The Point, Nov. 11, 2020: Tropical Storm Eta Turned Our Way Overnight

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• Florida Storms: Tropical Storm Eta is Strengthening; Warnings Issued Along Florida’s West Coast. “Heavy rain bands are already moving onshore in southwest Florida and are expected to move into the Tampa/St. Pete areas this morning. These rain bands should spread north to the Nature Coast this afternoon and into north central Florida (including Gainesville and Ocala) by early this evening.”

• WUFT News: Alachua County Schools Superintendent Karen Clarke Plans Resignation For 2021. “Clarke, the superintendent of Alachua County Public Schools, submitted her letter of resignation hours before the midweek Veterans Day holiday and just over a quarter into a school year defined by the COVID-19 pandemic. Her decision also followed a pair of unsatisfactory annual evaluations from board members in June and the election in August of a new member, Diyonne McGraw, who ran on a platform of change.”

• WUFT News: Alachua County Enters Negotiation With Celebration Pointe For Sports Events Venue. “Alachua County Commissioners on Tuesday voted unanimously for county staff to begin negotiating with Celebration Pointe to build a sports events center. The idea for this location — first floated a little over a year ago — has seen its share of controversy in reaching this point, but on Tuesday, the commissioners were all in.”

• WUFT News: GCRA Hires Colliers International For Power District Development, Plans Due In January. “The city brought on Colliers International to work with the Gainesville Community Reinvestment Area after developmental rights issues arose with prior partner Cross Street Partners.”

• WUFT News: Planned Parenthood Brings Transgender Healthcare Services To Gainesville. “Transgender people living in Florida may now have more access to gender-affirming healthcare. Planned Parenthood of South, East and North Florida a year ago began offering transgender services, including hormone therapy. They brought these services to Gainesville at the end of summer.”

• Main Street Daily News: Gilchrist County voters say yes to Sunday alcohol sales referendum. “5,351 (56.8%) of the 9,420 votes cast were in favor of the referendum, which would amend the time and days of sale of alcoholic beverages in unincorporated areas of Gilchrist County.”

• WUFT News: Gainesville Food Blogger, T-shirt Company Fundraise For Food Bank. “Ken Peng, a 34-year-old food blogger, teamed up with LVR Ink, a local design and printing company, to create a custom T-shirt design. The shirts will be sold to benefit the Bread of the Mighty Food Bank.”


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Around the state today

• Miami Herald ($): DeSantis’ latest hire for data team: Uber-driving, COVID-conspiracy sports blogger. “In his own words, Kyle Lamb of Columbus, Ohio, has few qualifications for the job at the state’s Office of Policy and Budget, which pays $40,000 per year. ‘Fact is, I’m not an ‘expert.’ I’m not a doctor, epidemiologist, virologist or scientist,’ Lamb wrote on a website for a subscribers-only podcast he hosts about the coronavirus. ‘I also don’t need to be. Experts don’t have all the answers, and we’ve learned that the hard way.'”

• Naples Daily News ($): ‘You don’t get the job done by yourself’: Vietnam veterans reflect on their service. “President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 Veterans Day in 1919, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. For the approximate 18 million veterans living in the U.S., the day can mark reflection of what it means to be a veteran.”

• FLKeysNews ($): Key West leaders were thinking about a curfew. They’re not thinking about it anymore. “Key West’s mayor on Tuesday withdrew her proposal for a curfew on the island after business owners and workers called it an unfair burden that would further hurt the local economy.”

• WESH: Corrections officer in Lake County charged with murder of inmate. “A corrections officer in Lake County has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of an inmate at the Lake Correctional Institution in June.”

• Sun Sentinel ($): Broward may ban discrimination based on dreadlocks and other hairstyles. “If approved, hairstyles that are a ‘trait of race’ could become a protected classification under the county’s Human Rights Act, which already protects people from discrimination for their age, gender, sexual orientation and race, among other issues.”

• WMFE: Orange County Lost Hundreds Of Millions In Tourism Tax Revenue Last Fiscal Year. “Comptroller Phil Diamond said that’s a 41% decrease from last year. ‘That is the biggest year over year decrease in the history of the tourism development tax. Percentage wise, it’s the biggest year year over year decrease in the tourism development tax. And that’s an amount that we haven’t seen since 2010 during the Great Recession,’ said Diamond.”

• Florida Politics: Rick Scott to lead Senate campaign arm in 2022. “Florida will be an electoral battleground in 2022, with a full complement of statewide races including one for the U.S. Senate. However, the Senator who is not on the ballot will be leading Republican efforts on even a bigger stage.”

• WTSP: School district: Woman arrested at school board meeting after refusing to wear a mask. “A woman was arrested Tuesday afternoon at a Pinellas County school board meeting to discuss changes to the district’s face mask mandate.”

• Pensacola News Journal ($): PPD: Trump supporter ‘snatched’ mask off woman’s face at weekend rally, charged with battery. “A Pensacola man has been arrested for allegedly pulling off a woman’s face mask during a weekend rally in downtown Pensacola in support of President Donald Trump.”

• Palm Beach Post ($): Principal in Holocaust controversy is officially fired for a second time. “But it may not be the end of the legal battle over his fate. (Palm Beach County School) Board members have acknowledged that (William) Latson is likely to appeal in state court.”


From NPR News

• Politics: Supreme Court Appears Likely To Uphold Obamacare

• Politics: Trump Election Lawsuits Have Mostly Failed. Here’s What They Tried

• Politics: Head Of DOJ’s Election Crimes Unit Steps Down After Barr OKs Election Inquiries

• Politics: Biden Says Trump’s Refusal To Concede Won’t Impede Transition

• Politics: Pompeo Promises ‘A Smooth Transition To A Second Trump Administration’

• National: Biden Should Be Getting Top-Level Intelligence Briefings, But He Isn’t

• World: Vatican Report Shows Clerics Of All Ranks Were Covering Up A Sexual Predator

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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