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• Mainstreet Daily News: Alachua County joins lawsuit against GNV zoning. “Peggy Carr and Faye L. Williams filed the lawsuit, with support from local nonprofit Gainesville Neighborhood Voices (GNVoices), and a judge will hold a hearing on Dec. 13.”
• Gainesville Sun ($): ‘You’re supposed to be dead’: Gainesville city officials argue with themselves, audience. “Commissioner Reina Saco, a local attorney who was first elected in 2020, went head-to-head with Mayor Lauren Poe and Commissioner Cynthia Chestnut multiple times during the most recent City Commission meeting.”
• The Alligator: Gainesville’s city audit controversy, explained. “Four successive issues led to local concern: a formal letter from the state about late city financial reports, three city commissioners traveling to Israel off public funds, the city auditor’s resignation and budget changes made Nov. 17.”
• Ocala Gazette: Marion County continues to look after unclaimed bodies. “Roberts of Ocala Funerals and Cremations will continue to handle unclaimed bodies in Marion County under a revised agreement unanimously approved recently by the Marion County Board of County Commissioners.”
• The Alligator: Stop W.O.K.E Act temporarily blocked: UF’s perspective moving forward. “A Florida judge’s decision to temporarily block parts of House Bill 7, also known as the Stop W.O.K.E. Act, Nov. 17 has UF students and faculty once again reflecting on the future of academic freedom.”
• WUFT News: Elija Walton leads North Marion football, earns FBS scholarship. “Walton became the first player from North Marion to reach the FBS in his time playing for the Colts.”
• WUFT News: Inside the Matheson History Museum exhibit on iconic 70s concert venue. “The exhibit is called Return to Forever: Gainesville’s Great Southern Music Hall, and it commemorates the eponymous concert venue, which operated from 1974 to 1978.”
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Around the state
• WFSU-Tallahassee: Florida Democrats choose leaders after GOP gains supermajority. “After Republicans flipped several Blue seats across the state earlier this month, Democrats now have an even smaller minority than they had before the midterm elections. They make up just under 30% of the legislature, giving the GOP a supermajority that enables them to pass whatever they want.”
• WUSF-Tampa: Florida has one of the worst updated COVID-19 booster rates in the country. “As of Nov. 16, just over 20% of Florida seniors had received a bivalent booster shot from Pfizer or Moderna, which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration first authorized at the end of August.”
• WGCU-Fort Myers: Petition urges USFWS protect Florida manatees as endangered. “According to information provided by the groups, pollution-fueled algae blooms sparked an ongoing mortality event that killed more than 1,110 Florida manatees in 2021 alone — 19 percent of the Atlantic population and 13 percent of all manatees in Florida.”
• Spectrum News: A cleaner campaign: Central Florida volunteers push for more plastic political sign recycling. “With Election Day over, the League of Women Voters volunteer has a new task — clearing up campaign sign recycling drop-off sites.”
• WLRN-Miami: Can adding minerals to ocean curb climate change? Elon Musk backs UM grad’s research. “Laura Stieghorst was sitting in the back of a University of Miami classroom in November 2021 when she got the email that would change her life.”
•WGCU-Fort Myers: A lesson in genocide: Holocaust artifact displayed in the backyard of a South Fort Myers school. “A tangible reminder of 6 million deaths, a Holocaust-era boxcar of the type used to transport Jews and others to concentration camps and near certain extermination in World War II, is on display at a South Fort Myers private school through November.”
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