The Point, August 6, 2021: Gainesville commissioners choose to sue state over riot law, over city prosecutor’s objections

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• WUFT News: Gainesville will become the first city in Florida to sue over riot law after a 4-3 vote in city committee. “City attorney Nicolle Shalley said the commission circumvented the city charter by not allowing his office to fulfill its role as legal counsel to the city. She said her office was ordered to retain the services of a specific external legal adviser who had solicited members of the committee both in a public meeting and individually. “

• WUFT News: The masking debate in Florida schools continues. “The State Board of Education is also considering a voucher program that would allow public school students to move to private schools without a mask warrant. “

• Ocala Gazette: masks remain optional for public schools. “Students and employees of public schools will begin the school year on August 10 with the option to wear masks despite the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in Marion County.”

• WUFT News: Gainesville Police Corporal argues without dispute in DUI case. ” The cap. Scott Bertzyk, 46, crashed into a car on Newberry Road in the early morning hours of January 1, according to an arrest report from the Gainesville Police Department, causing at least $ 8,000 in damage. No injuries were reported. “

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• WMFE: Florida adds more than 20,000 cases Thursday, hospitalizations continue to rise. “Statewide, another 400 patients were hospitalized on the last day, continuing a record wave of patients. Currently, more than 12,888 people are hospitalized statewide – and nearly 2,600 are in intensive care units. “

• USA Today Network ($): Florida’s second summer of COVID is different: Vaccines, ban restrictions are changing the landscape. “A big difference: This time there is a lot of vaccine supply that has been shown to be effective against COVID. But many people are reluctant to take the jab, and about half of all eligible Floridians are still not fully immune. “

• Democrat of Tallahassee ($): Leon’s school board member Rosanne Wood tests positive for COVID-19, blames unmasked crowd. “” I was exposed and had bad luck, “Wood said of her test result, which she learned on Wednesday.” Because of my asthma, these people who sought their freedom me refused mine. At the last school board meeting, Wood said she felt like she was sitting in a COVID-19 petri dish. “

• Florida policy: “Governor who? “: Joe Biden rejects Ron DeSantis’ tirade. “After Governor Ron DeSantis ‘lengthy rebuttal to President Joe Biden’s rebuke of his response to the pandemic, Biden dismissed DeSantis’ speech in a five-word rebuttal on Thursday. “Governor who? Biden said, mocking a reporter’s request for comment. “This is my answer. “

• WFLA-Tampa: Florida DEP files lawsuit to hold Piney Point owners accountable for sewage violation. “During the 2021 legislative session, state lawmakers allocated $ 100 million to clean up and shut down the site permanently. Now, the DEP’s actions in court would apparently push HRK Holdings to pay the price for Piney Point’s failures, as the state tries to clean up the site for good.

• Florida Information Service: Tackling manatee issues may take some time in Florida waters. “With more than 840 manatee deaths reported in the state this year, members of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Wednesday expressed a need for patience after receiving insight into efforts to combat a significant drop in quality. of water, especially along the eastern coast Water quality problems have caused a significant loss of seagrass, which is a primary food source for manatees.

• Fort Myers News-Press ($): University of Florida economists detail losses in tourism revenue following the 2018 red tide. “Researchers at UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have made a point of declining income that charter boat fishing, marine recreation and Airbnb operations have seen. due to harmful proliferation. The study covered the counties of Charlotte, Collier, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Monroe, Pinellas and Sarasota.

• Health: severe cases remain rare, but coronavirus infections in children are on the increase

• Company: CNN lays off three employees because they came to work without being vaccinated (via AP)

• National: after months of delay, census data for new voting cards will be released on August 12

• World: American women win Olympic gold in beach volleyball

• Books: a farmer offers a vivid picture in time of his family’s land over the course of a lifetime.

• Health: to remember the moment, try taking fewer photos.

• Politics: death of powerful American Labor leader Richard Trumka

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I am Ethan Magoc, editor-in-chief at WUFT. Originally from Pennsylvania, I found a house telling stories from Florida. I am part of a team that searches each morning for local and national stories that are important to you; please send any comments on today’s edition or any story ideas we may have missed to [email protected]

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