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City Code of the Month: Abandoned Vehicles
Section 26-137 states it shall be unlawful for any person to abandon any vehicle within the city and
no person shall leave any vehicle at any place within the city for such time and under such
circumstances as to cause such vehicle reasonably to appear to have been abandoned. Section 26-
139 states it shall be unlawful for the owner of any abandoned vehicle to allow the vehicle to remain
on any property or street, highway or right-of-way within the city for longer than 72 hours.
Once you receive a warning, if you are found in violation of these
sections again within 365 days, you will be fined $250. A second
violation will be $500. Third and subsequent violations will require
a mandatory court appearance. Click on the link below for more
information about city codes.
City of Gainesville Code of Ordinances
What Time is It? Tax Time!
April 15th is only a few weeks
away. Just a friendly reminder A
to take care of your taxes for
this year if you have not done i T&r
so already! Do not wait until
the last minute! There are
offices at UF that provide some
information on taxes that you can check out below.
University Tax Services
University Financial Services
Taking out the Trash...Literally
With the end of the semester coming up many students are going
to be moving out. That means more trash than usual, so here
are some tips to make sure your trash gets picked up:
* Most apartment complexes provide garbage services.
Check with management for details of these services or
if you have larger items (couches, desks, etc.) that you
want to dispose of.
* If you live in a home in Gainesville or Alachua County
use your trash cart and make sure all trash is placed in
bags so it doesn't fly away.
* If you have excess trash outside of your cart, place
trash in marked yellow bags next to the cart.
* There is also bulk collection for larger items.
If you have any questions about trash collection
in the City of Gainesville please contact their
Solid Waste Division. Outside of the city you
can contact Alachua County Waste Collection.
Off Campus Life Tips: Moving Out and Storage
Some of our students will be moving out only until next fall and some of our students
are moving out indefinitely. Either way we want to provide you with some information
to get your deposit back and help you find storage for your things if needed.
* Ask what is required upon your leaving (do holes in the wall need to be filled
or does the carpet need to be cleaned?).
* Have your landlord or management do a walkthrough with you.
* Take pictures or video of your empty apartment for references.
* Get a storage area early. You may have to pay for an extra month but if you
wait too long you may end up paying more or not having a space at all. Plus
you can also take your time moving your things in.
* If you don't have a lot of things, get together with a friend or two that you
trust and split a storage facility so you don't have to pay as much.
* Start looking for boxes now because other students will be looking too!
Student Experience in the Research
University (SERU) Survey
This survey is for undergraduate
students at UF to broaden the
understanding of their experience
on campus and facilitate
improvements. In order to be
eligible for the lottery for UF
football tickets for Fall 2009,
undergraduate students must
complete the survey by June 5,
S 2009. You can access the survey
Through ISIS on the UF homepage.
For more information on the SERU
Survey click on the link below.
Meet Your City Commissioners
Name: Craig Lowe
Position: City Commissioner (District IV) Elected to the City
Commission for a one-year term May 2003, a three-year term
beginning May 2004, and again re-elected for a second three-year
term beginning May 2007. Commissioner Lowe currently serves as
Chair of the Commission's Equal Opportunity Committee, Regional
Utilities Committee, and the Countywide Visioning & Planning
Committee. Commissioner Lowe is also a member of the
Recreation, Cultural Affairs and Public Works Committee, Community
Redevelopment Agency, Gainesville/Alachua County Metropolitan Transportation
Planning Organization and Alachua County Library Governing Board.
Earth Day (and Month)
Around 20 million people across the United States celebrated the
first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970. Until that time, protecting the
planet's natural resources was not part of the national political
agenda. Senator Gaylord Nelson, a Democrat from Wisconsin
who was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1962, was determined to
wake up the federal government to the fact that the earth was at
risk. In 1969, Nelson developed the idea for Earth Day.
According to Nelson, he envisioned a large-scale, grassroots
environmental demonstration "to shake up the political
establishment and force this issue onto the national agenda."
Nelson announced the Earth Day concept at a conference in
Seattle in the fall of 1969 and invited the entire nation to get
involved. The American people finally had a forum to express its
concern about what was happening to the land, rivers, lakes and
air-and they did so with spectacular exuberance. Dennis Hayes,
a young activist who had served as student president at Stanford
University, was selected as Earth Day's national coordinator.
Today, April is celebrated as Earth Month by many
organizations. For more information about how you can be a part
of helping our Earth, visit www.earthday.gov.
The University of Florida is also
celebrating Earth Month with a
number of programs and events
that you can participate in. Check
out the websites below for more
UF Office of Sustainability
Calendar of Events for Earth Month
April Fools' Day
Although April Fools' Day has passed, here
is a little cartoon to celebrate a day of
practical jokes and hoaxes. To see the Top
100 April Fools' Day hoaxes in history,
click on this link:
April Fools' Day Hoaxes