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• WUFT News: Alachua County Schools Form Summer Plan. “As one of the stranger summer sessions in recent memory begins Wednesday, Alachua County high school students are gearing up in different ways.”
• WUFT News: How Face Masks Are Leading To Communication Adaptation While Limiting Coronavirus Spread. “The underlying issue of wearing face masks is the communication gap between human interaction.”
• WUFT News: Pre-existing Health Disparities Could Affect COVID-19’s Impact In Rural Communities. “Social distancing isn’t anything new in Union County. With churches appearing to outnumber houses in certain areas, maintaining a 6-foot distance from your neighbors is just part of another day that ends in ‘y.’ But while the layout and lifestyle of rural north central Florida may seem to quell the spread of COVID-19 at first glance, underlying pre-existing health disparities have caused researchers to question the pandemic’s true impacts on rural communities.”
• Gainesville Sun ($): UF releases plan for reopening. “The University of Florida released the draft of a reopening plan on Monday that anticipates students and faculty returning to classrooms in the fall wearing masks, keeping some distance from each other, and getting regular tests for coronavirus infection.”
• Gainesville Sun ($): Gainesville’s history of activism, planning kept demonstration peaceful. “Gainesville’s March for Our Freedom protest did not contain the chaos, looting and riots of many across the nation.”
• Ocala Star-Banner ($): Mutual respect credited for non-violent demonstrations in Ocala. “Only one arrest was made during the highly charged events on Sunday, which bought hundreds of people to points downtown and in West Ocala.”
• Citrus County Chronicle ($): Citrus County community leaders to meet to discuss unity and peace amid national unrest. “He (Rev. Doug Alexander) emphasized that the meeting Tuesday will be a peaceful one.”
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Around the state today
• Florida Storms: Tropical Depression Three Forms, Could Move Toward U.S. by This Weekend.“The third tropical system of the year formed Monday, which was ironically the first day of an already busy 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season.”
• Politico: States brace for disasters as pandemic collides with hurricane season. “Hurricane season officially begins Monday and forecasters from Colorado State University are projecting a higher than normal probability that at least one major hurricane will hit Florida.”
• Florida Politics: Gov. DeSantis extends eviction moratorium until July 1.“That ban on evictions and foreclosures was set to expire Monday at midnight.”
• Tampa Bay Times ($): Giant Confederate flag lowered after threats to set it on fire. “The local chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans took down the giant Confederate flag waving above Interstate 4 after people on social media threatened to set it on fire.”
• Orlando Sentinel ($): ‘Justice for George’: Hundreds march in Kissimmee, Orlando as protests continue over Minneapolis man’s death. “Hundreds of people marched through downtown Kissimmee alongside local police Monday evening…”
• Miami Herald ($): Miami sees third day of protests against police brutality as national unrest continues.“On the third straight day of protests against police brutality in Miami, marchers gathered downtown Monday afternoon before making their way through Overtown, a historically black, low-income neighborhood.”
• Tallahassee Democrat ($): Smaller protests in Tallahassee as officials tell protesters ‘we’re listening’. “Drawing on Christian, Jewish and Muslim scriptures, they all bowed their heads in prayer, pleading for healing the hurt plaguing the nation and the city.”
•Fort Myers News-Press ($): Environmental groups praise Gov. DeSantis, Cabinet for voting to buy panther habitat.“Environmental groups across the region are celebrating one day after Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet voted to purchase more than 10,000 acres of prime panther habitat in Devil’s Garden.”
• WUSF: Tampa Family Business Burns During Protest; Donations Flood In. “The community is rallying around the owners of a Tampa family restaurant that was destroyed Saturday when peaceful protests over the death of George Floyd grew violent. Saigon Bay Vietnamese Restaurant is on Fowler Avenue adjacent to the Champs shoe store, which was set ablaze.”