May 31, 2020

Tuesday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 1/14/2020

› Deltona man pays $850K settlement for helping cars evade EPA regulations
A Deltona man and his related businesses agreed to pay $850,000 for violating the federal Clean Air Act by selling aftermarket products that altered vehicles’ electronics systems so that they could illegally bypass EPA emissions requirements.

› Dykes won’t seek permanent JEA CEO post
JEA interim CEO Melissa Dykes told fellow employees Monday she will not apply to become the permanent CEO. She will continue as interim CEO until the board picks a replacement.

› Selby to host new master plan workshop on Wednesday
Despite some initial friction between them, both Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and its closest neighbors are optimistic as the not-for-profit returns to City Hall for the first time since Sarasota city commissioners rejected its original master plan for expansion last November. Selby’s workshop, at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall, is the first of many steps that will again put Selby leadership before city commissioners.

› Bills propose sweeping changes to use of Baker Act in Florida schools
The legislation would require authorities to contact parents earlier when their children are in crisis. It would direct school districts to track and report data about when the Baker Act is used in their schools. And it would require that, for districts to be eligible for state mental health funding, officials consult with mobile teams of mental health professionals before they commit a child involuntarily.

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