The Point, February 2, 2022: Two Gainesville realtors facing racketeering and other charges

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• Fresh Take Florida: Prosecutors accuse major real estate brokers of racketeering and theft of trade secrets. “On Tuesday, state prosecutors formally charged two prominent real estate brokers with criminal charges of racketeering, fraud and theft of trade secrets as part of a lengthy investigation into a business dispute with their former employer. The men, Daniel James Drotos, 34, and Michael Steven Ryals, 65, were the same brokers who came under scrutiny last year over a controversial multimillion-dollar land deal for the Alachua County School Board.

• WUFT News: Alachua County introduces new 24-hour fire rescue unit. “Amid an increase in reported emergencies, Alachua County Fire Rescue Station 80 added a second rescue team and additional emergency response equipment. The new crew, called Rescue 36, is a 24-hour rescue unit. Its January addition to Station 80 is intended to ease the workload of the pre-existing (Rescue 80) team, reduce response times and improve the quality of patient care. patients.

• WUFT News: Why your favorite groceries may not be in Gainesville stores. “Zeezenia International Market, a local grocery store that sells Middle Eastern produce, has been hit hard by these shortages. As a result, it has experienced delays and increased prices for essential items including rice, pasta, flour and oil. Supply chain backlogs began when the pandemic hit and continued to worsen, said store owner Zeezenia Ebrahim. Most products are sourced from India and the Middle East, regions where international shipments have experienced the longest delays.

• Gainesville Sun ($): Commissioner Harvey Ward is running for mayor of Gainesville. “He joins a growing field that includes fellow commissioner David Arreola, former Gainesville Regional Utility General Manager Ed Bielarski and Donald Shepherd, who have also filed for the August 23 election.”

• WCJB: Alachua City Police Chief Chad Scott leaves the department and joins the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office. “He is returning to the sheriff’s office with the rank of major and will be in charge of the operations department.”

• Gatorsports: ‘What a traveling nightmare’: Fans react to Florida State football transfer to Florida on Friday. “The move to more games throughout the week has been a plus for ESPN and other live sports networks, as college football is a boon to viewership. But fans looking to watch the games live have expressed their displeasure over the breaks in tradition, and they’ve referred to the high school football playoffs, which will now have to rival one of the biggest games of the year in Florida.


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• Politico: Florida halts redistricting efforts after DeSantis asks Florida Supreme Court to intervene. “Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, in another sign that he may veto a new map of Congress drawn by the state legislature, asked the state’s highest court on Tuesday to tell him whether or not a 200-mile congressional district connecting black neighborhoods should be kept. intact.”

• News4Jax: Northeast Florida gets more than $54 million for projects through Florida’s Resilient Grants program. Gov. Ron DeSantis visited Pinellas and Miami-Dade counties on Tuesday to announce grant awards totaling more than $404 million for 113 environmental resilience projects statewide through the program. Resilient Grant Program in Florida that will help prepare coastal and inland communities for the adverse effects of flooding and storm surge.”

• WMFE: Conservation groups are suing US Fish and Wildlife over record manatee mortality. “The groups want the federal agency to update and strengthen protections on manatee habitat. The groups say the manatees face threats such as habitat loss and poor water quality, which has led to harmful algal blooms and widespread losses of seagrass that have left the animals hungry.

• USA Today Network ($): The bill would remove the 2021 agreement as the battle for public notices begins again in the Florida legislature. “Lawmakers will reconsider a proposal to allow Florida government agencies “the option to post legal opinions on a publicly accessible website rather than in a printed journal,” according to a House staff analysis.”

• Florida Information Service: Florida House is set to vote on a measure that would eliminate school board salaries. “A state bill that would eliminate salaries for school board members and increase control over how public school teaching materials and library books are chosen is now ready for consideration by the entire community. Bedroom.”

• Miami Herald ($): CRF to build facility to simulate 200 mph hurricanes, 10-20 foot storm surge. “Project research could help develop stronger structures in the face of stronger storms from warmer seas.”

• WTSP-Tampa: Deputy murdered at St. Augustine vacation home seen as ‘a bright spot in a dark world’. “Hillsborough County Deputy Abigail Bieber is remembered as a dedicated professional in the sheriff’s office, someone who had the demeanor of a former law enforcement officer despite her age,” said the agency said in a statement. The 30-year-old man was found shot dead on Saturday, Jan. 29, at a vacation rental home in St. Augustine.

• WFSU: New Marsy’s Law case involving police bolsters media groups seeking answers in Florida Supreme Court. “A recent case in Boynton Beach brings new attention to Marsy’s Law, Florida’s 2018 law designed to strengthen and protect the rights of victims of crime. A 13-year-old boy on a dirt bike was killed on Boxing Day as police tried to arrest him for reckless driving. Now the Boynton Beach police officer who attempted the traffic stop is seeking to have his identity concealed.

• NPR News: Remembering the man who “laid the foundations of the modern civil rights movement.” “Seventy years ago, one of the first civil rights leaders of the modern era was killed in a bombing in Florida. Harry T. Moore is not as well known as civil rights icons Medgar Evers or Martin Luther King Jr. Moore’s activism began earlier, in the 1930s. His work in Florida investigating lynchings and recording African Americans to vote cost him his life.

• WUSF: Florida leads the nation in ACA registrations with a record 2.7 million. “Presidential Coronavirus Relief Act grants and an extended enrollment period helped add 600,000 Floridians to the federal market.”

• WJCT: Florida among leaders in removal of Confederate memorials, thanks to Jacksonville. “Florida removed the third largest Confederate memorial in any state last year, mostly by Jacksonville activists, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.”

• ESPN: Brian Flores sues NFL, three teams, as former Miami Dolphins coach alleges racism in hiring practices. “Brian Flores has sued the NFL and three teams – the Dolphins, Broncos and Giants – alleging discrimination regarding his interview processes with Denver and New York and his firing last month by Miami. The 58-page lawsuit was filed in Manhattan federal court on Tuesday and seeks class-action status.

• NPR News: Tom Brady announces his retirement from the NFL. “Widely regarded as the greatest football player of all time, the quarterback is finally ending his historic 22-year career.”


• Health: even if they can find a test, not everyone wants to know they have COVID

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• Race: Here’s the story of Black History Month and why it’s celebrated in February

• Education: more than half of teachers are looking for outings, according to a survey

• Politics: Here’s who will help Biden’s Supreme Court pick navigate Senate hearings

• World: the United States and Russia are still far apart on Ukraine, according to Putin

• Weather: A pair of monster lightning bolts broke distance and duration records

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