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The top stories near you
• There’s been discussion over the past three years of how Gainesville will redevelop the area known as the “Power District” south of downtown. Here’s the latest on the Community Redevelopment Agency’s plan. (WUFT News)
• Former Evergreen Elementary teachers aren’t happy with Marion County after the school district transferred them from their positions there. (Ocala Star-Banner)
• While there’s no timeline just yet, Alachua County schools will be demolishing and redeveloping more than a dozen buildings at Metcalfe and Idylwild Elementary Schools. (Gainesville Sun)
• Gainesville’s mayor and a well-known city police officer disagreed on Twitter over Antifa. (The Alligator)
• State Sen. Keith Perry wants children in Florida to be in a car seat or booster seat until age 7. (News Service of Florida)
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Around the state today
• As some states consider a red flag flaw like Florida’s, Polk County Sheriff and NRA member Grady Judd tells NPR News, “The risk protection order does not allow the government to seize your firearms.” The Florida law went into effect last year following the Parkland school shooting. (NPR News)
• Seven women accused a Polk County Department of Health clinic of threatening to fire them for speaking Spanish. (Lakeland Ledger)
• Could toxic algae be to blame for the abnormalities now popping up with bobcats and panthers? (WMFE)
• Key West city government is preparing to ban single-use plastic straws. (FLKeysNews)
• The University of South Florida believes it is deserving of an extra $37.4 million in state funding each year. (Florida Politics)
• Gov. Ron DeSantis plans to appear today at a Save Our Water summit in Southwest Florida. The water quality event follows last year’s toxic algae outbreaks. It’s sold out. (Fort Myers News-Press)
• Florida is a state where even local governments fall victim to scammers. (Naples Daily News)