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The Point, June 3, 2019: Most Area Nursing Homes Meet Florida’s Emergency Plan Requirements

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• Hurricane season in Florida is under way, and ever since 12 people died in a nursing home in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, there’s been a focus in Florida on requiring nursing homes to have emergency backup plans. State data show nearly every such facility in our region is in compliance with that requirement. (WUFT News)

• The rainy season is going to be slightly late in its arrival this year, with only scattered showers or thunderstorms expected in the area this week. (Florida Storms)

Some or all of these supplies should be on your hurricane season list. (Naples Daily News)

• Across Florida, only Miami-Dade and Lee counties have more septic tanks than Marion County does, which is problematic for nitrogen levels in its water sources. (GateHouse)

• There’s more new construction planned at Florida Horse Park, scene of the 2020 regional dressage championships. (Ocala Star-Banner)

• Florida’s Sierra Club president is plotting a court fight over the proposed toll roads, though the routes won’t be decided for some time yet. (WLRN)

• If you’re looking for a different place to cool off this summer, the new park allowing better access to Rock Bluff Springs in Bell is now an option. (The Alligator)


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Around the state today

A new court filing paints an ugly picture of the conditions at Homestead’s detention center for migrant children. (Miami Herald)

NPR reports on the failed legislative effort this year to strengthen Florida’s building code following Hurricane Michael’s devastation.

• A 2010 hostage-taking incident at a Bay County school board meeting was among the reasons that district opted in to the state’s new school guardian security program. (WFSU)

• A state representative from the Panhandle is taking bipartisan criticism for not condemning a constituent’s suggestion that gay people be “put to death.” But Mike Hill isn’t backing down nor apologizing. (Florida Politics, Pensacola News Journal)

Jacksonville Landing will soon become part of history, with most businesses closing down this month or later in the summer. (Florida Times-Union)

• Fort Myers Beach banned the main chemical in the weed killer Roundup. (Fort Myers News-Press)

• The nation’s trade dispute with China is having a negative impact on craft beer brewers. (Tampa Bay Times)

• Retired NBA star Dwayne Wade feels a clear kinship with Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and spoke at its graduation this weekend. (WLRN)

• “Game of Thrones” fans will recognize at least one participant at the World’s Strongest Man competition later this month in Bradenton. “The Mountain” is coming. (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)


From NPR News

• National: Virginia Beach Mayor Calls Shooting ‘Most Devastating Day In History’ For The City

• World: President Trump Arrives In Britain For A State Visit

• Politics: Missouri’s Last Abortion Provider Wins Reprieve, As Judge Rules Against State

• Politics: Ted Cruz And Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Team Up To Ban Lawmakers From Lobbying

• Science: Major River Flooding, Outbreaks Of Tornadoes: Is This What Climate Change Looks Like?

• Health: Another Tick-Borne Disease To Worry About

• Business: To Some Solar Users, Power Company Fees Are An Unfair Charge

• Business: Johnson & Johnson, Under Fire, Has Track Record Of Weathering Trouble

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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