The Point, Nov. 16, 2020: Recount Finds Voters Passed Alachua County Growth Management Amendment. Now, A Court Fight Lies Ahead

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• WUFT News: Second Recount Finds Alachua County Growth Management Area Amendment Passes. “The final results: 64,569 (50.1%) in favor of the amendment and 64,304 (49.9%) against.”

• WUFT News: After Upset Win, New Bradford County Superintendent Vows Support For Teachers. “Will Hartley, who Tuesday becomes the new superintendent of Bradford County Public Schools, swore that he would not become a teacher.”

• WUFT News: ‘I Missed The Mark’: Popular Gainesville Food Blogger Under Siege for Instagram Post. “At worst, Ken Peng said, his message to a Publix deli employee was a joke that went too far. Many of his thousands of followers disagreed, calling it inappropriate and unnecessarily salacious – and their backlash was so intense that perhaps the most influential food reviewer in Gainesville had to apologize and retreat.”

• Ocala Star-Banner ($): All rise! Jury trials are starting again in Ocala. “Starting Monday, prospective jurors are reporting to the Marion County Judicial Center. Court officials said other batches of potential jurors are scheduled for Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.”

• Gainesville Sun ($): UF Health buys Nationwide campus. “Come early 2021, about 400 administrative employees from UF Health will begin work out of the two-story building at 3300 SW Williston Road. The goal is for 800 employees to move into the building in phases next year.”

• WJCT: Both Sides Frustrated By Putnam County Confederate Monument Decision. “In a 3-2 vote, the board decided that the statue would be relocated to Putnam County Veterans Memorial Park – but only if those who want it relocated are able to raise $200,000 in private funds within 90 days.”


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Around the state today

• Associated Press: 10,000 New Coronavirus Cases In Florida Added In One Day. “A large number of test results – more than 146,000 – were reported on Sunday, which could explain the dramatic rise in positive cases.”

• Miami Herald ($): ‘We’re having a spike.’ COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations rising in Miami-Dade. “Over the past week, rising cases and hospitalizations from COVID-19 have confirmed fears among Miami-Dade County officials that a third wave of the virus would flare up around the Thanksgiving holiday.”

• News Service of Florida: Winter’s coming, and so are lawmakers. “Florida lawmakers return this week to Tallahassee after eight months — but it won’t be until next year that legislators begin to assess the wreckage left by the coronavirus pandemic.”

• Tallahassee Democrat ($): Five things to watch as the Florida Legislature returns to Tallahassee next year. “They will engage in debates about how the state spends its money, responds to a pandemic that has disrupted daily life and implement a minimum wage increase, among other things.”

• Florida Today ($): U.S. Army vet died in custody after his arrest. Brevard Jail video shows what happened. “Until now, Sheriff Wayne Ivey had been refusing to make the footage public because he said it would reveal jail security features, putting staff and inmates in danger. The Friday release follows a settlement that Sheriff Ivey agreed to in lieu of going to trial after FLORIDA TODAY sued his office for the video.”

• Palm Beach Post ($): Trump, county face the ex-presidential life. “…the life Trump knew as president is scheduled to come to a close at noon Jan. 20. And, on that day, so will the life Palm Beach County residents knew the past four years of presidential visits.”

• Marco Eagle ($): Marco Patriots bring help, kindness to people impacted by Tropical Storm Eta’s floods. “Members of an emergency response nonprofit based on Marco Island did not think twice before helping others when Tropical Storm Eta was heading toward the Tampa area.”


From NPR News

• Health: Cities And States Are Imposing New COVID-19 Restrictions. Experts Say It’s Not Enough

• Health: Biden COVID Adviser Says Restrictions Should Be More Of A ‘Dial,’ Less Of A ‘Switch’

• National: A College Student Is Coming Home. Should The Whole Family Wear Masks?

• Politics: Legal Avenues Closing As Trump Lawsuits Meet With Defeat Or Dead Ends

• Politics: How A Record Number Of Republican Women Got Elected To Congress

• Politics: Trump Supporters, Counterprotesters Clash At D.C. Rally Contesting Biden’s Victory

• Business: Conservatives Flock To Mercer-Funded Parler, Claim Censorship On Facebook And Twitter

• World: 2 Weeks After Weathering Eta, Central America Readies For Another Powerful Hurricane

• Books: Obama Calls Trump’s Refusal To Concede Another ‘Breach Of Basic Democratic Norms’

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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