The Point, May 31, 2019: Alachua County Follows Gainesville’s Lead In Banning Conversion Therapy


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Today’s top stories

• Alachua County is one of only two Florida counties to have a mental health provider for every 500 people living here, and yesterday Gainesville held a mental health symposium to highlight some of the resources available to those in need. (WUFT News)

• The recent scorching temperatures and lack of rain mean the region has seen its share of wildfires in recent days. Here are a few tactics the Florida Forest Service recommends to protect your property. (WCJB)

Gainesville began its voter-approved charter review process last night, but the first meeting was mostly organizational in nature. “There’ll be hard-hitting stuff later,” one board member said. “We’re gonna have fun.” (WUFT News)

• There’s now a countywide ban on conversion therapy set to take effect in Alachua County. (WUFT News)

A federal grand jury has subpoenaed Andrew Gillum’s 2018 gubernatorial campaign. (Tallahassee Democrat)

• The group trying to raise private funds to build a southern border wall is incorporated in Florida, so the state has a right to investigate it following consumer complaints. (WLRN)

• The third time was not the charm in trying to get Panhandle disaster recovery funding passed through Congress. (Panama City News Herald)

“They shouldn’t be penalized for doing the right thing,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said after Airbnb reversed its policy on West Bank property delisting in Israel. (News Service of Florida)

• The area code 689 will begin to appear on Central Florida phone numbers starting next week. (Daytona Beach News-Journal)

• The best food town in the South? St. Augustine, reportedly. (WJCT)

• There’s a neat collection of responses on r/GNV today in response to someone’s prompt of “what brought you to Gainesville?”

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About today’s curator

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