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The Point, Sept. 12, 2022: The looming impact between sea level rise and Florida's property tax base

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• Florida Storms: Assessing Hurricane Irma’s impact, five years later. "This week marks five years since Hurricane Irma hit Florida. Nearly the entire peninsula was under a hurricane watch or warning by the time the storm reached Florida’s southwestern shore. An incredibly strong storm, the damage brought by Irma contributed to the most expensive year of weather events ever, totaling over $300 billion across 16 events."

• The Alligator: UF keeps No. 5 spot in public university ranking. "No need to reprint the banners: UF is still a top-five public university. The university has maintained its status as No. 5 national public university for the second year in a row, according to the U.S. News & World Report 2023 Best Colleges rankings released Sunday."

• Tampa Bay Times ($): As Florida’s top universities rise, many low-income students are left out. "The problem is most acute at the University of Florida and Florida State, where the percentage of low-income students has been steadily dropping since 2014. At both schools, the number of low-income students fell by a combined 3,000 as overall enrollment climbed sharply in those years."

• WUFT News: Alachua County candidate faces lawsuit over residency. "Alachua County Commissioner Marihelen Wheeler is being sued in Alachua County Circuit Court over questions about her residency following her Aug. 23 victory in the Democratic primary for the District 2 seat."

• WRUF: NCAA President Mark Emmert Talks College Athletics During Visit to UF. "On Friday, NCAA president Mark Emmert joined Sports Scene and provided his insight into the changing realm of college sports. Emmert, who has been the president of the NCAA since 2010, spoke about the prodding issues of current college athletics."

• News4Jax: Palatka Police Department investigation uncovers new details in deadly shooting. "The Palatka Police Department on Friday night said detectives continue their investigation into a shooting outside Vick’s Supper Club, renewing its push for anyone with information to come forward."

• WUFT News: Show Series at Florida Horse Park in Ocala offers variety and family fun. "The show featured horses and horse lovers who watched a variety of events. The events included showmanship, English pleasure, western pleasure and various horse trails. The showmanship and ranch conformation events finish off with a grand and reserve champion as well as second -and first-place horses."

• WUFT News: Orphans fleeing the war in Ukraine are receiving aid from a Florida-based nonprofit. "An organization that helps orphans flee the war in Ukraine is hosting a fundraising event in Gainesville at the end of the month to raise money for basic necessities needed for their operations."

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Around the state

• WUSF-Tampa: Sea level rise will most affect the property lines of Florida's coastal counties, a new report says. "Rising seas will shift tidal boundaries, leading to the loss of taxable properties, according to a new study. This is expected to impact the tax base of hundreds of U.S. coastal counties, with Florida being the state most affected."

• Politico: Rubio walks the Mar-a-Lago line. "The FBI search of Donald Trump’s Florida home has put the state’s senior senator exactly where he doesn’t want to be two months before Election Day. As polls show his reelection race getting tighter, Marco Rubio is treading carefully when it comes to the investigation into Trump’s handling of classified documents."

• News Service of Florida: Rebekah Jones to stand trial on cyber security charges in January. "The former Florida Department of Health data analyst drew national attention after defying Governor Ron DeSantis over COVID-19 data. She is running for a Northwest Florida congressional seat in the November election."

• News4Jax: Jury selection slated to begin Monday in trial of former Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels. "Daniels is charged with tampering with evidence, attempted destruction of evidence and five counts of providing false information to law enforcement."

• New York Times ($): For Florida A&M, Getting on the Field Is Just One of Many Problems. "Athletes at historically Black colleges and universities often are no stranger to struggle, their institutions routinely deprived of the resources common at predominantly white institutions. Financial woes aside, Florida A&M stands out because of a litany of past compliance failures and administrative dysfunction that stretches back years."

• Spectrum News: Historians at MacDill AFB share story of Queen Elizabeth II's visit in 1991. "As the world remembers the life and legacy of Queen Elizabeth II, in Florida, many people remember her visit to Tampa in 1991. One highlight of that trip was a stop at MacDill Air Force Base."

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Ethan Magoc curated today's edition of The Point.

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