July 18th edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government


This Issues Features:

Interstate 75 Nighttime Northbound Lane Closures and Detour
County Commission Chair Hutchinson Featured on Alachua County Talks
Environmental Protection Advisory Committee Vacancies
Get Ready. Get Set. Vote!
Plastic Free July Challenge

Interstate 75 Nighttime Northbound Lane Closures and Detour

Travelers on Interstate 75 will experience nighttime northbound single and double lane closures, just north of the Archer Road (Exit 384).

Beginning Thursday, July 21 through Friday, July 22, from midnight to 4 a.m., drivers traveling north on Interstate 75 will be detoured. The detour sends traffic to Archer Road (Exit 384), then to S.W. 34th Street (State Road 121), then to Newberry Road (State Road 26), and finally to Interstate 75 North.

The Archer Road/Interstate 75 northbound on-ramp will be closed. Drivers will be detoured to Tower Road, then to Newberry Road (State Road 26), and finally to Interstate 75 North.

The detour is needed to place concrete on the bridge deck for the Celebration Pointe (S.W. 30th Avenue) Bridge Project.

For more information, contact Brian Singleton with Alachua County Public Works at 352-548-1306 or bsingleton@alachuacounty.us.

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County Commission Chair Hutchinson Featured on Alachua County Talks

This edition of Alachua County Talks, features an interview with Alachua County Commission Chair Robert “Hutch” Hutchinson. The interview covers a number of important issues currently facing Alachua County and the County Commission. 

In speaking of the program, Alachua County Talks host Mark Sexton said, “Chair Hutchinson discusses the Waldo Road Job Center, mental health issues, the I-75 Relief Task Force process, the Wild Spaces/ Public Places Referendum, and an idea to incorporate local music into Community 12 TV programming.”

View the Interview Online.

For more information, visit Alachua County online or call 352-374-5204.

For more information, contact the Alachua County Communications Office at 352-374-5204.

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Environmental Protection Advisory Committee Vacancies

Alachua County is seeking applicants to fill openings on the Environmental Protection Advisory Committee (EPAC). The committee meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m., at the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department (408 W. University Avenue, Gainesville). EPAC is seeking five at-large positions and one alternate.

EPAC provides an opportunity for citizen involvement on environmental issues and concerns affecting residents of Alachua County. It advises the Board of County Commissioners on appropriate measures to safeguard air and water resources, and on the responsible management of public lands and natural resources. 

Interested applicants may apply online (scroll down the page to Environmental Protection Advisory Committee).

For more information, contact Alachua County Environmental Protection Water Resources Manager Gus Olmos at 352-264-6806 or gus@alachuacounty.us.

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Get Ready. Get Set. Vote!

Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Pam Carpenter would like to remind all voters to be election ready for the August 30th Primary Election.  Here are a few ways you can Get Ready….Get Set…and Vote!

Get Ready. . . . .

Be sure to get registered to vote by the August 1st deadline so you can vote in the August 30, 2016 Primary Election. Visit our website at VoteAlachua.com to register, update your voter record, or verify your current registration status.  You may also register to vote in person at the Supervisor of Elections Office, at a Florida Driver’s License Office, at any Alachua County Public Library or by mail.  Mail-in registration applications must be postmarked no later than the August 1st deadline.  You may pick up a registration form at any post office, municipal city hall, Santa Fe College student activities office, and the University of Florida Reitz Union.  For other locations where registration forms may be obtained, please visit our website or call the Supervisor of Elections Office.

Florida is a closed Primary State.  This means if you want to vote for a partisan candidate in the Primary, you must be registered in the same party as the candidate. To change your party affiliation for this Primary Election you must submit either a signed written request containing your date of birth or voter registration number or you may submit a voter registration application with your change of party appropriately marked.  August 1st is the deadline for party changes.  Mail-in applications must be postmarked no later than the August 1st deadline. 

All voters may vote in non-partisan races, on issues and in universal primary races. There is a non-partisan school board race, Constitutional Amendment #4 and a universal primary race on the August 30th Primary ballot.

A Universal Primary race occurs when all candidates for an office are in the same party, there is no opposition in the General Election, and the winner will be elected in the Primary Election. There is a universal primary for Supervisor of Elections. This race will appear on all ballots and all voters may vote on August 30th.

Voters are encouraged to verify their voter registration status online at VoteAlachua.com by clicking on the link, “My Registration Status.”  Don’t delay; make sure your voter information is current.  Florida Law requires that you vote the ballot assigned to your legal residence address.  If you have moved and have not notified the Supervisor of Elections Office of your new address, please go online at VoteAlachua.com to make a change of address or contact our office at (352) 374-5252.  A new voter information card will be mailed based on the updated information.

To Vote by Mail, request your ballot now online at VoteAlachua.com or call our office at (352) 374-5252.  Your request for a mail ballot must be made by 5:00 PM on August 23, 2016. Be sure we have your current signature on file. The signature on your Vote by Mail ballot certificate envelope will be compared to your signature on file.  Your mail ballot may not count if the signature does not match the signature on record.  You may update your signature by filling out a voter registration application form and returning it to our office (please see locations previously listed).  All signature updates for use in verifying Vote by Mail ballots must be received in the Supervisor of Elections Office no later than the start of Canvassing on August 23, 2016 at 9:00 AM.  You can also track your Vote by Mail status online.  If mailing your ballot, be aware it could take 5 days for our office to receive your ballot under the new postal delivery standards.  To be counted, all ballots must be received in the Supervisor of Elections Office by 7:00 PM on Election Day, August 30, 2016. 

If a voter realizes they have returned their Vote by Mail ballot without including their signature, they may submit an affidavit to our office no later than 5:00 PM the day before the election to cure the unsigned ballot.

Starting Thursday, August 25, 2016, a voter may authorize another person to pick-up their Vote by Mail ballot from the Supervisor of Elections office. Your designee must have a note signed by the voter, a picture Identification of the designee and must complete an affidavit.  The affidavit is  available at our office or for download at VoteAlachua.com. The designee may not pick up more than two Vote by Mail ballots per election, not including the designee’s own ballot and ballots for members of his/her immediate family.

Get Set . . . . . .

View sample ballots for the August 30th Primary Election online at VoteAlachua.com on our home page by clicking on “Elections & Records” from the menu on the left side of the page then “Sample Ballots”, or you may view your individual ballot by clicking on “My Registration Status” in the upper right hand corner.  Audio sample ballots will be available online soon.  Sample ballots will be mailed to voters prior to the election.

Know where to vote.  Some polling places have changed due to redistricting.  To locate your precinct and polling place go to VoteAlachua.com on our home page by clicking on “My Registration Status” in the upper right corner where you can view pictures of your polling place. 

Voters at Precinct 33 previously voted at Highlands Presbyterian Church.  Voters in Precinct 33 will now vote at Ironwood Golf Course located at 2100 NE 39th Avenue, Gainesville. 

The Supervisor of Elections may not provide a Vote by Mail ballot to a voter or a voter’s immediate family member on the day of the election unless there is an emergency, to the extent that the voter will be unable to go to his or her assigned polling place.  In order to provide a Vote by Mail ballot on Election Day, an affidavit is required and can be found on our website at VoteAlachua.com.


Florida law requires voters to bring current and valid photo and signature identification to early voting sites and polling places on Election Day.  Acceptable IDs includes:  a FL Driver’s License, FL ID card, U.S. passport, debit or credit card, military ID, student ID, retirement center ID, neighborhood association ID and public assistance ID.  New acceptable identifications: Veterans Health ID issued by the VA, a FL Concealed Weapon License, and a Government Employee ID.  If you do not present photo and signature ID you will be allowed to vote a provisional ballot.

Early Voting for the August 30th Primary Election will be available starting Friday, August 19th through Saturday, August 27th, Monday through Sunday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM everyday,  except Thursday when voting is from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM at the following 3 locations: 

  1. Supervisor of Elections Office at 515 N. Main Street
  2. Millhopper Branch Library at 3145 NW 43rd Street
  3. Tower Road Branch Library at 3020 SW 75th Street

On Election Day, August 30, 2016, polls are open from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

If you need to locate your precinct, please go to VoteAlachua.com or call the Supervisor of Elections Office at (352) 374-5252.

Be Election Ready!

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Plastic Free July Challenge

The Alachua County Office of Waste Alternatives is encouraging local households, businesses, and schools to accept their “Plastic Free July Challenge.” The challenge is to consume no single-use plastic during the month of July.

Single-use plastic is anything that is intended to be used once, then thrown away. The “big four” single-use plastic items include plastic bags, plastic straws, plastic bottles, and takeout containers (cups).

As part of the challenge, during the month of July the Office of Waste Alternatives is partnering with Curia on the Drag (2029 N.W. 6th St., Gainesville) to promote the “Bring One (refillable cup), Get One Tree Planted” event sponsored by We Are Neutral. To participate, bring a refillable cup to Curia on the Drag, and a tree will be planted on your behalf. Participants receive a 25 cent discount on the purchased beverage.

“Plastic has snuck into all aspects of our lives. Even small acts, such as grabbing the morning to go iced coffee, involve a disposable plastic straw and cup,” says Alachua County Waste Alternatives Specialist Eilanwy Slyboom. “Plastic Free July will provide the opportunity to see that we don’t need the single-use plastics.”

Additionally, the Office of Waste Alternatives is hosting two Plastic Free Workshops at local libraries:

Visit the Alachua County Recycles Facebook page for updates on Plastic Free July events and posts.

For more information, contact the Alachua County Office of Waste Alternatives at 352-548-1282.

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Community Update is produced by the County Manager's Communications Office.