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• WGCU: Gov. DeSantis Signs Property Insurance Reform into Law. “Supporters of the measure say it will drive down property insurance rates in the long run, but opponents argue it will do just the opposite as well as make it easier for insurance companies to deny claims.”

• WMFE: Orlando Remembers The 49 Lives Lost In The Pulse Nightclub Shooting, Five Years On. “The bell at the First United Methodist Church tolled 49 times as the names were read out. Family members of the victims, state and local elected leaders and others gathered to pay their respects.”

• WUSF: Tampa Bay Algae Blooms Could Be Fed By Piney Point Wastewater. “Even though recent water quality tests have not been detecting nutrients of the Piney Point wastewater spill, researchers believe current red tide and cyanobacteria blooms across Tampa Bay are likely being exacerbated by the nutrients which still exist in the bay’s ecosystems.”

• News Service of Florida: Florida Jobless Claims Fall To Pre-Pandemic Level. “Florida’s count was its lowest since the week ending March 14, 2020, when the number was 6,463. The state Department of Economic Opportunity marks March 15, 2020 as the start of the pandemic in compiling unemployment claims. The week ending March 21, 2020, saw 74,313 new claims come in.”

• Gainesville Sun ($): Study: Sweetwater Wetlands Park successful at reducing pollution. “A report on the first five years of operation, required for permits to build the park, shows the system of ponds and vegetation has trapped sediments and reduced nutrients while restoring a wetland area between it and Alachua Sink — a large sinkhole on the northeastern side of the state park.”

• News  Service of Florida: Talks Unsuccessful In Cruise Ship Fight. “Settlement talks have ended in the legal battle between Florida and the federal government about restrictions on the cruise-ship industry. U.S. Magistrate Judge Anthony Porcelli, who has served as a mediator, said in a court filing Friday that a settlement conference was unsuccessful.”

• WLRN: What Florida’s Switch To Weekly COVID-19 Reports Means For Tracking Efforts Against The Disease. “Dr. Jason Salemi, a professor of epidemiology at the University of South Florida’s college of public health, used those reports to create his own daily COVID-19 dashboard, and he’s now scaling it down, based on what’s available from the health department.”

• WCJB: Tiny house entertainment area is coming to Williston. “The Homestead Tiny House Company held a market along with two tiny homes for people to tour on Saturday and Sunday to promote their new tiny town. After buying the former Winn Dixie they decided to turn it into a tiny environment.”

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