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The Clearwater Marine Aquarium owns the vacant downtown lot between City Hall (bottom) and the Church of Scientology's Oak Cove religious retreat (above.) The church really wants that lot. [JIM DAMASKE | Times]

Scientology leader David Miscavige ups offer for aquarium property before Clearwater vote on land deal

CLEARWATER — The city may be poised to vote next month on whether to buy a vacant downtown lot from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, but that hasn't stopped the Church of Scientology from trying to acquire the property. The church has upped its standing offer for the property and threw in a "sizable donation" to swe …

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Rep. Michael Bileca, R-Miami, the House education policy chairman.

House education chairman: I’ve been clear where I stand on school recess

The only lawmaker on record still opposing state-required daily recess in Florida’s elementary schools wields a lot of power over education policy this session....

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State ethics investigators are interviewing Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan regarding a complaint into a Go Hillsborough contract.

County Commissioners, Buckhorn interviewed in Go Hillsborough ethics probe

TAMPA — It seems a state ethics investigation into a Hillsborough County transportation contract is finally moving forward....

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Florida education news: After-school programs, property taxes, bonuses and more

AFTER SCHOOL: Tampa Bay area parents and educators see benefit in the after-school programs for low-income children that the Trump administration seeks to cut....

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