Burn bans in effect for Alachua and Marion counties
Alachua County is now under a mandatory burn ban beginning today and Marion County’s mandatory burn ban begins tonight at 7 p.m. This year’s Memorial Day got a little too hot for those in Dixie County, Florida, where a wildfire broke out on Highway 19 South, near Tennille and burned at least 35 acres. The fire is one of many that have broken out in the past few weeks during a particularly dry period of weather. Florida Division of Forestry’s Wildfire Mitigation Specialist, Chelsea Parker, says they are doing everything they can to keep the fires under control.
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The request to reappoint Matthew Brower as Ocala’s city manager was rejected on a three-to-two vote by the Ocala City Council. Brower was appointed city manager in February 2011, and his contract will now expire on Dec. 21.
Recent studies suggests a nasal spray form of the flu vaccine is more effective than the flu shot in healthy children ages 2 to 8, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Local bar and music venue The Jam will close its doors this November after lease troubles and other plans for the area.
Parrots and Pizza, a local group that meets monthly at Napolatano’s Restaurant in Gainesville, works closely with the Open Wings Rescue and Sanctuary in a joint effort to get attendees of the event to adopt parrots in need of new homes.