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πŸ•Ά Sunny and clear β€” 82/64.

Situational awareness: Opening arguments are scheduled to begin this morning in a federal trial over whether Gov. Ron DeSantis violated former Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren's First Amendment rights when he removed the Democrat from his elected position in August.

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1 big thing: Our disappearing beaches

aerial shot of person riding down the beach

Erosion on Treasure Island's Sunset Beach. Photo: Courtesy of Jason Beisel/City of Treaure Island

This year's hurricane season β€” which ends tomorrow β€” has once again reminded us of the risk of living on Florida's shifting shorelines.

Driving the news: Coastal erosion from crisscrossing hurricanes Ian and Nicole has homeowners and coastal communities, like Treasure Island's Sunset Beach, scrambling to rebuild seashores, even as the demand for sand rises and prices increase.

Why it matters: Our beaches draw some 19 million tourists every year, the cornerstone of one of the state's largest economic engines.

  • Development, meanwhile, has creeped closer and closer to the water as Florida's population has exploded in the last 100 years. Allowing homes and businesses to be built so near to those shifting sands means that many are now imperiled.
  • And the cost burden of beach replenishment to save them falls on all of us, like it or not.

The big picture: The 825 miles of sandy Florida coastline are dynamic β€” shifting and changing over time in response to storms, natural events and, lately, sea-level rise brought on by climate warming.

  • More than half β€” 426.3 miles β€” are considered critically eroded, according to a state report in June.

Zoom in: In Hillsborough, unoccupied Egmont Key is critically eroded, plus all of Manatee County's shoreline and minor chunks of Sarasota and Charlotte counties' beaches.

  • A 14-mile stretch of Pinellas County beach β€” Clearwater Pass to John's Pass β€” is critically eroded.

State of play: Beach sand is typically dredged from the bottom of the sea, but those sources are nearly tapped out, too deep for dredges or near sensitive coral reefs.

  • Because trucking sand from inland is even more expensive, demand has compelled beach communities to seek sand from as far away as the Bahamas.

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2. Florida's the worst at reporting crime numbers

Data: FBI; Chart: Tory Lysik/Axios Visuals

Florida had the lowest percentage in the nation of law enforcement agencies turning over crime data to the FBI last year.

Why it matters: National violent crime data in 2021 was severely compromised because around 40% of law enforcement agencies nationwide failed to report their crime data, Axios' Russell Contreras reports.

  • Florida and California, two of the most populous states, were a big part of the problem.

By the numbers: An Axios analysis of FBI data released earlier this year found that only two law enforcement agencies out of Florida's 757 submitted 2021 crime data to the FBI.

  • That's only 0.3% of the state's law enforcement agencies.

The backdrop: Last year, the FBI retired its nearly century-old national crime data collection program and switched to a new system, the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS), which gathers more specific information on each incident.

The intrigue: Art Acevedo, a former Houston and Miami police chief, told Axios the lack of reporting is likely because of the technological challenge local agencies face getting on the new system.

What they're saying: The Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which is orchestrating the transition here, told Axios in June that it will begin publishing detailed crime data using the new system late this year, which would be reflected in next year's numbers.

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3. The Pulp: Without your voice to tell me, "I love you, take a rind"

Illustration of a sticker with the Tampa skyline and the word "pulp" on it, stuck to an orange.

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

πŸ—³ Tampa Mayor Jane Castor has put in her bid for re-election. (Tampa Bay Times)

🦨 A live skunk β€” now being called the Rally Skunk β€” appeared in the stands at FirstEnergy Stadium just before the Cleveland Browns beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in overtime Sunday. Video. (AP)

πŸͺΆ The Tampa Audubon Society and Florida Avian Conservation have created new chapters of the Florida Young Birders Club in Tampa Bay, Orlando and Tallahassee for interested kids age 9 to 17. (Florida Ornithological Society)

4. The coolest stuff we saw at Shopapalooza

Resin letters that look like beaches positioned to spell "snowy"

Resin art from Red's Shadow. Photo: Selene San Felice/Axios

πŸ‘‹ Selene here.

I was at Shopapalooza this weekend and was once again impressed by the talented crafters we have in Tampa Bay.

What's new: I spotted a few sellers I hadn't seen before that gave me some gift-giving inspiration.

  • 😻 Some of Danial Ryan's freaky, hilarious cat art will definitely be headed to my crazy cat loving friends.
  • πŸ“– Custom folded books from Dilly Dally's make perfect gifts for writers and bookworms like myself (and the ones I have to shop for).
  • πŸ’ The resin art from Red's Shadow caught my eye, and I love that she can also preserve bouquets for an extra special gift.

Go deeper: Check out our guide to buying local for everyone in your life this holiday season.

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5. 🌭 1 fancy hot dog to go

JoDog Craft Hot Dogs

Photo courtesy JoDog Craft Hot Dogs

JoDog Craft Hot Dogs β€” billed as a new street food concept, with riffs on the classic American hot dog β€” opened last week at Sparkman Wharf, the 56-acre shipping-container dining district at Water Street Tampa.

  • From Michelin-starred chef Joe Isidori, JoDog offers geo-inspired takes like the Carolina slaw dog, the spicy Mexico City dog and the Hello Tokyo, which features kewpie mayo, furikake and crispy garlic.

Context: Isidori is known for the national restaurant chain Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer, and JoToro, which has a location in Sparkman Wharf.

Our handy guide to Water Street and Sparkman Wharf

🎢 Selene is listening to "James Acaster's Perfect Sounds," because she also thinks 2016 was the greatest year for music, ever.

πŸ“Ί Ben is watching "Fleishman Is In Trouble."

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Today's newsletter was edited by Alexa Mencia and copy edited by Carlos Cunha.