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The Point, March 28, 2023: Special report: Florida’s barrier islands in an era of change

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• WUFT News Special Report: Living on the Edge: Hurricane Ian barreled into the barrier islands of Southwest Florida six months ago, on Sept. 28th 2022. Beginning today, we're publishing "Living on the Edge," a five-part series investigating Florida's barrier islands in the wake of Ian. Part 1 begins with history, including a story on the Calusa people who survived a massive hurricane around 300 A.D. Their adaptations can teach modern Floridians about coastal change.

• WUFT News: Neglected former golf club prompts county to get tough on overgrown lawns. "Anyone having grass over 12 inches will have to cut it or pay for it to be cut. And Merihelen Wheeler, District 3 Alachua County Commissioner, said enforcement starts now."

• WUFT News: Nonprofit seeks funds to establish reentry program for formerly incarcerated people in Alachua County. "Local activists have created a nonprofit meant to support people recently released from incarceration readjust to life in Alachua County."

• The Alligator: ‘Grog was home’: UF community says goodbye to iconic freshman bar. "After 27 years in business, Grog House Bar and Grill announced March 21 it will close its doors May 6 — leaving behind a legacy of sticky floors, Pink Whitney hats and early 2000s music."

• WUFT News: Walldogs murals enrich culture of downtown High Springs. "From Kentucky to Scotland, over 100 volunteer artists have joined from across the world to bring color to downtown High Springs during the Walldogs Dive Into High Springs mural and history festival."

• WUFT News: Marion County seeks election workers for 2024. "Starley Ard, public relations coordinator with the Supervisor of Elections Office, says they need poll workers for the 2024 election cycle."

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Around the state

• WUSF-Tampa: Research shows high-rent burden negatively impacts mental health. "Residents who spend more than 30 percent of their paycheck on rent are shown to experience higher rates of anxiety and depression, according to a study published by the National Library of Medicine."

• WFSU-Tallahassee: Lawmakers look to increase penalties for people who attack hospital personnel. "Hospital workers regularly face verbal and physical attacks while on the job. Data shows those attacks are on the rise and nurses are most likely to be the victims."

• Florida Politics: Lawmakers want to stop left lane drivers who won’t move over. "At a hearing, the Senate Transportation Committee approved SB 464, which would make it illegal for drivers to operate their vehicles in the furthermost left lanes when the speed limit is at least 65 mph and there are at least two lanes of traffic moving in the same direction."

• WLRN-Miami: Florida's 'anti-illegal immigration bill' targets more than just undocumented migrants. "SB 1718 proposes harsh punishments not just for undocumented migrants who are in the state, but for anyone who hires or helps them."

• WFTS-Tampa Bay: Toddler drowns, infant left in hot car less than a year apart at grandma’s house. "Tracey Nix was practicing the piano while her infant granddaughter was dying in the back seat of an SUV."

• NPR: A principal is fired, invited to Italy after students are shown Michelangelo's 'David.' "Every year, sixth-grade students at Tallahassee Classical School have been taught and shown a picture of Michelangelo's 'David' statue, but this month, things went awry — sparking an apology letter to parents, an emergency school board meeting and a principal's resignation."

From NPR News

• National: 3 children and 3 adults are dead in a shooting at a Christian school in Nashville

• Media:Fired Fox News producer says she'd testify against the network in $1.6 billion suit

• Law: Immigration fraud case brings tough First Amendment questions to the Supreme Court

• Health: Volunteer pilots fly patients seeking abortions to states where it's legal

• National: Can a newly installed cellphone tower help preserve a language?

• Health: Pay up, kid? An ER's error sends a 4-year-old to collections

• Technology: Panera rolls out hand-scanning technology that has raised privacy concerns
Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.

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