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The Point, May 24, 2019: Inside Gainesville’s Potential New Rental Housing Regulations

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• In advance of a Gainesville City Commission vote about potential regulations on rental housing next week, one of our reporters visited several renters around the city to get their opinions on what needs to be done. One noted, “These apartment complexes aren’t necessarily evil, but there are dirty units. With a system like that, you’re bound to have public health hazards.” (WUFT News)

• Gainesville should have a new city manager by year’s end if this timeline is correct. (Gainesville Sun)

• A convicted serial killer was executed last night near at Florida State Prison in Raiford. A survivor, Lisa Noland, spoke: “Bobby Joe Long. Hear me loud and clear. Here, my roaring voice, May God have mercy on your soul. Long. Overdue.” (WUFT News)

Heat records are likely to be tied or broken around parts of Florida this weekend. (Florida Storms)

• Two new solar plants in this region — in Suwannee and Putnam counties — are among the 10 additions to Florida Power & Light’s renewable energy portfolio. (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)


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Around the state today

• The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has put out its Atlantic hurricane season forecast for the year, and it’s a reminder that it only takes one major storm hitting in the wrong place to cause severe damage. (NPR News)

• One of the lasting impacts of Hurricane Michael’s damage is the additional heat being felt in parts of the Panhandle due to the vast areas of trees it felled. (Panama City News Herald)

Gov. Ron DeSantis and dozens of other Floridians leave tomorrow for a trip to Israel. (WFSU)

• Politico attempts to get to the bottom of how the Trump administration went from planning to move migrants to Florida to suddenly not doing so.

• The Florida Supreme Court is not going to review a civil rights claim made by the suspect in a 2017 dog killing. He awaits trial. (Daytona Beach News-Journal)

• There could soon be greater transparency on Florida’s local government budgets now that this bill has been signed into law. (Florida Politics)

What better time to adjust Pensacola Beach toll booths than just before Memorial Day weekend? And if St. Johns County beaches are your chosen destination this weekend, it’s going to be more difficult to drive on them due to scant rainfall these past few weeks. (Pensacola News Journal, St. Augustine Record)


From NPR News

• National: President Trump Announces $16 Billion Of New Aid For American Farmers

• World: Why The Ebola Outbreak In The Democratic Republic Of Congo Keeps Getting Worse

• Politics: $19 Billion Deal Reached In Senate For Disaster Aid

• Health: To Reduce Food Waste, FDA Urges ‘Best If Used By’ Date Labels

• Business: Abortion Limits Carry Economic Cost For Women

• Business: In This Town, You Apply For A Job And You Get It

• Business: Facebook Removed Nearly 3.4 Billion Fake Accounts In Last Six Months

About Ethan Magoc

Ethan is a journalist at WUFT News. He's a Pennsylvania native who found a home reporting Florida's stories. Reach him by emailing emagoc@wuft.org or calling 352-294-1525.

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