The Point, June 8, 2021: Coal Ash Ship Off Florida’s Atlantic Coast Raises Concern


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• WJCT: Ship Carrying Coal Ash From Puerto Rico To Georgia Spills ‘Very Nasty Stuff’ Off Jax Coast. “As of June 4, the Barge Bridgeport remains grounded about a mile south of the St. Johns River, with some 8,000 tons of coal ash unaccounted for.”

• Sarasota Herald-Tribune ($): Red tide, fish kill reported in Tampa Bay waters near Piney Point. “Red tide levels are rising in areas of Tampa Bay near Port Manatee, where 215 million gallons of nutrient-rich wastewater was released in April from the former Piney Point fertilizer plant.”

• Orlando Sentinel ($): DeSantis signs laws to combat Chinese influence at Florida universities. “Under HB 7017, Florida universities must report donations or gifts worth $50,000 or more from seven ‘foreign countries of concern’ – China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Russia, Syria and Venezuela – twice each year, on Jan. 31 and July 31. Those that don’t disclose gifts must pay 105% of the value of the gift to the state.”

• News4Jax: DeSantis amplifies COVID-19 lab leak theory, alleges China coverup. “Referencing a theory that the coronavirus pandemic started after the virus leaked from a Wuhan lab, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday signed two bills into law with the goal of stopping criminal foreign influence and corporate espionage in Florida.”

• Florida Politics: Donald Trump: ‘I was at the beginning of Ron DeSantis.’ “Trump’s comments continue a theme of reminding audiences that he was an early endorser of DeSantis, a running trend since the 2018 campaign for Florida Governor.”

• News Service of Florida: Florida Sees Revenue Bump In April. “As federal stimulus checks gave Floridians more money to spend, the state’s April revenue collections topped an economists’ forecast by nearly 24 percent.”

• WCJB: Federal Judge dismisses Twitter lawsuit against Rep. Chuck Clemons, despite his objections. “A constituent named Peter Attwood filed suit, accusing Clemons of restricting his rights by blocking him on social media. Attwood later filed to dismiss his lawsuit, but Clemons wanted to go to trial to vindicate himself. As an alternative, Clemons wanted Attwood to pay court costs.”

• The Alligator: A look at Gainesville High School’s strategy to document a year marked by COVID-19. “The yearbook’s theme this year, ‘Up Close and Personal,’ aimed to take a deeper look into how students fared through the COVID-19 pandemic. Gainesville High School’s yearbook is just one example of schools across the world tasked with capturing student life amid COVID-19. Because of tight deadlines and COVID-19 safety restrictions, the staff needed to get creative to fill its yearbook.”

• WTSP-Tampa Bay: Archeologists discover lost indigenous settlement near Florida coast. “Archeologists with the University of North Florida are fairly certain they’ve located a lost indigenous community that once existed in northeast Florida.”

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