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FEMA Administrator urges residents to prepare now, ahead of hurricane season
Last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released the 2023 Hurricane Season outlook, which forecasts up to 17 named storms, including up to nine hurricanes.
Everything coming to HBO and Max in June
HBO and Max in June: Prepare for even more drama as the Sex and the City ladies navigate their 50s (Streaming June 22nd).
Ambush on the Wekiva River!
A great blue heron is wading along the shore in water that is deep enough almost to reach its body. It suddenly stops and lowers its head, pointing that terrible beak at something that only it can see.
Breaking News: District closing parts of Lake Apopka North Shore Loop
The Lake Apopka Loop Trail follows the lake’s edge through the property, covering more than 20 miles and providing hiking and biking opportunities.
A big weekend of Art in Apopka
Art and the community will be on full display this weekend in Apopka with two big events on Saturday and Sunday - Downtown Art Walk and Art Alive Paint the Town Art competition.
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El Niño and extreme Atlantic Ocean heat are about to clash
The Atlantic hurricane season starts today, and forecasters are keeping a close eye on rising ocean temperatures, and not just in the Atlantic.
UF/IFAS study leads to milestone advances in understanding lethal bronzing of palm trees
Entomologist Brian Bahder and his team at UF/IFAS Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center consider the study’s outcome a turning point for palm disease research.
Steps every caring citizen can take to improve their communities
It is empowering and encouraging to see our communities and corridors improve. All it takes is an engaged citizenry and a municipal government with sufficient dollars for proper maintenance.

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The Apopka City Council pushed for higher interest return rates from current investment banks at its May 17th meeting as Commissioner Nick Nesta raised concerns over loss of money.
Craft breweries are increasingly prominent players in America’s social and environmental landscape, helping to produce what some people call fermented landscapes.
Typically used for funding public services such as schools, law enforcement, and infrastructure improvements, property taxes are the lifeblood of local communities across the United States.

Highs, and lows for Florida's seniors in health rankings report

America's Health Rankings 2023 Senior Report from UnitedHealthcare ranked Florida 25th in health outcomes for people age 65 and older.

Take precautions while enjoying water activities during the summer months

The Department reminds families to be safe when enjoying water activities, especially the week before Memorial Day, which is recognized as Healthy and Safe Swimming Week - May 22nd–28th.

Second Harvest expands health and hunger programming

With Second Harvest’s MTM program's inception, local healthcare providers can now refer eligible patients with chronic kidney disease to the food bank.

The U.S. is undergoing its worst bird flu outbreak ever. Is a poultry vaccine the answer?

Some lawmakers are warming to the idea of a vaccination campaign, long considered a fringe idea due to the cost and potential consequences.

Florida’s fertilizer addiction leads to ban on sales bans, roads that glow

Two of the worst things that survived the session are related to our ongoing water pollution woes. Both are likely to make things a lot worse. Both came as something of a surprise.

What does ending the emergency status of the COVID-19 pandemic in the US mean in practice? 4 questions answered

The COVID-19 public health emergency status in the U.S. expired on May 11th. And on May 5th, the WHO declared an end to the COVID-19 public health emergency of international concern.

Many people are tired of grappling with long COVID – here are some evidence-based ways to counter it

The illness following a bout with COVID-19 may be part of a patient’s response to the infection. But doctors and researchers do not yet know why some patients go on to have persistent symptoms.

The Apopka Voice publishes a weekly burglary report from the Apopka Police Department that includes reported burglaries of businesses, residences, and vehicles. 
 The Apopka Voice publishes a weekly arrest report that includes arrests, crashes, calls for service, and traffic citations. This report is for the week ending May 27th.
Ms. Sheppard had gone missing on 5/9/23 after being discharged from Advent Health Apopka. She has now been found per the Apopka Police Department.
Veterans, their families, elected officials, and Apopka residents gathered for the Memorial Day service held at Edgewood/Greenwood Cemetery on Monday morning.
H2O Pipeline Program puts high school students on a promising pathway to a lifelong career
The Orange County Board of County Commissioners recently honored the first group of students who successfully completed the H2O Pipeline Program.
Commissioner Moore: "A successful CRA plan could result in a rebirth of downtown Apopka"
"Fortunately, in 2017, the City of Apopka created a CRA plan. This plan has many aspects and details, which, if followed, would result in a successful rebirth of downtown Apopka."
Orange County Utilities Receives Accolades for Educating Residents on Recycling
The recycling quality improvement program is an ongoing program that encourages residents to change their recycling behavior by using four-week periods of tagging.

New Florida study says recycling can help combat climate change

Pittman: "I’m glad my city still runs a curbside (or alley-side) recycling program. Some Florida cities and counties have canceled theirs."
Today, rhetoric is often associated with one-sided arguments that cater to a particular corner of an echo chamber. Writing something off as “rhetoric” is often a power play.
I’m supremely interested in improving towns, cities, corridors, and neighborhoods. I have reported regularly in columns and on social media about sources that present best practices for growth and improvement.
Rod Olsen is a former HOA President of Rock Springs Ridge and an Apopka resident who often contributes his opinions at the Apopka City Council meetings during the public comments.
My most ambitious clean-up ever was a smashing success this past Sunday. I was motivated by the first-ever Coast-to-Coast bike ride down Beggs Road to Rose Avenue.
Bonus Content

Spotting Invasive Pest Threats Today Can Save Our Trees, Plants and Crops for Tomorrow

(BPT) - For many of us, warmer weather means more time outside. It’s also the time invasive species, known as “Hungry Pests,” emerge and attack the trees and crops we depend on. …

The unseen barriers hindering affordable housing in your town

Foothold Technology examined research and perspectives on housing development and zoning to explain some unseen barriers to affordable housing.

100 least popular jobs in America

Stacker searched for the least popular jobs in America. It found them in Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

Which zip code in each state has the highest median income?

Rocket Homes examined Census Bureau data to find the highest-earning ZIP codes with at least 500 residents in each state based on 2021 median income.