The Point, July 5, 2019: The Passing Of Mr. Two Bits, A Florida Gators Icon


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• The man who was known as Mr. Two Bits, George Edmondson, died this week at age 97. Former Florida Gators quarterback Danny Wuerffel has called Edmondson’s life “a lesson of perseverance and faithfulness.” (

• As the long holiday weekend was about to begin, Floridians received a reminder of our somewhat perilous environmental conditions. Multiple beaches in Sarasota County are closed due to high levels of enterococcus bacteria, more cases of flesh-eating bacteria developed there, the seaweed off the Treasure Coast contains arsenic, the state wants people to go after the invasive iguanas in South Florida using lethal force, massive holes opened in southern Orange County and swallowed construction trucks, and more than 100 people dealt with jellyfish stings on Volusia County beaches. Stay safe this weekend, all. (Orlando Weekly, WUSF, TCPalm, USA Today, Daytona Beach News-Journal)

Lebbeck mealybugs have started to show up in certain citrus groves in Highlands County, with growers and researchers keeping close watch on their possible spread. (Lakeland Ledger)

• Miami’s fireworks show last night was cut short by a bomb scare. (Miami Herald)

• St. Augustine Beach police are investigating a possible hate crime after a home was egged and its LGBTQ flag stolen. (St. Augustine Record)

• State Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried’s reported net worth has increased by more than $1 million in the past year. (News Service of Florida)

• Check out this neat story on the Clay Theatre in Green Cove Springs that’s received new life as a venue for weddings and other events. (WJCT)

• Ocala’s fire and police departments are planning to share a new facility soon. (Ocala Star-Banner)

• Several counties in our area don’t yet have immigration enforcement agreements in place, as required by a new state law. (WLRN)

• If you’ve long thought Gainesville really needed a place where people could find bacon on donuts, apparently you were correct. (Gainesville Downtown)

• Seahorse Key Island near Cedar Key will have an illuminated lighthouse tonight for the first time in 104 years. (Gainesville Sun)

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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 or calling 352-294-1525.

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