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Live Oak Planning & Zoning Board, August 17 meeting agenda

Live Oak Planning & Zoning Board / and Local Planning Agency
Meeting Agenda - City Hall Council Room, 101 White Ave. Live Oak, FL
Monday, August 17th, 2020 - 5:30 PM, or shortly thereafter


COVID-19 Medical experts speak out

Florida’s COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard. -Courtesy image by the Florida Department of Health, Division of Disease Control and Health Protection

By Tami Stevenson

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been claims and rumors from those in the medical field that said they were finding that what was being talked about on the evening news, was not necessarily what was happening in their real world – claims about nurses finding labs in Florida turning out 100 percent positive results for coronavirus, how most hospitals were not overrun by COVID-19 patients. In fact, they were being laid off. Reportedly, some of these nurses at a testing site decided to turn in some swabs that were never used and see what happened – they also came back positive for COVID-19. Recently a trusted, anonymous source told the Suwannee Valley Times about a testing sight in North Florida that had to turn 300 or so people away at the last minute, but their names and information were already taken. Days later, each of these received a letter in the mail stating they had tested positive for COVID-19. In the beginning, those in the medical field were afraid to speak out for fear of retaliation but those days are waning.


White Springs and Columbia County receive $900,000 from Governor


Tallahassee, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced $900,000 in funding for infrastructure projects in two rural communities in Northeast Florida. Administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, the Rural Infrastructure Fund (RIF) provides funding to local governments for infrastructure projects in rural communities to encourage job creation and business investment and to strengthen and diversify rural economies.


Doctor Kelly Victory, M.D.
Exposes false claims about pandemic

-Image Courtesy of University of Michigan

By Tami Stevenson

Doctor Kelly Victory, MD, also put out a video recently about false claims concerning the Coronavirus pandemic.

Doctor Victory is a trauma and emergency physician with a specialty in disaster preparedness and response, and the management of mass casualty. For the past two decades she has been in public health working with and advising hospitals, schools, municipalities and fortune 500 companies, developing plans and training them to respond effectively to the worst ever cases. Whether that be a hurricane, a flood, an active shooter or a pandemic.


The Grass is Not Always Greener: Leaf Spot in Bermudagrass

Courtney Darling
UF/IFAS Suwannee County Extension

Bermudagrass is a popular choice for hay production throughout the southeast, especially Florida. There are several factors that can impact forage quality and yield, including various diseases. Leaf spot or leaf blight (Bipolaris cynodontis) is one of the most common foliar diseases found in bermudagrass. This disease is caused by the fungus Helminthosporium which causes a decrease in forage nutritive value, yield, and overall palatability.


Officer Shot in Lake City

While Conducting Wellbeing Check

Officer Remington “Cody” Chaunce -LCPD Photo

Lake City, Fla., – UPDATE:
Officer Remington “Cody” Chauncey was shot Tuesday morning while conducting a wellbeing check at a home in Lake City.

Officer Chauncey has been an Officer with the Lake City Police

Department since April 2020. Previously, he was an Officer with the Live Oak Police Department. Officer Chauncey is currently undergoing medical treatment but is in stable condition.

End Update

Lake City, Fla., –According to a report from the Lake City Police Department, on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at approximately 1:37 a.m., the Lake City Police Department responded to the area of NE Webster Ave and NE Jenkins Lane after receiving a report of gunshots in the area. Officers arrived to discover that the home at this location had been hit by gunfire, as there were visible bullet holes in its exterior. Officers attempted to make contact inside the residence to conduct a wellbeing check. As they were on the porch of the residence and knocking at the home’s door, they identified themselves as POLICE, fearing that an occupant of the home may have been shot.


Famous pig lives in Dowling Park

Daisy, the Potbelly Pig Promotes Reading wherever she goes


Daisy, left, shown above with owner, Farmer Minor and her canine pug sisters, Lily Pug and Dixie Cup. -Courtesy Photo