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Local Business Tax for Yard Parking
Any property owners or tenants who currently
allow yard parking on their property will be as-
sessed a business tax fee. The fee will run from
October 1, 2008 to September 30, 2009. To see
a sample of a yard parking letter, please check
the Newsletters section of our website.
Tip of the Month: Winter Break Safety
Here are safety tips for keeping your residence safe,
especially if you are leaving your place for a few weeks:
* Double-check all windows and doors are locked (if
your door has multiple locks, lock all of them)
* If you have an alarm system, check to make sure it
is functioning properly before you leave
* If you have a friend who is staying in town, ask if
they can check on your place occasionally
* Give your landlord or apartment manager informa-
tion where you can be contacted over break in case
Check out more safety and travel tips on our website!
Florida State Statutes: Alcohol
Although the holidays are the time to celebrate and break out that egg nog,
you should be aware of statutes regarding alcohol. It may be a good idea to
take a few minutes and see how your hometown enforces these statutes if
you are not in Gainesville.
Common Alcohol Violations:
Open container Public intoxication
House parties Underage possession and consumption
Please remember to be safe over the holidays!
Staying in Gainesville for the Holidays?
Here is some helpful information for you!
Some businesses will actually close for the entire break.
Good time to explore the outdoors-try San Felasco Hammock (on
NW 53rd Avenue west of 43rd St.) in northwest Gainesville.
See Visit Gainesville (http://www.visitgainesville.com/attractions/) for
other ideas of places to visit in town while the crowds are low.
Pick up a hard copy of the Gainesville Sun which will publish other op-
portunities that are happening locally.
Pretty easy to pick up some house and/or pet sitting responsibilities
(ask around or look in the Classified section of the local papers).
Attend UF athletic events because sports teams are still playing.
Go places that are usually crowded throughout the semester (movies,
Meet Your City Commissioners
Name: Thomas Hawkins
Position: City Commissioner (At-Large) member of the Community
Development Committee, the Public Safety Committee, the Countywide
Visioning & Planning Committee, the Gainesville/Alachua County Metro-
politan Transportation Planning Organization, and the Transportation
Hobbies: Walking around neighborhoods in town, attending musical
performances, and visiting the Santa Fe and Ichetucknee rivers.
Tip/Advice for Off Campus Students: Try to get involved with things
happening in Gainesville that are sponsored by the city, if you are interested, because it's a
good way to learn about the community. Explore downtown and take advantage of the events
that are sponsored there throughout the year.
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