About 250 Florida Highway Patrol troopers who were going to get temporary, 15 percent pay increases for Hurricane Andrew duty won't be getting the money after all. And 500 troopers who already got the special increases may have to pay the money back, Gov. Lawton Chiles' office said. The details aren't clear, but one thing is certain: The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles goofed when it decided recently to give special pay increases to troopers who did storm duty. The action to reward troopers' extraordinary work backfired. Other agencies wanted to know why their employees couldn't get extra money too. "Our main concern is that everybody be treated the same," said Don Pride, a spokesman for Gov. Chiles. "It really would be impossible at this point to come up with the money to give everybody a bonus."
Linda Lopez McAlister is a full professor at the University of South Florida. A story Wednesday incorrectly identified her.
Ron Forbes is city manager of Pinellas Park. A story Wednesday incorrectly identified him.