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The Point, March 30, 2023: Special Report: Growth Goes On

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• WUFT News Special Report: Living on the Edge: Growth Goes On. For the six-month anniversary of Hurricane Ian, we're publishing Living on the Edge, a five-part series on Florida's barrier islands in an era of climate change. Today's installment is about continued growth: A new analysis shows that population growth continues to climb on barrier islands. Florida politics and policies champion it. Our story Shifting Sands looks at whether, on the islands hit by Ian, the new growth can retain beach character and affordability.

• Ocala Gazette: Heated debate over “book banning” takes over school board meeting. "Thirty-seven speakers addressed the board to either oppose the banning of books in the district’s libraries, what many called censorship, or support the removal of what some deemed 'pornographic' books from schools."

• The Alligator: Alachua County Commission approves cottage village ordinance. "Cottage villages are clusters of homes that all face inward on one lawn, a method to include more houses per acre than a traditional neighborhood."

• Mainstreet Daily News: LifeSouth seeks rare blood to help patient. "LifeSouth Community Blood Centers are searching for rare blood donors to help a patient suffering from an acute sickle cell disease crisis."

• The Alligator: DragonBox Theatre ignites Gainesville’s imagination with performances, puppetry. "Shoppers at the How Bazar Night Festival Saturday night watched in wonder as Griffin Wulf hung from ribbons, performing her aerial routine."

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Around the state

• News Service of Florida: A ban on abortions after 6 weeks is ready for a full Florida Senate vote. "The bill passed a Senate committee after emotional testimony from both sides. It will next go before the Senate floor on Thursday."

• Florida Politics: House panel approves bill granting pregnant prisoners maternal rights. "A bill that would protect pregnant women who have been arrested has cleared its first hurdle in the House."

• Associated Press: Florida sees fewer manatee starvation deaths as a feeding program ends. "The effort to feed thousands of pounds of lettuce to starving manatees in Florida manatees officially ended for the winter season Wednesday, as deaths of the marine mammals appear to be slowing despite the long-term threat of pollution to their main food source, seagrass."

• WFSU-Tallahassee: Florida cities wary of bill that would cap transfers from municipal utilities to general revenue. "Florida’s city- and county-run utilities could be limited in the amount of money they can transfer under a bill moving in the Legislature. The measure would cap transfers from a city’s utility to its general fund."

• WGCU-Fort Myers: WMO’s hurricane committee retires Fiona, Ian from names. "The World Meteorological Organization Hurricane Committee has retired Ian, and his equally odious female friend Fiona, from the rotating lists of Atlantic tropical cyclone names because of the death and destruction they caused in Central America, the Caribbean, the United States, and Canada."

From NPR News

• National: The Biden administration sells oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico

• Health: The FDA approves the overdose-reversing drug Narcan for over-the-counter sales

• World: Pope Francis has been hospitalized after having breathing trouble, the Vatican says

• Politics: Senate votes to repeal Iraq War authorization

• National: 74 people have been killed or injured by guns at American schools this year

• Economy: These are the states with the highest and lowest tax burdens, a report says
Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.

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