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• WMFE: DeSantis in The Villages: HHS guidance is ‘do what Florida is doing.’ “National media reports that the Department of Health and Human Services has new guidelines encouraging immediate vaccinations for everyone over 65 and not holding vaccines in reserve for the second dose. In that, DeSantis finds an affirmation of Florida’s approach.”
• The Alligator: UF’s College of Law namesake has died after contracting COVID-19. “UF alumnus Fred Levin died Tuesday afternoon of COVID-19 complications at the age of 83. After graduating from the University of Florida College of Law, Levin became a practicing attorney in Pensacola in 1961. UF renamed its law school in 1999 to Fredric G. Levin College of Law after Levin made a $10 million contribution to the school the previous year. At the time his donation was the largest cash gift the university had received.”
• WUFT News: Hernando County Tourism Counting On Its Natural Spaces To Help With Bounce Back From COVID-19 Slump. “Hernando County, part of an area known as Florida’s Adventure Coast, is working on the best ways to get its tourism to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.”
• NPR News: Talking With People In Your Life Hesitant About The Coronavirus Vaccine. “What’s the best way to approach the subject with people who remain unsure? NPR’s Michel Martin spoke with Nadine Gartner, the founder and executive director of Boost Oregon, a nonprofit focused on educating parents about the safety of childhood immunizations.”
• Florida Politics: Florida adds 26 Publix pharmacy vaccination sites. “Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the public-private expansion Tuesday after the program’s initial success. On Thursday, 22 locations in Citrus, Hernando and Marion counties began offering shots to Floridians aged 65 and older.”
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Around the state today
• WJCT: Florida Adds Nearly 15,000 More COVID Cases; St. Johns County Receives More Vaccines. “The state added nearly 15,000 confirmed infections Tuesday, pushing the total number of cases past 1.5 million.”
• News Service of Florida: DeSantis Vows To ‘Act Very Quickly’ If Disorderly Protests Erupt. “DeSantis’ comments were in response to a question about an internal FBI bulletin obtained by a number of media outlets indicating the federal agency has received information that armed protests are being planned at all 50 state capitols and the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20.”
• Miami Herald ($): Arrest of Proud Boys’ Miami-based leader was linked to Capitol insurrection, feds say. “The FBI on Tuesday said Washington, D.C., police arrested the Miami-based leader of the far-right Proud Boys days before the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol because they had developed information showing he was among those planning to incite violence as Congress voted to certify the presidential election.”
• USA Today: ‘We did a bad job’: Florida child welfare chief vows reforms after USA TODAY investigation. “Florida’s child welfare chief announced Tuesday that in response to a USA TODAY investigation, the Florida Department of Children and Families will establish specialized teams to investigate child abuse allegations against foster parents and to review the agency’s decisions in those cases.”
• Orlando Sentinel ($): ‘Better than throwing it away:’ How a 31-year-old got a COVID-19 vaccine in Central Florida. “Despite the demand, health officials have found that sometimes people do not show up for scheduled appointments, and once a vial of vaccine is open, all of it must be administered within hours or thrown out. The Moderna vaccine, for example, has 10 doses per vial and a six-hour window.”
• Northwest Florida Daily News ($): ‘This is a global fight’: COVID-19 vaccine in Florida given to residents and non-residents. “‘As the vaccine is a federal resource, it will not be denied based upon local residency,’ Okaloosa County Public Safety Director Pat Maddox said Monday. ‘It’s important to understand that this is a global fight against COVID-19, and folks from other areas have the same ability to spread COVID-19 as local residents.'”
• WLRN: Opponents Say EPA Broke Rules When It Turned Over Wetlands Permitting To Florida. “The state will also not be required to consult with the state’s Miccosukee and Seminole tribes under the change. More than half the wetlands permitting that has occurred in Florida has taken place inland, in marshes near tribal land.”
• Spectrum News: Hillsborough Superintendent on Budget: ‘Got to Make Some Hard Decisions.’ “Hillsborough County Schools Superintendent Addison Davis presented his budget plan to school board members at a workshop Tuesday morning. … Davis said at the end of this school year the district will be looking at a negative fund balance in the millions.”
• WTSP: SpaceX capsule to splash down from space just west of Tampa. “Dragon 2 is expected to splash down west of Tampa off the Pinellas County coast about 8:27 p.m. Wednesday. The splashdown will not be broadcast. NASA also tells 10 Tampa Bay that it’s unlikely to be visible from the coastline. There’s no lighting on the spacecraft and its de-orbit burn will actually take place over the Indian Ocean.”
• Tallahassee Democrat ($): FSU institute’s civility event with Romney, Manchin postponed amid Capitol riot fallout. “Tuesday night’s highly anticipated kick-off of the Institute of Politics at Florida State University’s “Celebrating Civility” speaker series has been canceled, with the stars of the event tied up in the nation’s Capitol.”
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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 email@example.com.