One last look at 2016 before we bid it good f*cking riddance 

Worst. Year. Ever.

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Fun-loving DeBary mayor Clint Johnson announced his plan to float a raft to Cuba despite warnings from the U.S. Coast Guard; several city council meetings and an investigation into some public records shenanigans later, Johnson is no longer the mayor (and he's still not in Cuba). In a delightful viral video, Gov. Rick Scott tried to buy a coffee at a Gainesville Starbucks and got called an asshole by a Florida woman for his opposition to Medicaid expansion and increasing abortion restrictions; two days later, his political committee put out a weak clapback ad calling her a #LatteLiberal.

Six baby swans were stolen from a nest at Lake Eola Park; the human or animal culprit was never found.

The Palm Beach State Attorney's Office decided not to prosecute Trump's campaign manager for yanking a Breitbart reporter by the arm at Trump National Golf Club. Florida Keys residents protested the release of Zika-fighting genetically modified mosquitos near their homes. The Marion County School Board forced transgender kids to use the bathrooms that correspond with their "birth sex" and not their gender identity. Anita Staver, president of the Maitland-based group behind the ban, tweeted that she would take her handgun into Target's bathrooms to protect herself from perverts after the company said transgender customers and employees could use whichever restroom corresponds with their gender identity.


Trump, whose entire presidential platform is based on getting rid of brown people, tried to win over Hispanic voters by posting a picture of himself on Cinco de Mayo with a taco bowl, captioned "I love Hispanics!" In an interview with CNN, Gov. Scott blushed and fluttered his eyelashes while claiming that he had absolutely no desire to take the vice-president slot in Trump's campaign. And the first death involving a self-driving car happened where? In the state of Florida, of course, where the driver of a Tesla Model S collided with a turning tractor-trailer while allegedly watching Harry Potter videos.


Congressional candidate Bob Poe revealed his HIV diagnosis, saying he wanted to share his condition to help end the stigma. East Orange County's rural residents protested two mega-developments that would add about 4,000 homes near the Econlockhatchee River. And then things took a serious turn.

On June 10, a man delusional about his romantic possibilities with singer Christina Grimmie, 22, gunned her down when she opened her arms to greet him after a performance at the Plaza Live. In the early morning hours of June 12, another deranged man stormed into the gay nightclub Pulse and fired shots into the young crowd dancing on Latin Night as last call began to wind the night down.

On June 12, after the sirens and the screams had gone quiet, after police killed the gunman, Mayor Buddy Dyer announced 49 souls were gone, more than 50 were injured and Orlando was now the site of the worst mass shooting in modern American history. On June 12, the Orlando community stood shocked in blood bank lines, donated money and supplies, shed tears and lit candles for vigil after vigil after vigil as the world grieved along with us.

On June 14, as if we weren't going through enough already, an alligator dragged a 2-year-old boy under and drowned him in the Seven Seas Lagoon at Disney.

The Westboro Baptist Church tried to shout slurs at mourners going to the funeral of a Pulse victim, but they couldn't be heard over the counter-demonstrators singing "Amazing Grace." The City Beautiful turned into the Rainbow City as hundreds of people created art and music that celebrated the LGBTQ and Latinx identity of many of the Pulse victims. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, who's against marriage equality, discrimination protections and adoption by gay couples, used the Orlando tragedy to jumpstart his re-election campaign for the U.S. Senate.

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