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A Tuesday Alachua County Commissioners meeting let residents voice their opinions on whether or not to keep the statue of the Confederate solider in downtown Gainesville. Some opponents of keeping the statue said that it was associated with slavery, while others in support of keeping it where it is said it is a symbol of history.
Residents are relocating since the Sunkeny apartment complex unofficially announced its closing. The property is still in the process of being purchased from YMP Real Estate by Landmark Properties. The sale will be finalized on July 18 and an official explanation will be given to residents at that time.
Due to weather delays, a drainage failure and having a streetlight breakdown caused by a car accident the reconstruction of Northwest 16th Avenue is months behind schedule. Residents have mixed feelings about the delay.
Both sides of the struggle over the downtown statue of the Confederate soldier protested feet away from each other Thursday night. Over 100 people crowded at the foot of the statue with chants, talks and conversation over the statue’s symbolism.
Tired of cars sending up clouds of dust when driving by, High Springs residents took action to get four local roads paved. About 75 percent of residents polled were willing to pay higher property taxes to fund the construction, but some are fighting against it, citing the costs as unnecessary.
St. Elizabeth Greek Orthodox Church serves as an international melting pot. As the only Greek Orthodox church in the area, members provide services in English to encourage those of all cultures to attend.
Erica Rodriguez Merrell is a co-owner of Wild Iris, the last feminist bookstore in Florida. She has shaped Wild Iris over the last few years into a radically inclusive community, providing everything from safe spaces to emotional support.
Ken and Wendy Kebrdle left the American dream behind to help the homeless in Ocala. After serving as missionaries in Romania, they began holding training classes at churches to teach members about relationally-driven service as a substitute for handouts.
The Matheson History Museum received a $300,000 special category grant from the Florida Department of State. The money will go toward renovating the exterior of the building, which will then be opened as a library, archive and community meeting space.
A fundraising page has raised more than $20,000 for the family of a 5-year-old girl who was killed by a jumping sturgeon. The girl’s mother and brother were also injured.