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Today’s top Florida stories
• WUFT News: Florida Ranks Second In Government-Sold Homes In Flood Zones. “Willie Jay pointed with a cigarette between his fingers down the dirt road from his mobile home in Gilchrist County. ‘That’s the flood zone down there,’ said Jay, a sawmill worker who lives with his wife and daughter, referring to a mass of trees where rainwater lay stagnant beside a cluster of trailers. His neighborhood in Trenton, a town with a population of about 2,000 people, is not the only one with this looming threat.”
• Mainstreet Daily News: Clemons suggests combining Gainesville with county. “He referred to Duval County combining with the City of Jacksonville and said that with Gainesville, there is, ‘Somewhat of a conflict and some questionable decisions being made.'”
• The Alligator: Former Florida women’s basketball players detail abuse under Coach Newbauer. “The head coach is accused of making racist remarks, throwing basketballs at players during practices and verbally abusing the team, assistant coaches and trainers. That coach was Cameron Newbauer. He resigned July 16, citing personal reasons. His resignation didn’t address any abuse allegations.”
• Politico: DeSantis pushing election officials to investigate Facebook. “Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis directed his secretary of state to launch an investigation into a Facebook program that could have given incumbent politicians ‘an advantage over challengers’ — but it’s unclear what state laws the social media giant could have violated.”
• Florida Times-Union ($): Florida community mourns Joshua Moyers as search continues for Nassau County deputy’s killer. “As the manhunt continues for 35-year-old ex-Marine Patrick McDowell in connection with the Friday shooting off U.S. 301, preparations continue for the 29-year-old deputy’s funeral as his life and death are remembered in his Callahan community.”
• WLRN: Some Grieving Relatives Want Site Of Surfside Condo Collapse To Serve As A Memorial. The Judge Overseeing The Property’s Sale Says That’s Not Going To Happen. “As engineers investigate what caused the Champlain Towers South condo building to collapse about three months ago, tension keeps growing over what purpose the site should serve. What should happen where 98 people died?”
• WFLA-Tampa: Elections officials say individuals are knocking on Florida voters’ doors. “… door-to-door canvassing is happening in at least three Tampa Bay counties: Pasco, Pinellas and Hernando. The concern is the door-knockers may be part of a larger effort to undermine the integrity of the 2020 election.”
• Florida Politics: Jacksonville to suspend curbside recycling collection. “(Mayor Lenny Curry) blamed the pandemic, ‘unprecedented times,’ and ‘labor shortages”’for the suspension.”
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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.