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• The Alligator: County businesses can operate at full capacity, parks reopening Friday. “Occupancy limits at restaurants, bars and entertainment venues are still 50 percent.”
• Gainesville Sun ($): Fall student who wrote racist social media post won’t join UF. “A prospective student from Cape Coral will not attend the University of Florida this fall, after an Instagram post from her past resurfaced and ricocheted across social media last week.”
• Suwannee Democrat: Prueter becomes Jennings’ first female mayor. “The returns from the Jennings town election were historic.”
• Citrus County Chronicle: Duke offers solution to increase Crystal River’s flow of reclaimed water to plants. “A solution is on the table to increase the flow of Crystal River’s reused wastewater to Duke Energy’s energy complex, keeping the city from paying a penalty and polluting its watershed.”
• Ocala Star-Banner ($): 3 Marion students never missed a school day in 13 years. “They attended roughly 2,340 days without being absent in 13 years, from kindergarten through high school graduation.”
• Florida Storms: Here’s What a Tropical Storm More than 400 Miles Away Can Do. “Flooding was severe enough Sunday to prompt the closure of I-10 in Suwannee County, where an estimated 12 to 15 inches of rain accumulated over a 48-hour period.”
• WTSP: City of Weeki Wachee dissolved by Florida’s governor. “An advocate said its leaders had a conflict of interest between leading the tiny city and protecting the environment.”
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Around the state today
• WLRN: ‘More Ready Than Ever Before’: FEMA Says COVID-19 Prepared It For Hurricane Season. “Weather experts are predicting another above-average Atlantic hurricane season in 2020, which started June 1 and ends Nov. 30.”
• Florida Phoenix: A trailblazer for women: Gwen Margolis, the first female FL Senate President, dies at 85. “Over the course of her 42-year career in public office, Margolis was a champion of women’s rights, pushing for the Equal Rights Amendment early in her career and frequently becoming the first in nearly all of her leadership endeavors.”
• Miami-Herald ($): ICE detainees say that detainees with coronavirus are being housed with the healthy. “Immigrant advocates created this video in protest of conditions inside an ICE detention center in Glades County, FL, a facility that is now among the top 10 centers to have the most COVID cases.”
• WMFE: Brevard County Fraternal Order Of Police Facebook Post Sparks Backlash. “The post – now deleted – singled out officers from Atlanta and Buffalo who have recently resigned or been disciplined, saying, “we are hiring in Florida” and “we got your back” with the hashtag #LawandorderFlorida.”
• Sun Sentinel ($): Gov. Ron DeSantis signs bill awarding $6 million settlement to man shot and paralyzed by PBSO deputy. “A jury awarded him $22.4 million, but legislative approval is needed for anything more than $200,000.”
• Tallahassee Democrat ($): Tallahassee Community College named one of 10 finalists nationally for $1 million prize. “Here’s why it’s a big deal: It’s considered the country’s highest recognition of achievement and performance among community colleges.”
• New York Times ($): Will Miami Be Around in 2067? “Insightful and richly detailed, ‘Disposable City’ tells the story of Miami’s preparedness for the sea level increase that is sure to come, giving special emphasis to its potential social and economic impact.”
• Fort Myers News-Press ($): Feds move to designate 1.5 million acres as habitat for rare bonneted bat. “Environmental groups filed a lawsuit in 2018 against the Fish and Wildlife, asking the agency to protect the bonneted bat habitat.”
• Sun Sentinel ($): 15 tons of cocaine and marijuana worth $408M seized, offloaded at Port Everglades. “More than $408 million worth of cocaine and marijuana was interdicted in international waters off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America, and in the Caribbean Sea and then brought to Port Everglades”