Florida had 577 boating accidents in 2014 and 67 boating deaths, leading the country in both categories. With the large number of boats registered in Florida, some people advocate for stricter boating laws.
Florida health officials are warning people to stay away from armadillos as they may be the cause of recent leprosy cases in the state. There have been nine cases reported in the last seven months, but none have been reported in Alachua.
Boy Scouts of America have lifted the ban on gay leadership, creating opportunities for increased membership and unit formation.
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Off The Griddle is one of the food trucks in Gainesville that provide alternative dining options. Michael Musoke, owner of Off The Griddle, said the trucks cost between $20,000 to $100,000, which is less than it would to open and maintain a restaurant.
The Gainesville Girls Rock Camp uses music to empower young girls and teens. Girls gain self-confidence throughout the program and learn to encourage each another.
Florida’s tax-friendly laws and Gainesville’s status as a college town makes it an attractive location for tech companies.
Hospitals around Florida are working to create initiatives to help mothers and future mothers with breastfeeding.The Florida Health Department connected with hospitals in 15 counties in June to participate in the Healthiest Weight Florida’s Baby Steps to Baby Friendly Initiative.
The Alachua County Environmental Protection Department has found unsafe levels of bacteria in Hogtown Creek waters.
One person who was carrying a firearm is in police custody after shots were fired at a Murphree Hall parking lot, according to an alert sent out by the university. Police continue to look for two witnesses in a blue Mazda truck last seen heading north away from campus.
Update 7/27/2015 at 7:15 p.m.: The suspect has been identified as Earl Jackson, according to a news release from the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office.
A memorial for Josh Greenberg, the co-founder of music streaming service Grooveshark, was held Friday evening at the Phillips Center. He was found dead in his home July 19.
Adoabi Ugochukwu, 22, was diagnosed with lupus at 15 years old. Now, she’s planning on starting a support group in Gainesville for lupus patients.
Hernando County public schools may be rezoned for the 2016-2017 school year. Plans to rezone several schools in the county came about due to overcrowding in some schools.
The City of Gainesville launched online and mobile service 311GNV Tuesday. Through the service, Gainesville residents can report non-emergency issues like potholes, graffiti and broken street signs.
The fate of the Confederate soldier statue in downtown Gainesville remains undecided as residents urge decision-makers to consider the town’s Civil War history. While some demand it stays in place, others argue for its relocation to the Matheson Museum.
The FWC is conducting surveys to discover trends in species of fish being caught in the Gulf of Mexico. Local fishermen agree that monitoring the fish is important, but some question the method of data collection.
The Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department adopted its 352ArtsRoadmap Cultural Plan on Thursday. The 10-year plan aims to enhance and promote the city’s arts community through an arts council and website.
Josh Greenberg, co-founder of Grooveshark, was found dead on Sunday by his girlfriend. Officer Ben Tobias from the Gainesville Police Department said investigators did not find any evidence of foul play or trauma when reporting to the scene.
Florida Democrats (@FlaDems) spoke out, Thursday, against the Confederate flag at McPherson Governmental Complex in Marion County. Using the hashtag #TakeItDown, this is the first time a party affiliation has spoken out about having the Confederate flag taken down.
University of Florida faculty representatives are not satisfied with the Board of Trustees’ most recent pay-raise offer of 2.5 percent. The two sides will meet again on July 30, said John Biro, lead faculty negotiator and UF philosophy professor.