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The Point, Aug. 22, 2019: In Taylor County, ‘We Don’t Have Time, Right Now We’re In Hurricane Season’


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Today’s top stories

• It’s been a week since the heavy rains began in Steinhatchee and Taylor County, dumping more than 30 inches in some areas since then. As you might imagine, the small town is still coping with the major flooding. (WUFT News)

Video of panthers struggling to walk on a Florida trail is heartbreaking. State wildlife officials are still attempting to find the cause of their difficulties. (NBC News)

• The Levy County Supervisor of Elections doesn’t believe the state’s new effort to find voters registered in more than one state will cost counties anything. (Florida Politics)

Here are a few highlights from yesterday’s Save Our Water summit in Southwest Florida. (Fort Myers News-Press)

• We’re nearing the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Irma, and in parts of The Keys, “It’s still not the same and I don’t think it will ever be the same.” (WLRN)

A Buchholz High School junior is the 2019 geography world champion. (Gainesville Sun)

What is an “agrihood”? A new Palm Beach County planned community is adopting the moniker with its 2,000 suburban homes and five-acre farm. (WLRN)

• The impact of “record numbers” of children being Baker Acted in Florida isn’t yet known. (Fort Myers News-Press)

• That Gulf Coast flooding referenced in our top story? It made for perfect ditch surfing conditions in Dixie County. (WCJB)

• Quartz wrote an entire newsletter about the Florida Man phenomenon and its causes. Perhaps the most important? “$36: Florida’s per-person annual spending on mental health services, the lowest of any US state.”

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About Ethan Magoc

Ethan is a journalist at WUFT News. He's a Pennsylvania native who found a home reporting Florida's stories. Reach him by emailing emagoc@wuft.org or calling 352-294-1525.

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