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Forrest is a radio news manager for WUFT News. Reach him by emailing news@wuft.org or calling 352-392-6397.

Speed restrictions on Santa Fe River

Water levels are way up on the Santa Fe River, and that’s led the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to impose some boating speed restrictions.  A 32 mile stretch of the river from O’Leno State Park to where the were Santa Fe meets the Suwannee is now under an …

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Bradford county surveys Debby damage

Bradford County is not a coastal county–but that hasn’t kept it immune from the impact of Tropical Storm Debby.  WUFT-FM’s Forrest Smith talked with Bradford Emergency Management Spokesman Michael Heeder about some flooding problems in the area, especially around certain lakes. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/06/HEEDERFORWEB.mp3] Heeder says people need to remember that as …

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Dixie county surveys Debby situation

Coastal Dixie County remains in the tropical storm warning area of Tropical Storm Debby.  This morning WUFT-FM’s Forrest Smith talked with Dixie County Manager Mike Cassidy about conditions in the county and how some of the coastal communities have been faring. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/06/CASSIDYFORWEB.mp3] Cassidy says it’s important to remember it could …

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Levy County monitors Debby

Levy county is one of the coastal counties that could be heavily impacted by Tropical Storm Debby.  This afteroon, WUFT-FM’s Forrest Smith talked with Levy’s Emergency Management Director Mark Johnson about the monitoring of the storm and what he and his staff are watching for. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/06/JOHNSONWEB.mp3] WUFT-FM will have the latest …

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Hurricane center is ready

The National Hurricane Center in Miami is at full operational status today, with the official beginning of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane season. Earlier today, Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’S Forrest Smith talked with the out-going director of the center, Bill Read. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/06/fpread.mp3] That was Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Forrest Smith talking this morning …

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Real estate prospects looking less dim in Sunshine State

Florida’s real estate market outlook improved in the first quarter of 2012 according to a new survey from the University of Florida.  Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Forrest Smith spoke with Tim Becker, the director of the  Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies at the UF Warrington College of Business Administration about …

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Hunger knows no season in Alachua County

As Gainesville heads into the hot summer months, the staff at Bread of the Mighty Food bank is as busy as ever. WUFT-FM’s Forrest Smith talked with Bread of the Mighty director Anne Voyles about an upcoming food drive the postal service is involved with—and some other issues on her …

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Wildfires keep firefighters busy

It was no rest for the weary this weekend as the Division of Forestry continued to fight wildfires around the state—including some large blazes in north Florida. WUFT-FM’s Forrest Smith talked with Wildfire Mitigation specialist Ludie Bond about the fire control effort and the situation involving some of the worst. …

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