The Point, Sept. 30, 2019: Four Creeks Preserve, Alachua County’s Newest Park, Opens To The Public


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• Gainesville’s police union is close to having a new contract with the city. (WCJB)

• A “marathon couple of days” ended Friday afternoon with the Gainesville City Commission’s selection of its next permanent city manager, Lee Feldman. An interim manager had held the position since the beginning of the year. (WUFT News)

President Donald Trump is visiting The Villages this week. (Florida Politics)

Alachua County’s newest park opened this weekend. More than $4 million of public money was spent on Four Creeks Preserve, where visitors can now walk a 2.5-mile trail. (WUFT News)

• The University of Florida announced on Friday that it’s going to add blue emergency lights near Fraternity Row. The issue was a source of student protest earlier this month. (UF News, The Alligator)

• The strange headlines from Marion County’s school leadership continue, with the superintendent now telling her staff they’re not allowed to talk to school board members. (Ocala Star-Banner)

• A top-ten Southeastern Conference football matchup between Florida and Auburn has ESPN’s College Gameday visiting Gainesville this weekend. (

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Around the state today

• The Florida Public Service Commission this week is going to take a look at how utilities will pay for underground power lines. The suggested route, for now, is to collect that money from customers. (News Service of Florida)

• The pace of 100-year floods in some of Florida’s major cities could quicken in the next 30 years. (WLRN)

Florida has now had its first death due to vaping-related illness, but it’s not expected to join other states in banning e-cigarettes. (Florida Phoenix)

• The debate over keeping Florida’s tourism marketing agency alive continues, with the governor now one of its big supporters. (GateHouse)

• There were at least two major positive environmental benefits from Florida’s two hurricanes that didn’t hit earlier this season. (Palm Beach Post)

Rooftop pools are a nice feature of an apartment complex until they aren’t. (Sun Sentinel)

• A veteran from Naples died last month without any immediate family, but a funeral home is inviting the public to be there for his funeral in Sarasota. (WTSP)

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• National: Joseph Wilson, Former Diplomat Who Challenged Basis Of The Iraq War, Dies At 69

• National: Sikh Deputy ‘Trailblazer’ Fatally Shot In Houston-Area Traffic Stop

• National: Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger Expresses Deep Remorse In Murder Trial

• National: ‘We Must Keep Loving’: Trauma Lingers 2 Years After Mass Shooting In Las Vegas

• Race: Marking The Centennial Of Arkansas’ Elaine Massacre

• Health: Many Vaping Illnesses Linked To Black Market ‘Dank Vapes’

• World: Saudis ‘Haven’t Actually Paid A Large Price’ For Khashoggi Killing

• Books: David Cameron Calls The Brexit Referendum His ‘Greatest Regret’

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