TALLAHASSEE -- Florida is supporting the state of Mississippi in a lawsuit over flood insurance rates.
Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi announced Thursday that the state would file a "friend of the court" brief that backs Mississippi's lawsuit against the federal government.Florida is not filing its own lawsuit.Bondi, however, said that the state was not "ruling out" the possibility of pursuing its own lawsuit if Congress does not step in and block the rate hikes.The rate hikes were passed in 2012 to keep the National Flood Insurance Program solvent after an onslaught of claims from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The law removes federal subsidies from properties in flood zones.Florida has among the highest rates of people covered by subsidized flood insurance.
Clovers to benefit Manatee 4-H
BRADENTON -- The National 4-H Council has launched the fall 2013 4-H Paper Clover Campaign in partnership with Tractor Supply Company.
This event, which takes place through Oct. 20, marks the fourth year of collaboration between the organizations benefiting state and local 4-H programming in each of the communities where a TSC or Del's Farm and Feed Supply store is located.
Look for the paper clovers at the Tractor Supply at 4404 State Road 64 E. in Bradenton. By purchasing one for $1 customers are supporting the local 4-H programs.
All funds raised will be donated to 4-H and will support 4-H youth development program activities. The effort has provided direct support for local camps, after-school programs and other activities, and has granted scholarships to events that allow youth to explore their interests in everything from animal science to robotics.
In just four years, across 48 states, the TSC 4-H Paper Clover Campaign has provided more than $2 million to 4-H across the country.
For more information and to view the donation tracker by state and by store, please visit www.tractorsupply.com/4-H.
Native Plant Society to have plant sale Saturday
PARRISH -- The Florida Native Plant Society and the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program will hold their 12th Annual Native Plant Sale Saturday at Sweetbay Nursery, 10824 Erie Road in Parrish.
Plants to be included in the sale include a large selection of native trees, shrubs, grasses and blooming wildflowers for use in any garden. There will also be Flori-mulch for sale, this is made from the exotic, invasive maleleuca tree and is an excellent garden mulch alternative to non-sustainable cypress.
If you join the Florida Native Plant Society at the event, you will receive 20 percent off your entire purchase.
The sale is from 9 a.m.
to 2 p.m. and is open to the public. Free parking is available.
There will also be information available from local nature groups including Manatee Audubon, Sierra Club, Sarasota Bay Estuary Program and more.
The purpose of the Florida Native Plant Society is to promote the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida.
Experts will be available to answer questions.
-- Herald staff and wire reports