The home of the Second District Court of Appeal would remain in Lakeland instead of moved to St. Petersburg, under the Florida Senate’s proposed budget. The budget being shepherded by Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, includes $50 million to build a new court facility in Polk County, Florida Politics reports. The Legislature last year approved $21 million to build a Second DCA building in St. Petersburg, but the item was vetoed by Gov. Ron DeSantis. The court is currently operating from temporary quarters in Tampa.

Source: Florida Politics

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