The Point, July 20, 2020: The Debate Over A Development Moratorium In Some Gainesville Neighborhoods

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Today’s top Florida stories

• WUFT News: Today Is The Last Day To Register To Vote In The 2020 Florida Primary. “You can do so by visiting this website or by contacting your local Supervisor of Elections or Tax Collector’s office.”

• WUFT News: Gainesville Considers Development Moratorium To Protect Black Communities. “The city of Gainesville is considering imposing a moratorium on housing development to protect its historic Black communities from gentrification.”

• WUFT News: Some Florida Dental Offices Are Charging Extra Pandemic Fees. “This fee varies by the provider and is not guided by the American Dental Association, according to a coding guidance document from the association. The dentist will individually determine what to charge, whether it be the full fee for the procedure or per visit fees, the report read.”

• WUFT News: Out-of-State Gators Contemplate Returning To UF For Fall Semester. “The first day of the fall semester at the University of Florida begins Aug. 31. But with coronavirus numbers spiking in the state, students are struggling with the question of whether or not to return to campus.”

• Ocala Star-Banner ($): Hundreds of doctors, nurses urge face mask ordinance. “More than 500 Marion County healthcare professionals signed a letter urging Marion County and city officials to enact a face-covering ordinance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

• Tampa Bay Times: Pasco middle school teacher battling COVID-19 dies. “After suffering cold-like symptoms, Renee Dermott, 52, was hospitalized July 13. The sixth-grade teacher at Seven Springs Middle School was diagnosed with pneumonia and tested positive for COVID-19.”

• Sarasota Herald-Tribune: With Florida COVID-19 cases soaring, talk of another shutdown grows louder. “Congressional Democrats blistered Gov. Ron DeSantis’ refusal to enact a statewide mask mandate and his earlier comment that the recent surge in cases represented a ‘blip,’ although he acknowledged it was a ‘higher blip than where we were in May and the beginning of June.'”

• Pensacola News Journal ($): Judge orders Pensacola to not remove Confederate monument — for now. “Judge Gary Bergosh on Friday granted the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Save Southern Heritage and other groups the emergency temporary restraining order they requested when they sued the city earlier this week to prevent the monument’s removal.”

• Gainesville Sun ($): At UF, Norman Hall renovations nearly complete. “The $31.5 million rehabilitation project, ongoing since 2018, has gutted and upgraded the 1934 building while still paying tribute to its historical roots.”


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• National: Civil Rights Leader C.T. Vivian Dies At 95

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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 emagoc@wuft.org.

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