Karl Etters, Tallahassee Democrat

Karl Etters

Tallahassee Democrat

Tallahassee, FL, United States

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  • Tallahassee Democrat
Past:
  • The Palm Beach Post
  • Shiny Sheet
  • news-journalonline
  • USA TODAY
  • Naples Daily News
  • 11Alive Atlanta
  • 10 News Tampa Bay
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  • KVUE News
  • WLTX
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Recent articles by Karl:

Leon County facing $3.57 million state fine for vaccine requirement

Gov. Ron DeSantis has made good on his threat to fine local governments that require employees to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, giving Leon County until November 5 to pay a $3.57 million penalty. → Read More

'Demand has rebounded': Price of gas in Florida sees double digit boom

Average gas prices in Florida skyrocketed more than 12 cents last week topping out at $3.17. → Read More

Alligator Point three years after Hurricane Michael: Regeneration and a possible new beach

Three years after Hurricane Michael left a path of destruction along the Forgotten Coast Tonya McNabb decided to move to Alligator Point permanently. → Read More

Tallahassee may join in legal challenge to Florida 'anti-riot' law

City Commissioners will consider whether to mount a legal challenge to Gov. Ron DeSantis' high-priority bills from 2021. → Read More

Masks will no longer be required in Second Circuit court in Leon, North Florida counties

On Thursday, Chief Judge Sjostrom ordered that there would be no indoor face mask requirement in Leon and Gadsden counties after Oct. 15, or after this Friday in Franklin, Liberty and Wakulla counties. → Read More

Red tide confirmed at St. George Island in Franklin County

Water samples confirmed the presence of red tide after dozens of reports of fish kills. → Read More

State officials working to confirm cause of fish kills off St. George Island

Florida wildlife officials say they are working to confirm whether fish kills off St George Island are connected to red tide. → Read More

'The demise of civility': Decorum audit coming amid flare-ups at local government meetings

Civility at City Hall has been eclipsed in recent months by animosity over differences of opinion on major policy decisions and an escalation in hostilities from running personal and political squabbles. → Read More

Blueprint agency commits $20 million to fund FSU stadium repairs in Tallahassee

The Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency committed $20 million in funding for repairs to the Florida State University football stadium. → Read More

City audit of Maddox connections moving ahead with a focus on whether staff acted appropriately

An audit by the city’s Inspector general won’t look at the actions of former commissioner Scott Maddox but instead whether staff acted within its authority. → Read More

Citizen Police Review Board members resign, one citing lack of authority

Two members of the city’s citizen-led police review board resigned after just a handful of meetings → Read More

Blueprint: Funding Doak stadium repairs could leave OEV budget dry, but also boost the economy

If sales tax funding to do repairs to Doak Campbell Stadium are approved, it could leave the economic development arm of the Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency without the ability to go after other projects. → Read More

Dan Markel murder: Judge OKs delay in Magbanua trial until February 2022

A judge postponed the next trial of Katherine Magbanua on charges she was involved in coordinating the murder of FSU law professor Dan Markel. → Read More

Judge will hear arguments over evidence, COVID safety in request to continue Katherine Magbanua trial

A judge is set to weigh requests by Katherine Magabunua’s attorneys to disqualify prosecutors and continue her trial on charges she was involved in coordinating Dan Markel’s murder. → Read More

Tallahassee ethics board proposing stronger lobbying ordinances, expanded role

The Tallahassee Independent Ethics Board will pass along recommendations to strengthen policies governing lobbyists as more attention has been turned to paid work being done behind the scenes on projects and policies. → Read More

Leon County codifies 'strong suggestion' to wear masks in government facilities

Commissioners voted 5-2 to strongly encourage mask use to contain the spread of COVID-19, a practice already in place but not codified in policy. → Read More

Despite DeSantis' threat of $5,000 fines, Leon County stands by employee vaccine mandate

"Vaccinations as a condition of employment in Leon County is legal and will remain in effect. Unfortunately, and despite the tireless efforts of public health professionals, political rhetoric continues to dangerously exacerbate the fear and confusion about vaccinations." → Read More

Florida gasoline prices drop a little as Gulf refineries start back up

But Florida’s gas prices are nearly a dollar more than they were this time last year. → Read More

Dan Markel murder: Magbanua attorneys look to disqualify prosecutors over evidence exhibits

Attorneys for Katherine Magbanua say prosecutors intentionally provided the jury misleading evidence and left out information that was exculpatory. → Read More

City argues denial of rezoning Blair Stone property was done properly

City of Tallahassee attorneys said a decision by city commissioners to deny a request to rezone a Blair Stone Road parcel was done by the book. → Read More