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Federal Tipoffs Involving Florida Newsletter for Sunday October 06, 2019 ( 42 items )  

$600,000 Available in Cooperative Agreement for Bay Watershed Education, Training in Five States
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 -- The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Marine Fisheries Service announced that it expects to award up to seven cooperative agreements for Gulf of Mexico bay watershed education and training in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. The estimated total program funding available was cited as $600,000 with a ceiling of $150,000 for each award in the program. The agency said the grant was associated with a) environment, b) natural resources and c) science an  more

81st Range Control Squadron Reactivates as an Air Control Squadron
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida, Oct. 1 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following news: The 81st Range Control Squadron deactivated, then reactivated as the 81st Air Control Squadron during a ceremony here Sept. 23, 2019. "This isn't about a name change," said Lt. Col. Derrick Iwanenko, 81st ACS commander. "Reactivating as the 81st Air Control Squadron was just the right thing to do, because our Airman are doing such dynamic and challenging work, like that of an Air Control Squadron and beyon  more

Ascension Island's Hydroponics Lab is Revitalizing Life on the Volcanic Island
PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Florida, Sept. 26 -- The U.S. Air Force (45th Space Wing) issued the following news: Space has been the center of conversation in the news and entertainment. There was even a movie about future human inhabitance on Mars! But how would that happen? How would we be able to sustain growing food? Mars, a dry and dusty planet, would not be able to support human life organically. And just like the case would be on Mars, the food choices on Ascension are very limited and depen  more

Beach Mice Provide Big Benefit at the National Seashore
GULF BREEZE, Florida, Oct. 2 -- The U.S. Department of the Interior's National Park Service issued the following news release: Many species are critical to the barrier island ecosystem preserved at Gulf Islands National Seashore. These species play an often unseen role in safeguarding the incredible beauty and recreational opportunity millions of people come to visit each year. The perdido key beach mouse is a small species, but it provides a big benefit to park beaches. To celebrate and to ra  more

Coast Guard Interdicts 13 Migrants, Suspected Smuggler 25 Miles East of Miami
MIAMI, Florida, Oct. 4 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Coast Guard issued the following news release: The Coast Guard interdicted 13 migrants and one suspected smuggler Saturday 25 miles east of Miami. The Coast Guard Cutter William Trump (WPC-1111) crew detected a westbound 21-foot cabin cruiser approximately 25 miles east of Miami heading towards Southeast Florida. Upon detection, the cabin cruiser crew reversed their course to go east toward the Bahamas. The cutter Willia  more

Coast Guard Terminates Illegal Charter Near Fort Myers Beach
FORT MYERS BEACH, Florida, Oct. 4 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Coast Guard issued the following news release: The Coast Guard terminated the voyage of a 48-foot uninspected passenger vessel with eight passengers for hire aboard in the vicinity of San Carlos Bay, Florida, Thursday. A Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach 45-foot Response Boat-- Medium Law Enforcement crew, along with Coast Guard Investigating Officers, boarded the vessel and discovered the vessel was operat  more

Coast Guard Terminates Voyage of a 20-foot Vessel Near Lake Santa Barbara
MIAMI, Florida, Sept. 28 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Coast Guard issued the following news release: A Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale 33-foot Special Purpose Craft--Law Enforcement boatcrew terminated the voyage of a 20-foot pleasure craft with six passengers aboard in the vicinity of Lake Santa Barbara, Saturday. The operator of the vessel was cited for the following violations: Violation of 33 C.F.R. 95. for operating a vessel under the influence. Violation of 46  more

Combat Archer Provides Nellis First Operational Test for AIM-9X Sidewinder Missile
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida, Oct. 4 -- The U.S. Air Force (99th Air Wing) issued the following news: F-15C Eagle, F-15E Strike Eagle and F-22 Raptor fighter jets and pilots assigned to the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron and 433rd Weapons School took to the skies to participate in Combat Archer 19-12, Sept. 16-27 for the first operational testing of the AIM-9X Sidewinder missile. Combat Archer, which is held at Tyndall AFB, Florida, is the Department of Defense's largest air-to-air live  more

Commodity Futures Trading Commission Charges Three Individuals With Fraudulently Soliciting U.S. Customers in Binary Options Scheme
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 -- The Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued the following enforcement news release: The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission today issued three orders filing and simultaneously settling charges against three individuals who each fraudulently solicited customers in the United States to enter into illegal, off-exchange binary options transactions through internet websites using fictitious trade names such as "BinaryBook" and "BigOption." The individuals are Liora   more

Corps Accepts Comments on EAA Reservoir Programmatic Agreement
JACKSONVILLE, Florida, Oct. 2 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the following news release: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District announces a 30-day public comment period on the Draft Programmatic Agreement for the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) A-2 Reservoir, Stormwater Treatment Area (STA) and associated seepage management features of the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP). Comments are due November 1, 2019. The Programmatic Agreement will establish the   more

Corps Accepts Comments on Lake O Watershed Programmatic Agreement
JACKSONVILLE, Florida, Oct. 1 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the following news release: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District announces a 30-day public comment period on the Draft Programmatic Agreement for the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project (LOWRP). Comments are due October 31, 2019. The Programmatic Agreement will establish the process the Corps will follow for compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservations Act, to take into ac  more

Corps of Engineers to Release Water to the Caloosahatchee Estuary
JACKSONVILLE, Florida, Oct. 4 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the following news release: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will provide flows from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee Estuary this weekend. Starting Saturday, October 5, the Corps will target flows to the Caloosahatchee estuary at a 7-day average rate of 650 cubic feet per second (cfs) from the W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam (S-79). No scheduled releases through the St. Lucie Lock and Dam (S-80) are  more

Department of Energy Authorizes LNG Exports From the Eagle LNG Project in Florida
WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 -- The U.S. Department of Energy issued the following news release: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the issuance of an order to Eagle LNG Partners Jacksonville LLC (Eagle LNG) approving exports of domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Eagle Jacksonville Project, to be located along the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida. The Eagle Jacksonville Project, ultimately owned by Ferus Natural Gas Fuels, L.P., plans to export small-scale quant  more

DOD: General Officer Assignments
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 -- The U.S. Department of Defense issued the following news release: The chief of staff of the Army announces the assignment of the following general officers: Maj. Gen. Ronald P. Clark, commanding general, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, to chief of staff, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii. Maj. Gen. James B. Jarrard, director of operations, J-3, U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, to commanding general,  more

Eglin Air Force Base: Help Available for Life Issues
EGLIN AIR FORCE, Florida, Oct. 2 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following news: Military and family life counselors offer short-term, non-medical counseling for life issues. MLFC services are also available to retirees, up to six months after retirement. "The military is a culture where people feel they have to be tough enough to handle anything, internalize their issues and keep going," said Renata Chambers, one of three MFLCs here. "Many service members and families don't always know how   more

Eglin Air Force Base: Raptors Begin Night Flying
EGLIN AIR FORCE, Florida, Oct. 3 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following news: Residents may experience aircraft noise Oct. 7-11, Oct. 15-18, and possibly Oct. 21-23, when the 43rd Fighter Squadron F-22s conduct night flying operations in the area. Each day, approximately 14 F-22 fighter aircraft will take-off between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. and will end flying at approximately 10:30 p.m. If winds are favorable, efforts will be made to use Runway 12/30 to minimize noise in the community. Night  more

FEMA Awards Coral Springs Nearly $6 Million for Hurricane Irma Expenses
ORLANDO, Florida, Oct. 3 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: FEMA has approved $5,912,323 for the State of Florida to help the City of Coral Springs defray the costs of debris removal for Hurricane Irma under FEMA's Public Assistance Program. FEMA funds will reimburse the city for the collection, reduction, and disposal of debris throughout the City of Coral Springs between Sept. 18 and Dec. 16, 2017 following the  more

FEMA Reimburses $1.7 Million to Callaway for Hurricane Michael Expenses
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 30 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: FEMA has approved $1,766,258 for the state of Florida to assist the city of Callaway with reimbursement for the costs of debris removal following Hurricane Michael under FEMA's Public Assistance Program. FEMA funds will reimburse the city for the collection, reduction, disposal and site management of debris within Callaway following the October 201  more

FEMA Reimburses School Board of Bay County $4 Million for Hurricane Michael Expenses
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 30 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: FEMA has approved $4,060,461 for the state of Florida to assist the School Board of Bay County with reimbursement for the costs of temporary facilities following Hurricane Michael under FEMA's Public Assistance Program. FEMA funds will reimburse the school board for actions it took following the October 2018 storm to provide a total of 154 classroo  more

Fla. U.S. Attorney Ariana Fajardo Orshan Announces Progress in Making Our Communities Safer Through Project Safe Neighborhoods
MIAMI, Florida, Oct. 3 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Ariana Fajardo Orshan, issued the following news release: * * * - FBI Uniform Crime Report Shows 3.9 Drop in Violent Crime in 2018 * * * Two years ago, the Department of Justice announced the revitalization and enhancement of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the department's violent crime reduction strategy. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. T  more

Fla. U.S. Attorney: Cuban Citizen Sentenced for Making False Statements on Lawful Permanent Residence Application, Theft of Government Funds
MIAMI, Florida, Sept. 30 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Ariana Fajardo Orshan, issued the following news release: A Cuban citizen and high-ranking official in the Cuban government living in Miami, Florida, was sentenced on September 27, 2019, to six months in prison for making false statements in his application for lawful permanent residence and for theft of government funds. The Court also ordered the defendant to be deported to Cuba immediately upon completion of   more

Fla. U.S. Attorney: Ex-VA Supply Technician Sentenced to Federal Prison For Theft of Government Money
GAINESVILLE, Florida, Oct. 2 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, Larry Keefe, issued the following news release: United States Attorney Lawrence Keefe for the Northern District of Florida today [Oct. 1] announced the sentencing of Caron Griffis, 44, of Melrose, Florida, after she pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Gainesville to a charge of theft of government money. Griffis, who was employed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as a supply technician at  more

Fla. U.S. Attorney: Former Holmes County Clerk Of Court Indicted For Wire Fraud
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Oct. 4 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, Larry Keefe, issued the following news release: A federal grand jury in Tallahassee returned an indictment charging former Holmes County, Florida, Clerk of Court, Kyle Martin Hudson, 39, of Westville, Florida, with wire fraud. The indictment was announced by Lawrence Keefe, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. "A public office at all levels of government is a sacred public trust and   more

Florida Receives 90 Percent Federal Cost-Share for Irma Recovery
ORLANDO, Florida, Oct. 1 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: At the request of Governor Ron DeSantis, President Donald Trump has approved a federal cost-share increase for Hurricane Irma recovery projects funded by FEMA's Public Assistance grant program from 75 percent to 90 percent. This increase amounts to $111,539,713 in additional federal funding. These funds allow FEMA to reimburse local, state and tribal gov  more

Ga. U.S. Attorney: Federal Charges and Civil Action Announced in Efforts to Combat Opioid Epidemic
SAVANNAH, Georgia, Sept. 30 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, Bobby L. Christine, issued the following news release: * * * - Charges announced as part of Georgia and Florida coordinated takedown * * * Pharmacists, a pharmacy, and several individuals have been named as defendants in various criminal and civil actions filed in federal court in the Southern District of Georgia as part of continuing efforts by the U.S. Attorney's Office to combat the opioid epidemic. Th  more

HSI Computer Forensic Analyst Honored as Tampa Bay Hispanic Hero
TAMPA, Florida, Oct. 4 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued the following news release: Being a hero is not a term used lightly, but a Tampa Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) computer forensic analyst is being honored with the title again. Nathan Cruz began his time with HSI as a HERO (Human Exploitation Rescue Operative) Child Rescue Corps and was just honored at the 2019 Viva Tampa Bay Hispanic Heritage Awards Ceremony as a Hispanic Mi  more

Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation Issues Order on ERMI LLC Patent Litigation
WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 -- The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation issued the following order: In Re: ERMI LLC ('289) Patent Litigation Transfer Order Before the Panel: Patentholder ERMI LLC moves under 28 U.S.C. Section 1407 to centralize pretrial proceedings in the actions listed on Schedule A in the Southern District of Florida. This litigation consists of four patent infringement actions and one declaratory judgment action, each pending in a different district/1. OneDirect Health Netwo  more

Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation Issues Order on Juul Labs, Inc., Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation
WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 -- The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation issued the following order: In Re: Juul Labs, Inc., Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation Transfer Order Before the Panel: Common defendant Juul Labs, Inc. (JLI) moves under 28 U.S.C. Section 1407 to centralize this litigation in the Northern District of California or the District of New Jersey. The litigation consists of the ten actions listed on the attached Schedule A, five in the Northern District  more

Justice Department Welcomes Florida Joining T-Mobile/Sprint Settlement
WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 -- The U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division issued the following news release: * * * - Florida Endorses Justice Department's Resolution * * * Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody announced today that the state of Florida is joining the United States, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma and South Dakota in settling claims relating to the proposed merger of T-Mobile and Sprint. The settlement requires a substantial divestiture package in order to enable a  more

NASA to Broadcast Launch of Mission to Study the Frontier of Space
WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 -- NASA issued the following news release: NASA's Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) (https://www.nasa.gov/icon) is scheduled to be air-launched over the Atlantic Ocean at 9:30 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Oct. 9, by Northrop Grumman's Pegasus XL rocket. Coverage of the prelaunch briefing and launch will air live on NASA Television and the agency's website. (https://www.nasa.gov/live) ICON and Pegasus will take off aboard the company's L-1011 Stargazer aircraft from Cape Canavera  more

Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Hispanic Heritage Month Spotlight: Rosa Eby
PANAMA CITY, Florida, Sept. 26 -- The Naval Surface Warfare Center issued the following news: Rosa Arredondo Eby is a graduate of Florida State University with a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and she began her career with Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) over four years ago. Eby is currently serving as the In-Service Engineer Agent (ISEA) lead for the Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS) at NSWC PCD. In this role, she is responsible for ensuring the   more

Navy Donates Apple Technology to Local School District
PANAMA CITY, Florida, Sept. 24 -- The Naval Surface Warfare Center issued the following news: Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) recently donated retired technology to future generations in the local school district. Seth Edewaard, NSWC PCD Cybersecurity branch head, said the command transferred three Apple Mac Pro desktop computers with high definition, 4,000 pixel, 27-inch retina displays and two Apple MacBook Pro laptops to Bay District Schools (BDS). "The systems  more

NSWC Panama City Welcomes NSWC Crane Leader in Support of One Team Warfare Center Philosophy
PANAMA CITY, Florida, Sept. 30 -- The Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane issued the following news: Sept. 30 marked the first day of a three-month detail at Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) for a NSWC Crane leader. Dr. Angela Lewis, NSWC Crane Corporate Operations Department head, said she is looking forward to filling the role of the deputy technical director, operations at NSWC PCD. Lewis is currently dual-hatted in a similar capacity at NSWC Crane. "I am certai  more

President Trump Issues Remarks at Signing of Medicare Executive Order
OCALA, Florida, Oct. 3 -- President Trump issued the following remarks at signing of an executive order entitled " Protecting and Improving Medicare for our Nation's Seniors" at the Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center: THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you very much. Special place. Really special place. But where I'm disappointed: I said, "We could have had 25,000 people if we did it outside." They said -- (applause). Did you see all the people outside? They all want your seat. That's the way life   more

President Trump Issues Remarks Before Marine One Departure
WASHINGTON, Oct. 3 -- President Trump issued the following remarks before the Marine One departure: THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. We're going to The Villages in Ocala, Florida. We have a big crowd. We're going to be talking about healthcare. We're doing a lot of work on healthcare. We're very successful at it. And so we're going to be speaking to the great people of Florida. And I think they're very happy with the job we're doing. Yeah. Q Mr. President, first question, what did you -- Q W  more

Team Tyndall Air Force Base Hosts Fire Prevention Week
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida, Oct. 3 -- The U.S. Air Force (325th Fighter Wing) issued the following news: Tyndall Air Force Base will host a Fire Prevention Week (FPW) event for base personnel and their families Oct. 8-11. FPW is a national observance which works to raise public awareness of fire and home safety. "Our goal is to teach everyone about the small but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe," said Michael Newbury, 325th Civil Engineer Squa  more

Tyndall Air Force Base: Better Today - Arts and Crafts Center
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida, Sept. 30 -- The U.S. Air Force (325th Fighter Wing) issued the following news: The base's Arts and Crafts Center is a staple in the Tyndall community. From memento mugs to going away plaques, units across base flock to the shop to purchase items for creative needs. "Our job consists of creating personalized items to either honor someone's accomplishments or provide them with a unique keepsake," said Vikki Dalton, 325th Force Support Squadron Arts and Crafts Cen  more

Tyndall Air Force Base: Combat Archer 19-12 - Evaluation Through Integration, Employment
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida, Oct. 1 -- The U.S. Air Force (325th Fighter Wing) issued the following news: The 83rd Fighter Weapons Squadron conducted a Combat Archer exercise Sept. 16-27 on base. Combat Archer is part of the 53rd Wing's Weapons System Evaluation Program and the Department of Defense's largest air-to-air live fire missile employment exercise. "The purpose of this exercise is to evaluate the full spectrum of air-to-air employment," said Lt. Col. Vaimana Conner, 83rd FWS com  more

Tyndall Air Force Base: It's Never Too Early for Risk Management
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida, Oct. 4 -- The U.S. Air Force (325th Fighter Wing) issued the following news: For Tech. Sgt. Jack Tucker, 325th Fighter Wing occupational safety manager, risk management has been a priority in both his personal and professional life due to an experience he had as a teenager growing up in central Alabama. In the summer of 1987, when Tucker was 15 years old, he nearly drowned in the Cahaba River. "The river was suffering the full impact of a drought that lasted f  more

U.S. Air Force: 6th Air Refueling Wing Redesignation
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida, Sept. 30 -- The U.S. Air Force (6th Air Mobility Wing) issued the following news: Team MacDill held a redesignation ceremony commencing the transition of the 6th Air Mobility Wing to the 6th Air Refueling Wing, effective Oct. 1, 2019. The event, held at the community park here, marks the host wing's first redesignation since the 6th AMW moved here from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska in 1993. The change comes with the departure of MacDill's C-37A Gulfstream jet  more

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Hosts Community Meeting for Big Fishweir Creek Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Project
JACKSONVILLE, Florida, Oct. 1 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the following news release: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District will host a community meeting Tuesday, October 29 at Willowbranch Branch Library, 2875 Park St., Jacksonville, Fla. 32205. A poster session/meet and greet is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., followed by a formal presentation at 6:30 p.m. The public will have an opportunity for comment after the presentation. It's anticipated the representative  more

U.S. Navy: $49.8M Contract Award to Support Littoral Combat Ship Program
JACKSONVILLE, Florida, Oct. 2 -- The U.S. Navy issued the following story: Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast awarded last month a $49.8 million contract to Walsh Federal LLC to build a Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) logistics facility at Naval Station (NS) Mayport, Florida. As NS Mayport is going to receive 14 LCSs to the base, construction of an improved logistics facility is expected to support personnel and crew assigned to these ships. The facility will support the LCS pr  more