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The Point, Oct. 6, 2023: Alachua County approves Archer solar array

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• Alachua Chronicle: City Manager memo: GPD employees “feel as if the department is crumbling around them.” "An October 3 memorandum from Gainesville City Manager Cynthia Curry to Gainesville Police Chief Lonnie Scott, Sr., highlights a number of concerns with low staffing numbers and the morale in the department."

• Mainstreet Daily News: Alachua County OKs plan for delayed solar array near Archer. "Alachua County’s Development Review Committee unanimously approved a development plan by Origis Energy for a 74.9-megawatt solar facility southeast of the city of Archer and just north of the border with Marion County."

• WUFT News: Alachua County Public Schools hosts job fair for non-teaching positions. "There are currently more than 170 non-teaching position vacancies in the Alachua County Public Schools system."

• Ocala Gazette: Ocala International Airport project planning underway. "The city of Ocala has just accepted a grant of more than $300,000 from the Florida Department of Transportation to conduct an environmental study for the Ocala International Airport taxiway project."

• WUFT News: Photos: UF Homecoming and Gator Growl rocks the O’Connell Center. "This year marks 100 years of Homecoming and Gator Growl at UF."

• Mainstreet Daily News: Gainesville names Steve Spurrier grand marshal for holiday parade. "The event is scheduled for noon on Saturday, Dec. 2, and will move from W. University Avenue and Sixth Street for approximately one mile."

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• NPR: Want flattering coverage in a top Florida politics site? It could be yours for $2,750. "By her telling, her pleasure soon curdled. Schorsch emailed to ask the union to buy advertising on the site. She declined, as the union was not seeking to reach the website's core audience of state lobbyists and political professionals. And then the site abruptly stopped covering the union's campaign."

• Health News Florida: Florida attorney general's lawsuit claims Juul improperly marketed to children. "Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against e-cigarette company Juul Labs, alleging it improperly marketed to children and offered misleading information about nicotine content in its products."

• WMFE-Orlando: Pro-Trump activist in The Villages faces voter fraud, forgery charges. "In August of this year, the Sumter County Supervisor of Elections Office filed a complaint with the State Attorney's Office reporting that, in the 2020 General Election, the vote-by-mail ballot assigned to Rivernider's father had been postmarked four days after his death. He died of COVID-19 on Oct. 19, 2020."

• WUWF-Pensacola: Backers of Right to Clean Water amendment seeking to qualify for Florida’s 2024 ballot. "Joseph Bonasia is chair of the Florida Rights of Nature Network and is leading the petition campaign for Florida Right to Clean Water, which is sponsoring the amendment. He recently spoke to WUWF’s Sandra Averhart."

• WMFE-Orlando: FWC delays launch of new guidelines to protect rare beach-nesting birds. "Commissioners proposed to delay the guidelines in light of last year’s severe storm season, which changed Florida’s coastline substantially, creating new nesting habitat in areas the agency hadn’t previously identified, according to FWC."

• WLRN-Miami: Archaeologists dive into Florida’s past and find lessons on adapting to future sea rise. "Halligan, an associate professor of anthropology at Florida State University, studies the first people who came to Florida about 15,000 years ago, when sea levels were 300 feet lower than they are today. These days, many of Florida’s oldest settlements, hunting grounds and ceremonial mounds are at the bottom of rivers or the Gulf of Mexico."

• WMFE-Orlando: Orlando Rep. Eskamani files legislation to protect people who self-induce abortions. "Currently under Florida law, anyone who performs or participates in the termination of a pregnancy after 15 weeks, can be charged with a third degree felony."

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Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.

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