Sunburn — The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics — 12.3.19

Yes, we could wish Ron Book, arguably the GOAT of the Florida lobby corps, a happy birthday, but two more important people in his life decided to do the honors.

“Happy birthday to ‘Bapa’ from Kennedy and Hudson.”

Happy birthday, Mr. Book.


Day one of the Florida TaxWatch’s 40th annual meeting is in the books, with day two slated to kick off Tuesday morning.

Former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux led off Monday’s event with a Florida history lesson during lunch at The Breakers, which is hosting this week’s conference.

Florida TaxWatch is a business-backed taxpayer watchdog, but the conference branched out into other topics as well.

The afternoon saw Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Noah Valenstein joining Chief Science Officer Tom Frazer and Everglades Foundation CEO Erik Eikenberg to discuss water issues in the state.

The trio touted recent efforts at the state level to tackle environmental issues, including DeSantis’ push for $2.5 billion to use toward that goal across his first term in office.

Florida TaxWatch bills itself as nonpartisan, but one of Monday’s speakers took aim at his political rivals.

Republican U.S. Rep. Brian Mast of Florida’s 18th Congressional

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