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The Point, Nov. 22, 2023: Stormy weather may impact holiday travel

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• Florida Storms: Thanksgiving outlook: Storms could impact travel, cooler temperatures for most of state on Thanksgiving. "Downpours and gusty thunderstorms could impact pre-Thanksgiving travel across parts of Florida. A cold front that extends from a stronger storm system over the Ohio Valley and Mid Atlantic is to blame for the unsettled forecast."

• WUFT News: Gainesville still waiting for $2 million in promised federal grant funds. "Despite being more than a month past the start of the city’s fiscal year, Gainesville has yet to receive any payout from its annual grants from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Those funds, approximately $2 million, were scheduled to be released on Oct. 1."

• WCJB: Complaints piling up about living conditions at new UFora apartments in Gainesville. "Some parents are calling them ‘unlivable’, with unfinished construction, constant fire alarms, messes everywhere and even mushrooms growing in the hallways among a long list of complaints."

• WUFT News: Communities in Gainesville and abroad feel the impact of the Israel-Hamas conflict. "At 7,000 miles, the horrors of the Israel-Hamas conflict may seem far away to most Americans. But for others, including some in Gainesville, the anxiety of battle may seem all too close to their hearts."

• WUFT News: Pro-Palestinian demonstrators express free speech concerns amid Israel-Hamas war. "Pro-Palestinian demonstrators in Gainesville like Maswadeh are concerned about their free speech rights following pushback from federal, state and university officials amid the Israel-Hamas war, which started Oct. 7 after the Hamas militant group attacked Israel."

• Ocala Gazette: Potential septic-to-sewer project for Lake Weir. "As part of the preliminary stages of a potential conversion from septic tanks to a sewer system in a part of Lake Weir, Marion County surveyed a number of residents on their feelings toward the idea—with the vast majority of respondents saying they are against it."

• Mainstreet Daily News: Gainesville Development Board approves 220-unit development near UF. "The development would be a four-story building with 754 rooms on just over seven acres. The project is already zoned for Transect Zone Urban 9, as are the surrounding parcels. Nearby, Varsity House of Gainesville also stands four stories tall, and Aloft Hotel is five stories."

• Ocala Gazette: Bid awarded for Marion County Airport expansion project. "The Marion County Board of County Commissioners has approved a recommendation for an engineering consulting firm to offer its services for the Marion County Airport’s project to create two new taxiways."

Scheduling note: The Point will be taking a break the rest of this week for Thanksgiving. We will return to your inbox Monday morning. Enjoy the holiday.

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Around the state

• News Service of Florida: Bill targets personal pronouns in workplaces. "In what could fuel a new round of legislative battles about gender identity, a House Republican on Tuesday filed a bill that would place restrictions on government agencies in the use of personal pronouns."

• WMFE-Orlando: Many Floridians with private wells don’t know how to take care of them. "After years of relying on wells for drinking water, Turner feels quite comfortable maintaining her own well today, which sets her apart from the estimated one-third of Florida well users who don’t know how to care for their wells properly, according to UF/IFAS research."

• WMFE-Orlando: Orange County sends onePULSE cease-and-desist letter over unauthorized lease agreements. "Officials claim the nonprofit entered into three unauthorized lease agreements with the Nassal Company using tourist development tax dollars, collected on local rentals."

• WUSF-Tampa: How consumer confidence could affect holiday shopping. "The National Retail Federation expects consumers to spend a record amount this holiday season: between 3% and 4% higher than last November and December, or up to $966 billion."

• WLRN-Miami: As schools lose students, Broward's superintendent grapples with possibility of closures. "The decreasing number of students — in part due to families receiving taxpayer money to enroll in private schools thanks to a new state law — has Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) scrambling for a solution to save costs, with schools with low enrollment costing an estimated $2 million to keep open."

• Associated Press: More Congress members get a tour of the Parkland, Florida massacre. "Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick spent years as an FBI agent and federal prosecutor, but he was shaken Monday by a tour of the building at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where 17 teens and staff members were gunned down nearly six years ago."

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Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.

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