The Point, May 18, 2021: Demand Surge Didn’t Cause A Gas Price Spike In Florida


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• WFSU: AAA: Florida Gas Stations Recovering From Surge In Fuel Demand. “Florida gas prices have held relatively steady even after last week’s Colonial Pipeline outage led to a deluge of demand for gasoline, according to a press release from Triple-A. The pipeline operator says normal operations have resumed following a cyberattack.”

• The Alligator: UF will no longer require masks on campus. “The university will no longer require masks for students, faculty, staff and guests on UF property effective immediately. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and UF still recommend anyone who is not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 should wear a mask. UF Health hospitals, as well as dentistry and veterinary facilities, will continue to require masks.”

• WUFT News: Hundreds Gather At Florida Ballpark To Honor Lives Of Boys Killed By Father. “Minde Prince Reinhart woke up at 6:30 a.m., cooked breakfast and watched SportsCenter with her sons every day. ‘I’m so happy that I put my phone down all the time and didn’t return texts and emails,” she said. “Put your phones down. All that’s going to be there. Your kids? You never know.'”

• Politico: Gaetz associate pleads guilty to 6 federal crimes, including sex trafficking a teen. “Joel Greenberg, who had served as a locally elected tax collector in Central Florida’s Seminole County, had to resign his post last year after he was hit with the first of three indictments that eventually totaled 33 federal charges, but prosecutors agreed to pare those back in order to secure his cooperation.”

• WUFT News: Oldest Indian Rhinoceros In Captivity Celebrates 40th Birthday At Carson Springs. “Henry, a 4,600-pound Indian rhinoceros, celebrated his 40th birthday at Carson Springs Wildlife in northeast Alachua County, his home for the last 5 years. He is the country’s oldest Indian rhinoceros in captivity, according to Rhinos of the World, and is only one of a handful of his species to reach the age of 40.”

• Sun Sentinel ($): Florida reports lowest COVID count in more than a month, as disease continues to wane. “Florida reported 1,976 new coronavirus cases on Monday and another 58 new resident deaths linked to COVID-19. The state has now reported 2,293,980 cases since the pandemic began.”

• NPR News: Miami Tries To Make Vaccinations Easy: ‘Wherever People Are That’s Where We Will Be.’ “In most of the U.S., the initial scramble to get a coronavirus vaccine is over, so the campaign to convince or reach those who haven’t gotten shots yet continues to ramp up. People who study infectious disease worry that the numbers for first doses are slowing down, so efforts are underway to persuade more people to roll up their sleeves in Miami-Dade, the state’s largest county.”

• Florida Politics: Endorsement? Rick Scott says Ron DeSantis will ‘continue to lead the party’ into 2022. “The response to the question signaled a public rapprochement between the past and the present Governors, both of whom were linked to 2024 Presidential bids in speculation after Donald Trump’s loss last year.”

• The Alligator: Grace Pharmacy continues offering free insulin to the Gainesville community. “Grace Pharmacy, also known as the ‘pharmacy without a cash register,’ announced May 10 it has insulin for people with Type 2 diabetes. The pharmacy provides both Humulin-R to lower the blood sugar of patients who need more than 200 units of insulin per day and Humulin-N, a slower and longer-lasting alternative.”

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