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Raising the dam-nable road that ruined Florida’s Everglades

BY: - August 19, 2021

Much like all the Florida men and women who drive on them — usually while yakking on their phones, fixing their makeup, and reloading their guns — Florida’s roads tend to have a, shall we say, “interesting” backstory. For instance, Interstate 4, the deadliest highway in the nation, is supposedly haunted by the ghosts of […]

Biden meets with families, first responders in Surfside condo collapse as dangerous conditions stall search

BY: - July 1, 2021

President Joe Biden arrived in South Florida Thursday to console family members still awaiting word about 145 people still believed buried under the rubble of the Champlain Towers South condo building, which collapsed during early hours precisely one week ago. Mere hours before before Air Force One, bearing the president, First Lady Jill Biden, and […]

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Cracking the case of who smothered a Florida river

BY: - June 24, 2021

I grew up in a family of mystery fans. My grandfather owned all the Perry Mason novels and never missed the TV show. My great-aunt was head over heels for John D. MacDonald’s Travis McGee. My mom read everything Agatha Christie wrote about Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. I started out with Encyclopedia Brown, then […]

Sexism + socialism: The Republican line on Democratic women candidates — do-nothings — is emerging

BY: - June 11, 2021

“Do-nothing.” “Delusional.” That’s the way Republicans are talking about Nikki Fried and Val Demings, the top Democratic women running for governor and U.S. senator in next year’s elections. By contrast, Gov. Ron DeSantis was relatively mild when Democratic Congressman Charlie Crist of St. Petersburg entered the Democratic gubernatorial primary, joking about Crist’s history of switching […]

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FL Legislature, longtime enemy of conservation funding, OKs creating wildlife corridors

BY: - June 10, 2021

Eight years ago, I talked to a nature photographer named Carlton Ward Jr., an eighth-generation Floridian, about a crazy idea he had. To me, it sounded both heroic and quixotic, but I didn’t tell him that. Ward’s idea, cooked up with bear biologist Joe Guthrie, was to lead a small group of people on a […]

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algae bloom

To fix Florida’s latest toxic algae crisis, fix the DEP

BY: - June 3, 2021

Dear Gov. DeSantis, Hello again! I wrote you a letter last year and you didn’t respond, but it’s OK. I figure you’re pretty busy, what with battling the cruise industry and Big Tech. I’m writing to you again because you’re facing a great opportunity right now, and I want to be sure you don’t miss […]

Stephanie Murphy bows out of Rubio challenge; instead will seek reelection and work on party building

BY: - May 25, 2021

Florida Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy will forego a campaign for U.S. senator next year rather than risk a divisive Democratic primary battle that would weaken its ultimate nominee against Republican Sen. Marco Rubio. In a video released Monday through her Twitter feed, Murphy, the first Vietnamese-American woman elected to Congress, cited recent losses by her party […]

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FL’s first chief science officer talks about the job — and the controversy

BY: - May 13, 2021

Last week, I had coffee with a scientist named Tom Frazer. I was trying to nudge him to say some things about his former boss, but he was choosing his words verrrrry carefully. We sat at a sidewalk table in downtown St. Petersburg, both of us fully vaccinated but still maintaining our social distance, because […]

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Big Sugar burns fields, bends DeSantis and FL Legislature to do its bidding

BY: - May 6, 2021

When my kids were younger and in Boy Scouts, I enjoyed going camping with them around the state. We’d splash in the springs, paddle the rivers, tromp through the swamps. The day’s adventures would always end with a campfire – and a problem. Campfires are essential to making s’mores, but oh, that smoke! Somehow the […]

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Is FL facing another Summer of Slime? Thank Gov. DeSantis and do-nothing Legislature

BY: - April 29, 2021

Sometimes I wonder what it was like to be one of the early Spanish explorers of Florida, back when you could see it in all its swampy, bug-infested, gator-bellowing glory. I can’t help but wonder about their reaction the first time they noticed the waters of what we now call the Gulf of Mexico had […]

Bill Nelson

Florida’s Bill Nelson welcomed back to U.S. Senate as NASA nominee

BY: - April 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — Former U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida returned to a familiar setting on Wednesday — the hearing room of the Senate panel that oversees space policy — where his former colleagues welcomed him back as President Joe Biden’s pick to serve as NASA administrator. Senators from both sides of the aisle praised Nelson as […]

Gov. DeSantis throws a monkey wrench into efforts to improve FL’s paltry unemployment benefits

BY: - April 19, 2021

There’s a new obstacle to increasing Florida’s unemployment benefits, which rank among the stingiest in the United States: Gov. Ron DeSantis “Increase benefits? Look, no,” the governor said when asked about the matter during a news conference Friday in Lakeland. “I think we get people back to work. You see or hear these stories about […]