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Report: Revision to ‘Live Local Act’ reduces stock of affordable/workforce housing in Florida
Data accumulated by LandTech, which provides site-sourcing technology for developers, suggest that new amendments to the Live Local Act will mean a 22% reduction in sites available to affordable housing developers.
Taking precautions against outdoor pathogens can keep you from getting sidelined over the summer.
Summertime can be germy: A microbiologist explains how to avoid getting sick at the barbecue, in the pool or on the trail
It is important to pay attention to local news reporting outbreaks of infectious agents in your area or travel destination. With these precautions in mind, you’re sure to have a terrific time, uninterrupted by the germs of summer.
Dry conditions continue throughout the District in May
May saw sparse and uneven rainfall, with all counties receiving less than their monthly average. The deficit was nearly two inches in some areas.
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.
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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 …
Apopka Police Department Burglary Report: June 2nd-8th
The Apopka Voice publishes a weekly burglary report from the Apopka Police Department that includes reported burglaries of businesses, residences, and vehicles. 
With 5,684 votes cast, the 10-year-old border collie named Asher took the 2023 Apopka Dog Mayor title.
Who will be the 2024 Apopka Dog Mayor?
The inaugural election of 2023 was a resounding success, raising over $19,800 in $1 donation votes for five Central Florida Animal Rescues.
Apopka City Hall
Olsen: "Clearly, our community's needs are not being met due to our lack of infrastructure and continued struggles"
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.
Kids Count Report: Florida maintains in education, ranks 30th in child well-being
The annual report ranks states on the overall condition of children in four areas: economic well-being, education, health, and community and family. Florida's education numbers maintained last year's high marks, coming in fifth.
Warm water expands, raising sea levels, which worsens storm surges during hurricanes. It’s only one risk from warming oceans.
The warming ocean is leaving coastal economies in hot water
Ocean temperatures have been heating up over the past century, and hitting record highs for much of the past year, driven primarily by the rise in greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels
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.
A builder works on the construction of a new home.
Colorado takes a new – and likely more effective – approach to the housing crisis
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.
The new UF/IFAS research will help scientists around the world preserve broccoli and other vegetables. It will also help plant breeders find the right genetics for fresher produce. 

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.

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.
The Rice’s whale is the only one that lives entirely in the Gulf of Mexico. The species, discovered only recently, is definitely endangered. Scientists estimate that there are fewer than 100 of them — maybe as few as 51.
In 2023, the Toll Relief Program delivered $500 million in substantial savings to over 1.2 million commuters, equating to an approximate savings of $400 per individual.
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.
Apopka Police Department Burglary Report: May 19th-June 1st
The Apopka Voice publishes a weekly burglary report from the Apopka Police Department that includes reported burglaries of businesses, residences, and vehicles. 
Commissioner Moore's Sheeler Avenue cleanup unearths three homeless camps
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."

Sea level rise makes Florida ‘beach renourishment’ projects more frequent and expensive

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.
I wanted to remind you of a few significant loose ends you should get tied down before the FY2024/25 budget takes hold. There are five issues I think you need to either advance or conclude in the coming months:
"When Apopka’s application was returned to the county a few weeks ago, while extremely well written and documented as to its benefits, there was a much larger request for $13 million. I have never seen a smaller municipality receive this large one-time grant."
Bonus Content

Understanding seat belt tickets and their impact on car insurance rates

Cheap Insurance explains how seat belts save lives and also can save you money on car insurance.

Understanding the psychology of money: A path to financial wellness

Wealth Enhancement looks at the psychology of money and explores how your thinking may be impacting your financial wellness.

Gillespie County's election worker costs more than double after switch to hand count

Votebeat reports on the hand counting of ballots in a Texas county and the controversy over its cost to taxpayers.

Working from home: Better or worse for mental health?

Way.com reports on remote and hybrid work schedules and how they affect workers' lives.