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September 24, 2018

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| 3/6/2018

› Legislature votes to strip USFSM of independent accreditation
The Florida Legislature voted Monday to strip USF Sarasota-Manatee of independent accreditation, reversing a process put in place years ago to give the campus more autonomy after complaints arose that it was not being adequately funded.

› Pinellas County celebrates another good year of tourism
David Downing, president and CEO for Visit St. Pete-Clearwater, presented a “snapshot” of December statistics and a report on statistics from January-December 2017 during the Feb. 21 Tourist Development Council meeting.

› Florida Department of Agriculture recovered nearly $174K in February
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services recovered nearly $174,000 for Florida consumers during the month of February. As the state’s clearinghouse for consumer complaints, the department educates the public, investigates complaints and provides mediation on behalf of consumers.

› Publix changes facial hair policy as trial in select locations
As an online petition started by a Florida Publix employee in 2015 continues garnering signatures, the grocery chain has launched a pilot program to allow beards in select locations.

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