The Point, June 10, 2021: The battle for bridge lighting colors in Jacksonville

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• WJCT: Rainbow lights return to Acosta Bridge for Pride Month, but questions remain. “The colors of the rainbow will return to the Acosta Bridge in downtown Jacksonville Wednesday night in celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month after it was temporarily closed on Tuesday at the request of the Florida Department of Transportation after the agency said it had” several complaints about it the color ‘get plan.’ In accordance with the FDOT’s Bridge Lighting Policy, ‘the department reserves the right to refuse any request it deems objectionable or not in the best public interest.’ ”Learn more about this controversy in today’s episode of our podcast.

• Tampa Bay Times ($): Five years later, the pain from Pulse continues. “The smell of tequila or the tight pressure of a toilet cubicle can cause panic. Some feel nauseous after the fireworks, gunpowder on their tongues. Others feel the approaching date in their wounds – shattered arm nerves flare up. They record routes outside of the city as if they were hurricane season. “

• WCJB: Former Alachua County School Board candidate files lawsuit against Diyonne McGraw. “The controversy surrounding Diyonne McGraw, the school committee member for District 2 Alachua County, appears to be on trial.”

• WUFT News: Gainesville and UF launch electric scooters that drivers can rent on campus across town. “All of the companies now operating in Gainesville have GPS technology that allows them to access the location of each of their electric scooters. In this way you can control the customer’s payment and the transport speed. “

• Naples Daily News ($): Federal court denies EPA approval of a controversial pesticide for Florida’s citrus industry. “The pesticide known as aldicarb was previously discontinued in the US after the EPA found it posed ‘unacceptable nutritional risks, particularly for infants and young children.'”

• Spectrum News: Val Demings announces candidacy for the US Senate. “The Democrats see Demings as a top recruit who will take on (US Senator Marco) Rubio in one of the top-class, most expensive and closest Senate races next year.”

• Florida politics: ‘Doing nothing House member’: Marco Rubio vows to uncover ‘the real Val Demings’. “Demings officially launched its campaign on Wednesday. And Rubio was ready. Voters, Rubio vowed, “will learn more about how ineffective and extremist the real Val Demings is when she is in Washington.”

• WINK-Fort Myers: Florida’s Education Committee will vote on the proposal to ban critical racial theory. “The proposed rule change also states that teachers cannot ‘try to indoctrinate’ students.”

• WFSU: DeSantis is expected to sign changes to the law on property insurance. “A change would raise the eligibility threshold for new policyholders to join the government-sponsored Citizens property insurance group. … Citizens was created as a last resort for Floridians who couldn’t find affordable insurance in the private market. In recent years it has started to take on more policies due to rising rates in the private market. “

• Sun Sentinel ($): After the outcry over the food distribution deal, Nikki Fried says she will review the choice made for South Florida. “The decision by the State Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services this spring to move work to another organization sparked indignation among many elected officials in Broward County.”

• The Alligator: UF approves historical plaques recognizing the first black students. “For decades, schoolchildren have been fighting for further recognition of the UF’s black population. Now the university is working on putting up a plaque honoring its first black students. The plaque would honor the history of black students, but it’s not exactly what some have fought for. “

• Mainstreet Daily News: Alachua County has twice as many jurors. “Your chances of being called to the jury in Alachua County have doubled, according to the clerk who said he was playing catching up.”

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