The Point, May 26, 2022: Florida’s special session wraps with passage of bills to aid property insurance problems

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• Gainesville Sun ($): Summer feeding program again to feed children for free. “To make sure no child goes hungry during the summer, the Alachua County Public Schools Food and Nutrition Department, again this year will provide a robust summer feeding program with more than 70 feeding sites for children up to 18 years of age.”

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Around the state

• WUFT News: The Florida Legislature passes two bills to alleviate the state’s insurance crisis as the special session concludes. “Homeowners and the insurance market are a step closer to seeing a change in property insurance rates in Florida. … The home insurance reform package is now on its way to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ desk for him to review and sign it into law. Lawmakers expect the impact of these pieces of legislation to be noticed in about 18 months.”

• Florida Politics: House passes property insurance bill over rate cut gripes. “In the face of rising property insurance rates, cancellations and a spate of insolvencies, lawmakers passed a large property insurance bill Wednesday designed to stabilize the troubled market.The vote in the Florida House on SB 2D was 95-14 and is headed to Gov. Ron Desantis who is expected to sign.”

• WJCT-Jacksonville: Health warning issued over blue-green algae at Doctors Lake. “A toxic blue-green algae bloom in Doctor’s Lake and Mill Cove poses a risk for swimmers and boaters, health officials say. Toxins were discovered in a water sample taken May 17. The Florida Department of Health in Clay County advised people on Tuesday to take precautions…”

• FOX35 Orlando: What to expect when Terminal C opens at Orlando International Airport this fall. “According to the airport’s website, Terminal C will provide guests with local Orlando dining options, shopping opportunities, and a place to lounge before boarding a flight.”

• FL Keys News ($): Cuba detains more than 800 Haitian migrants on the way to the Florida Keys. “A cargo ship packed with more than 800 Haitian migrants ran aground in Cuban waters Tuesday, stopping before it could reach its intended destination — the Florida Keys. If the boat had arrived anywhere near the South Florida mainland, it would have been by far the largest migrant landing by people from Haiti to date… There were 842 people on board, including toddlers and babies.”

• News4Jax: Court documents detail moments leading up to Arlington gas station attack. “Duval County court documents are providing more details about an attack last week at an Arlington gas station that was captured on a video that went viral.”


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• World: Here’s how much it could cost to rebuild Ukraine — and who would pay for it

• World: War hacks: How outgunned Ukraine finds ways to counter Russia

• Politics: On 2nd anniversary of George Floyd’s death, Biden signs police reform order

• Health: The Buffalo shooting is a reminder that millions don’t live near a grocery store

• National: Last call: New York City bids an official farewell to its last public pay phone

About today’s curator

I’m Fareeha Haque Abrar, a journalist at WUFT. Originally from North Carolina, I grew up reading Florida stories since moving to Jacksonville at 4 years old. I am a senior journalism major and am a part of a team searching for local and state news each week that’s important to you. Please send feedback about today’s edition of The Point or ideas for stories we may have missed to fareehaabrar@ufl.edu.

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