Jeff Greene, a Democrat billionaire running for Florida governor, has some close connections to President Donald Trump: He is a member of Trump’s Mar-A-Lago club, and they are neighbors in Palm Beach.But that hasn’t stopped Greene from criticizing Trump for receiving taxpayer-funded protection during his South Florida visits:"Every time Trump comes here to pay golf, Florida taxpayers are paying for it. Millions wasted in road closures and overtime. Jeff Greene will put a stop to that Day 1," said Greene’s TV ad promoting his Democratic primary bid for governor.Here’s where Greene has a point: The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office has spent millions on security for Trump’s visits.Here’s what Greene left out: The federal government has already reimbursed local law enforcement agencies for protecting Trump. And while the next governor could send a bill to the federal government, it would likely end up in the shredder.Greene’s spokeswoman … [Read more...] about PolitiFact Florida: Jeff Greene targets Florida costs for Trump’s golf travel in TV ad
Jeff Greene, Democratic candidate for governor, has scrapped planned campaign events in St. Petersburg and Tampa Tuesday to join a protest being planned at the Florida State Fairgrounds outside President Donald Trump's campaign rally. Two progressive groups, NextGen Florida and Indivisible Action Tampa Bay, are using a Facebook page to solicit attendees to the event in a protest zone just off U.S. Highway 301 at the fairgrounds. Information from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office on the protest zone wasn't immediately available, but the Facebook page shows it located on the west side of U.S. 301 in the fairgrounds. Greene campaign spokeswoman Claire Van Susteren said Greene plans to attend with his campaign bus, adorned with the slogan, "Trump's worst nightmare," and a stage and sound system. She said the campaign plans to set up in the protest zone about 5 to 5:30 p.m. as doors open for attendees at the 7 p.m. rally. The Greene campaign originally planned to hold an event … [Read more...] about Jeff Greene to protest Donald Trump during Tampa Bay visit
Have you heard about the Jewish businessman who was born in Boston, grew up in South Florida, built a fortune and now wants to become the state's next governor? Chances are good that you have — especially since there are two of them. As Democratic voters begin to cast mail-in ballots and prepare for early voting in August's primary elections, Jeff Greene and Philip Levine may be each other's biggest complication. Despite massive financial advantages that have helped them promote their campaigns in ways that Andrew Gillum, Gwen Graham and Chris King can not, Greene and Levine are pitching platforms and back-stories to voters that are so similar they almost sound like they're promoting the same candidate. "Both men have extremely similar profiles — politically experienced, successful business owners who are white, male, Jewish and from South Florida," Brad Coker, CEO of Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy, noted last week after a poll showed Greene climbing into third place … [Read more...] about In Florida governor’s race, are Jeff Greene and Phil Levine one in the same?
Bernard Wilchusky Central Florida Future Published 4:03 p.m. UTC Jul 22, 2016 A quiet war is being waged underfoot. Its battlefields stretch across 1,500 acres, and its combatants are the plants and trees, the birds and bees, the bugs large and small that are constantly struggling for survival. Though the skirmishes are slow and often invisible to the naked eye, the implications of these campaigns affect all of us who walk below the leafy boughs and manicured greenery of UCF. At the vanguard of this mighty struggle are the 65 men and women of UCF Landscape and Natural Resources, a diverse crew of do-gooders dedicated to the stewardship and maintenance of the campus environment. Their mission is manifold: To protect UCF's three main land management zones from invasive species, overgrowth and fires; to maintain the 10 artificial and natural pond systems that comprise the main campus' watershed; and to ensure that the many ecosystems on campus remain both beautiful and … [Read more...] about The green thumbs behind UCF’s blooming campus
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - As candidates for Florida governor push to earn votes before the August primary, the gun debate continues to be a key talking point. Republican candidates like Adam Putnam and Ron DeSantis stand with the NRA and are opposed to gun control reform. Democratic candidates, like Jeff Greene, are focused on the shooting tragedies in Florida over the past two years, and the July "stand your ground" shooting in Tampa. "I don't have to talk about guns. The 'stand your ground' issue -- that's happening right now," Greene said. "The massacres happening, whether it's Parkland or Pulse Nightclub, we have a major gun problem." Greene spoke to News4Jax at his campaign office Monday. He argued the state's reaction to the Parkland massacre was mediocre and blames Gov. Rick Scott. "What he did was put a Band-Aid on a gushing wound," Greene said. "We have to get these assault weapons off the streets. Somebody wants to fire a military style weapon, that's OK with me, … [Read more...] about Jeff Greene: Scott’s reaction to Parkland was ‘Band-Aid’ fix