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May 29, 2024

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These highlights will give residents a quick review of the commission meeting and provide video, agenda, and other useful links.

​​​West End Golf Course

The County Commission approved purchasing an option contract from Viking Companies LLC to secure the rights to buy the West End Golf Course (12830 W. Newberry Road, Newberry). 

The $3.8-million purchase is significantly lower than the original $6 million asking price and will ensure the location remains a recreational site and doesn’t become a major housing development. Funds for the purchase will come from the voter-approved Wild Spaces Public Places (WSPP) surtax.

Following a rigorous community engagement process, the course is expected to become a transformational park that is much needed in this area of the county. The county plans to license the space needed on the site to Viking Companies LLC to construct an across-country track on site, which will be used during the 2025 World Masters Athletics Indoor Championships in March 2025.

Read the complete highlights for this meeting.

Sports Event Center

FEATURE STORY: The tourism industry in Alachua County is more substantial than many imagine

The tourism industry in Alachua County is more substantial than many imagine.

The county draws millions of visitors a year from the state, the southeast, and around the world. They come for our world-class educational and healthcare institutions, natural wonders, outstanding cultural programming, sporting events, special events, and much more.

The importance of these visitors and the essential revenue they provide to our local economy is recognized every year during National Travel and Tourism Week.

Read the full story.

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Citizens Academy updates

Session 7 Update

Session 8 Update

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Unveiling of Soil Collection Jar Exhibit Honoring Victims of Lynching

​​The Alachua County Community Remembrance Project committee (ACCRP), the Alachua County Commission, and the UF Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, with support from the Rothman Fund, invite the community to the unveiling of the “Soil Collection Jar Exhibit Honoring Victims of Lynching.”

The event is on Saturday, June 1, 2024, from 1 to 3 p.m. on the west lawn of the Alachua County Administration Building (12 SE 1st St., in downtown Gainesville). It is free and open to the public, and everyone is encouraged to participate in this significant act of remembrance and reconciliation. Tents will be provided for shade, and seating will be available for the public.​

The County Commission has dedicated space on the ground floor of the county building for this poignant exhibit on racial violence. Each jar contains soil collected at known sites where lynchings took place. 

This exhibit is part of the ongoing effort to confront and understand the history of racial violence in Florida, a state with the highest rate of lynchings per capita between 1882 and 1930. The Soil Collection Jar Exhibit shines a light on this painful history and addresses the legacy of racial inequity that persists today.

The unveiling program includes:

  • A prayer by Reverend John E. Brown of St. Paul AME Church, Gainesville
  • Queen Mother Vivian Filer will give permission to start 
  • A libation ceremony by Dr. Sowa-La and Nii Sowa-La
  • Welcome address from Alachua County Commissioner Charles S. Chestnut IV 
  • Dr. Kenneth Nunn will speak on Dr. Hilliard-Nunn’s significant contributions to the ACCRP
  • E. Stanley Richardson will perform a spoken word piece
  • A dance performance by Ms. Water’s Expressive Song and Dance Ministry

After the program, attendees will be invited to enjoy box lunches from Germain’s and ice treats from Rastafar-Ice while listening to music by Gospel Meets Jazz. The exhibit will be viewed in guided groups of 15 to 20 people.

Read the feature story, Alachua County’s Journey to Truth and Reconciliation.

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Determining Flood Risk in Alachua County

​​With hurricane season fast approaching, Alachua County urges residents to be prepared in the event of a flood.

The primary causes of flooding in Alachua County are tropical storms and afternoon thunderstorms, most frequently occurring from June through November. 

Residents can review the Determining Flood Risks in Alachua County document created by Alachua County Public Works that has information about flood safety measures, hurricane preparedness, floodplain development permits, drainage maintenance systems and more.

Other useful links

For up-to-date information on hurricanes and emergency threats to your area, visit www.AlachuaCountyReady.com. Text “Alachua” to 888-777 for real-time updates sent to your phone.

Check to see if your home is in a flood zone. Type in your address, then click on the “flood zones” tab.

For information on adding flood insurance learn more about the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).


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