PerspectivesRob Bradley Jacksonville Today Contributor
Rob Bradley is an attorney and current chairman of the governing board of the St. Johns River Water Management District. Rob is managing partner of Bradley, Garrison & Komando, P.A., an Orange Park law firm. He represented the north Florida region in the Florida Senate from 2012-2020, serving as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations from 2017-2020, where he crafted three state budgets, each in excess of $90 billion. Rob has been married to Senator Jennifer Bradley, R-Fleming Island, for 26 years. They have three children, Connor, Stephanie and Caroline.
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May 25, 2022

Opinion: To stabilize property insurance, focus on resilience

There is a reason why very few people lived in Florida until the middle of the 20th Century. It’s often intolerably hot, thunderstorms come out of nowhere and cause flooding, and periodically a hurricane will wipe out large swaths of whatever is in the mighty storm’s path. It’s risky to live in Florida. Therefore, it is no surprise that insurance

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May 18, 2022

Opinion: Jags’ turnaround hinges on defense

Of all the statistics showing how bad the Jaguars franchise has been in the 21st Century, perhaps one data point illustrates it the best. The Jaguars have won their division one time since 1999. Once.  And in the NFL, it pays to win your division if you want to win it all. Since 2011, only one team, Tom Brady’s 2020

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May 4, 2022

Opinion: Roe leak changes politics as we know it

“It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives…This is what the Constitution and the rule of law demand.” With those words written by Justice Samuel Alito in a leaked draft of a majority opinion, the political world our country and state has known for 50 years changed forever. Roe v.

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April 20, 2022

Opinion: DeSantis Republicans run the show

It’s pretty clear that much of the Tallahassee Establishment – the TE – still doesn’t get it. This detachment from reality began in 2010, when the TE rallied around then-Attorney General Bill McCollum and anointed him the next governor of Florida. Rick Scott had different ideas. Scott, who spent his life in the private sector, ran a campaign against “career

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April 6, 2022

Opinion: Dissolving Disney’s special district is complicated

While the Reedy Creek Improvement District (“RCID”) may sound like an organization that handles trash pickup for your local neighborhood, its existence has probably had a greater impact on the history of Florida than any state governmental entity outside of Tallahassee. You see, RCID built Walt Disney World.  When Walt Disney himself was gathering contiguous parcels of land in Central

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March 23, 2022

Opinion: 6 takeaways from the 2022 legislative session

The 2022 Florida regular legislative session is in the books. The Legislature had four constitutionally mandated duties this year: pass a budget and pass new state House, state Senate and U.S. congressional maps after the recently completed Census. Three of the four jobs were completed, but the Congressional maps remain in limbo.  DeSantis has promised to veto the legislatively approved

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March 9, 2022

Opinion: Feds’ Everglades slight means more toxic water dumped on Floridians

Lake Okeechobee, the massive water body north of the Everglades, is surrounded by a dike that was built by the U.S. Corps of Engineers in the mid-20th Century. If such a dike is breached, lives are lost as we learned so tragically when Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. In 2016, while lake levels were dramatically rising, massive toxic algae blooms

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February 23, 2022

Opinion: Leave university funding alone 

In Florida’s state government, the Legislature is required to produce a balanced budget every year. This is very different than the federal government. In D.C., if they want to fund a new program or project, they just print more money. In Florida, the expenses have to equal the revenues. Just like it’s difficult to make choices in the family budget,

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February 9, 2022

Opinion: Florida’s surgeon general fight is a preview of 2024

Before the 2000 Bush/Gore election, Tim Russert, the late Meet the Press host, was asked what he would be watching the most on Election Day.  Russert scribbled out three words on his whiteboard: “Florida, Florida, Florida.” Of course, it turned out that the leader of the free world was decided in Florida that year by 537 votes.  Not much has

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January 19, 2022

Opinion: What Trevor Lawrence needs from the Jags

Former NFL coach Bill Parcells famously said, “You are what your record says you are.” Considering the Jaguars have the worst record in the league for two straight years, it’s pretty clear what the Jaguars are. A bad football team. However, upon closer examination, the situation isn’t as dire as one may think. It all begins with the quarterback. The

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