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Julie Hauserman

Julie Hauserman

Julie Hauserman has been writing about Florida for more than 30 years. She is a former Capitol bureau reporter for the St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay) Times, and reported for The Stuart News and the Tallahassee Democrat. She was a national commentator for National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition Sunday and The Splendid Table . She has won many awards, including two nominations for the Pulitzer Prize. Her work is featured in several Florida anthologies, including The Wild Heart of Florida , The Book of the Everglades , and Between Two Rivers . Her new book is Drawn to The Deep, a University Press of Florida biography of Florida cave diver and National Geographic explorer Wes Skiles.

FL court clerks: We want you to have access to public records

By: - April 25, 2019

Florida’s court clerks feel their story wasn’t fully told in a Phoenix column and a blog post about the difficulty people have been having getting court records around the state. They want people to know that “Clerks are constitutionally bound to follow the rules surrounding access to court records.”  We said we’d be glad to […]

Empty boots

Legislature unanimously passes measure to help firefighters stricken with cancer

By: - April 24, 2019

After fifteen years of trying, Florida firefighters finally got the Legislature to pass a measure Wednesday that aims to help them deal with the leading cause of deaths in the line of duty: cancer. The Florida House and Senate each voted unanimously for a package that requires local governments to shoulder the cost of cancer […]

Groups blast Legislature’s proposed new toll road plan as “worst ever” bill

By: - April 22, 2019

Fifty-six community and environmental groups sent a letter to state senators Monday opposing the Florida Legislature’s proposed bill to create a new statewide network of toll roads. Sierra Club’s Florida Chapter Director Frank Jackalone called the toll road bill “the worst environmental bill that I have seen in 20 years.” The toll road bill is a […]

COMMENTARY

This is ridiculous. It’s been 6 months since Category 5 Hurricane Michael hit. These counties need more help than they’re getting

By: - April 22, 2019

Before cynicism and disdain swallowed modern politics whole, it would have been certain political suicide for any elected leader to blow off helping people after a natural disaster. But these are not normal times, and people who survived Hurricane Michael in the Florida Panhandle say that’s what’s happening to them. Michael hit North Florida a […]

New report says U.S. lets oil industry write its own rules, doesn’t have proper safeguards to prevent another oil spill disaster

By: - April 18, 2019

Nine years ago this week, the worst oil spill ever to hit the U.S. happened at the BP’s Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico oil rig off Louisiana. The slick killed sea life, suffocated the Gulf, and slimed wetlands and beaches in Lousiana, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. In a new investigative report, the nonprofit group […]

COMMENTARY

Meet Florida’s Mean Gang

By: - April 16, 2019

Along the Panhandle’s Emerald coast, property owners are putting up hostile fences to keep the public off the sugar-sand beaches that everyone has used for generations. At the statehouse in Tallahassee, peevish Republican lawmakers are trying to pass legislation that forbids local governments from doing local things like banning plastic straws to cut beach litter […]

DeSantis

Governor meeting today with football legend Dan Marino, celebrating FL Golf Day, dinner with conservative think tank, visiting firefighters

By: - April 3, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis’s schedule today shows he visited with former Miami Dolphins player Dan Marino, United States Coast Guard Rear Admiral Peter Brown, is traveling to the Panama City area in the Panhandle to check in with forest firefighters battling a blaze there, and appearing at the Captains for Clean Water Skiff Challenge. Back in […]

All that talk about solving Florida’s horrible algae outbreaks? Legislature comes up short so far

By: - April 2, 2019

Florida made national news last year when nasty algae outbreaks fouled the coasts and sent dead sea creatures washing ashore. The environmental crisis was a campaign issue during the fall election, as pricey waterfront mansions suddenly overlooked green, stinking waterways and tourists fled beaches because of dead fish and harmful fumes. Politicians promised to attack […]

Want to see Gov. DeSantis? Pick your press conference

By: - April 2, 2019

Have you been seeing a lot of news about Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis lately? That’s no accident. DeSantis is holding a lot of press conferences. Take today, for example. DeSantis is in Tallahassee, and he (and, in some appearances, the first lady Casey Desantis) are having four press conferences; one at 10:30 am, one at […]

Gov. DeSantis “not sure” why Trump is visiting Lake Okeechobee Friday

By: - March 28, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday that he talks to President Donald Trump about a lot of things, but is “not sure, to be honest” why Trump is scheduled to visit Lake Okeechobee Friday. “I think it is to show recognition that we’ve had problems with the lake,” DeSantis said, adding that Trump may be announcing […]

Florida wetlands

Advocates urge full funding for state parks this year

By: - March 27, 2019

Advocates for Florida’s state parks, including former gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham, gathered in Tallahassee Wednesday to urge state lawmakers to fully fund parks and the state’s conservation land-buying program, Florida Forever. Florida Forever used to get $300 million a year, paid for by an already-existing tax on real estate transactions. In recent years, the amount […]

Politifact, Telemundo team up for Spanish language fact-checking

By: - March 26, 2019

The Pulitzer-prize winning fact-checking site Politifact is partnering with Noticias Telemundo to offer fact-checking in Spanish. Noticias Telemundo has an audience of 58 million, according to the Poynter Institute, a nonprofit journalism institute based in St. Petersburg. “PolitiFact reporters and editors will be made available to Telemundo for on-air interviews, and Noticias Telemundo will be […]