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The Point, Sept. 20, 2023: Five million chickens dead after Hurricane Idalia

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• Mainstreet Daily News: BOCC narrows focus of future inclusionary zoning. "Inclusionary zoning requires developers to reserve a set number of rental units for lower-income tenants, but state law requires cities or counties with mandatory inclusionary zoning to repay developers for the cost. Typically, that repayment comes with high densities or lower application fees."

• Ocala Gazette: Bethea wins a second term on city council. "Incumbent city councilmember Ire J. Bethea Sr. has won a second four year term in the district 2 seat, defeating Reginald Landers- 1937 votes to 916, according to unofficial results posted online by Marion County’s Supervisor of Elections, Wesley Wilcox."

• WUFT News: Live Oak poultry and crop damage to ‘impact global market.' "With 150 chicken houses damaged or out of power in Suwannee County, Florida, the number of chicken casualties continues to grow. This number of houses doesn’t include surrounding counties, which can house up to 18 million chickens at a given time."

• WUFT News: High Springs residents prepare for closure of century old theater. "The theater, characterized by its old-fashioned, cozy atmosphere, welcomed new and old residents alike. Since its temporary closure during COVID-19, the city has been at a crossroads of whether or not to re-open it."

• Florida Storms: Understanding FEMA support after extreme weather. "Filing for assistance can be a complicated process, even for seasoned residents who have weathered a natural disaster before. If not filed correctly, one can receive a determination letter, denying support."

• WUFT News: Cedar Key recovers slowly from Hurricane Idalia storm surge. "Debris takes time to be removed, she said, and many residents have to remediate for mold and document insurance claims."

• WUFT News: Micanopy antique stores navigate the digital age. "Fowler, 75, owns the second oldest store along NE Cholokka Boulevard in Micanopy. The antique store, Delectable Collectibles, turns 43 in October. Throughout her decades-long career she has witnessed how the internet reshaped antique businesses in Micanopy."

• WUFT News: Gainesville places of worship advocate for environmentalism as tenet of faith. "Environmentalism and religion may not seem like they have much in common, but a growing number of local places of worship advocate for environmentalism."

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Around the state

• Associated Press: A Florida jury pool could help Trump in his classified documents case. "Those built-in demographics may be a challenge for prosecutors despite the evidence at their disposal, underscoring the impossibility of untangling the law from politics in an election-year trial involving a former president who is seeking to return to the White House."

• News Service of Florida: Biden administration pushes back in a Florida higher education fight. "The Biden administration is asking a federal judge to toss out a lawsuit filed by Florida that challenges the constitutionality of accreditation requirements for colleges and universities."

• WMFE-Orlando: Meteorologists talk storm prep for Deaf, hard-of-hearing Floridians. "When it comes to hurricane preparedness, Deaf and hard-of-hearing Floridians should think about packing some extra items in their hurricane kits including a pen and notepad for communication purposes along with spare batteries for hearing aids."

• News4Jax: Vehicle removal starts on the ground floor of partially collapsed garage at St. Vincent’s Hospital. "No one was hurt on Sept. 12 when the collapse happened on the top floor of a three-story garage on Kings Street. Multiple cars were damaged and others were seen tilted on the edge of the collapse."

• News Service of Florida: Florida House Republican's bill targets youth work restrictions. "The bill would delete part of state law that says minors who are age 16 or 17 can’t work before 6:30 a.m. or after 11 p.m. or for more than eight hours when school is scheduled the next day."

• WUSF-Tampa: Rays make it official: New stadium will be part of a redeveloped Trop site in St. Pete. "Mayor Ken Welch said he believes the deal meets collective community needs and honors the historic Gas Plant District residents who were forced off the land in the 1980s to build Tropicana Field."

• WFTS-Tampa Bay: Nearly 11-foot manatee rescued on Bird Island. "The manatee was moved back to her natural habitat in the Intracoastal Waterway, with the help of about a dozen people moving her on a fabric stretcher."

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• National: Alabama band director tased by police for not stopping his students' performance

• Culture: A Northern California tribe works to protect traditions in a warming world

• Technology: The video game industry is in uproar over a software pricing change. Here's why

• National: Kansas City's Barbie-themed streetcar cost taxpayers nearly $25,000

• Art: This rare Bob Ross painting could be yours — for close to $10 million
Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.

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