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The Point, July 5, 2023: UF announces $400 million stadium renovation plans

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• WUFT News: UF to begin $400M renovation process for Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. "The University Athletic Association is this month beginning the hunt for an architect suitable to undertake the task; an exact timeline for the bidding process is unknown."

• WUFT News: Police chief, sheriff clarify permitless carry limits. "University of Florida Police Chief Linda Stump-Kurnick clarified in an email to students, faculty and staff that 'the law did not change regarding where a person can and cannot carry a firearm.'"

• Mainstreet Daily News: GNV nonprofit sues DeSantis over GRU bill. "Gainesville Residents United formed in May to oppose HB 1645. Robert Hutchinson, lead plaintiff and president of the nonprofit, told Mainstreet at the time that the group had raised $60,000 to retain lawyers.'

• WKMG-Orlando: ‘Calling me names:’ What body camera video tells us about suspect in Ocala mother’s shooting death. "Body-worn camera video obtained by News 6 shows the growth of complaints and issues over the course of a year that led to the shooting of an Ocala mother in June."

• Mainstreet Daily News: Alachua County starts fertilizer regulations. "Alachua County announced that landscape fertilizers with nitrogen will be prohibited from July through February and requires fertilizers containing the element to contain no less than 50 percent slow-release nitrogen."

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Around the state

• News Service of Florida: Million-dollar book deal boosts DeSantis’ net worth. "DeSantis, who is running for president, listed $1.25 million in income last year from HarperCollins Publishers LLC and $141,400 from his salary as governor."

• News Service of Florida: A federal judge blocks parts of Florida elections law. "He paused parts of the law that would prevent non-U.S. citizens from 'collecting or handling' voter-registration applications and make it a felony for voter-registration group workers to keep personal information of voters."

• WGCU-Fort Myers: Transgender Floridians remain in limbo as legal fight over gender-affirming care continues. "Citing the uncertain legality of continuing treatment without the state-mandated informed consent form, clinics providing gender-affirming care ceased treatment for new and returning patients for several weeks. For people in the process of transitioning, this sudden halt in treatment left them feeling stranded."

• WLRN-Miami: ‘The sargassum season for Florida is gone’: Mysterious seaweed disappearances continue. "A series of early tropical storms tore through the Atlantic in June, setting up a Godzilla-versus-Mothra style battle between two consequences of climate change: abnormally large seaweed blobs and abnormally early tropical storms."

• WTSP-Tampa Bay: Study: It will be too hot to grow strawberries in Hillsborough County by 2050. "Hillsborough County currently sits in what scientists call the 'goldilocks zone' for growing strawberries. But that's changing with our climate."

• WLRN-Miami: Watsco, U.S. air conditioner leader, aims to keep people cool without warming the planet. "Now, almost any time contractors replace an old air conditioner with a new one, they cut a significant chunk out of a home’s carbon emissions."

• WMFE-Orlando: Hurricanes create special challenges for Alzheimer's caregivers. This guide aims to help. "The urgent TV reports on an approaching hurricane are enough to make anyone anxious. But for a senior living with Alzheimer’s, the confusion and anxiety can be overwhelming."

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Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.

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