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Today’s top Florida stories
• New York Times ($): Some Florida Hospitals Have More Covid Patients Than Ever Before. “Nationally, hospitalizations remain relatively low, nowhere near earlier peaks of the pandemic. But in some regions with lagging vaccination rates and rising virus cases — such as Northeast Florida, Southwest Missouri, Southern Nevada — the highly contagious Delta variant has flooded intensive care units and Covid wards that, not long ago, had seen their patient counts shrink.”
• WFTS-Tampa Bay: Florida records 73,000+ new COVID-19 cases. “The Florida Department of Health reported 73,199 new cases the week prior, up from 45,604; and a new case positivity rate of 15.1 percent, up from 11.5 percent the week prior. That averages to more than 10,000 new cases a day.”
• News4Jax: City leaders, colleagues mourn sudden loss of UF Health Jacksonville CEO. “According to an internal UF Health email obtained by News4Jax, (Dr. Leon Haley Jr.) died after an accident Saturday in South Florida. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission confirmed Sunday that Haley died after he was ejected from a personal watercraft in the Palm Beach Inlet.”
• WUFT News: How High Springs Residents Came Together To Stop A Waste Transfer Station. “The community’s successful pushback against the proposal has left the county without a location for its new waste transfer center, which is needed as soon as possible, according to Gus Olmos, director of solid waste and recovery for Alachua County.”
• WUFT News: North Central Florida Housing Market Inventory Decreases As Prices Soar for Homebuyers. “Craig Wilburn, realtor and leader of Team Dynamo, a partner of Keller Williams Realty Gainesville, said besides the flood of homebuyers into Florida, the small number homes on the market has been building up for over a decade, and the region is now seeing the result.”
• USA Today Network: After past ‘mockery,’ Florida GOP to begin new high-stakes redistricting effort. “Republicans say they learned a lesson last time. And they’re pledging they won’t do anything wrong. Democrats, though, aren’t convinced.”
• Citrus County Chronicle: County: State restricts noise law on the water. “County commissioners, after hearing from Homosassa residents who say the head springs and adjacent canals are clogged with loud boaters, said they wanted to consider an ordinance restricting noise in that area.”
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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.