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• WUFT News: When, Where And How You Can Vote In These North Central Florida Counties. “In the 2020 general election, you have three different voting options: by mail, early voting or heading to the polls on Election Day. Each county has its own early voting period, but they will all fall between Oct. 19 and Nov. 1.”
• WUFT News: Smaller Cities Spar With Alachua County Over Proposed County Growth Management Area Amendment. “If the county growth management area amendment is approved, any development within the area would be exclusively governed by the county’s land development regulations, even if a parcel of land is later annexed into the boundaries of a city.”
• WUFT News: Thirteen Alachua County Smoke Shops Violated County Tobacco Age Restriction. “Thirteen smoke shops have sold tobacco products to underage people since enforcement of the county’s age restriction picked up in January, according to county documents. The owners of the shops will appear before a special magistrate, or a judge who oversees small civil infractions like parking tickets, on Nov. 19, said Missy Daniels, Alachua County’s Director of Growth Management.”
• WCJB: Florida Gators football pausing team activities after 19 confirmed COVID-19 cases. “Earlier on Tuesday, the Florida UAA announced five new positive cases. Sources within the program have told TV20 that the number of cases is higher than five. As of Tuesday evening, there are now 19 confirmed COVID-19 cases…”
• Ocala Star-Banner: Trump focuses on Florida, with rally in Ocala set for Friday. “President Donald Trump is scheduled to speak at a rally at Ocala International Airport on Friday, one of several stops in the key battleground state of Florida in the final weeks of the campaign.”
• The Alligator: UF overhauls COVID-19 dashboard, now displays daily totals. “UF changed its COVID-19 dashboard Tuesday afternoon to display daily totals of tests and positive cases. It previously didn’t do either.”
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Around the state today
• News Service of Florida: Florida House Speaker denies coronavirus death toll; critics call it an attempt to ‘downplay the pandemic.’ “Speaker Jose Oliva, R-Miami Lakes, sent a memo Tuesday to all House members announcing the findings of an-in house analysis he ordered of the state’s COVID-19 death numbers and cautioned lawmakers against using the data for policy purposes. The death totals are released daily by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration.”
• WUSF: Florida’s Hispanics Could Decide The Election. “Hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans moved to Florida after Hurricane Maria devastated the island. Hispanics are the fastest-growing bloc of voters in the state, and whichever party woos them to vote for their candidate could decide the presidential election.”
• Orlando Sentinel ($): ‘We win Florida, and it’s all over,’ Biden tells voters in socially distanced campaign trip. “Joe Biden offered a stark contrast to President Donald Trump during a visit to Broward County Tuesday, keeping his mask on as he courted seniors in Pembroke Pines and firing up supporters at a drive-in rally in Miramar that featured honking horns rather than cheers.”
• Miami Herald ($): New South Florida climate change financial report: Spend billions or lose much, much more. “A new report commissioned by the South Florida Climate Compact found that if the region doesn’t adapt to climate change, the damage could exceed $38 billion by 2070.”
• WFSU: Environmental Group Will Use Nature To Fight Coastal Erosion Along Highway 98. “Over the years, the sea has gobbled up the coast, taking the houses and docks with it. Now, it threatens to take the road as well.”
• Panama City News Herald ($): Panama City Beach looks to install new street lights to help nesting sea turtles. “Kennard Watson, director of Panama City Beach Turtle Watch, said the new lights are a good idea because artificial lights on the Beach represent one of the biggest threats facing sea turtles.”
• TCPalm ($): Endangered Florida sawfish are making a comeback; celebrate them Oct. 17. “For thousands of years, one of the sea’s most unique creatures has inspired imaginations and generated myth. The sawfish is seldom seen by human eyes. However, once it is, it is never forgotten.”
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