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Apopka celebrates Juneteenth
Juneteenth – the long-standing holiday commemorating the arrival of news of emancipation and freedom to enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas, in 1865 – became a federal holiday in 2021.
Hurricane Humberto, as captured by a NOAA satellite on September 15, 2019.
Orange County to host 2024 Hurricane Expo: Beyond the Forecast
Orange County Government and the Office of Emergency Management will host the 2024 Hurricane Expo on Saturday, June 15th.
The Florida black bear isn’t as large as its Western relative and tends to shy away from humans — but a legislator claimed some have attacked people while on crack.
Bill that says it’s OK to shoot bears ‘breaking bad’ fashioned in fiction
It shouldn’t have gotten this far. Yet it passed both the House and the Senate and, according to the House website, was “presented to governor on Friday, June 7, 2024, 2:57 PM.”
Indian River Lagoon
Indian River Lagoon ecosystem shows progress amid ongoing restoration efforts
The Indian River Lagoon has long faced challenges stemming from compromised water quality and recurring harmful algal blooms, which have resulted in significant seagrass loss.
The understated affection of fathers
Family communication experts have found that the father and son pair is complicated by the need to negotiate a complex tension between masculinity and intimacy.
Local News
Apopka Police Department Arrest Report
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 June 8th.
Hope CommUnity Center honors the 49 with action fueling change
On June 12th, 2016, in Orlando, a devastating act of terror unfolded as a gunman opened fire inside the Pulse nightclub. In the wake of this senseless act, 49 innocent lives were tragically lost, and over 50 others were injured, leaving scars that extend far beyond physical wounds.
Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings delivers the State of the County Address.
We can only build better together: Demings delivers 2024 State of the County Address
In his speech, Demings focused on Orange County’s accomplishments and challenges this past year and emphasized its strategic public, private, and philanthropic partnerships that have fostered a community culture of building better together.
Field of hemp.
Hemp industry officials express relief after DeSantis veto — for now
The measure (SB 1698) would have imposed regulations on intoxicating hemp-derived products in the state, including strict limits on THC levels and a complete ban on the sale of delta-8 THC. 
Nelson issues Code Enforcement Appreciation Week Proclamation
At the June 5th Apopka City Council meeting, Mayor Bryan Nelson issued a Code Enforcement Appreciation Week Proclamation for Apopka's code enforcement officers.
Exposure to PFAS during pregnancy can lead to a child’s low birth weight and accelerated puberty.
PFAS are toxic ‘forever chemicals’ that linger in our air, water, soil and bodies – here’s how to keep them out of your drinking water
Dr. Jessica Ray, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Washington, explains what PFAS are, how scientists are trying to remove them from the environment, and what you can do to reduce the impact of PFAS on your own health. Exposure to PFAS …
Business
How affordable housing distracts people from housing affordability
Local officials are not helpless. Part of the craziness of the current system is that there is no local mooring for housing prices. There is no entry-level product providing an anchor to upwardly accelerating home prices.
Second Harvest bridging the meal gap while school is in recess
According to recent data, the USDA recommends that a family of four set a monthly budget for groceries between $975 to $1,500 – which can quickly spike over the summer.
Avoid scams after disaster strikes: Seek a licensed contractor
Orange County experts strongly recommend residents differentiate between licensed and unlicensed contractors before rebuilding to avoid costly mistakes.
Under proper market conditions or with modest incentives, larger projects make it more feasible for developers to set aside affordable units for below-market-rate affordable prices if local governments require it.
We generally do business with people we know, like, and trust, and that only happens when we build some level of relationship with them.
The University of Florida is working with several universities to launch a new space-focused business accelerator.
Habitat’s work in some of the most economically challenged places in America has given the organization a unique perspective on the many aspects of the housing crisis.
Health

Florida-grown cucumbers recalled after salmonella outbreak

The recalled cucumbers are dark green, approximately 1.5-2.0 inches in diameter, and 5-9 inches long. Mini cucumbers and English cucumbers are not included in this recall.

911 Emergency services in Florida responding to more calls over heat-related incidents

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported 146 broken temperature records in Florida in the past month. The temperature rose to 100 degrees Fahrenheit on May 20th in Homestead, one of the state’s major agricultural areas.

Men’s health: Five things to know

Taking control of your health will pave the way for a vibrant and fulfilling life. Remember, investing in your health today will pay dividends for many years.

Unpacking Veteran Support Services: What's Available in Our Community

Here are just a couple of examples - focusing on employment and mental health - which show what’s out there for veterans who need a helping hand.

UF study shows orange peel extract may improve heart health

The orange peel finding is significant because 5 million tons of orange peels are produced yearly in orange juice production nationwide. Nearly 95% of Florida oranges are used for juice.

Heat waves can be deadly for older adults: An aging global population and rising temperatures mean millions are at risk

Older adults face health risks from high heat for many reasons, including medications.

Extreme heat worsens common age-related health conditions such as heart, lung, and kidney disease and can cause delirium. Older people don’t sweat as much as younger people, which makes it harder for their bodies to cool down when temperatures spike.

States need to keep PFAS 'forever chemicals' out of the water

Jackson Quinn brings PFAS water samples into a temperature controlled room, Wednesday, April 10, 2024, at a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency lab in Cincinnati. The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday announced its first-ever limits for several common types of PFAS, the so-called

The EPA issued new standards last month for PFAS levels in drinking water. The standards give water systems three years to conduct testing and another two years to install treatment systems if contaminants are detected.

As states loosen childhood vaccine requirements, health experts’ worries grow

An infant in Fayetteville, Ga., receives one of several routine vaccinations typically required for children entering K-12 schools. On the heels of the COVID-19 pandemic and with growing skepticism around vaccinations and government requirements, some state lawmakers want to end state vaccine mandates for children.

Vaccines protect not only the patient but also those around them. Science has shown that a population can reach community immunity once a certain percentage of the group is vaccinated.

Government
The Apopka Voice publishes a weekly burglary report from the Apopka Police Department that includes reported burglaries of businesses, residences, and vehicles. 
The inaugural election of 2023 was a resounding success, raising over $19,800 in $1 donation votes for five Central Florida Animal Rescues.
In case you missed it, The Apopka News Week in Review includes five articles that shaped the City—all in one place. This includes the Apopka Chamber's decision to vacate its current city-owned building.
"I believe the time has come for the City to take full control of its assets and properly utilize them by housing a department (in the Chamber building) that needs a larger office." OP/ED by Vice Mayor Diane Velazquez.
Hurricane Prep, Pride Month and the State of County Address highlight June in Orange County
In his monthly article, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings shares his thoughts on the latest developments, initiatives, and challenges facing Orange County.
Boats sit grounded in a woodland area and along the side of the road after being pushed by rising water from Hurricane Ian near Fort Myers Beach on Sept. 29, 2022, in San Carlos Island. The hurricane brought high winds, storm surges, and rain to the area, causing severe damage.
AG Moody warns against price gouging, scams as hurricane season dawns in Florida
On the eve of hurricane season, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody is promising rigorous enforcement of state laws against price gouging and disaster-related scams.
Apopka Police Department Arrest Report
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 June 1st.
Opinion

Olsen: "Clearly, our community's needs are not being met due to our lack of infrastructure and continued struggles"

Apopka City Hall
If we need more staff and the equipment, supplies, and materials to get the job done timely and appropriately, we look to you to ensure that we budget and staff for this.
Commissioner Moore: "I experienced some extraordinary moments at the clean-up this past weekend with The People of Southern Apopka along Sheeler Avenue near US 441."
Beaches are more than just a party spot. They’re part of a system of barrier islands surrounding our state’s coastline. They serve as barriers to protect the mainland from crashing storms and their surges.
In an OP/ED from May 15th, Orange County Commissioner Christine Moore urged Apopka to take a more conservative approach to its Tourist Development Tax grant bid. On Monday, Apopka Mayor Bryan Nelson pushed back on Moore's assertion in an OP/ED he sent to The Apopka Voice.
Bonus Content

Quantum computers are like kaleidoscopes − why unusual metaphors help illustrate science and technology

Quantum computing is like Forrest Gump ’s box of chocolates : You never know what you’re gonna get. Quantum phenomena – the behavior of matter and energy at the atomic and subatomic …

These car manufacturers are making the most progress in cutting carbon emissions

The General examined Environmental Protection Agency data to see which car manufacturers made the most progress in reducing CO2 emissions in 2023.

Why these 9 cities attract the most international travelers

Which cities are loved by international travelers? Airalo used Euromonitor International data to list the 9 cities with the most international arrivals.

How the internet has changed the way we send each other money

Sending and receiving money is faster and easier than ever. Uniqode mapped out five ways the internet revolutionized how we transfer money.