigation involving city leaders and laying out how they’d improve trust in city hall, if elected.

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Single-family home prices are climbing upward with demand, according to the City of Tallahassee. An update from the City’s Office of Economic Vitality says single-family home construction permits are at their highest number since 2007.

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Erich Martin

Tallahassee commissioners will discuss the development of two new parks during their Wednesday meeting. 

Leon School Superintendent Jackie Pons (right) with City Commissioner Scott Maddox campaigning.
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A Tallahassee Commission candidate is calling for current commissioner Scott Maddox to step down after the release of a search warrant detailing the FBI’s investigation of Maddox.

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.

Tom Flanigan

A second candidate for the Tallahassee City Commission seat being vacated by Nancy Miller officially launched his campaign on Saturday, Dec. 16.

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Governor Rick Scott has approved a bill aimed at expanding 5-G wireless technology. But the measure also reduces local control. It takes away the ability of local governments to decide where the infrastructure for the technology should go, and how much to charge.

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Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum says he’ll fully cooperate with an FBI investigation of a series of businesses and developers with ties to City Hall.

Mayor Gillum says the FBI approached him days ago about its probe into a number of redevelopment deals in the city. Gillum says he was assured he is not the focus of the investigation. 

Artist renderings of what a possible mixed use housing development in Frenchtown would look like.
City of Tallahassee

The recent sale of Frenchtown land to a real estate developer may open the neighborhood to greater development, raising fears of gentrification.

Nick Evans

The Tallahassee City Commission voted Wednesday night to advance a six-month moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries.

Tallahassee City Commissioner Scott Maddox announces bid for Leon County School Superintendent.
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A district court ruling Sunday has barred Scott Maddox from being sworn into the City Commission until a residency dispute is settled.

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Free Wi-Fi is now available at one of Tallahassee’s popular areas. Officials are calling it the city’s first Smart Park, and they're inviting the public to an event Friday that allows them to play the popular app game Pokemon Go.

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The incumbent for Tallahassee City Commission Seat Two is defending the city’s budget and employee raises.

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Race tension across the country has city officials looking for ways to reunite their communities. The candidates for Tallahassee City Commission Seat one discussed their solutions on Monday’s Political Perspectives show.

Erich Martin

Tallahassee Commissioners will reconsider bar hours…in September.  The commission will consider a three a.m. closing time after a vote earlier in the year to extend the hours to four in the morning.

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