The Point, Sept. 30, 2022: Hurricane Ian: The scale of devastation, statewide impacts and how you can help


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• The Hill: Sasse leaving Senate in January after University of Florida approves him as president. “The university system of Florida’s Board of Governors approved his appointment during a regular meeting, following a round of questioning about how Sasse would handle the job. Several of the board members had expressed a favorable opinion of Sasse and said they were impressed by what they knew about him.”

• Ocala Gazette: City Council says no to golf carts downtown. “On Nov. 1, the Ocala City Council issued a proclamation for Mobility Week to be celebrated each year in October but failed to adopt Resolution 2023-7, revising the official golf cart map to include the most trafficked portions of downtown Ocala. The effort to allow golf carts to drive to locally owned businesses had been underway for the past few months and involved two downtown community feedback sessions and research by city personnel.”

• Mainstreet Daily News: Developer to build 212 apartments in Newberry. “According to the announcement, Sands plans to build cottages with one, two and three bedrooms, featuring sizes ranging from 510 to 1,693 square feet.”

• WUFT News: There’s a push during November to find older shelter animals a fresh home. “Magic is a 12-year-old female bulldog. Dory is a 9-year-old female pointer. Gillian is a 12-year-old male domestic shorthair cat. They may all be cute and cuddly creatures, but the odds are stacked against them to get adopted.”



• Florida Storms: Nicole brings road closures and street flooding to Florida’s east coast. “Several bridges and roads on the Space Coast and First Coast were closed Thursday following flooding and erosion from Tropical Storm Nicole. The storm made landfall in Florida as Hurricane Nicole near Vero Beach early Thursday morning. Now downgraded back to a Tropical Storm, Nicole is nonetheless bringing serious beach erosion to portions of the Atlantic coastline impacted by Hurricane Ian just over a month ago.”

• Spectrum News: Officials: Hurricane Nicole’s wrath caused major beach erosion in Brevard County. “Brevard County officials are ​assessing the beaches for erosion after Hurricane Nicole came through the Space Coast. Experts say the storm caused significant erosion along all of Brevard’s 72 miles of beaches.”

• New York Times: Hurricane Nicole Causes Four Deaths, Forces Evacuation of Unsteady Buildings. “Hurricane Nicole whipped through Florida on Thursday, a rare November storm that crashed huge waves along the coast, collapsed houses into the Atlantic Ocean, required the evacuation of unstable waterfront condo buildings and washed away roads and beaches.”

• WUSF-Tampa: Inland Florida counties evade major flooding from Tropical Storm Nicole. “Tropical Storm Nicole spat more rain on inland Florida counties just weeks after Hurricane Ian triggered record-breaking flooding along the Peace River. On Thursday, officials in Polk and Hardee counties say the region was spared from another major flooding event.”

• Politico: Trump goes to war against DeSantis. “Former President Donald Trump publicly attacked Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, releasing a rambling statement Thursday blasting the governor he helped make but who is now his chief rival to lead the Republican Party.”

• WFSU-Tallahassee: Florida Election head says more election law changes could be coming. “Florida Elections head Cord Byrd says all went well at the polls Tuesday and during the early voting days in the run-up to the election. But, the Secretary of State says there’s always room for improvement. During an election night press conference, Byrd told reporters he expects more elections law changes in the upcoming legislative session.”

• News Service of Florida: A federal panel clears the way for a lawsuit challenging Florida’s congressional redistricting map. “As Florida Republicans added four U.S. House seats in Tuesday’s elections, a panel of federal judges refused to toss out a lawsuit that alleges a congressional redistricting plan is ‘intentionally racially discriminatory.’”

• WLRN-Miami: Midterm poll: Florida Latino voters “are outliers” compared to Latinos nationwide. “When it comes to Latino voters, Florida marches to a different baterista, as it were — and a new midterm elections survey indicates just how different.”

• NPR News: A piece of the wrecked 1986 Challenger space shuttle was found off Florida’s coast. “A documentary crew searching the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida for a World War II-era wreckage uncovered a very different historical artifact. While digging in the seabed, crew members from the History Channel discovered a piece of the 1986 space shuttle Challenger, the explosion of which resulted in the death of all seven astronauts onboard mere seconds after liftoff. NASA confirmed the findings in an announcement shared Thursday.”


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• National: More older Americans become homeless as inflation rises and housing costs spike

• Health: Study: Mindfulness-based stress reduction works as well as a popular anxiety drug

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