The Point, Aug. 9, 2022: FBI agents search former President Trump’s home in Florida

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Today’s Florida stories

• NPR News: Trump says FBI agents searched his Mar-a-Lago home in Florida. “Former President Donald Trump said on Monday that FBI agents had searched his Mar-a-Lago club and residence in Palm Beach, Fla., and opened his safe. The FBI and Department of Justice declined to comment, although Eric Trump said Monday night that he was told the search was related to the possible mishandling of government secrets the Justice Department is known to be investigating after the National Archives retrieved White House records from Mar-a-Lago.”

• Florida Politics: Mar-a-Lago FBI raid outrages state Republican pols, dubbed ‘3rd World’ move. “The historic spectacle of the FBI raiding the former President’s instantly recognizable Palm Beach estate lit Twitter on fire Monday night with outraged Republicans venting about the news. State Republicans argued the raid is an example of the federal government being weaponized against the administration’s opponents. Others said the FBI must quickly explain the decision.”

• News Service of Florida: Effort launched to get recreational marijuana on the 2024 ballot in Florida. “The proposed amendment was filed Monday at the state Division of Elections, with Tallahassee-based Trulieve contributing $5 million to the effort to get the measure on the 2024 ballot. Other multi-state medical marijuana operators also are expected to support the campaign. Florida voters passed a constitutional amendment in 2016 to broadly legalize medical marijuana, and nearly 800,000 patients have been authorized for the treatment.”

• WUFT News: Alachua County School Board elections: District 2 pits Mildred Russell against Diyonne McGraw. “The former board member is running to reclaim the seat from which the governor ousted her a year ago.”

• WUFT News: Eastside High marching band alumni plan protest after school administration declines to reincorporate traditional Black marching style. “Members of the Richard E. Parker Alumni Band invited the community to protest at next week’s Alachua County School Board meeting. It’s the latest chapter in a story that has been unfolding for 52 years. Eastside High School’s band used to march in the style of historically Black colleges and universities, like Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and Bethune-Cookman, beginning under its first director Richard Parker.”

• WMFE-Orlando: Meet the young people behind Florida’s new renewable energy goals. “When Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried announced a plan earlier this year aimed at putting the state on a path toward cleaner energy, behind the plan were some 200 young Floridians all under the age of 25.”

• News4Jax: Thousands forecast to flock to Space Coast for historic Artemis 1 launch. “NASA will be launching the first test flight around the moon since the shuttle program ended in 2011. Officials with Florida’s Space Coast Office of Tourism expect more than 100,000 people to travel to watch the Space Launch System lift off for the first time.”

• News Service of Florida: Fewer Floridians are smoking, which is impacting tobacco settlement revenues. “State economists on Friday released a report that lowered projected payments over the next decade from the 1997 settlement. ‘Overall, expected payments have been lowered largely because of the changes in the long-term view of cigarette usage,’ the report said.”

• WTSP-Tampa Bay: Ybor City restaurant set to close after 93 years. “After 93 years, Tony’s Ybor Restaurant will be closing early next month. Larry Scaglione says his grandfather started the restaurant off 22nd Street in 1929.”


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About today’s curator

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 emagoc@wuft.org.

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