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• Alachua County’s government has no clear solution for this particular flooding problem at Kanapaha Prairie, though the floodwaters are slowly approaching homes in the area. (WUFT News)
• Gainesville’s airport is selling an 8-acre lot to an undisclosed buyer for nearly $300,000. The airport’s governing board approved the sale last week. The lot will require remediation for groundwater contamination. In other airport news, American Airlines is now flying nonstop from Gainesville to Dallas. (WUFT News, Gainesville Sun)
• The non-profit Alachua Conservation Trust now controls Rock Bluff Spring in Gilchrist County. Its initial plans for the favored cave diving spot didn’t go over well with some people. (WUFT News)
• The Hartman House in Gainesville’s Hogtown Creek Headwaters Nature Park dates to 1889, but it now requires a costly renovation. There’s a workshop next month in which Gainesville city commissioners will decide if $400,000 is too steep a price. (WUFT News)
• Ace, a Gainesville police K-9, recently rode to Tallahassee in support of new legislation that would increase the penalties against those who injure or kill such animals. (WUFT News)
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Around the state today
• Check out this photo from one of our reporters who was near Cape Canaveral for Saturday’s launch of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule. It’s now attached to the International Space Station. (WUFT News, NPR News)
• Florida House Speaker Jose Oliva apologized for using the term “host body” (five times) to describe a pregnant woman. (Florida Politics)
• The 2019 legislative session begins tomorrow, and lawmakers have filed more than 3,000 bills. On the budget front, State Sen. Rob Bradley says Florida’s two recent major hurricanes “created a major cash flow issue for our state.” (Tallahassee Democrat, Florida Politics)
• A University of Miami professor says nutrient overload is to blame for both the red and blue-green algal blooms the state has seen the past few years. (Bradenton Herald)
• Hurricane Michael’s leftover tree debris is more likely destined for prescribed burns than the timber industry. (WFSU)
• Orange County Sheriff John Mina admitted a meeting between law enforcement and the public concerned about the transgender community in Orlando should have happened “a long time ago.” It’s part of an effort to help police better understand and identify transgender victims of crimes. (Orlando Sentinel)
• Gross but impressive: Some guy is trying to eat the 43 different stacks of bun and meat that are part of Orlando Burger Week. (Orlando Weekly)