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The Point, Oct. 25, 2023: Florida beekeepers recovering one year after Ian

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• WUFT News: One year after Hurricane Ian, Florida beekeepers move steadily toward recovery. "For the Sadlers, the aftermath of Ian lingers in the hours of labor required to regenerate the 800 hives they lost, a multi-day process of physically splitting hives in two. The storm’s repercussions surface, too, in the couple’s checkbook, after spending $57,000 in the last 12 months to replace equipment, feed and queen bees."

• WUFT News: Emerging clues raise questions about details in video threatening school shooting. "The new information raises questions about detailed statements he made about his background, family and financial status."

• WCJB: Governor DeSantis orders UF to close chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine. "The order says the national chapter of the organization is violating a state law against antisemitism."

• WUFT News: Palatka Commissioner holds forum addressing high rates of violent crime. "While Palatka is small, with a population of roughly 10,000, the violent crime rate is anything but, with a violent crime rate sitting at 577.8 per 100,000 residents as of September, making it the third highest violent crime rate in Florida only preceded by Jacksonville and Miami, according to data from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement."

• Mainstreet Daily News: Newberry to reevaluate solar regulations. "Much of the commission’s conversation hinged on how much the city is allowed to restrict solar farms."

• WUFT News: Keeping tabs on the tabby: how community keeps cat population in check. "11 students enrolled in the course to receive hands-on mentorship at the clinic, learning everything from anesthetizing the cats, preparing them for surgery and the post-op administration of necessary medications."

• WUFT News: A compassionate cook takes big life step: building and receiving a home. "She needed help finding an affordable place to live, so she turned to her sister for guidance, who just recently moved through the help of Alachua Habitat for Humanity’s homeownership program."

• WUFT News: Atkins Warren Chapter of NOBLE organizes annual Blessing of the Badges Ceremony. "Bennett, the current president of the Gainesville chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), organized a religious service to thank and commemorate local first responders in an event called Blessing of the Badges on Sunday."

• WUFT News: Plant lovers descend on Kanapaha Botanical Gardens for the orchids. "Visitors walked through the carefully constructed orchid displays in the entrance building on Saturday, then made their way outside to the more than 50 booths of vendors looking to showcase and sell their plants."

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Around the state

• Associated Press: California man gets year in prison for sending vile messages to father of Parkland massacre victim. "James Catalano of Fresno must also serve three years probation and undergo mental health treatment after pleading guilty to cyberstalking Fred Guttenberg."

• News Service of Florida: Meta's social media platforms 'cause serious harm' to children, Moody claims in federal lawsuit. "Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody's filed a federal lawsuit in Tampa that accuses the parent company of Facebook and Instagram of using 'manipulative' features to keep kids hooked on the social-media platforms."

• WMFE-Orlando: Orange you glad I didn't say banana? The impact of citrus on the economy. "WMFE's Talia Blake talked with Christa Court , director of the UF/IFAS Economic Impact Analysis Program, about the citrus industry."

• News Service of Florida: Lawmakers discuss a backlog in the My Safe Florida Home program. "Talks are ongoing in advance of a special legislative session about how much money would be needed to reduce a backlog of grant applications from Floridians looking to upgrade their homes to help lower insurance premiums."

• WMFE-Orlando: Black churches in Orlando use toolkit to teach African American history. "With restrictions in Florida on how Black history can be taught, churches are stepping in with their own lessons. They’re using a special toolkit to teach congregants."

• WLRN-Miami: Financial anxiety weighs on Miami trailer park residents forced to move out for new development. "Open since the 1950s, the large trailer park houses more than 307 trailers. The company, Miami Soar Management, bought the land in 2018."

• WUSF-Tampa: Why Halloween has been scaring up some serious business. "Overall, Americans are on track to spend more than ever on Halloween this year: $12.2 billion according to the National Retail Federation."

• Associated Press: Diana Nyad marks anniversary of epic Cuba-Florida swim, freeing rehabilitated sea turtle. "A decade after swimming nonstop for more than two straight days from Cuba to Florida, Diana Nyad returned to the Key West beach where she completed her epic journey, helping return a rehabilitated sea turtle to the Atlantic."

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Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.

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