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• We’re approaching the one-year anniversary of the high-profile deadly dog attack in Gainesville that raised concerns over the city’s dangerous dog problem. It appears city government is moving toward enacting stricter policies, with one city commissioner’s pet summit discussion scheduled for next month. (WUFT News)
• Hannah Brim’s ex-boyfriend will spend his life in prison for her 2016 murder, a jury decided last night. (Gainesville Sun)
• Gainesville city government now appears ready to pump the brakes (as Alachua County did a week ago) on its Styrofoam and plastic bag ban after yesterday’s appeals court decision. Coral Gables had passed a similar ordinance that’s been the subject of a pivotal legal battle. (News Service of Florida)
• Jason Steuber will go from the Harn Museum in Gainesville to the Appleton Museum of Art in Ocala as its new director. (Ocala Star-Banner)
• CSI Academy of Florida in Alachua welcomed high school students and one of our reporters inside this summer as the teenagers learned the basics of forensic investigations. (WUFT News)
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Around the state today
• The Florida Department of Agriculture is getting ready to issue permits to industrial hemp operations. (Florida Politics)
• A new U.S. Geological Survey finds Florida’s mangrove trees aren’t as resistant to the effects of sea-level rise as researchers had previously thought. (WLRN)
• Palm Beach County is having to close beaches again due to high levels of harmful bacteria. (Palm Beach Post)
• The federal government plans to remove Key deer from the endangered species list. (Florida Phoenix)
• Florida wants to spend the majority of the Volkswagen cheating scandal dollars on replacing aging buses. (WLRN)
• The director of Visit Florida, the state tourism agency, is publicly making a case for its continued survival: “…those people are not coming unless we’re out there actively marketing and keeping Florida top-of-mind.” (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)
• And in another reminder that Florida tourism isn’t just beaches and theme parks, TCPalm has this list of historic attractions on the Treasure Coast.