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• A possible tropical development is not predicted to make its way toward this part of Florida — that is if it hits the state at all as a tropical depression or storm. Forecasters say it’s likely to head west toward Louisiana, Mississippi or Texas. (Florida Storms)
• Alachua County is still struggling to find ways to successfully enforce an airboat curfew on lakes around the area. The latest idea is to fund the sheriff’s office purchasing an airboat as well. (WCJB)
• The relative shortage of “sufficient nonpermitted parking” on Florida’s college and university campuses compared to other early voting sites might keep them from being chosen for that purpose during future elections. The parking requirement is part of a new state law that Gov. Ron DeSantis signed in June. (Florida Phoenix)
• NPR News spoke with police in Lake City and the FBI about the recent ransomware attack on the north Florida city’s data network.
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Around the state today
• On the way out of his position as principal of a Boca Raton high school, William Latson issued a bizarre statement easily debunked by public records that the Palm Beach Post early obtained. DeSantis and other state politicians had much to say about Latson’s iffy position on teaching the history of the Holocaust. (Palm Beach Post, Florida Politics)
• Brevard County school teachers will take a vote next month on a pay plan that, at one point this summer, led to a huge rally at the district office. (Florida Today)
• The FBI reports a 102% increase in hate crimes between 2013 and 2017 in Florida. (Orlando Weekly)
• A Florida Blue spokesman says “we are close” to providing a record of millions of insurance claims to a database that would help people compare the cost of different medical services within their county and around the state. (WJCT)
• Lawsuits are likely to follow the explosion at a Plantation shopping plaza over the weekend that injured nearly two dozen people. (Miami Herald)
• Management at The Amp in St. Augustine is pleased with the venue’s lofty new ranking among amphitheaters worldwide, calling it “a crowning achievement.” (WJCT)