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Find Out Florida

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:

Find-Out-Florida-processOf 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.

What do you wonder?

Your questions, our answers:

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 Karen Sherwood: I have noticed some strange three-sided purple boxes hanging in trees along roadways, mostly rural… What are they?

• 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 Carly: What does GRU think of Amendment 1, related to solar energy? And what about city officials’ stance on Amendment 1 vs. Amendment 4?

From anonymousWhy are there hundreds of small holes on Newberry Road near the intersection of NW 43rd St?

• From Pete Turner: How is panhandling regulated in Alachua County?

From Virginia DolderCould community service announcements be established about how to use the roundabouts?

• From anonymous: What is Alachua county planning to do about mosquito control and the coming Zika virus? Is there a plan for treating retention ponds?

From Adam WendlingWhat are the implications of increasing rail transportation options to off-load I-75 congestion, such as increased commercial freight?

• From anonymous: Why did Alachua County decide to build a sidewalk that cost over a million dollars along 8th street between Parker RD and 91st?

From Claire MitchellWhen voting, the poll worker said my boyfriend’s signature didn’t match his license and could be thrown out. How do we know his vote counted?

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 SkyWhat resources are available for the region’s transgender population?

From Lisa HueyWhy have Alachua County “unimproved roads,” and their taxpaying residents, been forgotten?

From Steven WalkerWith such a high number of veterans and elderly, why does Florida not have a program for orthotics or prosthetics practitioners?

• From Kate: The La Chua trail on Paynes Prairie – why is it closed and when will it reopen?

From Timothy O’Malley: Who tracks the money designated for education from lottery ticket sales?

From Marion HyltonWhy was Butler Plaza North and Celebration Pointe allowed to shear off all the trees in their new development? Are they obligated to replace some?

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