The Point, Aug. 5, 2022: Gainesville commissioners take first step toward citywide single-family zoning change


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• WUFT News: Gainesville poised to become first Florida city to end exclusionary zoning, despite community outcry. “The change replaces the current single-family zoning with a new ‘neighborhood residential’ category that allows property owners to build up to four units in a building, no more than two stories tall.”

• Gainesville Sun ($): Fact check: Did the Gainesville City Commission really estimate GRU bills at 35 days? “GRU has a schedule for workers to go read meters, a decision planned at the beginning of the year. Due to a reduction in workforce and an ever-expanding GRU territory, officials say they haven’t been able to keep up. Typically during the summer months, GRU has estimated bills around 30-32 days, said GRU Chief Customer Officer Kinn’zon Hutchinson.”

• Florida Storms: Everything you need to know about getting an evacuation order during hurricane season. “Emergency managers are simplifying the messaging around evacuation orders as some existing terms used fall out of use. Knowing when you are in danger, and when to evacuate, is critical ahead of the most active period of hurricane season.”

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Around the state

• WUSF-Tampa: DeSantis suspends State Attorney Andrew Warren, who indicated he won’t enforce abortion laws. “Warren, a Democrat, was one of dozens of state attorneys around the country who signed a letter vowing not to press charges against people who seek or provide abortions. He has called Florida’s 15-week ban ‘arbitrary’ and ‘unconstitutional.'”

• News Service of Florida: Florida abortion clinic fights $41,000 state fine. “The Hialeah clinic, A GYN Diagnostic Center, is challenging the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration in the state Division of Administrative hearings, according to documents filed Monday. The case emerged as the agency also faces an administrative challenge to an attempt to revoke the license of a Pensacola abortion clinic.”

• Associated Press: Parkland jury making rare visit to bloodied school building. “Jurors in the trial of Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz were taken to see the still blood-spattered rooms of a three-story building at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Thursday, an extremely rare visit to a crime scene sealed off since he murdered 14 students and three staff members four years ago.”

• Florida Storms: NOAA still expects above-average season in latest outlook. “Forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center released their mid-season outlook Thursday and little has changed from their first outlook issued in May.”

• FLKeysNews ($): Border Patrol responds to more than six separate landings in the Keys Thursday. “The Keys and South Florida are experiencing an influx in migrants from both Cuba and Haiti, but that many migrant arrivals in one day is unusual.”

From NPR News

• World: A Russian court sentences WNBA star Brittney Griner to 9 years on drug charges

• National: White House declares monkeypox a public health emergency

• National: A jury says InfoWars’ Alex Jones must pay 2 Sandy Hook parents more than $4 million

• Politics: Sinema says she will move forward with Senate Democrats’ climate, health and tax bill

• Health: How to protect the people you care about from extreme heat

• Science: The Earth is spinning faster than ever and it’s making our days shorter

• Books: Why do so many bikes end up underwater? The reasons can be weird and varied

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