Lauren Poe was re-elected as mayor of Gainesville, and Adrian Hayes-Santos won re-election for District 4. Poe won with about 62% of the vote and Hayes-Santos won his race with about 74%
Ocala and Gainesville didn’t do so hot on a list of “safest cities in Florida” put out by Safewise. Out of the 142 largest cities Ocala was 122nd and Gainesville was 117th. That reportedly puts us in the area of places like Tallahassee and Miami. The website did a calculation by comparing “crime per thousand people”.
A bill in the Florida legislature would fine or imprison people who abandon their dogs during disasters. If passed as is, the offender would reportedly get a $5000 fine or up to a year in prison.