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The Point, Nov. 28, 2022: Florida reinsurance rates increasing

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The stories near you

• WUFT News: Gainesville homeless campers told to move by Dec. 1"The camp is a microcosm of both this year’s housing crisis and the cracks in the local shelter system. Its uncertain future hints at what may be ahead for many more."

• WUFT News: Food banks in Alachua County facing new barriers this season. "Food banks and pantries in Alachua County are facing more challenges than usual this season thanks to a rise in the price of groceries, the aftermath of Hurricane Ian and an increase in demand."

• Ocala Gazette: City of Ocala in the process of redistricting. "The city of Ocala will host an information session about redistricting, explaining map utilization and demographic information, at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at the Lillian Bryant Community Center, 2200 NW 17th Place, Ocala."

• UF Health: UF study finds election stress may impact health. "In an atmosphere of debate and disagreement, fed by an unrelenting 24-hour news cycle, a presidential campaign seems tailored to produce in abundance something our hearts could do without — stress."

• WCJB: Former head of UF veterinary health says demand for vets will rise. "James Lloyd, the former dean of the UF College of Veterinary Medicine, said the market for pet health care will grow 33 percent by 2029."

• Mainstreet Daily News: Gators football joins NFL head impacts study. "The National Football League (NFL) recently announced that the University of Florida has joined its program to collect data from on-field head impacts – through novel mouthguard sensors – to inform injury reduction efforts at the professional and collegiate level..."

• WUFT News: Adria Petty Thankful To Give Back To The Gainesville Community That Helped Raise Her Dad. "WUFT’s Morning Edition host Glenn Richards recently spoke with Tom Petty’s eldest daughter – director, editor, art director and artist, Adria Petty."

• Gainesville Sun ($): After 38 years, beloved Unicorn Hill Christmas Tree Farm closing after this holiday season. "For more than a generation, the Unicorn Hill Christmas Tree Farm has played host to countless holiday memories."

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Around the state

• News Service of Florida: More bad news for Florida's struggling insurance market: Reinsurance rates are going up. "As Florida lawmakers try to stabilize the troubled property-insurance system next month, they could face worsening problems with reinsurance, a critical part of the system."

• Florida Politics: The mother of all contracts: A seismic shift in Medicaid program could be ahead. "Florida’s mammoth health care agency is moving forward with one of the state’s biggest — and most expensive — contracts. And it’s going to be quite an undertaking."

• Politico: Florida hospitals weren’t ready for Hurricane Ian. Some fear the next big storm. "Hurricane Ian exposed an alarming weakness in Florida’s healthcare system: Many hospitals in the state are unprepared to quickly evacuate patients and some facilities likely couldn’t withstand a direct hit from a major storm."

• News4Jax: In historic first, St. Johns County teachers vote down pay raise because it wasn’t enough. "The St. Johns County teachers union has been around since 1975 and has never voted against a pay increase — until last week."

• NPR: Don't call Florida a red state yet: Left-leaning groups say their voters stayed home. "Some political experts say this election could mark the end of Florida's long-time status as the biggest swing state in the country, but Democrats and third-party groups say they are not convinced Florida is officially a Republican stronghold."

• WJCT-Jacksonville: Disney-themed clothing sets recalled over lead. "The Bentex clothing group is recalling about 87,000 children's clothing sets because the ink on the clothing contains levels of lead that exceed federal limits."

• Florida Politics: Critical habitat reduced in U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s revised Florida bonneted bat plan. "If you aren’t a fan of flying insects, and the vastness of them in Florida, you have a friend in the humble bat."

From NPR News

• National: Bird flu outbreak drives Nebraska to cull 1.8 million more chickens

• National: U.S. House considers creating a new delegate seat for the Cherokee Nation

• Business: Frontier Airlines drops its customer service line

• Politics: Bills targeting trans youth are growing more common — and radically reshaping lives

• National: Cities became more pedestrian-friendly during the pandemic. Many aren't going back

• World: Eurovision will now let fans in non-participating countries (like the U.S.) vote

• World: The world is doing away with the leap second
Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.

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