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New format, more Florida stories
The Point begins today its fifth year of working to help you become a smarter and more informed Floridian, and our team is making a few slight changes to what you’ll see in this space. We remain focused on bringing to your attention the most impactful journalism in this state from a wide range of news sources.
More emphasis, though, will go into producing and showcasing our original reporting — particularly on the questions you want to have answered — as well as that of our public media partners around the state. We are going to let others’ headlines speak for themselves in the stories curated here. It’s a format that received positive feedback during preparations for Hurricane Dorian last summer. See it below in our holiday roundup. We are also making a change to respond to a frequent reader complaint about being unable to read certain stories behind commercial publications’ paywalls. Referrals to such publications now have a transparent disclosure ($) before links to their stories.
Thank you for continuing to join us for what promises to be a momentous and newsworthy 2020.
The top stories near you from WUFT
• How much impact can one gardener have in the fight against climate change? Melissa DeSa intends to find out in Gainesville. Nine years ago she started a seed saving program out of her home and has since expanded it to help a few farmers. “What we’re hearing over and over again is that what used to work isn’t working anymore,” she says.
• Our Florida Good series kicks off in 2020 with a spotlight on the Gainesville Opportunity Center, a local nonprofit organization. A woman named Susan Thomas shared with our reporter the ways in which the center has helped her schizoaffective disorder.
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Around the state over the holidays
• News Service of Florida: Florida moves forward with plan to import drugs from Canada
• Gainesville Sun ($): Alachua County airboat curfew ruled unconstitutional
• Fort Myers News-Press ($): ‘Feline leukomyelopathy’ causing neurological issue in Florida panthers
• Florida Times-Union ($): 2019 was Jacksonville’s deadliest year in decades. These charts show just how bad the year got.
• Florida Politics: Florida’s insane number of license plates is costing FDOT millions
• News Service of Florida: Duke Energy sends Florida a $171 million utility bill for Hurricane Dorian
• Florida Today ($): Florida still in the running for Space Force Command headquarters
• Florida Phoenix: Harnessing sun power: Florida and California taking different paths to solar
From NPR News this week
• National: Efforts To Stop Suicide Will Get A Boost In 2020
• Science: The Year In Science News
About today’s curator
I’m Ethan Magoc, a news editor at WUFT. Originally from Pennsylvania, I’ve found a home telling Florida stories. I’m part of a team searching each morning for local and state stories that are important to you; please send feedback about today’s edition or ideas for stories we may have missed to firstname.lastname@example.org.