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• WUFT News: Putnam Board Of County Commissioners Voted To Move A Confederate Monument. Now They’re Considering An Ordinance To Protect It. “Over the past year, the Board of County Commissioners voted to move the monument, then placed conditions on its relocation that activists claimed were in bad faith and opted not to meet, and now — in a move many feel is in opposition to their initial vote — plan to workshop on Tuesday a veterans’ memorial protection ordinance that could make it harder to move.”

• Gainesville Sun ($): Elsa long gone but river-flood threat lingers. “Six days after Tropical Storm Elsa passed through Gainesville, the county is still distributing sandbags to residents as the Santa Fe River as recently as this weekend continued to rise.”

• News Service of Florida: Bipartisan support among Florida leaders swells for Cuban protesters. “Florida political leaders expressed bipartisan support for Cubans after thousands of the island’s citizens took to the streets this weekend to protest against the nation’s government amid economic turmoil and lack of access to COVID-19 vaccinations.”

• New York Times ($): Arrest in Haiti Assassination Leaves Some Baffled: ‘Nobody Ever Heard of Him.’ “On Sunday, Haiti’s national police chief, Léon Charles, was among the authorities who cast Dr. Christian Emmanuel Sanon, a 63-year-old doctor and pastor who divided his time between Florida and Haiti, as a central figure in the plot.”

• WJCT: Duval School Board To Vote On $1.2M Contract To Recruit Students. “With as many as 30,000 students attending charter schools and private schools or being home-schooled in Duval County, the local school board is considering hiring a contractor to help entice students back to traditional public schools.”

• WTSP-Tampa Bay: Expert says Elsa did not wash away red tide in Tampa Bay and could have made it worse. “Parts of St. Petersburg are seeing some of the highest concentrations of red tide. More than 110 tons of dead sea life have been picked up so far there.”

• News Service of Florida: Citrus season ends on sour note. “Florida’s beleaguered citrus growers ended the 2020-2021 growing season Monday with a yield below what had already been expected to be one of the lowest in decades.”

• WKMG-Orlando: ‘I was in the wrong:’ Marion County man pleads guilty to involvement in Capitol Hill riot. “Michael Curzio, 35, of Summerfield, pleaded guilty to one count of parading, demonstrating or picketing inside a Capitol building. In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors dropped three other misdemeanor charges.”

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