The Point, Aug. 18, 2023: Gainesville commission debates open container ordinance


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Today’s Florida stories

• Mainstreet Daily News: Mayor provides swing vote on open container motion. “The ordinance, created by general government and police department staff, aimed to break a commission stalemate from March while helping law enforcement deal with late-night crowds and crime.”

• News Service of Florida: Federal judge dismisses challenge to Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law. “For the second time in less than a year, a Central Florida federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging a 2022 state law that restricts instruction about gender identity and sexual orientation in schools.”

• Ocala Star-Banner ($): Ex-Ocala police officer arrested, accused of aggravated stalking/dating violence. “The investigation began late last month when Sgt. Erik Dice of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office was given information that Chin sent the victim a threat about shooting up her residence.”

• WMFE-Orlando: COVID numbers rising, should students be concerned? “COVID-19 case rates are higher than they were last year. In Florida, hospitalizations are up, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention forecast that number will double in September.”

• Florida Politics: Ethics Commission lawyer: Glen Gilzean can’t serve state board and run Disney oversight district. “State law says no member of the Ethics Commission may hold any public employment, notes Steven Zuilkowski, General Counsel for the Florida Ethics Commission.”

• WUFT News: A Florida coven is humanizing spirituality and keeping beaches clean. “A tall white candle surrounded by hundreds of vibrantly colored flowers, 100 self-described witches clad in their most comfortable beachwear and a bright orange sunset on the horizon is how this Florida coven celebrated the new moon.”

• WLRN-Miami: City of Miami wins ‘gerrymandering’ map battle in U.S. Supreme Court. “In a Thursday evening ruling, the full court denied a request from community activist groups led by the ACLU of Florida who have been battling with the city since last December. The groups wanted Miami to use a map of their creation for the election, because they consider the city’s map unconstitutional.”

• WCJB: Hundreds expected to swim among sharks at 2nd annual Cedar Key Shark Swim fundraiser this weekend. “Participants will swim a half-mile from Atsena Otie Key to the main town of Cedar Key. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the U.S. Coast Guard will be there to supply additional safety resources.”

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• Economy: Mortgage rates just hit their highest since 2002

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• National: Record heat boosting wildfire risk in Pacific Northwest

• Media: Judge who signed Kansas newspaper search warrant had 2 DUI arrests, reports say

• Education: A 4% income tax on millionaires will make lunch free for Massachusetts K-12 students 

• Media: ‘Suits’ just set a streaming record years after it ended. Here’s what’s going on

Kristin Moorehead curated today’s edition of The Point.

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