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Eleven families along Ocean Pines Drive in Land O’Lakes homes are fenced in due to the massive sinkhole from last Friday on Thursday, July 20, 2017. The Doohen’s are among 11 families who had to evacuate from their homes.  Photos by OCTAVIO JONES | Times

After huge sinkhole opens, residents weigh future with unease

LAND O'LAKES — The wood floors creak each time Kendra Denzik dashes inside her darkened home to grab fresh clothes. She can't help but panic when they do. Popping noises can be a warning sign of imminent sinkhole collapse. The last time Denzik or her husband Dylan have spent more than 10 minutes inside the home the …


Florida Insider polls are unscientific surveys of Florida political operatives, money-raisers, lobbyists, political scientists, recovering journalists, activists, and the like

Florida Insiders: We'll find out soon whether Adam Putnam has a glass jaw

This month's Florida Insider Poll questions: Who would be the strongest Democratic/Republican nominee for governor? Whom do you expect will win the Democratic/Republican gubernatorial nomination? Which party do you expect will win the Senate District 40 special election? Do you expect Rick Scott to run for president some day?...


St. Petersburg mayor Rick Kriseman, left, is seen with Karl Nurse in the combination of two images.

Nurse backs Kriseman in St. Pete mayor's race

Council member Karl Nurse has endorsed Mayor Rick Kriseman....


Kali Davis (left), training director for Springboard to Success, helps to coach Justin Black (center), who will be starting his third year of teaching PE at Melrose Elementary, as he works to instruct students in a math lesson during the Spring Board program of Summer Bridge at Woodlawn Elementary School in St. Petersburg.

ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of July 16, 2017

Seems like Broward County has started a domino effect. It was the first school board to commit to filing a lawsuit against the state and its controversial education bill, House Bill 7069. Then, the St. Lucie County School Board signed on, too. A running tally of school boards that have reportedly expressed interested in suing: at least Pinellas, Sarasota, Manatee, Duval, Palm Beach, Alachua, Miami-Dade, Volusia, Bay and Lee. However Pinellas' superintendent and legal counsel predict it'll take about a month for any lawsuit to be officially filed....