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The Point, Dec. 6, 2023: GOP candidate wins state House seat despite residency concerns

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• WUFT News: LGBTQ book that was put back on shelf removed again after new challenges. "The Alachua County school district has removed the same LGBTQ book it had previously put back into circulation — this time for good."

• Ocala Gazette: Horizon Middle School campus threat cleared. "Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to a campus threat at Horizon Academy Middle School this morning following a 911 call reporting an active shooter. As of 12:10 p.m., no threat was identified to the students and staff of the school, and Horizon Academy was cleared."

• Associated Press: Florida discontinues manatee winter feeding program after seagrass conditions improve. "A two-year experimental feeding program for starving Florida manatees will not immediately resume this winter as conditions have improved for the threatened marine mammals and the seagrass on which they depend, wildlife officials said."

• Ocala Gazette: Ben Marciano Sworn In As The Next Mayor Of Ocala. "Ben Marciano was sworn in as the new mayor of the city of Ocala at Tuesday’s city council meeting, taking over for Kent Guinn, who served as mayor for 12 years."

• Florida Storms: A wet winter expected for Southeast, National Weather Service says. "Above-average precipitation is likely for the region this winter, but how cold it gets could be a toss-up for any outcome over much of the Southeast. Above-average temperatures are favored for the north."

• Mainstreet Daily News: School board delays superintendent contract discussion. "The School Board of Alachua County (SBAC) voted to table its discussion of Superintendent Shane Andrew’s contract until January, after some confusion in a regular meeting on Tuesday. The board also plans to hold a workshop to discuss the contract."

• Mainstreet Daily News: Alachua County Commission votes on procurement plan, hunting. "The Alachua County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) decided on Tuesday to modify the parameters of its Small Business Enterprise program, move forward with hunting on Lochloosa Slough Preserve and limit truck routes along certain roadways."

• WCJB: Cedar Key leaders move city hall due to threat of hurricanes. "In response to the growing threat posed by storm surges, Cedar Key City Hall is on the move. The decision to relocate from its longtime downtown location on 2nd Street comes after facing the arduous task of evacuating during every hurricane, a practice that became increasingly difficult given the rising frequency of storms and the city’s vulnerability to storm surges."

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Around the state

• Fresh Take Florida: Redondo condo? GOP candidate wins state House race in South Florida amid questions over district residency. "Asked this week whether he was violating the mortgage clause by living in an apartment across town, he said, “Not that I’m aware of.” The mortgage is a publicly accessible document filed with the county clerk of court – a government office that in this case is overseen by the former incumbent Republican lawmaker in District 118 who Redondo is replacing."

• WUSF-Tampa: GOP leaders could decide Christian Ziegler's fate in a special meeting. "In an email, the vice chair of the Republican Party of Florida called for a Dec. 17 executive board meeting to determine whether party chair Christian Ziegler — who is under criminal investigation for sexual assault — should step down."

• Key Biscayne Independent: Court ruling on police transparency might only be temporary. "The justices overturned a ruling that had protected the names of two Tallahassee police officers who used lethal force to shoot their assailants in two separate cases. A police union argued that because the officers were 'victims,' they had the right to block release of their names."

• Associated Press: Former DEA informant pleads guilty in 2021 assassination of Haiti’s president. "A former confidential informant for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has pleaded guilty to conspiring to assassinate Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, whose killing in 2021 caused unprecedented turmoil in the Caribbean nation."

• WMFE-Orlando: Statewide teachers union says Florida governor's budget doesn't do enough for public schools. "Gov. Ron DeSantis announced his budget on Tuesday, December 5 for the new fiscal year, with $15.1 billion dollars going to the state’s public schools."

• Associated Press: Attorneys for family of absolved Black man killed by deputy seeking $16M from Georgia sheriff. "Attorneys for the family of a Black man fatally shot by a Georgia deputy during a traffic stop are demanding $16 million in restitution from the sheriff's office. 53-year-old Leonard Cure had previously spent 16 years in a Florida prison for a crime he didn't commit."

• WLRN-Miami: The Florida Keys are considering changing their form of government. Why? "Monroe County is considering a measure for the 2024 general election ballot that would change its form of government. It’s a way of getting much-needed funding for infrastructure projects in the Florida Keys."

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Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.

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