Rebranded, January 2018: We have rebranded our series featuring your questions as Untold Florida. You can submit your questions here or send a text to 352-458-4434 to tell us about a story about which no one knows. Untold Florida is particularly focused on reporting stories at the neighborhood level, so if there’s something you see and are curious about, let us know.
Original series, January 2016: You live here, and there are issues in your community that you often wonder about.
Maybe it’s something you’ve seen driving around town. A curiosity your neighbor mentioned once. An uncovered or undercovered story never told by the local media.
At WUFT News, we want to hear from you. Each week we publish dozens of stories about communities from Gainesville to Ocala, Citrus County to Starke and just about everywhere in between. Those stories come from our newsroom’s curiosities, official announcements, and government decisions.
But we don’t often hear from you, and we want that to change. This is your station, and with your help, we’ll tell the stories you’re most curious about.
Here’s how it works:
Of course, you don’t have to help report the story. If you have an idea of who we should talk to, that’s as much help as we can ask.
Your questions, our answers:
• From anonymous: Why does this one I-75 overpass not have a sidewalk?
• From Kate Murray: How many parking citations does UF hand out annually?
• From Shirley Lasseter: How many messages has UF received about Spencer visit?
• From anonymous: What’s with Alachua County’s stormwater assessment fee?
• From Michael McGuire: What does it take to maintain the Rodman Dam?
• From anonymous: When did correctional officers last receive a raise?
• From Stephanie Miller: What’s the latest on the effort to use genetically-modified mosquitoes to fight Zika in The Keys?
• From anonymous: Paynes Prairie has been without a manager since the retirement of the David Jowers. Rumor has it that it is because of community opposition to Gov. Rick Scott. True?
• From anonymous: What’s the deal with Plum Creek? I know it’s a “controversial issue,” but I don’t understand the controversy. Can you break it down for us? Yes, yes we did.
• From Pete Turner: How is panhandling regulated in Alachua County?
• From Virginia Dolder: Could community service announcements be established about how to use the roundabouts?
• From Karen Honess: When will an Aldi grocery store open in Gainesville?
• From Raichel White: What are those blue lights for on top of the traffic signals?
• From Timothy O’Malley: Who tracks the money designated for education from lottery ticket sales?