The Point, July 19, 2019: The Scene At Last Night’s Gainesville City Commission Meeting


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• Last night’s Gainesville City Commission meeting was one of the more raucous in recent memory, and it had little to do with the area clowns in attendance. The commission worked its way through a land zoning decision, voted against the advice of the city attorney on the plastic bag ban, and approved a property tax increase that will take effect in October. (WUFT News, Gainesville Sun)

• Amnesty International does not believe the Homestead facility for migrant children should be open any longer. (Miami Herald)

• The Florida Cabinet has a decision to make on buying Fish Island in St. Augustine next week. We wrote about its history and future as part of our “Peak Florida” series. (WJCT)

• State wildlife officials are still allowing the sale of iguanas, even as they’re encouraging people to help eliminate the population in the wild. (WFSU)

• The Miami-Dade State Attorney says felons who have completed their sentence in her jurisdiction need not pay back every last fine and fee before getting their voting rights restored. (WLRN)

It’s Hemingway lookalike week in Key West. One hundred men are there in their well-kempt white beards. (FLKeysNews)

• Where else would the famous Chicago alligator end up than the alligator farm in St. Augustine? (St. Augustine Record)

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