Capitol parties get bumped from schedule

Published: Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 20, 2005 at 11:46 a.m.
The Gators may be going it alone this year.
On April 6, University of Florida, the city of Gainesville and Alachua County had been expected to throw parties in the state Capitol to highlight the area and remind legislators of their interdependence.
The prime courtyard spot on that day - a place where many cities and counties serve free lunch to spotlight their communities - was booked by Broward and Miami-Dade counties, and South Florida officials said they wouldn't share, said Louis Kalivoda, chairman of the planning committee.
"We would have been swallowed up and eaten alive," Kalivoda said.
The local governments plan to forgo the trip this year while UF plans to host a reception on the 22nd floor of the Capitol building, UF lobbyist Marion Hoffman said. Some local leaders will be invited.
"We are hoping for their sake it won't be a total loss," Hoffman said.
  • UF, FSU working together: The schools clash on the football field, but look for collaboration in the Capitol this year.
    For an hour or so last week, UF President Bernie Machen met with Florida State University President T.K. Wetherall in Tallahassee to talk about block tuition and tuition flexibility, measures the two will be pushing leading into this year's legislative session, which begins March 8.
    Machen, a former pediatric dentist and a relative newcomer to Florida politics, may lean on the veteran legislator. Wetherall served 12 years in the state House of Representatives, concluding his final term as speaker of the House.
    "He is an interesting dude who has contacts in the Legislature," Machen said by e-mail. "Hopefully, we can work together in the coming session."
  • Career forum tonight: Eighth-graders interested in enrolling in vocational education programs as high school freshmen should attend the Alachua County school district's annual "career academy forum" at Gainesville High School tonight, from 7 to 8.
    Career academies try to teach high school students job skills.
    The career academies on display include the Institute of Health Professions at GHS, the Institute of Culinary Arts at Eastside High, the Academy of Criminal Justice at Newberry High and various programs at Loften High School.
  • Fraternity donates $12,000: A UF fraternity is ponying up $12,000 to help Gainesville's east side and to help victims of the South Asia tsunami.
    Phi Beta Sigma plans to distribute the money among Prairie View Academy, Duval Elementary, Rawlings Elementary, Pleasant Place (a temporary home for pregnant teenagers and their babies), the Reichert House, (an after-school program for boys in middle and high schools), the eastside Boys and Girls Club, and Doctors Without Borders Disaster Relief Fund.
    Funds were raised at its annual Blue & White Weekend last fall through the sale of event tickets and fund-raisers.
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