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The Point, Dec. 12, 2022: $24 million approved for North Central Florida springs

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The stories near you

• Mainstreet Daily News: State funds $24M in area springs projects. "Eleven projects in North Central Florida are set to receive a total of $24 million for recovery and protection of Florida’s springs, including three projects in Alachua County."

• Ocala Gazette: County squashes controversial crematorium plans. "To the relief of residents of an Ocala neighborhood, Marion County commissioners this week put an end to a funeral home’s plans to build a crematory near their homes."

• Mainstreet Daily News: High Springs finalizes mural policy, denies murals. "The city of High Springs has worked on a mural amendment to the Land Development Code for months. The issue came up when residents learned about mural projects proposed by the Heart of High Springs, a nonprofit looking to enhance the city."

• Mainstreet Daily News: GRU diverts efforts to deal with late bills. "Personnel shortages have pushed Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) more than a week late in sending out bills for November, impacting around 5,166 customers across the city."

• WUFT News: 24/7, 365: The best way to be prepared for hurricane season. "The Atlantic hurricane season ended Nov. 30, but after the year that Florida experienced, residents would be wise to begin preparing for 2023 storms."

• WUFT News: Three self-taught artists organized the first annual art show in Alachua. "Hosted on Sunday in the Alachua Woman’s Club on Main Street, residents were treated to a combination of holiday decorations and art at the city’s first such event."

• WUFT News: Gainesville organizations help homeless people with free hair cuts and food. "In front of Gainesville City Hall, lines of people wait for food amid the sound of the humming and buzzing of hair clippers."

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Around the state

• WUFT News: NASA’s Orion capsule splashes down, concluding Artemis I mission. "NASA’s long-awaited Artemis I mission concluded Sunday with the Orion space capsule splashing down west of Baja California in the Pacific Ocean, paving the way for an ambitious program ahead."

• News Service of Florida: Florida's citrus industry faces its worst season since the Great Depression. "The forecast for the 2022-2023 season would put the industry at roughly half of the production from the 2021-2022 growing season, which itself resulted in decades-low numbers."

• WUSF-Tampa: Poor-credit consumers are constrained the most by the current auto market. "Auto loan borrowers with credit scores between 501 and 600, known as “subprime” consumers by auto-finance insights companies, are being squeezed the most by record-high monthly payments and heightened competition in the used-car market."

• WFSU-Tallahassee: Florida property insurance bills filed ahead of special session. "Florida lawmakers will consider several major changes to the state's property insurance laws in an effort to stabilize the market."

•Tallahassee Democrat ($): Florida DOE may 'force us to out' students to parents, Leon County superintendent says. "The school district has spent weeks retooling its LGBTQ+ guide as a response to the Florida Department of Education, which says the district's policies – specifically one that states 'a student's sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression should not be shared with others without their input or permission' – does not comply with state statute."

• News Service of Florida: Florida grand jury calls for changes in a law that targets the smuggling of undocumented immigrants. "The presentment came as lawmakers prepare for the 2023 legislative session, which will start in March, and as controversy continues to swirl about the DeSantis administration’s decision in September to transport migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts."

• WLRN-Miami: The Everglades, over the years and through your eyes - a Florida treasure turns 75. "The unique subtropical wetland ecosystem, which spans two million acres across Central and South Florida, was dedicated on December 6, 1947."

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Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.

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