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Giuliani associate convicted on campaign finance charges
"A New York jury has convicted a former associate of Rudy Giuliani for illegal campaign contributions Soviet born Florida businessman left harness was found guilty after five hours of jury deliberations in New York prosecutors accused him of using other people's money to pose as a powerful political broker and cozy up to some of the nation's top Republican political figures after the verdict Parness denied the charges part of the case alleges Parness and an associate made illegal donations to Republican political committees in twenty eighteen that includes a three hundred twenty five thousand dollar donation for Donald Trump Pardis and a co defendant were also part of lawyer Rudy Giuliani's efforts to get you cranium officials to investigate Joe Biden's son during the twenty twenty campaign Giuliani
Fresh update on "florida" discussed on Mark Levin
"78 year old was sentenced last week to life in prison without parole for murdering his friend Susan Berman whom prosecutors say helped us cover up his wife's murder Dearth is hospitalized in California on a ventilator with COVID-19 Drama erupting on the House floor today during the vote to hold Trump ally Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress over January 6th subpoenas representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene confronting representatives Jamie Raskin and Liz Cheney over the vote calling it a joke rashkin praising Cheney's handling of the situation I mean I'll leave it to Liz to talk about whatever it is she said but it seemed to me like the theme of Marjorie Taylor green's comments was that Liz Cheney had portrayed Donald Trump in the Republican Party and the theme of Liz's comments were that Marjorie Taylor Greene was shall we say a bit eccentric A new study says kid sized doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine appears safe in over 90% effective at preventing symptomatic infections in 5 to 11 year olds The shots could begin an early November if regulators give the okay here's doctor Anthony Fauci on CNN The data that we know of look good it's going to be up to the FDA and their usual fashion to make a regulatory decision And then a few days later likely the following week the CDC in tune with their advisory committee will make a recommendation for the use of the vaccine in children 5 to 11 Human remains found that a Florida reserve are confirmed to be Brian laundry the FBI says the positive ID was done using dental records meantime Lauren tree family attorney Steve berlino was criticizing social media comments fueling speculation that laundry's parents planted the backpack and notebook also found at the reserve ALCS Astros hosting the Red Sox tonight used it up three two in the.
Bobrovsky gets 300th win, unbeaten Panthers top Avs 4-1
"The Panthers beat the avalanche for one for their fourth straight win the eight point to make is the team's best start ever for a goalie Sergei Bobrovsky stopped thirty shots for his three hundredth NHL victory means something and it's I so I've been fortunate to play with great players you know with the great defenseman and and forwards and teams so and it's it's it's I appreciate them for this milestone Mikko Rantanen scored for Colorado Florida Sam Bennett scored his team leading fourth goal in two games Sam Reinhart Carter he added one each Anton Lundell got the empty netter the better said three other seven point season starts in each time they made the playoffs I'm more in Ruston
Fresh update on "florida" discussed on AP News Radio
"A New York jury has convicted a former associate of Rudy Giuliani for illegal campaign contributions Soviet born Florida businessman left harness was found guilty after 5:00 hours of jury deliberations in New York prosecutors accused him of using other people's money to pose as a powerful political broker and cozy up to some of the nation's top Republican political figures after the verdict Parness denied the charges part of the case alleges Parness and an associate made illegal donations to Republican political committees in 2018 that includes a 320 $5000 donation for Donald Trump Pardis and a co defendant were also part of lawyer Rudy Giuliani's efforts to get you cranium officials to investigate Joe Biden's son during the 2020 campaign Giuliani himself is under criminal investigation for his Ukraine dealings I'm Jackie Quinn
Rep. Steube Presses AG Garland on Insurrection at Interior Department by Leftist Rioters
"Greg stubby Republican Florida was outstanding today Absolutely outstanding And again this right that we saw the interior department which again we were the first to point out Not the first to discover but to make a national issue Well it didn't really become a national issue because the media didn't give a damn about it Why Because these were no growth anti capitalist marxists who were riding I don't believe Liz Cheney's mention this Liz Cheney is caught in her own sort of stalinist box right now Trump that's why Trump banning their jail Bannon Bannon Liz wake up down now anyway cut ten go You went on to describe January 6th and I quote as an assault on a mainstay of our democratic system You have said that prosecuting extremist attacks on our democratic institution remains central to the mission of the Department of Justice So suffice it to say it's clear that you feel very strongly about using the full force of your position to prosecute those involved in the January 6th protests What is not clear however is if you will use the same force against violent left wing domestic terrorists Just last week on October 14th a group of extremist environmental and indigenous protesters forced their way into the department of interior They fought with an injured security and police officers sending some of those officers to the hospital The extremists violently pushed their way into a restricted government building in an attempt to thwart the work of the department of interior Police arrested at least 55 protesters on site but others got away Mister Garland do you believe that these environmental extremists who forced their way into the department of interior are also domestic terrorists
Human remains found in Florida confirmed to be Brian Laundrie
"Authorities say it was the body of van traveler Brian laundry that was located in the Florida nature preserve Wednesday the FBI says dental records were used to identify the remains found at a Florida wilderness park in Sarasota county twenty three year old Bryan Lantry had been named a person of interest in the disappearance of his fiancee Gabby potato during a cross country road trip her body was found in September in Wyoming after he returned home to Florida without her laundry was reported missing September fourteenth his remains a backpack and notebook were found in a swampy area that had been under water during earlier searches it's not clear how he died a coroner says Gabby potato died of strangulation several
Caller Talks About Liberals Not Understanding Biden's Tax Plan
"Kind of talk to you about the whole tax bill crap going on right now at the IRS I got people I work with I work for the big chain publics and which by the way they are great great Super Mario I love publics And I'm in Florida They are terrific These people that talk about socialism man I mean if there was a thing socialism at work there would be public Cell phone part you know company and all But besides that besides that I mean I work with people that just are die hard die hard Biden fans and I just don't understand it and they're talking about the IRS bill that it's like we gotta tax the 1% But I'm telling them it's us It's us that their tax you know that you want to try garage sale or something like that Exactly Exactly Just discussing people are now more and more people have a mindset They deserve freebies And that it's only fair that they get freebies from people who make more money than they do Regardless of what those people are done to make more money Maybe they've come up with certain inventions that are crucial to life Or whatever it is and so what the Democrat party is all about again is Creating a situation where there's constant
AP sources: 6 C-USA schools apply for AAC membership
"Six goals from conference USA have applied for membership to the American athletic conference that's according to two people with knowledge of the process the two people tell the AP that rice North Texas and Charlotte have applied for membership the other schools are you A. B. Texas San Antonio and Florida Atlantic the American conference has been in the market for new members Cincinnati Houston and central Florida announced in September they would be joining the big twelve the AC would have fourteen members likely for the twenty twenty three football season I'm Dave very
FBI: Items linked to Laundrie, potential human remains found
"There's been a development in the search for Bryan laundry the FBI is confirming that items believed to be connected to Brian laundry have been found in a Florida nature park I know you have a lot of questions but we don't have all the answers yet F. B. I. Tampa special agent charge Michael McPherson spoke to reporters in north port Florida investigators found what appeared to be human remains all of the personal items such as a backpack a notebook belonging to Brian Lowry news reports showed numerous law enforcement vehicles arriving at tents set up inside the woods these items were found in an area that up until recently I've been under water I'm Jennifer king
Lawyer: Items linked to Brian Laundrie found in Florida park
"There's word of developments in the search for Bryan laundry who was reported missing on September fourteenth he's a person of interest in the killing of his girlfriend Gabby potato laundry family attorney Stephen bird Lino told the AP that items believed to belong to Brian laundry were found in a Florida wilderness park as the search continues for clues in the slaying of Gabby potato news reports showed numerous law enforcement vehicles arriving at tents set up inside the woods laundries parents took part in the search with the FBI and police from north port Florida today it's been more than a month since laundry was reported missing brit Lino told the AP that after a brief search off the trail that brain frequented some articles belonging to him were found the Sarasota county medical examiner's office confirmed they've been summoned to the reserve it wouldn't comment further the Tampa F. B. I. says that an FBI evidence response team is processing the scene I'm Jennifer king
Democrats Are Panicking Over Virginia's Governor Race
"So the Democrats are saying listen if we lose this Virginia governor's race and what sadly has become a blue state I said deep blue on my podcast this morning but it's not deep blue It's definitely blue Maybe a tinge of blue slash purple But Virginia has been going the way of the Democrats for a very long time up there with Colorado and some other states as well There's other states trending back of course Florida and Ohio trending back towards a Republican Party So all is it lost But there's no question Virginia has gone blue For now so with the Democrats are worried about as if they lose this race the entire Biden agenda hinges on this $3.5 trillion bankruptcy percolates Bill which will destroy the economy of the United States It'll take us 20 years to recover from this apocalyptic disaster I can't say that in strong enough terms This thing is a disaster It is a disaster like you haven't seen before It makes the Obama stimulus look like a $10 bill left on the beach you just found what your kids I mean this thing is cataclysmic There's not enough modifiers I can use to describe how bad this is The Obama the Biden people need this thing to go through They're hanging their hat on it It's everything to them They're terrified given the scope of the bill That the moderates in the house and the Senate the Joe manchins the Kirsten cinemas and people on the house side The Congress the members of Congress on the house side that if we lose if not we if they lose The race for governor in the blue state of Virginia That the moderates are going to panic are going to flip out going to have an X lax moment Going to need diapers and they're never going to vote for this Biden agenda Biden then loses in the midterms Coming up a year from next month Biden will lose in a route in the midterms Everybody needs to get out and vote I don't care who tells you not to buy the same garbage I'd say that's not that's not the you don't forfeit the game I'm sorry I'm not forfeiting anything Biden loses in the midterms becomes effectively a lame duck a year from now He will have nothing They are panicked over
Nikolas Cruz pleads guilty to 2018 Parkland school massacre
"A guilty plea in a twenty eighteen high school massacre in Florida Nicholas Cruz pleaded guilty to murder this morning in the twenty eighteen high school massacre in parkland Florida that left seventeen people dead he answered a long list of questions from the judge aimed at confirming that he is mentally competent a separate court proceeding will decide his fate life or death life in prison would be without parole the judge plans to begin screening jurors next month aiming for the sentencing proceeding to begin in January Cruz killed fourteen students and three staff members on Valentine's day twenty eighteen during a seven minute rampage through Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school say investigators he had been expelled from Stoneman Douglas a year earlier I'm ready to fall late
Barkov breaks tie in 3rd, Panthers defeat Lightning 4-1
"Alexander Barkov scored the go ahead goal three forty into the third period of the Panthers for one decision over the lightning Barkov tally came sixty four seconds after the lightning tied it one all on Brayton point's goal Florida also received goals from defensemen Brandon Montour Anton Lundell and Anthony Duclair rookie netminder Spencer knight made thirty saves in his first start this season for the Panthers Florida is three and for the second straight year Tampa Bay goaltender Andrei vasilevskiy made twenty eight saves in his fourth consecutive start I'm Dave Ferrie
Gov. Ron DeSantis Invites All to Use, Invest in Their Ports
"I don't want to end on a negative note and so forth Why don't we have a positive clip here Will governor desantis of Florida This guy knows how to run a state He knows how not to be pushed around And at press conference today he's saying hey guys You know we have great ports throughout the state of Florida Why don't you use ours a little bit more With this supply chain issue Well I can only imagine that the Biden administration doesn't want to use Florida Can't you ladies and gentlemen Doesn't want to use Texas either And they're so petty And evil I don't put it past them Cut 17 go We in Florida have the ability to help alleviate these log jams and help to ameliorate the problems with the supply chain And part of it is because we've long been committed to reliable modern and accessible port facility since I became governor in 2019 We've allocated almost a $1 billion to over 70 Florida seaport projects And these are approaches that have made us really really strong And of course the port is one And then once it gets off the port with a different operations that we offer both rail and road it really really really is I think a model for the rest of the
New York Post Reports Joe Biden Is Flooding Suburbs With Illegal Aliens
"New York Post Miranda Devine who is unbelievable Jack more fat Kevin Sheen Christopher dowski and Bruce Golding Biden is secretly flying underage migrants into New York in the dead of night Aren't you sick and tired of government operating this way ladies and gentlemen under cover of dark Without the American people even knowing what's taking place If you've been reading the Washington compost or New York slimes you wouldn't even know about any of this Plain loads of underage migrants are being flown secretly into suburban New York Here's my first question Who is deciding where the illegal aliens go Who is deciding where they go Somebody's making that decision and I guarantee it's right out of The White House It's probably Ron klain Our Susan Rice or one or the other Malcontents and reprobates They're clearly trying to affect the suburbs clearly trying to turn Texas in Florida This is a disgrace And why the Republicans don't at least draw up articles of impeachment I will never know I will never
Conservative Influencer Amala Ekpunobi's Message to Young BLM Activists
"I have to ask you this given your parentage. We talked to us. Well, tell us, what is your message? To young Americans who go on Black Lives Matter marches and who believe that this is an organization that's going to bring justice to America. What is your explanation to them of what BLM really is? Oh, I have a lot to say on this matter. If you know me or if you've heard me, you know that I have a BLM fist tattooed on my arm because I was that much in support of Black Lives Matter. Yeah, don't let your 16 year olds get tattooed. I was attending BLM protests whenever they were happening in my home state of Florida. And what I will say is just take a deep dive into Black Lives Matter and tell me one thing that they've done to actually help the black community with the millions and millions of dollars that they have amassed. I can tell you about the real estate properties that their leaders have bought. I can tell you about the different families of police shooting victims who have not seen a dime of the money that BLM has garnered from their protests and their riots in our streets. And they can tell you about all the different black businesses that were taken down and destroyed all in the name of George Floyd in that summer of BLM riots. So I can give you an entire list of the ways that Black Lives Matter has wronged the black community and failed to address actual issues that are happening in the black community. Yet I don't see a list of any good that they have done. Any progress that they have made when it comes to race relations in America. And what that proves to people, especially young black people is that their interest is not your interest. They're not in the interest of keeping you safe. They're not in the interest of making you successful. They are in the interest of destroying our institutions and they will do that by whatever means make it possible for them
PragerU's Amala Ekpunobi Describes Her Upbringing
"Amala epona beat. Welcome to America first one on one. Oh, thank you for having me on doctor gorka. Well, look, I have to, when Dennis, Dennis was just gushing about you when he first mentioned you to me a month or two ago. So I can't wait to have this discussion with you unfettered uninterrupted. For those who are not familiar, look, prager you very simply is one of the most influential most important organizations pushing back on the tyranny on the wokeness on the political correctness in America. God bless Dennis. I think you're up to like three or 4 billion views already. The fact that you're hosting his show at the ripe old age of how old are you amala? I'm 21. The ripe old age of 21. I only had to wait till I was 47 to host the national radius. There must be something there. Let's test the waters. So first things first for those who may not have tuned in to Dennis this show when you were hosting, tell us a little bit about where you come from your family background. And most importantly, what your politics were until recently amala. Sure, yeah, so I was born and raised in a small town in Central Florida, and it was raised by a single mother of three who happens to be a very, very active leftist. So while I'm here working for Prague, you, my mom is back in Florida, working for the left. She is a fundraiser and works in development for a left leaning organization out there. So as you can imagine, being raised by my mother, who does happen to be white, I was very cognizant of my race and my gender from a very young age with the leftist ideology and going along those lines. So I grew up to be a very angry leftist for most of my life. I even ended up working for the left when I graduated high school. And of course, that didn't last very long because I'm
Florida school massacre families settle suit with district
"Hi Mike Ross you're reporting families reach a settlement with the Florida school district in a twenty eighteen high school massacre fifty two families of people either killed wounded or traumatized in the twenty eighteen shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in parkland Florida have reached the twenty five million dollar settlement with Broward county school district the settlement was reached in a lawsuit that accused the school district of negligence David Brill an attorney representing the families confirmed the settlement first reported by the South Florida sun Sentinel fourteen students and three staff members were killed in the attack last week attorneys representing Nicolas Cruz said Cruz will plead guilty Wednesday to seventeen counts of first degree murder and seventeen counts of attempted murder hi Mike Rossio
Liberal Media Won't Admit Florida Is Successfully Battling COVID
"One one Here's something You will not hear from so many people you will not hear from CNN John Avalon who is a talentless know nothing You will not hear from D lamone You will not hear from whilst Fredo Cuomo Andrea Mitchell Brian Williams Tell gunner Bryant Eugene Robinson You know the whole host of miscreants malcontents and radicals In what is that How come flirt is not in the news How come governor desantis isn't in the news From the daily wire Florida rate of COVID infections third lowest in the United States last week By my calculation that means 47 states in the district at Columbia were higher How come Joe Biden hasn't mentioned Ron DeSantis in Florida Is the summer season has ended in the hot temperatures start to subside writes Hank beren all across southern states encouraging more people to be outside rather than inside together in the air conditioning the rate of COVID-19 infections in Florida has plunged so rapidly So rapidly that it has the third fastest descent in rates of cases in the nation over the last two weeks trailing only Alabama and Hawaii According to The New York Times chart yesterday Florida's case rate per 100,000 people over the last week was 13 13 Out of a 100,000 Third only behind kinetic in Hawaii which both had 11
Attorney: Cruz to plead guilty to Parkland school massacre
"The lawyers for accused Florida school shooter Nicolas Cruz said he plans to plead guilty to the twenty eighteen massacre the guilty plea for accused Florida school shooter Nicholas Cruz would set up a penalty phase where the twenty three year old would be fighting against the death penalty in hoping for life without parole attorneys told the judge that cruise plans to plead guilty next Wednesday to seventeen counts of first degree murder in the February twenty eighteen shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school the police will come with no conditions and prosecutors still plan to seek the death penalty that will be decided by a jury but that trial has not yet been scheduled I surely outlier
"florida" Discussed on Florida Matters
"The florida bill in particular sense to. Lgbtq people around the country and around the world. you'd think about the state. There's such a large visible gay community in this state. South florida the keys disney or all popular destinations for for lgbtq tourists people who were persecuted in the caribbean and central and south america. Come to florida. Make florida their home and are able to live their their lives here fully. What do you think this. Bill does to the state's reputation as a welcoming vibrant place for lgbtq people from around the world. You know a band like this makes it seem like florida's not accepting place when a lot florida really. Is you know. i'm from florida myself. I'm from miami and my family is cuban american. As where part of that you know. Lineage of people immigrating from latin america that you mentioned we. My family left cuba and came to florida seeking freedom. Because this is a place that's supposed to be accepting and this is a place where if you work hard you can get ahead and find your footing but a ban on basically being a ban against a group of people a ban that singles a particular kind of person out. In this case transgender youth sends the opposite message A bam like that communicates. That florida is somehow not an accepting place and it's not a place where you can be yourself in. It's and it's a place where you should be ashamed to be who you really are. And i don't think that helps anybody. I mean i think all of us are better off when we're in an environment where you can you can live in that kind of freedom or you know that you're going to be judged based not on who you are but based on what you do. Do you think one of the kind of one of the after effects of this bill passing. Is that the trans community in. Florida will be more visible and more vocal about efforts like this. Absolutely this is part of how change happens that you know. There's always politicians who try to get ahead by targeting people and then those those people decide to fight back and we've seen that and a lot of the lgbt movement where there we saw this on for example marriage equality ad..
"florida" Discussed on Florida Matters
"Let's say this bill were to This law were to be magically struck down tomorrow. well that would be good. But in the meantime all of these young people have already heard the message that the leaders of their state don't think they belong so i mean that that's what i would really emphasize that there's the legal side of this but there's also the emotional side of just what it's like to be you know sixteen years old and in high school and scared that you don't fit in and now the leaders of your state have just put a target on your back and basically invited your appears to bully you as you mentioned this is this is probably the first sort of anti lgbtq pill that's passed in florida in about two decades. What do you think changed in the political climate now to get this bill through or maybe previous attempts to limit. Lgbtq writes in. florida failed. Well i think we're all experiencing a rise and hateful rhetoric and we're all kind of seen that the these tenants of bipartisanship in and fairness in our political system aren't as strong as they need to be We need to have a lot more respect for each other In our political discourse so part of what we're seeing here is that they're so there's more extremism in our state legislature and. There's more kind of jockeying for political power and the governor thought. He could score some points with his biggest donors by signing something like this and and really sacrificed the the mental health of transgender youth and their families in the process. So i think we really need to remember that. This is really just about respect at the end of the day naive as that may sound. I think we're in this polarized environment. Now where these basic ideas of respect and have kinda gone out the window. Sometimes we got to bring them back so as we said there's thirty or so bills Around the country looking to limit trans rights in different ways. What are some of the other examples of other proposals around the country. That were saying the other kind of attack that. We're seeing a lot of our bills that seek to criminalise transgender youth accessing care You know when young people come out they might want to see counseling. They might wanna talk through therapy. Has they might access different physical medical care and those kinds of decisions should be between a patient a doctor and their parents in the case of minors. I think we can all agree that Politicians are not the ones who should be making healthcare decisions. It's doctors and patients and families who should but a lot of these These bills are seeking to outright ban. Young people from getting certain types of healthcare. And that's really dangerous. I mean and again it really sends the message that transgender youth don't belong It really sets the tone that somehow being transgender is not valid and that this is something to be ashamed does and that's that's really hurtful especially young people who are still trying to trying to figure themselves out and figure their place in the world. I mean we should be supporting young people not not singling them out like that. What kind of message..
"florida" Discussed on Florida Matters
"At least all the big things that he was pushing four and his he already had a very strong support amongst the gop base if you talk to average republicans in florida you know. They like how he handled the pandemic They liked that. He you know after. The initial lockdown view was hesitant to to impose new lockdowns They liked it. He kept schools open. They like that for the most part after the initial business closer closures that he key businesses open In general i think based on his less restrictive approach to covid nineteen of that has won him a lot of fans within other republican base. I think this session will strengthen his hand with the republican base. He really pushed the most pressing issues for them. I mean people will argue that these are not the most pressing issues you know. Democrats certainly don't think these are the most pressing issues for the state but they are if you You know I mentioned earlier. This rally that. I went to with with mike. Flynn and roger stone. The three big issues that came up. Were these unfounded claims of election. Fraud the concerns about a president trump being banned from twitter and other conservatives being banned from social media companies over allegations that they were promoting Inflammatory comments and some of the concerns about backing the blue and rallying around up police who they are are being unfairly maligned during some of these racial justice protests into santa's delivered on all three of those things with his quote unquote anti riot bill with his with the election. Bill Got pushed forward and with the the big tax bill that he pushed forward. And a lotta people. I view this as as an effort for him to lay some groundwork for not only the twenty twenty two reelection campaign but potentially twenty two thousand four presidential race which. He's getting a lot of buzz about so You know this. This was a good session for him from a political standpoint with in terms of stoking republican enthusiasm for him which i think already has been considerable. Charlie crist has already announced. He's running for governor again. The current democratic congressman from saint petersburg is one in one batting five hundred when it comes to racist for governor in the last time. He wanted us a republican safety. He's got a chance at upping that average and in who else is in really in the front runners here for the democratic nomination for governor. He certainly got a chance. I mean this is florida. Anything can happen. And he's well known You know he's certainly amongst The democrats that are considering running. I think is is is by far the best known. He's run to a state..
"florida" Discussed on Florida Matters
"To help balance the budget is to make a college in university students. Pay a little bit more. I don't know if that is something that bill bill end up doing but it is certainly a possibility now with the scott. Not in the governor's mansion anymore and it is a situation where tuition has not gone up for you. Know about a decade now so You know it. It is an area where you could argue that you know. Maybe that's something they could justify a trying to get a little bit more money. You can also say though that the university experience is not what it was a now that you have the coronavirus into limitations on on campus activities and things like that so pretty much. Every state is is facing a budget crunch right now of proportions because of the pandemic How likely is it. Do you think that the the biden administration and congress will offer some kind of stimulus. I'm kinda lifeline to to state and local governments. That need it. Will that seem to be the biggest issue in the The last over a coronavirus relief package and the way that they were able to get. That package approved was to take out the help for state and local governments in you saw republicans in the senate and to some degree in the house Post to that of days. They seem to think that it would help. Blue states more than than red states. Like florida which you know have been more aggressive. I guess about cutting budgets Don't have maybe as large of a budget Florida vs new york. It's a different philosophy on spending. And so you. Rick scott's a florida's us senator often said. Did you know that would bail out blue states but it would also benefit. You know states. Like florida. Florida is projected to have billions in a budget deficit. Going forward so. I think it's still potentially on the table for another round of corona virus relief but it shows how difficult it was to get approved by the fact that they had to take it out to get this. This last bill passed. So we'll see. I mean it is an issue. Where if if the state and local governments are cutting spending if they're laying people off Than that could deepen the economic problems that the country has an end limit The ability of florida and other states in the nation to to climb back from this deep dish that we've been thrown into what about options for raising more revenue we know republicans aren't fans of tax increases. But i know there has been some talk of either expanding Sports betting sports gaming As as a revenue source or taxing medical marijuana which is not taxed currently. Is there much of an appetite for for either of those proposals to to get through in the session they will certainly be some discussions about it. But there hasn't been any efforts like dat since when charlie christmas Governor there was. They raised some of the sin taxes taxes on tobacco and things like that to help balance the budget. It's it's a tough vote for republicans to take. They worry about getting hit in primary elections from the rights from people accusing them of raising taxes..
"florida" Discussed on Florida Matters
"To have festivals they plan to be at Neighborhood Block parties they planned to try and saturate the area with information but these in-person. Get Out in counts events had to be canceled. You're listening to Florida matters I'm Bradley George were talking about the twenty twenty census with Vera cone of the Pew, Research Center and Mike. Schneider. The Associated Press will take a short break here and resume our conversation in just a moment. This is Florida matters W USF eighty nine, point seven I'm Bradley George my guest today are vera cone of the Pew Research, Center and Mike Schneider of the Associated Press and we're talking about the twenty twenty senses talk some a lot about the changes. The trump administration has made to the sense is one of the issues that come up fairly recently is There's a plan now to effectively shut down the count about a month early diverse. What's the the rationale behind that and what kind of effect would that have on getting an accurate count? So the the basics that originally census count was gonNA stop in early July but of course, the pandemic affected that. So the bureau extended the deadline to the end of October and said that it would ask Congress to extend the deadlines for publishing the first numbers out of the senses and effectively set said that we wouldn't be able to produce all this information on time to meet our legal deadlines unless we get an extension. So they didn't they. The House voted to extend the the House led by Democrats The Senate has which is led by Republicans has not voted to extend that deadline and the Census Bureau which is under the commerce. Department has said we're GONNA just end it up earlier a month earlier the end of September because we wanNA, make that legal deadline. So that's the the rationale they've more or less given. Some of the advocates and interest groups are concerned that this won't leave enough time to do an adequate count and also process netted the data as it needs to be edited to remove duplications, for example, or fill in missing information from people don't respond to get a good accurate count and they're issuing pretty strong warnings about that and have added those warnings to their lawsuits. Challenging the trump administration on its conduct of the senses. Mike what's been the reaction here in Florida? To ending the counter early. Florida stands to gain anywhere from one to two new congressional seats, and if there's another account in Florida Florida's not going to get those seats so there is a lot at stake. If there is an undercount. Is there any way to to fix that? Is there a way that you could I want to do but have like some kind of pro forma census where you can try to fix the the inaccuracies with the with that count? Well. That's not clear there. There is some talk among some people. Oh, having a second census, but it's not that easy I mean really years or spent planning this. This thing the first set of numbers come out about reapportion the seats in the House of Representatives have to be based on what's called an actual enumeration that is you know the account of people without any additional adjustments. As the Supreme Court has left the door open to letting numbers be adjusted using statistical techniques for other purposes. So for example, distributing money and there's some talk that maybe that could happen the census. Bureau it should be said we'll be doing its own research to gauge the extent of the undercount. So within a year or two, we should know what what amount they've undercounted or over counted certain groups, and that may help guide what remedies would be undertaken. You talk a little bit about the apportionment cross where states are awarded or made. They might lose congressional seats based on their population. What are the? What are the factors that that that? The drive that what's going to the metric for figuring out, which states get seats in which states lose them. Well, it's complicated formula, but it basically relies on the fact that the number of seats in the house is capped at four, hundred, thirty five and has been since nineteen ten. So even if every state is growing the state that's growing faster, we'll get the seats over the state that's growing more slowly. After each state gets one seat because every state does get that minimum the. So the states with the most rapid population growth which happened to be generally those in the south and West States such as Texas and Florida are projected to gain seats were population changes taken into account and states where well the climate and may be colder or of those states are more established a projected to lose seats based on. Population Change. We've done some additional analysis based on what would happen if the trump administration's idea of excluding unauthorized immigrants from the portion account is, is allowed to go ahead and what we've projected because we we do our own estimates of unauthorized immigrants on the on the state level. What we've projected is that Florida Texas and California would each lose a seat that they would otherwise be entitled to get because of population change and those those seats would go to three other states. So instead of getting three seats, I think Texas will get to that sort of thing Again we don't know whether that will happen because it has been challenged in court. And chances are that no matter what the final divvying up of the seats are it will end up in court and there's been some very interesting court cases over the years have gone up to the Supreme Court where you have states digging it out for the last the last seat in Congress Oh. and. It'll be having a time when. When there will be elections happening in the balance of power in terms of state legislatures, which in many states determined the congressional seats that will that will be a factor as well which reminded me. On, top of all the problems with the pandemic and with question over citizenship a lot of the problems for the census has come from this constantly changing schedule I mean it has been so confusing not only for the US Census Bureau in Peru Census takers are currently out right now knocking on doors but also for state legislatures who it I thought, they weren't going to be getting their numbers for redrawing their districts until later next year you know they were likely going to have to pass bills in the legislature changing the schedule odd. Now that the census looks like the Census Bureau looks like it's going to have. It's numbers on the original schedule there. Scrambling again, to you know to figure out what their process is GonNa be for redrawing their districts. So I think just this constant locks in the schedule is also caused a lot of concern on problems. Vera a Mike mentioned the the the census takers. numerator is the people that the sense hires every ten years I remember in two thousand, ten census and that happened in the middle of recession and the census hiring was enough to make a dent in the unemployment rate. Here we are. Again, twenty twenty were in the middle of an economic crisis. has the Census Bureau Don Enough hiring keeping in mind also pandemic that it would would have any kind of effect on on the economy or the at the unemployment rate the way it did ten years ago. I think in general, it has a minor temporary effect on on unemployment And in terms of affecting the quality of the census, the Census Bureau was quite concerned beaten in a low unemployment environment. We were in earlier this year that it would be able to hire a enough people. Also people of good quality, the ones based in the neighborhoods and who are knowledgeable about the process, and so forth. There's a little bit less concern about that. Since the there are so many unemployed people although there have been reports of some folks not. You know being hired and then saying well, I don't really want to go out there even if they're giving me a mask ordering me to stand six feet away. At what have we heard from census takers in terms of how they're feeling about the safety of what they're doing you know do they have p? Jan, they stay socially distanced and talk to people. What would. What do we know about that I. Think. That's a real concern I talked to census workers who were already go but then changed her mind decided not to become a census taker because of the pandemic I talked to a couple census takers this week or out in the field.
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"You're talking about a lot of money In addition to that he also wants another three hundred million dollars for a bonus program. You're talking when all is said and done about a billion dollar boost Into K twelve and the question that lawmakers have and where he's already he's starting to run into the pushback is where the heck are we going to get. That billion dollars from something is going to have to give and already you're seeing a little bit of blowback on that proposal. I think House Speaker. Jose Leyva who was very sort of Luke warm to it And then you're GONNA have to deal with you know if they pass and if they allocate this money how does it filter down because teacher pay is something that is negotiated down at the Individual School district level so Aw that is probably one of the biggest priorities for session and that is definitely going to be one that involves a lot of tug of war between the Legislature Governor to Santa Mantis. And even the Teacher's Union. So William I mean one thing that legislators must do and really the only thing that they must do during the session is pass a budget and this is a good money year. This is not a lean year. The economy's going along pretty well. What does the money looked like this year? Lynn was mentioning more money towards education. Is that going to be a battle because the state does have some money. It's certainly will be a battle. The state does have some money. But it also has some major needs needs Education is one of them. The prison system is another world. Probably talk about that later and this could be one of the governor Rhonda Santa's first real conflicts with the legislature. Because after he's how wonderful honeymoon for its first year office Because he has staked himself self out for a sharp increase teacher. Pay On and as Lynn mention some Some legislators including Jose Alita the very powerful speaker from the State House are not super crazy about the idea. It doesn't seem like one of the most divisive issues. Everybody likes to see money going towards education. Everybody likes to see teachers. Paid more. You you hardly ever hear people shouting. No we don't want more money for teachers. Sure but the question is how much and how they they do it the And the the Teachers Union. The teachers themselves are not crazy about about dishonest proposal. Because it's yet another bonus US program. The dirty little secret here is that the Republican legislature does not want to simply appropriate enough money for the schools to pay teachers well because because as Lynn mentioned salaries are actually negotiated at the district level with the Teachers Union and the Republican. Legislators hate the Teacher's Union and don't want to to do anything that would involve them with the process. They want to themselves set the amounts of money that teachers get and set the criteria for it. And that's why we end end up with these endless bonus programs instead of simply teachers roses coming in this program would be in addition to the raises right Len. Well yes but keep in mind again to what Williams said they want it to go to forty seven five. How do you get there when the legislature created the best and brightest program That by all accounts was a failure and they did it so that they could circle invent the teachers unions. So the question is how do you get to that level and keep in mind. That's only for starting teachers. What about those who have been teaching for five ten fifteen twenty years? This is a real point of contention. How do you do it while trying to go around the unions when you know the the the law the Constitution gives that negotiating power to the local unions? So you have a real issue here both with breath how how the legislature will do it whether or not they're going to try and put this bonus component in which is what governor Santa's wants and even when they put some of this money into k twelve. There's still a lot of trickle-down going on here. So it's complicated. It's not just as simple as saying we're going to do this and get it done. I just wanted to point out the best. And we mentioned the best and brightest program. And that's the thing. Yeah that's the existing bonus program. That's just gotten gotten a lot of of opposition so so lynn mentioned the problem. That this that this Pay Program the salary increase would affect only starting and teachers and then you'd have teachers with five or more years experience who are suddenly making the same amount as people just tired fresh out of school but Lynn. Correct me if I'm wrong. Isn't there another a problem that there are some counties including I think Miami Dade where the starting pay is already higher than the four that descend US wants to set. Yes yes there are and so the question becomes well what happens in places like Miami Dade places I think Broward another high. Pay County where you're already at or above that level. There's no answer to that right now and so. I think that some of the concerns that some of the lawmakers have raised about out how they go about doing this are legitimate And it was interesting to me. The Senate has already voted to start moving forward to repealed press best and brightest and they to raised some of these concerns while admitting that the bonus programme did not work out exactly as they thought thought it would so very big goal one of those you know big hairy audacious goals that's been laid out but the question is how do we get there and you're going to kind of conceal you're going to see that as we get closer and closer toward the end of session and into budget talks that's going to get really complicated and really really weedy so I haven't really heard anything new about charter schools This year William. Anything is the battle for that pretty much over her. I don't know that it's over and but what happened was last year and last year session. The legislature passed a major piece of legislation that made a fundamental change in allowing state funding to go to private schools And it's also passed a lot of favorite of legislation recently favorable to charter schools. What what they did last year was for the first time they allowed state tax revenue to go directly to to private schools through the the voucher program in the past? What's what's been happening is? Corporate tax payers were allowed to divert their tax money into contributions to agencies that provided vouchers for private schools. Now for the first time Money that's already been paid to the state and taxes can go from the treasury into those programs and this this is of course a major change and raises a constitutional issue. And it's being litigated. There's a lawsuit against it so I don't think you'll see anything coming up in this year's legislative session that will be as major as what past and is now being litigated And last year session so moving on you mentioned the the Prison System William and one of our local legislators state Senator Jeff brandis of Saint Petersburg has really been pushing hard for reforms to the state's criminal final justice system. Can you tell us a little bit about that sure. Well what's happened. Is that the secretary of the Department of Corrections. Mark Inch recently recently made a report to the legislature to the effect that the state's prison system essentially is in crisis because of low pay staff turnover over the kind of budgetary problems that have resulted in thousands and thousands of of brand new inexperienced guards on duty of staying being forced to work twelve hour shifts mandatory overtime and basically inches warning was that the problems have gotten so bad that he fears they could easily lead to major violence within the Florida prisons. He even has asked all of his the high level staff of the prison system. I'm to read a book about a deadly riot in nineteen eighty in New Mexico and how that riot occurred fearing that something similar could happen here. The in addition to that there have been several three or four incidents over the last year in which violence by prison staff members. Prison guards against inmates resulted in major scandals including one incident in our calipers and left a woman inmate paralyzed from the neck down for life. After a beating I several guards. This is going to be a critical issue for the legislature to face. And it's going to require to solve. It is just going to require money. So Jeff Brenda specifically I know has been looking at reform packages to reduce the sentences of young adults and juvenile offenders. Lynn Lynn. Can you tell us about that. Yeah so a lot of the proposals are dealing with issues like gain time. which is you know getting time off for good behavior and mandatory minimum reform? We've been talking about these things for years. Last year brand had a really ambitious plan that if the legislature had approved it. I believe that state economists had estimated. It can save more than eight hundred million over ten years. You're talking about Florida. which is a state that has the third highest prison population with some of the lowest paid employees to sort of guard that population our prisons? Thousands are crumbling. You saw a lot of damage due to many of them during the last few hurricanes so this is a serious issue and Brandis has really been pushing to reduce the state's prison population. You know it's going to take a lot of money to be put into the system to bring a lot of these facilities up to code up to par but Florida does not want to build any more prisons. So what do you do you either. Invest the money or you reduce the population that you have to guard either way. Something has to give and I think that the book that Secretary has been circulating. It's called The Devil's butcher shop. And he's been very passionate about that. He's been talking to anybody. You know who will give him a microphone to say we have to do something and this is coming coming off about a decade long push to sort of cut the corrections budget cut cut cut cut cut and now it's sort of at a at a very Critical stage so now. It's time to cut sentencing. I guess mandatory sentencing which has become controversial that something that lawmakers want to change and also reducing sentences for for the younger offenders and maybe for a less serious drug offenses things like that I. I personally think it's interesting to note robin that that these kinds of proposals Eliminating Mandatory minimums in many cases on allowing gain time in mini cases. Basically all they're doing is undoing. The anti the get tough on crime steps that were taken in the nineteen ninety. You're listening to Florida matters. We're going to take a short break and we'll be right back. This is Florida matters. I'm Robin Sussing Ham. And today we're talking about the upcoming state legislative session. My guests are William March longtime political reporter and Tampa Bay Times correspondent and Lynn had her the news director at W. FSU which is the NPR member station in Tallahassee..
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"At syndicated by the labels they all do taste like what they're made out of. which was that was important? It was very important. One thing I wanted to mention gene is when I looked at the map of the Florida wineries You're in Saint Petersburg but a lot of them I'd I'd say the majority of them are in really small towns and rural areas. And they've got to be helping the economy of whatever tiny little town that area and I think that they they're sort of a rural economic driver that that we hadn't thought about right when you talk about agrotourism how big that's getting in the state you know with people full having their small farms and having activities for for families and people to visit and get those organic and locally grown produce is. I think that these isn't local wineries. He's Florida wineries just fit perfectly into that and they're definitely off the beaten track a lot of them. Do you ever go around and try Vince. Do you ever check out your competition or go round to other wineries. Yes for you know many years. Of course we've been members of the Florida wine and grape growers association. I used to be their treasurer. Her So yes got to meet everybody at the annual conference and then we do go around in visit and being on the state's Viticulture Advisory Council. We have opportunity to come in contact with a lot of them. Vince shook is president of Florida Orange Groves. Winery Chuck Hallway is a hobbyist hobbyist grape grower and winemaker and Gina Birch is host of great minds podcast from wgn. Thank you all so much. This has been so much fun because because nine purchased. Thank you for by very enjoyable. You can tweet us at Florida matters and know that Florida matters is available as a podcast. You can search for it where wherever you get your podcasts.
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"White wine which when it's made properly as much like a Chardonnay Cigna except it has that kind of Musky pop to its stink. You're very distinct. And then we have a noble which is is a similar Red Berry which we use a lot of times for our grapes? Angry it makes a great sangria wine. I'm sure events knows that and Admire admire Vince and his operation. He does a lot of things in Muscat grapes. Most growers don't so My aspect MMA hobbyist is. I'm I'm not financially in involved in it to the point that I can't display with my grape so we do a lot of blending we do a lot of I have some new cultivars I find in coming up. I still have room to put more Roseanne. I'll put a few plants in to see what happens. University of Florida brought the delicious to market. What seven years ago I believe Dr Dennis Grave From University of Florida Culture Breath Dat in Apopka and He gave a presentation which Benson I heard of the Florida Grape Growers Association annual conference and I said Dr Gray. How did you get the name delicious for that grape? And when you know he said well everybody who had tried them said they were delicious so it stuck so you know that kind of thing that runs our industry. It's kind of a senior pets. The tremendous amount of science behind it considering it took him almost fifteen years to bring that grape variety or that grape cultivar to market known. The they're working on at the University of Florida as you mentioned also Florida Am University has a viticulture department. They're having a great harvest festival. Coming up you know. There's a lot of research going on to make grapes. I guess guests more suitable for Florida and good. Now there's a difference between a tasting grape and a good wine making grape isn't events yes and that's what a a lot of this research is directed towards is to find the best varieties and do the The most experiments to develop those varieties that will have the characteristics to make the best wine. So a lot of that research is funded by the viticulture. Advisory Council for the State of Florida and Department of Agriculture. Yes Florida porn the culture and consumer services right the different varieties that Like Chuck referred to that are now coming out onto. The market is a direct result of a lot of that research search. So that's kind of exciting. So what's the difference between a hobbyist chuck and a commercial grower because chuck you say you're hobbyist but it sounds like you're pretty serious areas The differences were not licensed so night and day thing licensing requires a lot of oversight by the TB Tax Tobacco Bureau A lot lot of compliance goes with that we do not sell it we make just enough for personal consumption and frenzied correct. Jean what about Bolt Florida wine. How do we judge? The quality. Are there competitions. Are there awards that are given to Florida wine where they would be maybe compared compared to each other rather than compared to a Napa Valley winery or a New York state led most all states have some type of competition though they do it a lot of the state fairs. There's and we do have that type of competition here in the State of Florida and I think what makes Florida at also unique is besides the grapes. It's the tropical fruit wines. So then you're talking about a whole `nother category of wines and how they're made and the quality and perception. I think Florida nationally. Dan even within our own borders. People have a perception that there's not any good wine. It's all Kiwi or it's all And that doesn't mean that the Kiwis not good. It's just not grapes so people are looking at it differently. and that's apples and oranges. It's Kiwi grapes. It's not the same. It requires a change in your mindset. You know I can NC. How a lot of wine connoisseurs would look down their nose at a mango wine or avocado wine? I've heard of they do make that in Miami. Hey make that in Miami so so you could see how a Somalia in a fine French restaurant might say we would never carry a sweet avocado wine but it does require a a different mindset because it's apples and oranges vince. I want you to talk about because you guys at Florida orange groves winery. You make wine at of tropical fruit. Yes we make forty three different kinds of different tropical citrus and Barry Wines to justify that for me Let's start way back about thirty five years ago. Oh and there was a study that came out in the Wall Street Journal and it was the first study on all wine consumption in the United States at that time eleven percent of the people in the United States consumed all the wine line that was sold forty percent of the population said they had tried wine but they were not drinking it and the rest of the people who did not drink you know alcoholic beverages look caught our eye. Hi In that study and we were in the citrus business. At the time squeezing the difference uses and everything. I haven't been out of college too long so we were still trying to make all wine out of the different citrus. Chris Juices yes. We did in our dorm rooms anyway. That's study was interesting because they went back to the forty percent sample. That said they had tried wine and they weren't drinking it and then he asked them one simple question. Why aren't you drinking it number one answer? It does not taste like what it is made out of number for two didn't taste like a great exactly and number two. It wasn't sweeten up number three. We don't taste like the taste of alcohol so if you look at that as an entrepreneur her and you say well my goodness that is a potential market. That is four times as big as the existing wine market in the United States. Therein lies the appeal appeal for the type of wine that we are making so this has been quite an evolution for us. It's been thirty years in the making to get where we are today. In the tropicals goals side of the variety productions especially. But we always like to say when we're pitching our wines for sale to you know whether it be restaurants or whatever that mindset that you're talking about is the hardest thing to get over okay so we always say they look Our winds will bring flavor and style characteristics to your meals that regular grape wine can never hope to accomplish so you pair them with the right foods and you're off to the races when I give my talks at Disney because we're a good partner with one of the things I talk about. is we make a cranberry wine. I said now. What are you going to pair that with? We have Thanksgiving coming up Turkey mashed josh potatoes and gravy and cranberry wine and there isn't a person in the audience. That doesn't look left around. Go like Oh yeah it does sound good. So that's what we're after. We're after that that market. How much fruit do you need to make the wine? The rule of thumb and it varies up and down depending on what type of fruit that were making but generally it goes ten pounds ten pounds for one bottle of wine. Is that expensive or does it depend on the fruit. It is and that's one of the problems that we have. Is that grapes. Basically are you know one of the least expensive things to make wine out of really when you go to red raspberries blackberries act berries mangos key limes things like that. You have a whole different production process. That's involved in getting the juice like for example mangos. I mean you've got to put them or well how we used to do it You put them in commercial potato pillar rough up the skins on the outside. Then you have to enzyme the the meat of the fruit off the stone you have to get those stones Outta there is quite a process so in mangles are a lot more expensive than grapes are so but you can't charge a lot for mango wine. People won't pay it. I mean one reason. Listen I think these are attractive. Winds Gina Right is because their people would see them a fruit wine as an affordable wine a typical. Yes one of the things that makes some of the wines wines made from grapes out of Napa expensive as as you pointed. It's not the fruit it's to real estate it's what they're paying in mortgage for that really nice piece of property that's high up on the mountain that has all of this history and these high ratings so they are able to charge a hundred and fifty dollars for this Napa cab when really you know if those same aim grapes in that same style with somewhere else. It might be a twenty dollar bottle of wine so it is. There is disparity there as well. It's not just with like the mangoes Versus is the other fruit. I mean it's it's I think it's with the industry in general. That's interesting so chuck. You are using grapes you know. Have you ever thought about using MM fruit or do you ever know. The grapes are enough of a challenge. The the fruit is a challenge. I was listening to Benson how much it takes to make a bottle of wine. Mine is twelve to fourteen pounds of musket and grapes per gallon of wine. A gallon makes five bottles of wine. So there's surprised comparison so a lot less expensive for US check you are retired. You're retired financial wealth adviser so how much let's have you put into this one all winemaking equipment. How much would it set somebody back to to start making line to start a vineyard and then by the equipment the vineyard and the equipment the bottling and everything you have in fact my wife is packaging manager? Talk if you don't mind I'm going to ask an intrusive question but like yeah. How much do you think you have invested in in all of it? It's under ten thousand dollars per really with the acreage and the grapes. Acreage is different. Yeah the acreage adds another sixty seventy two. It probably right but you love seeing the grapes out there they do. They're my babies. How many acres do you have in grapes? One one Acre and it makes all those very prolific then musket. Okay Okay and then. What about you Vince? How many acres and what do you do? You have groves yourself or do you buy the fruit. How do you work at for most of our wines that we make we? Actually you purchased the fruit. So there's no way that we can have You don't have to have a main house key lime groves and things like that we work with producers that are willing to squeeze the juice to our specifications so we do have some land at We lease for musk dying. Vineyards that Get as qualified as a Florida farm..
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"At syndicated by the labels they all do taste like what they're made out of which was that was important was very important. One thing I wanted to mention gene is when I looked at the map of the Florida. wineries You're in Saint Petersburg but a lot of them I'd I'd say the majority of them are in really small towns and rural areas. And they've got to be helping the economy of whatever tiny little town that area and I think that they they're sort of a rural economic driver that that we hadn't thought about right when you talk about agrotourism how big that's getting in the state you know with people full having their small farms and having activities for for families in in people to visit and get those organic and locally grown produce is. I think that these isn't local wineries. He's Florida wineries just fit perfectly into that and they're definitely off the beaten track a lot of them. Do you ever go around and try Vince. Do you ever check out your competition or go round to other wineries. Yes for you know many years. Of course we've been members of the Florida wine and grape growers association. I used to be their treasurer. Her and So yes got to meet everybody at the annual conference and then we do go around in visit and being on the state's Viticulture Advisory Council. We have opportunity to come in contact with a lot of them. Vince shook is president of Florida Orange Groves. Winery Chuck Hallway is a hobbyist hobbyist grade grower and winemaker and Gina Birch is host of great minds podcast from wgn. Thank you all so much. This has been so much fun because because nine purchased. Thank you for by very enjoyable. You can tweet us at Florida matters and know that Florida matters is available as a podcast. You can search for it where wherever you get your podcasts.
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"White wine. which when it's made properly as much like a Chardonnay Cigna except it has that kind of Musky pop to its distinct very distinct and then we have a noble which is is a similar Red Berry which we use a lot of times for our grapes? Angry it makes a great sangria wine. I'm sure events knows that and Admire admire Vince and his operation. He does a lot of things in Muscat grapes. Most growers don't so My aspect MMA hobbyist is. I'm I'm not financially in involved in it to the point that I can't display with my grape so we do a lot of blending we do a lot of by have some new cultivars I find in coming up. I still have room to put more Roseanne. I'll put a few plants in to see what happens. University of Florida brought the delicious to market. What seven years ago I believe Dr Dennis Grave From University of Florida Culture Breath Dat in Apopka and He gave a presentation which Benson I heard of the Florida Grape Growers Association annual conference and I said Dr Gray. How did you get the name delicious for that grape? And when you know he said well everybody who had tried them said they were delicious so it stuck so you know that kind of thing that runs our industry. It's kind of a senior pets. The tremendous amount of science behind it considering it took him almost fifteen years to bring that grape variety or that grape cultivar to market known. The they're working on at the University of Florida as you mentioned also Florida Am University has a viticulture department. They're having a great harvest festival. Coming up you know. There's a lot of research going on to make grapes. I guess guests more suitable for Florida and good. Now there's a difference between a tasting grape and a good wine making grape isn't events yes and that's what a a lot of this research is directed towards is to find the best varieties and do the The most experiments to develop those varieties that will have the characteristics to make the best wine. So a lot of that research is funded by the viticulture. Advisory Council for the State of Florida and Department of Agriculture. Yes Florida porn the culture and consumer services right the different varieties that Like Chuck referred to that are now coming out onto. The market is a direct result of a lot of that research search. So that's kind of exciting. So what's the difference between a hobbyist chuck and a commercial grower because chuck you say you're hobbyist but it sounds like you're pretty serious various big difference The differences were not licensed so night and day thing licensing requires a lot of oversight by the TB Tax Tobacco Bureau A lot lot of compliance goes with that we do not sell it we make just enough for personal consumption and frenzied correct. Jean what about Bolt Florida wine. How do we judge? The quality. Are there competitions..
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"So. Do you have a nursery for the <hes> ah so we had thirty thousand larvae and then we we haven't counted yet so we don't know how many polyps we have yet but you know it'll easily be in the thousands so we'll go through will count them. We'll get them into special aquarium systems where we will rear them <hes> and keep them clean and tend to them for many months is to come until they are big enough and healthy enough to start doing research on when is the appropriate time to return these little guys back to the reef or potentially even go into something like the micro fragmenting that aaron talked about where maybe you can get them to grow a little faster and then go back to the reef so these two techniques totally go hand in hand. It's not i'm not feasible for humans to go replant the entire florida reef tract that is not going to work. <hes> what we can do is focus guests on replanting very resilient areas that then have the ability to reproduce on their own and repopulate the rest of the reef if tracked so aaron. Do you work together. Do your labs work together with other researchers. Oh yeah we always are communicating with each other. <hes> there are several partners throughout the state of florida and us working together is critical for you know recovery of the florida reef track. No one organization can do it by themselves themselves so let me ask you both carry an errand. So are there steps that people can take your average tourist beachgoer to help the coral reefs. I know i've heard something about even using the right sunscreen lotion so using reef safe sunscreen certainly doesn't hurt <hes> <hes> and what is that so there are certain chemicals in sunscreen that have been shown to be detrimental to corals at certain concentrations. I don't know all of that is actually evolving the research on that so i don't wanna list all of them off the top of my head but people can google that and learn about that online line so just an it's worth looking into using reap save sunscreen if you're gonna be snorkeling or diving in close proximity corals <hes> but i think it's a lot bigger issue here are so we have to look at what is happening. That is causing this decline. <hes> we have to look at our carbon footprints. We have to look at who is in charge politically and people can get out and do things like reduce our carbon footprint and make good decisions when they're voting <hes> it. It's really about going in voting for people that care about florida's coral reefs and voting for people that care about our environment and our economy erin. There's a lot of issues obviously affecting the florida reef track both global and local in nature and so one thing we do know is if you protect your reef. Locally you know have clean water reduce impacts to the reefs. Oh you wanna make sure not to directly touch any of the quarrels mixture. You're anchoring <hes> proper location where they're sand. <hes> you know be conscious about the personal care products that that you're putting into the water protecting that reef in a local scale actually allows though the corals to be able to withstand the global pressures in a more resilient way so they can handle global issues. When you take care of your refund a local scale in addition every resident of florida can also purchase a protect our reefs license plate the money that goes into those license plates actually helps support restoration in the florida keys <hes> and so it's a great way for somebody to be able to put a quarrel backout onto the reef you know just by getting protect reese license plate that is erin muller science director mode marine laboratory center for coral reef in research and restoration. We've also been talking with carey o.'neil senior coral scientist at the florida aquarium and roger german who is the ceo oh of the florida aquarium. Thank you all so much for being here. Thanks robin so there are lots of ways for you to connect with us. You can tweet us <unk>. Ask florida matters or find us on the w._s._f. Facebook page and florida matters is available as a podcast. You can search for it wherever you get your podcast. Florida matters is a production of w u._s._f. Public media the engineer is craig george this week show was produced by stephanie column beanie mary sheldon and steve newborn. I'm robin sussing ham. Thanks for listening.
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"It if the disease comes through chances chances are that all of the pillar corals are going to be affected in an area we only have as of the last survey around fifty eight gina types of fifty eight genetic individuals visuals and about one hundred seventeen actual colonies of pillar coral left on the florida reef tract so what we really need to focus on with pillar coral was how do we spawn them or make them sexually reproduce in the laboratory so in the field these pillar girls are pretty far apart and this species cheeses the male and female or separate what's called ghana core and the male may literally be three miles apart from the female and when they spawn you you can barely even get the eggs and sperm together in time to get a good fertilization rate and and raise a baby winning the lottery yeah it's an and this is with a lot of human i'm an intervention and many people on boats and diving a nets and every contraption. You could think of to try to make it happen and let's just described. Spawn spawning is the female all species is is just shooting out eggs into the water shore and then the male is shooting out sperm and somehow these even if they're three miles apart they have to fertilize yeah exactly so in in the pillar coral. That's pretty much exactly how it happens. So <hes> the second and third day after the full moon of august at about nine forty five at night <hes> the males will just release their sperm into a cloud in in the water column and then about fifteen minutes later the females will release their eggs into the water column and then in the ocean you would hope that they would meet each other while they're still viable and then form just a tiny tiny little larvae that only about two hundred microns in size and then that little larvae has to find the reef before it gets swept away and has to find a suitable suitable place to live live and that process is just not occurring in the wild for pillar coral so what we've done is take these pillar quarrels into <hes> into to a aquarium systems and we've had them under our care at the florida aquarium for up to three years now but normally they would lose all of those natural cues that they get to trigger them to spawn on that special night after the full moon of august once a year because that is actually can be five to eleven month process so it they need we know the winter temperature and the warming of water in the spring and the increase of of photo period during the day and the intensity of light changes and the moon phases change and why exactly very wide all these things have to come in line to get that coral spawn so so when they're kept exit you or out of the ocean a lot of times they don't get all of those cues so they lose the ability to sexually reproduce <hes> but for the first time we have been able to give the atlantic pillar coral all of those cues that it needs artificially using l._e._d. Lighting and special computer controlled systems and it worked and it worked well first time the first time last saturday and we had a synchronized mass spawning of pillar coral role at the florida aquarium and what was the date of that sad it was saturday august seventeenth and then it happened again on sunday and a little bit on monday and that is exactly really when it would spawn in the wild literally we had a team monitoring in the wild and they were literally about four or five minutes off from one another. Oh my god fritzy cool so we did something right. We gave them everything that they needed. <hes> giving them great husbandry great water quality and all the cues that they needed. It's a sigh of relief because this this species a lot of scientists thought that this would be our last year to be able to spawn pillar coral <hes> and to be able to try to make pillar quarrel babies because of this disease this <music>. She's may be gone by next year. In florida this six sas means that we can continue to breed and raise and successfully work with restoration practitioners to restore the population of pillar coral. It's not gone so what's next now. You've got all these what polyps pillow.
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"We all need roger. You were saying that you took a scuba diving trip down to the reef to actually look at what was happening. What did you see down there. You know i i got a chance to see coral up close and it was devastating it was it was very sad to see coral that was dead that you see coral that is living but what has lost all of its color color that we were that were very much used to seeing to see less animals in those coral reefs that were relying on them. Yes you got the shark doc once in a while and some fish but i seem to recall back in the seventies when i was there as a kid much more vibrant in color much more species of fish. It was really really fun on while snorkeling was fun. It was also again depressing just to see the crashing of this right before our eyes so if only four five percent is alive right now carrie i mean this. This has to be obvious to people who are down there. Snorkeling kind of looks like a ghost town. I think it it depends on your perspective so as rogers said he had been there thirty years ago. <hes> and i think sometimes of people haven't seen it previously. They don't necessarily understand what's it's happening. <hes> if you didn't see aquarium that had eight hundred fish and you saw one that had a hundred fish you may think that still think that aquarium is beautiful wilhite but you never saw what it was like before so he's looking really pale and white now compared to how colorful it used to be. It is so what happens is after the coral loses its tissue that algae will start to over grow the skeleton so you do still have that three dimensional structure of the reef at least for a little while so you will still have some fish <hes> but ultimately that coral gets overgrown by algae so it just sort of <hes> looks like a sandy covered algae patch and then eventually things he's get in there that start to erode that structure and it will collapse and that's when you really start to have problems because now you don't have the habitat and the structure for fish anymore and for lobsters stirs and and things that need those places to hide telling me bravo. Let me build on that because i can't carry brought up. It was very interesting because we were snorkeling down there. There were several of these other snorkeling boats. You know you can come down as a tourist and you can go out on a guided tour and those folks were there and they are having the time of their life because they may not have had a reference friends and so for them to be able to get in the water to snorkel you see this florida arenas while you're in the keys and you see some animals. Maybe you see a shark. Oh by once in a while. We obviously want to preserve that so let's talk about research. That's being done now to save the choral aaron. You had talked a little a bit briefly about what you're doing to transplant sort of cut coral up into into little polyps and then transplant those is that the main indirection of your efforts mote marine laboratory has been a leader in coral restoration so part of that is the actual physical propagation and out planning leaning of these corals and and we do utilize techniques where we can fragment corals up into new individuals out plant them onto the reef but we're my science. It's kind of comes in and fits within the restoration scope is is that i screen these different quarrels that we're using for resilience to some of the major threats that are affecting the reef tract <hes> some of the ones that we've been talking about such as increasing water temperatures and and disease and and a funnel that information into our restoration practitioner so that they can and populate the reef with as resilient quarrels as possible so that they can be surviving hundreds of years from now. I can't imagine how slow that work is because because corals grow at what like a half an inch a year maybe a couple of inches a year so putting down those corals waiting for them to grow as got to you've got to <hes> have patients. That seems like yes so some coral species do grow very slowly typically just a couple of millimeters year but we've actually revolutionized the technology -nology for.
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"The mississippi and from other rivers in the area that caused fluctuating salinity and turbidity values but in in addition to that the corals when they're little larvae they actually need a hard bottom to settle onto so they don't settle onto sand and grow. They need like a rocky. Eh formation and the majority of our coastline tampa bay is actually sand with very little hard bottom for corals to settle on <hes> but it also gets bit too cold in the winter here for them to thrive so we actually do get a bit too cold <hes> bit to sandy <hes> a bit too turbine for corals to grow up the although some species do you can find stony corals here. They just don't form the large <hes> barrier reef structures that you find in southeast florida just isolated coral. He's here so erin what's happening with the coral reefs in florida. Unfortunately the florida reef track has been declining for or at least the last fifty years or so <hes> the initial significant decline started in the late seventies and early eighties and that was associated with a disease outbreak that scientists call white band disease. <hes> was a disease that affected most of the staghorn in the elk horn corals. Those are the major major branching species that covered most of the reef tract back in that time period. These two species are listed as threatened under the endangered species act after that particular outbreak we have seen subsequent global bleaching events that have had regional impacts in florida as well so that's associated with really warm water temperatures in summertime those water temperatures stressed the corals out and that symbiotic relationship that they have between the animal and that single cell breaks down in the corals appear bright white because their coloration with the algae has disappeared and the corals basically will starve to death if they don't require that l._g. Over time and so the combination really of those increasing water temperatures and subsequent disease outbreaks have continued unfortunately over time has caused the florida coral reef to go from about fifty percent living coral cover so if you went to a reef and and you dove there in the seventies about half of it would be covered by hard corals now you go to that same reef and often it's only covered by about four five percent so we have lost lost the astronomical amount of living coral cover and that is potentially affecting the function of that reef to act as it should into provide the ecosystem go system services that we all need roger. You were saying that you took a scuba diving trip down to the reef to actually look at what was happening. What did you see down there..
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"Erin dan hi and from the florida aquarium kerry o.'neil is the senior coral scientist at the floor aquarium and roger german is here to he's. He's the c._e._o. Of the florida aquarium thank you both so much for being here but thank goodness okay so let's talk about coral. Coral is kind of weird. I mean it's like nothing else. People don't know whether it's a plan torn animal. Where does it live. Why does it live in these special places carrie. What is coral sure so a lot of people think that coral is just a rock or a plant. It's actually an animal and it lives only on the bout 'bout top inch of it's hard stony skeleton made of calcium carbonate that it builds over time as it grows so the coral actually has little mouths and little tentacles and has soft tissue on the outside of this hard skeleton and they come in all different shapes and sizes and colors. There's and some are just big mounds and some very fine and branched chain and all of these corals species growing together are what form the coral reef inform all all this intricate habitat for all the other organisms that rely on a coral reef so take home message is that corals are animals <hes> just because they don't have eyeballs <hes> <hes> and they can't give you a sad little look doesn't mean that they're not live than they actually are victims of their own circumstance because once they've settled the very first i part of their life they they settle onto a rock and then that's where they live for potentially thousands of years after that they can't get up and move away from things that are happening to them. They can't run away aaron but they do live in a symbiotic relationship with plants with algae right and that's what gives them their colors. Yeah absolutely corals roles themselves. The animals are often just translucent you know so when you're looking at the coral colony you see a vibrant coloration but it actually has very a little to do with the animal itself that color that you see the unique browns and greens and oranges sometimes even blues are associated with the symbiotic relationship russian ship that these animals have with a single cell algae that live inside their tissue and the common name for that single cell algae is called suzanne kelly those those little algae's actually provide food for the corals to live through the process of photosynthesis and the coral animal themselves. Give those anthony home home to to live in an and so it's a form of protection and these are really ancient creatures. I would think yes they've been around for millions of years. Some they've withstood did the test of time. Although of course the species that we have now weren't around millions of years ago so they've evolved into different species and providing different niches says for our ecosystem so roger german your c._e._o. Of the florida aquarium tell us about florida's coral reef chief and why the florida aquarium feels like it's important to be involved in those research efforts so i grew up in chicago and i have to be honest. I didn't realize that the the third largest coral reef tract in the world is right here in florida so coming down here. I was like that's really cool. People travel you know thousands of miles to the great barrier reef even australia or believes but we have this amazing nature in our backyard and the florida aquarium we are committed to.
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"Through these agricultural areas. It's a double edged sword. When you're working in agriculture, you want, you want that land disdain agriculture the best that you possibly can. But recognizing the growth and development in the state of Florida is not something we take lightly. I mean, it is, it's how we move our citrus up and down those highways. Mean it's how we again, sustain economic viability. I want every piece of egg-laying today to stay Aglun. That's not necessarily rational and it's not going to going to happen. But that's my passion. Those roads are important, you know, in and it's a piece of Florida, that as folks who are genuinely concerned with the economic basis of, of the state of Florida. You have to consider Kevin, what have you heard? I really haven't talked to anybody about that particular issue. But again, I assume if it would involve. A lot of purchasing of land a lot of that land would be citrus. Grove, not once you get farther. And when you get into Henry county and Collier county. Those are the big growers with thousands of acres but in Polk County and maybe even a little bit in highlands. You're probably talking about a substantial number of small growers. And if they get an attractive price to purchase the land for whatever they'll probably take it in a Robin. I think it's the tip of the iceberg of the discussion we had today citrus is down, but we're not out in, if there's another toll role. Dama middle of the state, there's gonna be some winners and losers. We still have currently five hundred thousand acres. We've been known to be able to plant and harvest eight hundred thousand so there's gotta be a nice. Natural carve out either around the turnpike's, or we can still have substantial acreage. I have more concerns with more people moving to Florida and the whole water issue. Then a few growers might sell their land to another turnpike or not. But at the end of the day, Florida citrus been here, one hundred years seven point two billion dollar in economic activities. We're not going away and I look forward to getting back to that ten billion dollars of economic activity. All right. We'll leave it there. That's mike. Sparks EEO, Florida's citrus mutual, we've also been talking to Kevin before senior reporter at the ledger, and Shannon Shep executive director of the Florida Department of citrus. Thank you also, much key, Robin. We're highlighting the citrus industry this week with a special two part series. In addition to this Florida matters, you'll find the stories online at USF news dot org. Lord of matters is a production of. W USF public media. The engineer is Craig George the show is produced by Stephanie column beanie. I'm Robin Sesing ham. Thanks for listening.
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"This is Florida matters. I'm Robin sussing ham, your bottom from the Florida sunshine orange juice seem like an easy sell, and the days of Neto Bryant citrus has shaped the state's identity for one hundred years, but it's been a tough ten years with freezes hurricanes development, pressure and worst of all the disease, Hong long being otherwise known as citrus greening, and when the industry, needs help the most Tallahassee doesn't seem to be that interested. There's nobody with a powerful political position right now that has a citrus background and legislators just cut the budget to the Florida's citrus commissioned by about eighty percent. Citrus is at a crossroads we have in the studio with us, Kevin. Buford senior reporter at the ledger. Mike sparks, the CEO of Florida, citrus mutual, and Shannon Shep, executive director of the Florida Department of citrus. Thank you also much for being here. Thank you. Kevin you recently wrote kind of an alarming article at the ledger. The orange growers have not been able to sell any of their Valencia orange crop two processors this season. Yeah. It was an unprecedented situation. Basically, the orange juice inventories had gotten so high that the processors were no longer interested in or there was insufficient demand for the new crop of Valencia's and from what I understand subsequent to that article, it all goes back to hurricane Irma, when there was a lot of concern among the processors of how quickly the crop would recover so they made these long term deals with importers, mainly from Brazil to bring in imports, and it lasted into this season. So that's what led to the up of inventories and for the market, just basically freezing for an entire. Fire month in may. So Mike, sparks you represent growers. How does that strike you that they haven't been able to sell Valencia oranges and that there are contracts in place with foreign growers? Well, you know what we've had is as Kevin describe somewhat of the perfect storm. But first, let's make sure we understand just how material this issue is if you're a grower that did not have the opportunity to sell this fruit. This is a huge issue. But the vast majority of the growers have long term contracts, they are involved in other citrus coops, but there are a few growers that were unable to harvest and sell their fruit this year, it is frustrating, especially after we're just rebuilding our crops from hurricane Irma, but you can somewhat understand it. The processors our partner in this industry could not be caught short. They had to negotiate long-term contracts with Mexico and Brazil, so. So their inventories or high that limited the cash market, which is, again, a small amount of this year's crop. But very important at those growers at participate, President Trump is, you know, he's concerned about foreign imports. He's put tariffs in place, and other obstacles are there, anything Shannon's ship, anything like that happening to help Florida orange juice, Florida orange growers with say Brazilian imports? We have long-standing trade agreements that have impacted Florida orange juice and imported orange juice most of those for negotiated back in the late eighties early nineties, and many of those tariffs that were placed on imported juice, or now waning or gum on there haven't been any dumping cases or any type of world trade violations, that would lead us to do anything else, different, but that would be something Mike's organization would handle on behalf of the growers if there were. Right now. You know, we're kind of in the right we're not in the right zone for growers. But we are where we negotiated to be back in those NAFTA negotiations. I've heard some complaints from Florida orange juice companies Mike, I mean about foreign imports, but Shannon says things are about where they should be. We'll think about it. The, the fact of the matter is in Florida. We cannot grow enough oranges to keep our processing fully on board. We've lost sixty percent over the last decade of our processing capabilities. And so there are the needs for imports come along with production. We've also lost the capability to process, the oranges because those places have gone out of business. I guess the processors have gone out of business as the orange crop has been decimated. In those processors are big national brands like Tropicana minute, maid Florida's natural and so those big processing. Clamps are made to do one thing, crush oranges and make the high quality orange juice that we enjoy. So there is going to be more imports from Mexico and Brazil, and the tariffs that are there are still good. Now, the other thing to address the high inventory, and this is for Florida orange juice only USDA has been very receptive and made another commitment of United States Department of agriculture purchase a bonus purchase of orange juice of not seven, but now, ten million gallons. This can help get the Tories to down and put upward