The Point, Aug. 11, 2020: ‘Were It Not For The Pandemic’: Leonardo’s 706 Shutters Its Doors After Half-Century


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• Gainesville Sun ($): Leonardo’s 706 closes after 47 years in Gainesville. “‘We probably never would have retired were it not for the pandemic,’ (founder Steve) Solomon said.”

• WUFT News: Gainesville Restaurants Adapt To ‘New Normal.’ “Eating out at local restaurants is looking and feeling much different now that businesses are adapting to a new normal because of COVID-19.”

• Florida Politics: Kat Cammack holds double-digit lead in new CD 3 poll“The survey of Republican primary voters showed Cammack with 25% support in the 10-way race, putting her 10 points ahead of second-place contender Judson Sapp.”

• Ocala Star-Banner ($): Mayor Kent Guinn vetoes Ocala emergency mask mandate.“The emergency ordinance, which was set to go into effect on Saturday, puts the onus of mask compliance on business owners rather than individuals.”

• Ocala Star-Banner ($): Nurse at Marion County Jail dies of COVID-19.“Charles “Dan” Manrique, a night nurse at the Marion County Jail, was 71 years old.”

• The Alligator: ‘Never reply all, in any circumstances’: Here’s why your UF inbox was overrun. “Hundreds of UF students and faculty received an email with the subject line, ‘DataLake roles in AD.’ Dozens of frustrated and confused emails rained into university email inboxes with replies from confused recipients.”

• Alachua County Today: Hawthorne PSA.“As part of the of widening improvements on State Road 20 from the Putnam County line to Southwest 56th Avenue, County Road 20A will be temporarily closed at State Road 20 Monday, Aug. 17 through Monday, Aug. 24, weather and schedule permitting.”

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Around the state today

• Sun Sentinel ($): Florida’s COVID-19 case count is lowest since June.“Overall, 531,217 people in Florida have been diagnosed with infections…More than 4 million people have been swabbed in Florida since the pandemic began…”

• Miami Herald ($): School superintendents ask state for COVID rapid tests, policies to follow. “The requests for statewide guidance came as teachers, students and school employees in a dozen counties return to in-person instruction this week amid the pandemic and as districts across the state prepare to start classes later this month.”

• Florida Storms: Potential Tropical Development in Central Atlantic This Week. “The tropics have been quiet since Hurricane Isaias moved up the East Coast a week ago, but Meteorologist Dr. Athena Masson says a new tropical wave may develop this week in the central Atlantic.”

• WJCT: St. Augustine City Commission Approves Plan To Relocate Confederate Monument. “In a 3-to-2 vote Monday night, the St. Augustine City Commission approved a plan to move the Confederate monument in the Plaza de la Constitucion to the Trout Creek Fish Camp.”

• News Service of Florida: Appeals court sides with transgender Florida student in bathroom battle.“Weighing privacy issues, a federal appeals court has sided with a transgender student who argued his constitutional rights were violated when the St. Johns County school district prevented him from using boys’ restrooms at his high school.”

• WTSP: Busch Gardens, SeaWorld revenue and attendance down 96% because of pandemic.“The report from the parent company of SeaWorld and Busch Gardens is the latest jaw-dropping look at how much the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the theme park industry, especially in Florida.”

• Bay News 9: Disney World Shares More Details About Refunds for Canceled Annual Passes“Passholders have until Tuesday to cancel their pass.”

• FL Keys News ($): Royal Caribbean reports record second quarter losses as COVID-19 continues cruise halt.“The company estimates its monthly cash burn to be between $250 million and $290 million.”

• TCPalm ($): 2020 Florida alligator hunt allows 7,500 hunters to kill over 15,000 gators Aug. 15 – Nov. 1.“Alligator biologists estimate there are more than 2 million living in the wild in Florida.”

• Florida Today ($): Skywatchers watch out! Perseids meteor shower to peak this week. “The Perseids meteor shower will peak from Aug. 11-12 (Tuesday and Wednesday) and is considered to be one of the best meteor showers of the year due to the very fast and bright meteors that leave long trails of light and color behind them.”

From NPR News

• National: Shooting Outside White House Interrupts Trump Briefing

• Health: At Least 97,000 Children Tested Positive For Coronavirus In Last 2 Weeks Of July

• World: Lebanese Government Resigns In Response To Protests Over Explosion In Beirut

• World: In New Zealand, Life Is Ordinary Again After 101 Days With No Community Spread

• Business: Opioid Scandal Haunts Drug Companies As They Respond To Pandemic

• Business: California Judge Orders Uber And Lyft To Consider All Drivers Employees

• Books: Molly Wizenberg Shares Her Story Of Changing Identity In New Book, ‘The Fixed Stars’

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