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For some residents, paying attention to what their local governments do isn’t high on their priority list. Others are watching the government more closely, especially when it comes to certain issues. In Alachua County, commissioners and staffers are reaching out to the community this summer, to be part of what they call, “Community Conversations”. Communications coordinator for Alachua County Mark Sexton says people can register to be part of the conversation, and he talked with WUFT-FM’s Tom Krynski about the sessions.
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People began lining up as early as Thursday afternoon outside of some retail stores in Gainesville, waiting on the release of the Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
Grace Marketplace, a “one-stop” shelter for the homeless, is discontinuing two of its staple services Oct. 1. The marketplace will no longer offer shelter under its outdoor pavilion, and will also close the chapel on site.
Five new hotels will open in Gainesville over the next few years: the Hotel Indigo, the Hyatt, the Element, a Home2 Suites and a TownePlace Suites.
Champions Park, formerly known as Nations Park, hopes to increase tourism after replacing the management director of the park and updating the contract to include new requirements.
Gainesville took another step towards increasing government transparency through the soft launch of statGNV. The new database aims to provide more data and statistics to the general public.