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• A storm surge warning and tropical storm warning are in effect along the Nature Coast, as Subtropical Storm Nestor is likely to approach by tonight. (Florida Storms)
• Hawthorne’s housing stock could be set to double in the years ahead, so the city is in the midst of tens of millions of dollars in infrastructure upgrades. (WUFT News)
• A 14-year law enforcement veteran and her husband have pivoted to selling hemp products in Chiefland. (WUFT News)
• Scooters are ubiquitous around the University of Florida campus and some parts of Gainesville, but are they safer and polluting less than cars? (Gainesville Sun)
• The City of Gainesville is touting its updated mobile app, myGNV, which can now be used for more than just reporting potholes or dangerous tree limbs. (WUFT News)
• The predicted high winds and possible flooding for this weekend are changing some of the plans for the Cedar Key Seafood Festival. (Cedar Key News)
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Around the state today
• Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to see higher pay for teachers, and presumably, so do many legislators, but state representatives are currently looking at ways to trim next year’s budget by as much as $500 million. (News Service of Florida)
• The confessed Parkland shooter’s defense team doesn’t like a judge’s decision to begin his trial in January. (WLRN)
• At least eight sea turtles have been found dead amid the return of red tide near Fort Myers Beach and other parts of Southwest Florida. (Fort Myers News-Press)
• Florida Democrats want more documents about the governor’s relationship with those now swept up in the Ukraine scandal. (Florida Phoenix)
• Expert opinions differ on a Palm Beach County judge’s recent decision to jail a juror for 10 days after he overslept for jury duty. One calls it “troubling” and “flat-out wrong,” while another suggests it’s “within the discretion of the court.” (Palm Beach Post)
• A Holocaust survivor living in Broward County celebrated his 100th birthday yesterday. His message upon reaching the century mark? “Be nice to each other. We all come from the same place and we all hope to do the best that we can as we’re here.” (WLRN)
• Just another week in Florida reptile news: A Sarasota homeowner found a rare crocodile in their yard, while a shirtless alligator trapper emerged with an 8-foot gator from a Parkland home’s pool. (Bradenton Herald, Orlando Weekly)
From NPR News
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