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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)