The Point, May 26, 2021: Alachua County Has Very High Fire Danger Due To Extended Dry Weather


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• WUFT News: Forest Service: Avoid Unnecessary Yard Debris Burning While It’s This Dry In Alachua County. “Although there is no official yard burn ban, the service’s Waccasassa Forestry Center is asking residents and visitors to use extreme caution when using outdoor ignition sources and refrain from unnecessary burning of yard debris. According to Rick Dolan, the manager of the Waccasassa Forestry Center, the main reason our area is experiencing this very high risk level is because of how susceptible our local environment is to fire in relation to the extended dry weather.”

• WUFT News: Alachua County COVID-19 Hospitalizations Have Fallen As Vaccination Numbers Have Risen. “The total of 126,881 people who have received at least one shot is only slightly more than half of the 239,307 people in Alachua County who are eligible to receive the vaccine, which is now widely available to everyone 12 years of age and older.”

• WUFT News: Florida Department of Transportation Lowers Speed Limit On West University Avenue. “The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) announced Monday that it has reduced the speed limit on West University Avenue in front of the University of Florida campus. The speed limit reduction from 30 to 25 miles per hour stretches just east of Northwest 21st Terrace to the intersection with Northwest 13th Street.”

• WUFT News: 13-Year-Old Missing In Northern Alachua County. “In the early morning hours of May 15, 13-year-old Delia Marie Young disappeared near Northwest 142nd Avenue in unincorporated Alachua County. The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office says the teenager, who is not believed to have a cellphone, was last seen wearing blue pajamas with white stars.”

• WUFT News: Tag Your Reptile For Free On June 12 At UF College Of Veterinary Medicine. “The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is partnering with zoos and veterinarians to hold tagging events at multiple locations across the state after a new rule prohibiting the importation, breeding and possession of 16 different non-native reptiles.”

• WUFT News: Racial Reckoning At UF Continues A Year After George Floyd’s Death. “Yewande O. Addie of the Black Student Storytelling Project has this remembrance told through the experiences of Black students at the University of Florida.”

• WUFT News: Anthony Amato Named New Head Coach For Florida Gators Soccer Team. “After developing an 18-year track record of returning soccer programs to the postseason, Anthony Amato landed a position this week as the head coach for the University of Florida’s soccer team.”

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• WFLA-Tampa: When does Florida’s rainy season start? Not soon enough. “We typically see two-thirds of our annual rainfall happen during our rainy season, which runs from late May through early October. According to the National Weather Service of Tampa, rainy season on some years begins abruptly, while other years rainy season develops over time. From mid to late May is usually when rainy season begins.”

• WUSF: New Study To Determine Which Source Of Nutrient Pollution Most Feeds Red Tide In Tampa Bay. “A new research project from the University of Florida aims to determine which source of nutrient pollution has the biggest impact on harmful algae blooms in the Tampa Bay area.”

• WLRN: ‘There Are 17 Families Who Are Waiting For This To Get Going.’ More Debate Over Delays In Confessed Parkland Shooter’s Case. “The defendant’s team of public defenders has mental health experts from around the country scheduled throughout the summer to fly in and evaluate him through the end of August. The State wants a speedier timeline.”

• Politico: Florida state Sen. Bracy to run for congressional seat now held by Demings. “Bracy’s move represents yet another ripple effect caused by Demings decision to challenge U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio in 2022. The 44-year-old Bracy becomes the first to publicly announce his intention to run for Demings seat, although former local prosecutor Aramis Ayala strongly hinted last week that she too would run for the 10th Congressional District seat.”

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