Publisher Letter: News about where to apply for your Concealed Weapon License

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WE AT Central Florida Ag News are pleased to bring you the AgriLiving edition, allowing you to take a look at the proud traditions and new trends that define the ag life as we know it here in Central Florida at your leisure. As a blueberry farmer myself, not a day goes by that I don’t thank the powers that be that my family and I get to take part in this Southern lifestyle that we all enjoy.

There are many qualities that define our Central Florida ag lifestyle — good Southern cooking, hardworking folks with integrity, and an honest day’s work — combined with the right to enjoy, preserve, and protect the lives we live here. We are proud here in the Sunshine State to have the right to bear arms, and, thankfully, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is helping to make getting a Concealed Weapon License a little more accessible for those of us who are busy working hard in the fields or office all day.

Commissioner Adam H. Putnam shares our love of agriculture and our Southern ways and means, and last year he worked in conjunction with tax collector’s offices in Highlands, Indian River, Okaloosa, Nassau, and Pinellas counties to accept applications for Concealed Weapon Licenses, making applying easier. He recently announced seven additional counties that will accept Concealed Weapon License applications. Starting April 1, residents in Lee County can bring their Concealed Weapon License application to their tax collector’s office. The rest will follow this spring and summer, bringing the total to a round dozen. Of course, the convenience of applying at a tax collector’s office will not affect the integrity of the Concealed Weapon License program. Applicants can still apply for a Concealed Weapon License by mail or by visiting one of the eight regional offices of the FDACS.

Thank you for reading Central Florida Ag News, and for making the state of Florida such a great place to live and do business in.

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column by NELSON KIRKLAND

Nelson Kirkland is publisher of Central Florida Ag News. He may be reached by e-mail at nelson@centralfloridamediagroup.com.