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• Citrus County Chronicle: Klyap: ‘Can’t change animals from being animals’. “A candidate for Citrus County sheriff found himself caught in a social media flareup after he referred to a group of peaceful protesters in Ocala as ‘animals.'”
• WUFT News: Hope In A Berry Blue Season. “Local blueberry farmers faced extreme difficulty this past season due to COVID-19. A large backlog of blueberries was accumulating at grocery stores, resulting in a price decrease of blueberries.”
• Gainesville Sun ($): No new coronavirus cases added to Alachua County tally. “June starts off with a dip in coronavirus cases in Alachua County. No new cases Tuesday; just one so far for the month.”
• Citrus County Chronicle: Citrus County Blessings “Feed the Kids” summer program begins Thursday. “Hunger doesn’t take the summer off and neither does Citrus County Blessings.”
• Gainesville Sun ($): Local law enforcement agencies get $343K to address COVID-19. “Gainesville Police Department and the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office received a total of more than $343,000 to address COVID-19.”
• Ocala Star-Banner ($): Newest Marion farmers’ market spurred by COVID-19 fallout. “Founders Marc Davison and Michael Martin hope to create a market catering to quality artisanal products.”
• Gainesville Sun ($): Thrift stores busy, but some have changed donation policies. “Local thrift stores are open for business, but check store policies before donating.”
• Citrus County Chronicle: Smith takes ‘responsibility’ for sharing racist FB post. “County Commissioner Jimmie T. Smith apologized after sharing on Facebook a flyer for a Friday protest in Inverness that included racist wording.”
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Around the state today
• Florida Politics: Sarasota Police investigate officer who put knee on man’s neck. “Video of the incident went viral this weekend as protests occurred nationwide over the death of a Minneapolis man who died after a police officer applied similar force.”
• Tallahassee Democrat ($): Florida reopening: Before schools reopen, teachers union says major changes needed. “While state officials haven’t yet laid out plans, the Florida Education Association unveiled a sweeping, 10-page list of measures which could be in place when schools begin again in August.”
• TCPalm ($): Gov. Ron DeSantis extends moratorium on nonpayment evictions to July 1. “In April, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis suspended mortgage foreclosures and evictions because of COVID-19 financial hardship.”
• Florida Politics: GOP convention to Florida? President ‘forced’ to find new site. “President Donald Trump wants up to 50,000 people at the Republican National Convention, and he says North Carolina is forcing him to move the event.”
• Florida Storms: Tropical Storm Cristobal Forms in Southern Gulf, Sets New Record. “The exact track and intensification of Cristobal remains uncertain in the coming days. One scenario is that the storm will move close enough to the mountainous terrain of Mexico, which would disrupt its circulation and cause it to weaken or dissipate entirely.”
• WTSP: FWC offers license-free fishing days for two weekends. “Fishing license requirements on these days are waived for both people who live in the area or are from out of town. All other rules, like seasons, bag and size limits still apply.”
• Daytona Beach News-Journal ($): All 570 Daytona racing greyhounds find new homes. “The last Daytona greyhound was adopted on May 15 thanks to a group effort.”
• Miami Herald ($): Giant cane toads can kill pets. Learn how to identify them. “Dr. Steve Johnson, a wildlife ecologist and cane toad expert at the University of Florida, shows how to identify the cane or bufo toad, an invasive frog species that’s toxic and can kill pets.”