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• This week’s episode of our “Untold Florida” podcast centers on two bodies of water in Gainesville and the origins of their names. Lake Alice and Bivens Arm appear destined to remain enigmas with regard to their namesakes. (WUFT News)
• More than a dozen candidates from around the country have applied to be Santa Fe College’s next president. (Gainesville Sun)
• Alachua County and the City of Gainesville are moving toward closing Dignity Village at year’s end, which could have the unintended consequence of pushing homeless individuals toward downtown. (WUFT News)
• Funding solutions for housing, internet, and solar power have been three key recent issues for local governments, and now one Alachua County commissioner has pitched bundling them into a single sales tax referendum. (Gainesville Sun)
• The Gators’ starting quarterback signed with the Boston Red Sox, but Feleipe Franks’ baseball career wouldn’t begin until his college football career concludes. (Tallahassee Democrat)
• Clarification: Thank you to the several subscribers with keen eyes who spotted a typo in Friday’s edition about Alachua County’s
conversation conservation easement at Camp McConnell. Perhaps, as reader Kimberly noted, “We need more conversation easements in our lives!”
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Around the state today
• Fear lingered through the weekend in cities like Miami where immigration enforcement officials were to conduct raids, but the raids never came. (Miami Herald)
• “We cannot allow this to continue any longer,” U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, said of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers releasing water with toxins from Lake Okeechobee into two Florida rivers. (Florida Today)
• The Florida Cabinet’s trip to Israel cost $442,504, but taxpayers only had to cover about a third of that total. (News Service of Florida)
• The Pensacola Beach Blue Angels Air Show went on no matter the weather this weekend, with Tropical Storm Barry making landfall elsewhere on the Gulf Coast. (Pensacola News Journal)
• It’s anyone’s guess how many unexploded bombs are in the Gulf of Mexico, so this story on the problem makes for fascinating if disturbing reading. (Panama City News Herald)
• St. Johns County officials want to eventually offer a bike trail throughout St. Augustine and St. Augustine Beach. (St. Augustine Record)
• There’s a heroic effort underway in the Panhandle city of Callaway, where a one-room schoolhouse from the early 1900s could be saved piece by piece despite a strong hit from Hurricane Michael. (WFSU)
From NPR News
• Business: Placing Facebook’s $5 Billion Fine In Context