Labor Day is brought to you by these Florida lobbyists and political associations

The statewide association represents more than 140,000 teachers and school support professionals in the state. While Florida teachers are shaping the minds of young Floridians, Ronald BilbaoCatherine BoehmeTina DunbarLuke FlyntFedrick IngramJoanne McCallSharon NesvigEric RileyLynda RussellJacqueline SistoKevin Watson, and Jeff Wright are watching out for Florida’s teachers.

And when the FEA needs an extra hand, it turns to Albert Balido with Anfield Consulting and Ron Meyer at Florida Legislative Associates.

Anfield Consulting collects $655K in first quarter

The firm’s new legislative and executive lobbying reports, filed last week, each show 42 clients with the bulk of those earnings coming in through its efforts before the Legislature — using median compensation numbers, Anfield showed $505,000 in legislative earnings and $150,000 in the executive. The split shifts to $660,000 on the legislative side and $290,000 on the executive side at the top end.

Aging water infrastructure could cost state billions to repair

“Everybody in this room and everybody that works with everyone (in this room) knows we have a problem,” said Bernardino during the 2016 Associated Industries of Florida Water Forum. “As someone who is an advocate, I don’t have to go to any member to convince them we have issues. So why is it from year-to-year we make small progress toward the goal, but we don’t manage to get there.”

State budget includes $500K for Flagler Beach wastewater plant

“Flagler Beach is extremely appreciative of Rep. Renner and Sen. Hutson for getting this where it is,” Newsom said during an interview Tuesday.

During the recently concluded legislative session, Newsom traveled to Tallahassee three times to meet with Renner, Hutson, Gov. Rick Scott’s staff and the city’s lobbyist, Anfield Consulting Group.

Personnel note: Anfield Consulting adds Miami-Dade water expert Edgar Fernandez

Fernandez brings more than 25 years of legislative experience, including 16 years with Miami-Dade County. His most recent role was as senior assistant overseeing policy and governmental affairs for the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department.

Spending big on lobbyists in Florida // A list of last year's biggest spenders...

Issues: The powerful trial lawyers group engages in regular battle each session against the Florida Chamber, the insurance industry and other special interests. In 2013, the group was successful in fending off reforms to the state's bad faith laws, which allows individuals to sue their insurance company if they believe the insurer acted fraudulently or in "bad faith" while defending or settling a claim.

FLAGLER PERSPECTIVE: Sometimes politics can be a good thing

It was also an opportunity for Flagler County’s representatives in Tallahassee, Rep. Paul Renner and Sen. Travis Hutson, to carry some water for their constituents after supporting some other legislative issues that most Flagler County residents oppose, especially when it comes to regulation of short-term rentals.

Firms collect nearly $31 million during Q3 to lobby Florida Legislature

Another nine firms came in between $300,000 and $499,999: Smith Bryan & Myers Inc. ($490,000); Capitol Insight LLC ($455,000); Colodny Fass, P.A. ($410,000); The Advocacy Group at Cardenas Partners LLC ($385,000); Anfield Consulting ($370,000); The Mayernick Group LLC ($350,000); Spearman Management Inc. ($320,000); The Fiorentino Group ($320,000); and Heffley & Associates ($305,000).