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Today’s top Florida stories
• WUSF: ‘Sunny Day’ High-Tide Flooding May Soon Affect Much Of Florida’s Coast. “A new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows coastal communities across the country saw record-setting high-tide flooding last year. Nicole LeBoeuf, acting director of NOAA’s National Ocean Service, said the eastern Gulf of Mexico — including Florida — saw nine flood days last year. That’s a 600% increase since the year 2000. LeBouef says it’s only going to get worse.”
• Politico: DeSantis asks protesters to stay out of Florida roads in reversal on anti-riot law. “DeSantis pushed the ‘anti-riot’ bill in the aftermath of last year’s racial justice protests that spread across the nation — and even cited protesters blocking roads as a justification for the measure that includes extra penalties for people accused of participating in riots and violent protests.”
• WUFT News: ‘The Year of No Low Seasons’: St. Augustine Businesses On Track For A Record-Breaking Summer. “…as the pandemic in Florida has surpassed its one-year mark and vaccinations have been available to those over 18 since April 5, St. Augustine is seeing an unprecedented extension of its peak season, which normally occurs in March. Tourism is vital to the town’s economy, with 50% of last year’s employed population being in the service industry, according to St. Johns County data.”
• CBS Miami: Death Toll Of Surfside Condo Collapse Stands At 97 Exactly Three Weeks Later. “More than 22 million pounds of concrete and debris have been removed from the area where the Champlain Towers South once stood. The pile of rubble is now nearly level to the ground as excavators continue to remove piles of debris.”
• USA Today Network ($): ‘We didn’t have Surfside then.’ Charlie Crist reflects on 2010 repeal of inspection law. “Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist is defending his 2010 decision to repeal a condominium inspection law that has come under renewed scrutiny in the wake of the tragic building collapse in Surfside.”
• Florida Politics: Kat Cammack pulls in $505K in second quarter. “That’s more than any candidate for Florida’s 3rd Congressional District has raised in a single quarter.”
• Naples Daily News ($): After Elsa, dozens of sea turtle nests disappeared in SWFL. What does it mean for nesting season? “Tropical Storm Elsa brushed by Southwest Florida following the July 4th weekend without doing much more than dropping several inches of rain throughout the area, but it did affect nesting sea turtles.”
• WMFE: Researchers Discover New Deadly Disease For Gopher Tortoises. “Veterinary researchers at the University of Florida say they have discovered a new pathogen that is fatal for gopher tortoises. … After the animals fell seriously ill, the new bacteria was found in their noses. Two of the tortoises died, and the third had to be euthanized.”
• FOX35 Orlando: Father and son, both former Central Florida police officers, arrested in Capitol riot investigation. “…Kevin Tuck has recently served as an officer with the Windermere Police Department, while Nathaniel Tuck served with the Apopka Police Department (APD) as a full-time police officer from March 19, 2018, to August 22, 2020, then as a reserve officer from August 22, 2020, to September 18, 2020.”
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About today’s curator
I’m Ethan Magoc, a news editor at WUFT. Originally from Pennsylvania, I’ve found a home telling Florida stories. I’m part of a team searching each morning for local and state stories that are important to you; please send feedback about today’s edition or ideas for stories we may have missed to firstname.lastname@example.org.