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The Point, May 27, 2022: Florida governor signs home insurance, condo safety legislation following special session

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• WUFT News: Gainesville’s new senior housing strategist on the affordable housing shortage. "Corey Harris began this month in the newly created position of senior housing strategist for the City of Gainesville. He’s tasked, in part, with helping solve a serious affordable housing shortage. WUFT’s Katie Hyson spoke with Harris about his plans."

• Mainstreet Daily News: Grand jury clears ACSO deputy in Newberry shooting. "An Alachua County grand jury cleared an Alachua County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) deputy who shot and killed Barry Heckard following an attempted traffic stop in Newberry on Sept. 23, 2021. According to a release sent from the office of 8th Judicial Circuit State Attorney Brian Kramer late Wednesday, an ACSO deputy was cleared for using deadly force against Heckard, 39, of Gainesville, and that the deputy acted in lawful self-defense of himself and other citizens present."

• WUFT News: A dairy farm in Trenton is turning cow poop into profits. "Dairy and beef cattle farms produce about 2% of total worldwide greenhouse gas emissions. According to Climate Watch Data, in 2018, 2% accounted for 1 billion tons of greenhouse gas. Alliance uses a system called an anaerobic digester to process their manure. From the outside, it just looks like a large concrete platform covered in metal pipes. But Del Bottcher, a soil and water engineer who worked on Alliance’s digester installation, said the system is much more than meets the eye."

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Around the state

• Associated Press: Gov. DeSantis signs property insurance legislation. "Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday signed legislation implementing property insurance reforms in Florida, designed to provide both short- and long-term relief to homeowners battling insurance costs. Additionally, DeSantis signed legislation that modifies structural inspection and financial reserve requirements for condominium associations."

• WTSP-Tampa Bay: Tampa City Council to consider Gainesville's rental housing ordinance. "After listening to hours of comments, the council voted to take a note from Gainesville's book. The city of Gainesville has a Rental Housing Ordinance that has been in effect since September of 2020. It requires landlords to pay an annual fee of $122. The ordinance requires landlords to meet living standards, provide property maintenance and pass inspections."

• Miami Herald ($): Shades of Parkland: Cops in Texas face scrutiny over response to mass shooting at school. "Even though police officers around the nation have been increasingly trained on how to respond to active shooters, the Uvalde case — as with the Parkland massacre — nevertheless underscores the challenges first-responding cops face when confronting a heavily armed gunman in confined spaces. Law-enforcement experts say concerns about the police response are legitimate, although it’s too early to definitively pass judgment on whether officers acted appropriately."

• WFTS-Tampa Bay: Everything you need to know about Florida's 2022 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday. "During the sales tax holiday period, which runs from Saturday, May 28, through Friday, June 10, qualifying items related to disaster preparedness are exempt from sales tax."

• WFLA-Tampa: Tampa Bay beach named 2nd best in annual Dr. Beach list. "Caladesi Island State Park is the second best beach in the country, according to coastal expert Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman."

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• National: DOJ has decided not to charge the FBI agents who mishandled the Larry Nassar case

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About today's curator

I'm Ethan Magoc, a news editor at WUFT. Originally from Pennsylvania, I've found a home telling Florida stories. I’m part of a team searching each morning for local and state stories that are important to you; please send feedback about today's edition or ideas for stories we may have missed to emagoc@wuft.org.

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