Florida Good

The news isn’t all bad. There are people in Gainesville and across the rest of our slice of Florida doing good work and trying to make their community a better place. These are their stories.

75 years of tradition and history: Camp Crystal Lake shares ‘camp magic’ with Alachua County

Camp Crystal Lake is celebrating its 75th Anniversary by bringing camp alumni together to celebrate the rich history of Alachua County’s community fixture on Crystal Lake. On Saturday, former campers celebrated with the classic Camp Crystal Lake activities, including face painting, arts and crafts, archery and a ropes climbing course. …

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Alachua County residents unite to ‘Strike Out Hunger”

Volunteers in Alachua County ensured no one went hungry this holiday season by striving to “strike out hunger.” As cars lined up and around The Oaks Mall parking lot, residents from various counties awaited their two bags filled with an array of different foods: grapes, beans, nuts and other staple …

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Beneath the surface

Britt Renee, an Ocala native, brings joy to families around Gainesville as a professional mermaid. She performs at birthday parties and group events. Through this work, she has been able to combine her love of performing, swimming and making people smile. To become a mermaid, she has been certified in …

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Joey Alfonso Beneath the Mask is the hero that Gainesville needs as he saves the city one smile at a time. From appearing at events like birthday parties and 5k’s for kids with cancer to just roaming on campus, he takes the concept of the Dark Knight to make everyone’s …

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