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Today’s top Florida stories
• Fresh Take Florida: Employees At Gainesville Real Estate Firm Raided By SWAT Team Could Face Felony Charges. “According to sworn complaints filed late Tuesday and early Wednesday in Alachua County Circuit Court, Gainesville police detectives accused Colliers International employees Lauren Edwards, 24, Daniel Drotos, 34, and Rory Causseaux, 59, of stealing dozens of trade secrets and proprietary documents and $2 million worth of deals from Bosshardt Realty Services, their former employer.”
• Mainstreet Daily News: (Alachua) County approves vaccine incentives. “The three-part motion provides $50 per citizen who gets vaccinated at partner locations, $500 to county employees and a monthly $10 premium reduction to employees per family member vaccinated.”
• WFSU: Closing Arguments Set In School Mask Lawsuit With A Ruling Expected Friday. “Attorneys for the plaintiffs and the state have sparred all week in a Leon County courtroom. The plaintiffs—a group of parents—have argued that by allowing face masking to be voluntary, the health of their children is at risk. Many of those children are too young to be vaccinated.”
• New York Times ($): In Florida, the pandemic is worse now than it has ever been before. “A growing proportion of the people inundating hospitals and dying in Florida now are coming from younger segments of the population, particularly those ages 40 to 59, which were less vulnerable in earlier waves of the pandemic. The Delta variant is spreading among younger people, many who thought they were healthy and did not get vaccinated.”
• Palm Beach Post ($): Florida COVID cases hit daily record high of more than 26,000. “The Sunshine State continues to lead the nation in new infections although Louisiana, which has also seen skyrocketing case counts since the delta variant began sweeping the nation, has had slightly more cases per capita, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”
• CBS Miami: Broward Dad Dan Bauman Arrested During Protest Over School Mask Mandate. “For the fifth time since Broward Schools resumed in-person learning, Dan Bauman, 50, walked his daughter, Isabel, to school. Isabel is a 10th grader in her first year at Fortt Lauderdale High. She has refused to wear a mask and has been turned away each day by the administration.”
• WMFE: Florida Poison Control Says Ivermectin Near-Poisonings On The Rise, Drug Is Usually Used To Treat Livestock. “Since January of this year, some 65 people in Florida have either mistakenly or intentionally been exposed to ivermectin, a common deworming medication.”
• WMFE: Survey: 68 Florida Hospitals Have Less Than 48 Hours Worth Of Oxygen. “Hospitals are using three to four times as much oxygen as they were before the pandemic because more than 17,000 patients are hospitalized statewide with COVID-19. The FHA survey, which was done (Wednesdsay), shows 68 hospitals have less than 48 hours worth of supply, with about half of these have less than 36 hours.”
• WFLA-Tampa: Smell, taste of Hillsborough County drinking water could change as COVID surge leads to lack of liquid oxygen. “Liquid oxygen is usually used to help remove hydrogen sulfide from water but, according to Tampa Bay Water, the COVID pandemic is causing a driver shortage as well as a need for available supplies to be diverted to local hospitals. Liquid oxygen is used to treat many COVID-19 patients.”
• News Service of Florida: Legal Battle Over Florida Protest Law Could Offer Grammar Lesson. “Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker this week ordered attorneys to diagram wording in part of the law (HB 1), which, among other things, enhances existing penalties and creates new crimes related to violent protests.”
• Lakeland Ledger: Citrus consultant Elizabeth Steger forecasts Florida orange crop to fall by 1.5%. “Her prediction is a smaller decline than was predicted last year but continues the trend of an overall smaller citrus crop in Florida.”
• Miami Herald ($): Feds announce team investigating Surfside collapse — won’t divulge early findings. “Those details should start to come out in the next few months, as the team — known as the National Construction Safety Team — presents updates on its findings to an advisory committee.”
• Tampa Bay Times ($): Florida says Piney Point will be under new management. “That means HRK Holdings, the company that owns the site and was at the helm this spring when a leaking reservoir prompted the release of 215 million gallons of wastewater into Tampa Bay, is no longer in charge.”
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