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Morning. Here are your seven clicks to start the day.

1. Florida's not actually that great a place to be old.

2. Jon Silman spent last night in Starke. The sheet stopped rising and falling around 7:34.

3. Loved the bit about the Zeus-like mane of the leader of the River Otter Preppers. But my favorite detail? His soggy shoes.

4. The Chamber foresees a tight race for governor later this year — who doesn't? — but the most interesting two things in the Bob Trigaux column in today's paper were the last two paragraphs:

Water — we'll need 28 percent more of it by 2030 — will be the most critical political issue for the next six to nine years as the state tries to keep up with population growth.

The Chamber launched a state news service called "Florida Wins" to provide, in its words, "the facts the media won't tell you." Curiously, so far most of the news offered at its website comes from links to newspapers.

5. Here's a thought:

Ashley Green, a People's Budget Review member, asked Rick Kriseman to re-evaluate some of his priorities.

The administration plans to spend $700,000 on marketing, but residents have other ideas.

"St. Pete can best market itself through the success of its people," Green said.

6. The Sun Sentinel's editorial board: No wonder so many Florida high school graduates arrive at college needing to take remedial classes.

7. "Today I counted six orchid species on three branches. Who knows what we'll find by the end of the week?" Love this.

[Last modified: Thursday, June 19, 2014 8:57am]


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