Here are eight stories from Mainstreet Daily News this week that will inspire, enlighten and engage you. Enjoy!
The Alachua County Commission will conduct their Virtual Regular Meeting on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at 11:30 a.m. The evening portion of this meeting is canceled. The Meeting includes a COVID-19 discussion, Charter Amendments, and other items.
It was a noteworthy news week in Alachua County. From face mask debates and votes, to skate park controversies, to a virtual swearing-in ceremony, it was a week of breaking news... oh and there was a wildfire near Hawthorne on Thursday. Here are 10 stories published by Mainstreet Daily News …
The Alachua County Commission and City of Gainesville Commission will hold a Virtual Joint Meeting today at 3 p.m. The meeting includes a COVID-19 Update and County and City response and recovery efforts.The public may attend virtually through Cox Channel 12, Facebook, and the County’s Vide…
As Florida reopens and increases activity, the COVID-19 dashboard launched on March 16th to keep Florida citizens, researchers and media informed of case trends is set to be absorbed by the Department of Health.
The City of Newberry and the Alachua County Health Department have partnered to offer a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at the Newberry Fire Station (310 N W 250 Dr, Newberry, FL 32669) on Wednesday, May 27th from 9 am to 12 pm.
The City of Gainesville is hosting a one-hour telephone town hall Monday, May 18 at 5:30 p.m. to explore the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on communities with long-standing socioeconomic disparity.
Election Supervisors usually pray for two things on election days - big turnouts and no recounts. Perhaps they also hope for no hanging chads, faulty voting machines, or too many provisional ballots as secondary concerns. It's a rarity that in the United States safety and health concerns are…
Alachua County has issued Order 2020-25 in response to and cooperation with the Governor’s Executive Order 20-123.Highlights include all businesses the Governor is allowing to operate may have up to 50% occupancy (read below for exceptions), gyms may open, the mandatory masking provision is …
The Center Square — Florida says it can fill the black hole in many Americans’ lives caused by the COVID-19 suspensions or postponements of professional basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer and NASCAR seasons.
As the recovery continues, the County Commission is looking at information from many diverse sources and indicators as they make decisions on what the recovery in Alachua County should look like.
The Josiah T. Walls Builidng, home to the offices of the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections and Alachua County Property Appraiser, will reopen May 18.
The Center Square – In the week when some Floridians started returning to work, initial unemployment claims for the week ending May 9 jumped 30 percent in Florida.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and elected officials from Miami-Dade and Broward counties announced today they will be joining the other 65 counties in the state’s Phase 1 reopening effective May 18th.
The City of Gainesville has launched GNVCares about Businesses, a $1.59 million program aimed at expanding local relief and recovery efforts through direct assistance to small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The application process for businesses opened today, May 14 at 9 a.m. …
The Center Square – Florida’s 2.8 million K-12 students are returning to reopened schools next academic year, but when and how they will do so in a “new normal” remains unknown.
The City of Gainesville will host its next telephone town hall at 7:15 p.m. tonight, May 13. Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe will be joined by University of Florida President Kent Fuchs, Chief Operating Officer Charlie Lane and Santa Fe College President Paul Broadie to discuss the institutions…
In a report that cited “strong management, with good policies and practices,” the credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s has awarded Alachua County Public Schools an AA- rating, which means the district’s credit is considered ‘high quality.’
The Newberry City Commission voted 3-2 to lift the State of Emergency order status put in place on March 17th by letting a motion for its extension to fail during the May 11th meeting.
Paul White, Assistant Superintendent for Operations Alachua County Public Schools, released a statement in response to a petition sent out on May 9th signed by 225 people requesting a special meeting to discuss the land purchase of a 37-acre parcel in Jonesville that was approved by the SBAC…
School Board of Alachua County (SBAC) Members Dr. Leanetta McNealy and Tina Certain requested a special meeting to discuss the land purchase of a 37-acre parcel in Jonesville that was approved by the SBAC at the May 5th regular meeting.
The Center Square – Florida is going to create a statewide network of “COVID-designated facilities” where nursing home, assisted care (ALF) and long-term care (LTC) residents diagnosed or recovering from the disease can convalesce.
A petition addressed to the School Board of Alachua County is asking that the decision made on May 5th to purchase 37 acres of land for the construction of a future school for $3,680,000 be rescinded.
The Alachua County Commission has released Emergency Order 2020-23 alternaizing the limited reopening of public pools.Below are the highlights of the order:
The Florida Department of Health in Levy County with the assistance of the Levy County Board of County Commissioners will be conducting free, community COVID-19 drive thru testing beginning late next week.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis posted a video on his official Facebook page announcing the opening of hair salons and barber shops in Florida this Monday. In a short announcement, J Henry, owner of J Henry’s Barber Shop in downtown Orlando, and a friend of DeSantis, introduced himself and sai…
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Today, the Florida Department of Health announced the launch of a new mobile app, StrongerThanC19. The free app, available for iOS and Android devices, complements the community action survey website of the same name that launched on April 3rd. These cutting-edge tools ar…
FAQs on FIRST AMENDMENT TO EMERGENCY ORDER NO. 2020-21. Below are the newest questions and answers. To see all FAQs click the following link: https://alachuacounty.us/covid-19/Pages/faqs.aspx
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A federal judge has signaled he'll find part of a Florida law restricting the voting rights of people with felony records unconstitutional.
The Center Square – Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday that Florida will ramp up serological testing next week to see whether people have antibodies that indicate they were infected with the coronavirus and recovered without demonstrating symptoms.
The City of Gainesville will host its next telephone town hall at 7:15 p.m. tonight, May 6. Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe will be joined by Alachua County Chairman Robert Hutchinson, Community Physician Dr. Lisa Chacko and Greater Gainesville Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Eric Godet. …
The Alachua County commission is asking that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis give Florida counties more discretion in order to open more businesses.
While Alachua County residents and elected officials debate the use of face masks in scenarios where face-to-face interactions happen and physical distancing is difficult, an airborne virus with no known cure has infected 37,439 Florida residents and killed 1,471.
The Alachua County Commission enacted an emergency order requiring people to wear masks when they are interacting with others in public places. Some people – such as infants and those with mental or physical conditions that make it difficult to wear masks – are exempted.
Due to ongoing concerns about the course of the COVID-19 epidemic, Alachua County Public Schools is cancelling both its Extended Day Enrichment and its Camp Crystal summer programs.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that a record number of test results were reported on May 4th registering a 2.6 percent positivity rate for that day.
Gainesville Fire Rescue (GFR) crews responded early Tuesday morning to the 1300 block of NW 23rd Avenue in reference to a commercial fire alarm.
The Center Square – Florida U.S. Senator Rick Scott opposes a prospective assistance package that would allow state and municipal governments to use federal money to replace revenue shortfalls attributable to combating the COVID-19 emergency.
The state’s $40 million unemployment benefits system known as CONNECT has not served the taxpayers who paid for it, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said on Monday as he called for an investigation to figure out why.
Florida ranks third in the nation for COVID-19 testing according to Gov. Ron DeSantis who announced that 403,275 results have been reported as of May 1st.
On May 2nd, the Alachua County Commission released Alachua County Emergency Order 2020-21 - which itemized the specifics of re-opening businesses in Alachua County.
FEED GNV, a pilot program launched by the City of Gainesville in partnership with the Greater Gainesville Chamber of Commerce, has provided more than 1,600 meals to vulnerable residents since its launch on April 13. Currently, 35 city restaurants participate in the program, generating about …
Five Gainesville Police Department candidates earned the opportunity to become part of the GPD family on April 28th though their, “actions, integrity and attitudes,” Lt. Renee Guyan said as she addressed those candidates at a swearing-in ceremony televised live on the GPD’s Facebook page.
The Center Square – Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday announced at least 80 of Florida’s 175 state parks will reopen Monday in tandem with the first phase of his "Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step" plan.
Alachua County decided on May 1st that it will follow some of the governor’s Phase 1 opening plans exactly as presented in an executive order set to go in effect on May 4th, and to add to others.
Beginning May 4th, Alachua County Public Schools’ Food and Nutrition Services Department (FNS) will provide free suppers and snacks for children age 0-18 at 29 school sites throughout the district. This is in addition to the free breakfast and lunch meals currently provided at 78 schools, co…
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