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• Florida Storms: Isaias Leaves the Sunshine State Mostly Unscathed. “Isaias may have been a nuisance to Floridians who spent time preparing, but those preparations are not in vain. There is still a long way to go with the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season and we are just entering into the peak months of activity.”
• WMFE: Ocala ordinance relies on businesses to encourage mask wearing indoors. “The mandate applies not to individuals, but to businesses, churches and government offices.”
• Gainesville Sun ($): County plans adjustments to 2021 budget. “About $526 million is budgeted for fiscal year 2021, which begins in October and runs through the following September. This year’s fiscal budget was $472 million.”
• The Alligator: UF departments make plans for faculty sickness, social distancing in Fall. “The Alligator reached out to 97 UF departments and 16 colleges to find out their plans should a university employee die of COVID-19 and how they will adapt if staff gets sick. Five department chairs and two deans responded.”
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Around the state today
• NPR News: As COVID-19 Numbers Improve, Florida Considers Nursing Home Visits. “(Gov. Ron) DeSantis said he wants to begin allowing people who test positive for antibodies to visit family members in long-term care facilities.”
• Tallahassee Democrat ($): Florida faculty union turns up the heat in its appeal for online-only instruction. “Feeling rebuffed after their news conference last Tuesday, the union representing faculty in the State University System and many of the state colleges in Florida, called the governor’s actions ‘callous.'”
• Palm Beach Post ($): In reversal, Trump now touts absentee and mail-in voting — in Florida. “Speaking late Thursday at the White House, Trump attempted to explain the contradiction in his tweets and public statements. He said Florida is different than other states because it is ‘well run’ and that its absentee ballot processes has been managed ‘professionally.'”
• Daytona Beach News-Journal ($): Coronavirus symptoms put Volusia Sheriff Mike Chitwood out of commission. “‘This is no joke. I got to tell you,’ Chitwood said in a phone interview. ‘This is the longest I’ve ever been sick.'”
• Associated Press: Disney 3Q revenue drops 42%, missing expectations. “It was hit by several months of its parks and stores being closed, cruise ships idled, movie releases postponed and a halt in film and video production.”
• Pensacola News Journal ($): ‘No one meant any harm’: Boater shares up-close experience with SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule. “Boater Chris Tipton said he and others on the estimated 30 boats in the vicinity that afternoon were excited to witness history and just wanted to get close enough to capture the moment via video and photo.”
• Bay News 9: Wrong Place, Wrong Time: Teens Try to Nab Umpire’s Car During Clearwater Police Softball Game. “The two teens were quickly apprehended and brought back to the field where they waited for uniformed officers to arrive.”
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.