The Point, Sept. 2, 2020: Already Busy 2020 Hurricane Season Hits Historically Peak Months For Florida


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• Florida Storms: Florida is Historically More Vulnerable to Hurricanes in September and October. “…during an average year, four named systems, two hurricanes, and one “major” would have occurred by the beginning of September. This year to date, a total of fifteen named storms – almost four times as many in an average year – have formed, four of which have become hurricanes, and one that was a major hurricane.”

• The Alligator: UF sees on-campus case of COVID-19 in Hume Hall. “The student, who lives on the third floor of Hume Hall East, has since been quarantined after receiving the results Friday, according to an email sent to residents. No other cases have yet been linked to the student.”

• WCJB: Alachua County Commission May Require ‘Indoor Party’ Registration. “Alachua County Commissioners say the registration form is to hold large groups accountable for potential community COVID-19 spread and as a way to deter you from gathering.”

• Tampa Bay Times ($): How the great grandson of a slave pushed Florida to end ’Gator Bait’ cheer. “(Leonard Spearman), the 66-year-old great-grandson of a slave fired off an email to Florida’s president, Kent Fuchs. That note, according to the Times’ review of 198 pages of records, helped justify the school’s decision to discontinue one of its famed football traditions.”

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Around the state today

• WUSF: Some Families Reunite With Nursing Home Residents As Visitation Rules Approved. “Some families have been able to see their loved ones in nursing homes and assisted living facilities face-to-face for the first time in months, now that the state has approved recommendations to resume visitation.”

• NPR News: Florida Cuts Ties With Large Coronavirus Testing Lab, Citing 75,000 Delayed Results. “Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is ordering state agencies to end their relationships with Quest Diagnostics after the large medical laboratory said it had mistakenly delayed reporting the results of nearly 75,000 coronavirus tests to the state.”

• News Service of Florida: FEA gets new president as Ingram lands national post. “Florida’s top teachers union got a new leader Tuesday after its president for the past two years, Fedrick Ingram, was elected secretary-treasurer of the American Federation of Teachers.”

• Florida Today ($): Rockledge school, Merritt Island classroom shut down due to COVID-19 as 22 schools go without nurses. “A school in Rockledge is closed for three days and a classroom on Merritt Island is closed for two weeks while some students and staff are in quarantine after positive cases of COVID-19 were reported on campuses, a Brevard Public Schools spokesperson confirmed Tuesday.”

• Miami Herald ($): It’s not just you. Crashes, error messages persist on Miami-Dade’s second day of school. “The school district released a vague statement late Monday night announcing that the connectivity problems that sent the nation’s fourth-largest school district into a tailspin were ‘identified and resolved.’ But ‘in an abundance of caution,’ the statement read, a backdoor access was created for teachers and students.”

• News4Jax: Head start: Gov. DeSantis appoints Cook as Clay County Sheriff. “…Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday appointed former Atlantic Beach Police Chief Michelle Cook as the next Clay County Sheriff. Cook, who won the Republican primary in August, was not going to face any challengers in the general election in November after a write-in candidate dropped out last month.”

• Florida Politics: Rick Scott defends Ken Lawson after Ron DeSantis diss. “Though Lawson helmed DEO since 2019, he was one of a few high-profile holdovers from the Scott era. Lawson worked in Scott’s administration as CEO of VISIT FLORIDA and Secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.”

• WMFE: More Than 60 TSA Officers at Orlando International Airport Have Tested Positive for Coronavirus Since the Start of the Pandemic. “Miami International leads the TSA in Florida with the most coronavirus cases at 121 positive COVID-19 tests.”

• WJCT: State Attorney Announces New Policy To Speed Up Video Release Of Police-Involved Shootings. “State Attorney Melissa Nelson said the change will reinforce transparency, integrity, and accountability of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. The new policy reduces investigation time – from incident to preliminary review – to 21 days. Previously, it could take several months.”

• Orlando Weekly: As Disney works to address racism in park properties, fans speak up about the lack of diversity in company leadership. “Those efforts include finally ridding the parks of references to the unambiguously racist ‘Song of the South’ film and reportedly creating a new Diversity and Values team to review further actions that need to be done within Disney Parks.”

• New York Times ($): As Virus Wanes in Florida, a City Battles ‘Pandemic Fatigue.’ “The Miami area has slowly begun to tame its rate of infection. But it is sometimes hard to be optimistic in Hialeah, Florida’s sixth-largest city, where prevalence has remained stubbornly high.”

From NPR News

• National: CDC Issues Sweeping Temporary Halt On Evictions Nationwide Amid Pandemic

• National: The Payroll Tax Delay Is Here, But So Is Confusion About It

• National: Majority Of Hurricane Laura Deaths Linked To Improper Use Of Portable Generators

• Health: Making Gyms Safer: Why The Virus Is Less Likely To Spread There Than In A Bar

• Politics: Postal Service Watchdog Outlines ‘Concerns’ Surrounding Election Readiness

• Politics: Generation Z In The GOP: Young Republicans Reflect On The Future Of Their Party

• Politics: There’s A Big Focus On Suburbs, But Democrats See Potential Gains Farther Out

• World: Rwanda Arrests The Man Who Inspired The Hollywood Film ‘Hotel Rwanda’

• World: How 3 Countries Are Educating Their Kids During The Pandemic

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

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