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Today's Florida stories

• WCJB:‘These dogs do essential stuff’: Dozens of residents and GPD officers discuss K-9 unit in heated meeting. "Since last Thursday, Alachua County Sheriff’s officials have been lending their K-9 unit to Gainesville police after City Manager Cynthia Curry took the unit off-duty."

• WFSU-Tallahassee: As a bill to ban gender affirming care for kids moves forward the transgender community pushes back. "Later this week, a Florida Board of Medicine rule that bans gender affirming care, such as puberty blockers, for most transgender kids goes into effect. Monday, a bill that codifies those rules got its first committee hearing."

• WLRN-Miami: Coming soon to Florida beaches: Massive, messy and maybe record mounds of seaweed. "A giant blob of seaweed, spanning 5,000 miles and weighing an estimated 6.1 million tons, threatens to blanket Florida beaches and Caribbean islands with smelly piles of decaying brown goop."

• Florida Politics: New study shows Florida drivers zoom through school zones. "A bill that would use cameras to make sure drivers pump the brakes in school zones is speeding through committee, and a new study shows it could make an immediate impact."

• WUFT News: Volunteers on a Gainesville farm find joy in the harvest. "It’s harvest day. Daniel Robleto and his wife, Aviva Asher, wake up at 7 a.m., brush their teeth, eat their breakfast and begin their morning harvest."

• WFSU-Tallahassee: A Florida House panel okays a bill making it easier to sue journalists. "Sponsors argue there needs to be a greater check on the press amid the proliferation of misinformation and disinformation. But bill critics say lawmakers have the wrong approach."

• WLRN-Miami: After a pandemic boom, Florida lawmakers seek to regulate 'ghost kitchens' and food trailers. "When the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered restaurants, some entrepreneurs turned to this business model to provide takeout or delivery-only options by preparing meals in shared spaces or portable structures."

• WMFE-Orlando: Exploring Long COVID Part 2: What's it like to have it? "One year after first testing positive for COVID-19, Mount Dora resident Tanya Balyeat still has weakened lungs and the short-term memory loss phenomenon known as brain fog."

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Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.

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