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Fresh update on "florida" discussed on Brian Mudd
"South Florida. Brian Mud Show starts right now Radio 6 10 W Y. O D after the election on the assumption that it would be victorious for An administration has done a great job way will be ending their tax will be terminating the attacks. On the other hand, the other group wants to raise taxes and they may want to leave it. Will you pay it? Well, you talk about terminating taxes. We should be terminating a lot of the taxes. We're paying to the south for school districts all week out more for you on that one. Here in just a moment. Happy Tuesday craziness away from today. Its borders Primary Election day. How's it all happening this year? Just wild? Anyway, as we get going, we got jam packed show for you half hour from now We're going to have our current attorney General Ashley Moody, voluntarily. We're going to be joined by her predecessor, Pam Bondi, who's on the Trump bus tour throughout Florida. And I mentioned the schools. I've got a lot more on this. It's the story that I'm not gonna let get away. I find it appoint the lack of coverage. So much of what's happening is receiving And how little digging is actually done by news video. Specifically Yesterday when through the tentative budgets have been offered up by Broward, Miami Dade and Palm Beach County. I want you to think for a moment about the online on ly education options being Offered up to US delayed first off right no options until the end of this month. And then when we are going to have education commence, and it's going to be online only I want you to think about the impact on your family. The impact on your kids. The impact on you. If you're denied the opportunity to earn a living. Because those options are not being offered up and the fact that we've paid for it, I guess. Make no mistake. Every tax dollar paid education right here in South Florida Cross your state has been for what Classroom education, not virtual only options. We have poured his virtual school whole school that set up just for that. It's not what the school District's Are set up to do. It's not what we pay for. And as I discussed there's a $450 per pupil savings per month. With borders virtual school over the school district's if they're not going to give us classroom options, we damn well, she get 100 50 bucks back. Something close to it. But it said, you know what? These gold is first again ready to Dio. Howard wants to spend $61 million more. The last school year. Miami Dade wants to spend nearly 416 million more What is this mean? In real terms, I want you to think about how much more or less money You're earning this year than you were this time last year. Howard's increase. Increase in school spending. 2.4% for this 2020 2021 school year. That they will get started at the end of the month. Sunlight. Miami Dade, a 7.5% increase. 7.5% in grease. Palm Beach County. It's even worse. 11%. You talk about the audacity. Not only are we not getting the cost savings So we should be receiving because we're not getting what we paid for. But We're talking about spending every last dime, and then some. It's coming to the school district's See what's happened is all the money that rolled in from the record high property taxes and you're getting ready to get your property tax assessment. It will never be higher than what you get. They're taking that money because, remember the most prevalent form of taxes on your property tax bill go to our local school districts. Very taken this record money they're receiving. Even during the middle of a pandemic. And they're spending every last dime of it. And how is that necessary, given that what they're doing is cheaper. I'm telling you, we desperately need accountability. Had the list are called in yesterday. Said that she can't even afford have the A C on Temperatures in the nineties and her house this time of year. Her taxes go up anymore. She's going to be taxed out of her home. How is that right? How can the school district's act in good conscience with these kinds of increases? During a recession. And where the hell is your local news media that will do any of this reporting? I've said it so many times. Your news media is so hung up. On getting along with the school district's because they want access that they don't do The real research, the real digging to bring you the truth. They should be advocates for you. Disseminating information for you. Not Completely omitting what's really going on? It's unconscionable. And I'm sorry. It doesn't matter that I have a lot of respect for superintendents. S neither here nor there. What's going on? And these south for the school district is just plain wrong. I implore you to get this information put together for you, Brian. Mud page w dot com take rate and share. They create and share We'll keep this conversation going. It's an important one for sure. I just It was my mind. What Meantime, some of the other news going on around the state related the schools so Remember how I was telling you that all the spending in the news was bull crap when it came to these poles Said that parents didn't want classroom options. Never that It wouldn't matter that we would see over 60% of parents saying they wanted at least some form of classroom education options. Now what we would often here is a majority of parents don't think we should just go to class from his usual. Well, that really is in the questions whether we want class Remonstrance. And I illustrated to you that in an average of all poles, we had seen that over 60% of parents did want class from options. Well, you know what The real poll is? What parents actually, D'oh. So yesterday in Florida began the first day of the school year. For many school district's not ours, because I think they're too busy trying to figure out how they could spend all this extra money. Anyway..
Disney World to cut hours after seeing fewer visitors than expected
"Park. Being reduced by at least an hour starting September 8th. The Magic Kingdom closes at 6 p.m. Epcot visitors will lose two hours, closing at 7 p.m. Instead of nine Hollywood studios closing an hour earlier at 70. Emma's well Animal kingdom, also cutting two hours, closing at five with Florida's news. I'm
Fresh update on "florida" discussed on Angelo Cataldi and the Morning Team
"N B A. On the other hand, the multiple Copan 19 outbreaks with in Major League Baseball have demonstrated the frailties of life outside the bubble as why baseball is reportedly considering going to a bubble for its postseason with Florida, Texas, Arizona and California, the most likely host locales, 16 teams in this year's expanded playoffs and a fine A window to complete the world. Siri's a team wide outbreak of Copan 19 or whatever strains of flu will be in fashion this fall could jeopardize the competitive integrity of the postseason. Meantime, America's most forward looking late. The MBA is now exploring the possibility of regional bubbles for next year's regular season with periodic breaks to enable players to enjoy some family time. Let's say you just bought a house. Bad news is you're one step closer to becoming your parents. You'll probably moved along. Ask if anybody noticed Mogollon tell people to stay off the lawn. Compare it to your neighbor's lawn and complain about having to mow the lawn again. Good news is it's easy to battle home and.
Miami - Disney World To Reduce Theme Park Hours
"World in Orlando, Florida is going to be cutting its operating hours because of lower than expected attendants since it reopened last month amid the continuing Corona virus pandemic. Starting next month. Most areas of the theme park will close an hour earlier than usual, and its related Epcot Park will actually be chopping off two hours.
Fresh "Florida" from Brian Mudd
"The approaches Sunrise Boulevard. That's traffic on his radio, 6 10 W. Taking a look right now. Doppler radar study. For the most part, just few clouds and started see those rain showers with lightning approaching Delray Beach, where it's 87 degrees 91 right now in the town to Davian, 90 at Hialeah. No. One Woman in her forties among the latest coronavirus deaths here in South Florida, Florida Department of Health announcing the death of the 44 year old and 17 others in Broward County, 10 people lost their lives in Miami Dade five Maurin My in Palm Beach. Statewide, there were 91 deaths reported yesterday in under 4200 new cases. Meanwhile, an increasing number of cases of Corona virus among Children has many questioning the reopening of schools but not the White House..
"It was January nineteen, seventy four, the future was bright or so I thought. I had just completed my formal education after returning from Vietnam. Only twenty two months earlier. I was ready and anxious to land a job flying for American Delta Eastern or United Airlines. My timing couldn't have been worse. The country was in the middle of what we were calling a fuel crisis. The airlines were not expanding. With no immediate job prospects I decided, it would be a good time to pursue my airline transport rating later changed to airline transport pilot or ATP. Raleigh. Durham aviation offered ATP training, and was also assessment dealer. So I trained in a brand new Cessna three, ten q immediately after my check ride, the airplane was sold to a business in Richland's Virginia. A day or two. Later, the salesman who sold the three ten called and asked me if I would be interested in a job flying a beach baron for a business also based in Richmond. Virginia, the pilot currently flying the baron was going to work for the company that had just bought the three ten. I said I was interested. So he told me to catch an early flight the next day to Tri Cities Tennessee where the pilot leaving the job flying the baron would meet me. I arrived early the next morning. The pilot from Richland's was a nice guy, a couple of years older than me. He had come to the United States to attend flight school and build flight experience with plans to return to Denmark and fly for the country's airline. We departed tri cities with me at the controls and headed for. RICHLAND's I. had not taken the time to familiarize myself to the area. So I simply followed his instructions. Arriving over richland's a short time. Later, he advised me to begin my descent and start a teardrop turn to the right. He explained that we had just passed over the town of Richland's. He knew that because he had tuned in the AM radio station located in downtown Richland's on the ATF. He said I needed to maintain a seven hundred and fifty feet per minute descent while turning. As we entered the clouds, he told me to tighten the turn. I was already in a standard rate turn, but I complied, and we soon broke out of the clouds at about a thousand feet above the ground with the small town of Richland's in front of us. That's when it dawned on me. We had just descended between two ridge lines and into valley. I asked the pilot if you regularly flew into and out of Richland's using this method and he said, he did he told me, it was no big deal. Just crossed the AM radio station on a heading of zero, three zero degrees and descend at a rate of seven hundred and fifty feet per minute while making a teardrop turn to the right. At greater than standard rate right I added. I learned the owner of the Baron had grown accustomed to operating out of Richland's even at night as long as ceilings were at least a thousand feet, not me. Once on the ground, the pilot wished me luck and departed around five PM. The lobby erupted two men and two women entered walking fast with the guy in the lead talking loudly. As. They entered the guy in the lead. Saw Me and said you must be the pilot from Raleigh. I acknowledge that I was So he said file for Merritt Island Florida and let's get going. I filed an I F, our flight plan, and we were soon off the ground. The owner sat up in front with me, which was fine until he reached up and retarded the throttles right after breaking ground. I, put my hand up to stop him. But he had already pulled them back to climb power. He informed me the engines would last longer if we didn't keep them at full power so long. I told him. I had learned most engine failures occur at first power reduction. So I preferred to wait until reaching a couple of hundred feet before reducing to climb power. It was certainly a debatable point and it was his airplane. So nothing else was set. We landed in. Merritt Island Florida at about eight thirty PM, I was looking forward to getting to a hotel and kicking back, but it was not to be while taxiing into the F. B. O., the owner said, okay. Go back to Richland's and pick up three guys that will be waiting for you and bring them down here. I was stunned. It was at that moment I decided I would not be taking this job. I thought I would do. As he asked knowing, this would be the last time I would be subjected to him. I refilled the airplane filed an Afar flight plan for Bluefield West, Virginia and took off heading north. Bloomfield was the closest airport to Richland's with instrument approach if the weather was good. Enough. I. Would cancel the I. Afar Flight Plan and fly visually to the desired destination. Not Tonight. The weather at the destination wasn't too bad. But it would be late and I would be tired. So I called ahead and told my passengers to meet me in Bluefield. It was a little after midnight when I arrived the weather wasn't too bad. But bad enough to require an instrument approach. I was glad I made the decision to meet my passengers in Bluefield. Putting on fuel and filing an IOF, our flight plan back to Merritt. Island took only a half hour or so and my excited and well lube passengers and I were off for the final flight of the day. After takeoff. The Tower released me to departure control about the time I entered the clouds. A minute or two after contacting departure control? I lost communications. All engine navigation instruments were working fine. Everything was good except my communication radios, I turn them off and back on. I, check the circuit breakers. No good. I. Couldn't hear the controllers and I presumed they couldn't hear me. My clearance was to expect nine thousand feet, ten minutes after departure. So ten minutes into the flight, I climbed to nine thousand feet from my initially assigned altitude. I had already changed my transponder to squawk seventy, six hundred when the radio suddenly started working after a couple of hours, I contacted Jacksonville Center and was asked twice who I was. Later that day I briefed the owner about the radio problem. He said I could take the airplane to Daytona and have it repaired which I did. After two days in Merritt, island, I flew the owner and three others back to Richland's Virginia. I rode with the owner to his office and he informed me how much he was going to pay me to fly for him. I, told him. I wouldn't be taking the job. He paid me for my time. Reimbursed me for my airline flight and had me driven to Tri Cities Airport for my flight back to Raleigh. Sadly. The story doesn't end there. A. Couple of weeks. Later, I got a call from the salesman who had sold the Cessna three ten. He told me the Danish pilot with four passengers aboard had flown the new three ten into the side of a mountain, just outside of Richland's.
Fresh update on "florida" discussed on South Florida's First News with Jimmy Cefalo
"Definitely another hot day across South Florida 91 already in parts of Kendall, it's 88 in Lauderhill at 9 31 Crowed A virus continues to have a deadly impact here in Florida, But experts say there are some encouraging factors here. Florida Department of Health yesterday announced 91 more fatalities from covered 19 A number of new cases, however, was just below 4200. They say the positivity rate just a little over 8.5% which marks two straight days with fewer than 100 deaths. A special school board meeting underway to formally approve the school reopening plan first semester begins remotely and experts know it could.
Walt Disney World to Shorten Theme Park Hours
"World in Orlando, Florida will be cutting its operating hours because of lower than expected attendants since it reopened last month amid the pandemic, So starting next month, most areas of the theme park will close an hour earlier than usual, and its related Epcot Park will actually be chopping off two hours.
Fresh update on "florida" discussed on Morning Edition
"I'm Steve Inskeep, and I'm no well King. After months of being closed, most national parks are open again, and lots of people are going Despite the pandemic. People whose livelihood depend on the parks are weighing the risks of all this. Here's NPR's Nathan rocked Standing outside the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park in Gardner, Montana. You could take through about two dozen state license plates in the time that it takes you to drink coffee. That is normal in the summer. What's not normal is the people driving those cars doing stuff like this. We rented a van, and it has a Florida license segue, But I put a sign in the back window that said, We are not from Florida. Lin Hunter and her family are from.
Trump says he will give convention speech at White House or Gettysburg, decision coming 'soon'
"Own Gettysburg address at the GOP convention today, he tweeted he'll be delivering his nomination speech from either Gettysburg or the White House. Says he'll announce his decision soon. His acceptance speech and the convention was originally set to be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, moved to Jacksonville, Florida and then move largely online. Democrats say their
Miami-Dade sees low COVID-19 positivity rate with increase in death toll
"Florida Department of Health reporting a big drop in covert 19 infections in the past 24 hours. But the death toll is up 4155 new cases reported along with 91 deaths that includes nine lives lost in Miami Dade, 18 in Broward and five in Palm Beach. No new deaths in Monroe County. The positivity rate is also down. The latest 8.6% and we're not in the clear yet. But with Florida's daily total of slightly more than 4000 new cases and the positivity rate dropping, local elected officials and doctors are cautiously optimistic that we're seeing the light at the end of the Corona virus tunnel locally, The rolling 14 day positivity rate is down in both Miami Dade and Broward counties have also seen hospitalizations trend lower If the virus is like the seasonal flu epidemiologist, Dr Robert Cook hopes Florida's outbreak has peaked, and with so many people exposed Is there could be immunity building in the community. I do think Miami took pretty aggressive. There's hopefully those types of forceful things won't be necessary. If people can't just accept it does seem to be working. The math seem to be working. The wild card will be reopening of
MLS will resume the regular season: What we know and what we don't
"Fans, you've watched everybody else trying to start their seasons. Well, here you go. MLS will resume its regular season August 12th beginning with R. All teams lfc and Galaxy meeting twice in the 1st 5 games. Most league teams actually took part in some games in the MLS is back tournament in Florida. Now they'll be playing in their own stadiums, and they might even allow some fans in if local authorities allow it. L I F C General Manager John Thornton knows it won't be easy. I think there are you know, we will still administer very strict protocols both here in l A. And then while we're on the road and And set things up in a way that a CZ best we can will be successful, predicting there will be some challenge. There are there will be and we just need to be adaptable and nimble. Teams will play at least 18 regular season games by November 8th and then move into the playoffs. Nathan
What does COVID-19 does to a child's body? Here's what we know so far, an example from Florida
"From the president's own advisers, warning the number of new infections will rise in the Midwest through the fall, according to The Washington Post, a warning that hundreds of thousands of Children in the U. S. Have not been immune to Corona virus decision is to not be made on the falsehood that Children are not affected by this. It does affect Children. It does, And it's It's a very scary thing in the Florida Keys in a state that's now the Corona virus, epicenter, Leah warblers. Eight year old son, Zane was hit with Cove It and also one of 600 kids who developed the related multi system Inflammatory Syndrome state was in the hospital for three weeks now back home with lingering and mysterious side effects and no guidance on what to expect very scary because they don't know you know, and not knowing what's going on. It'll happen in the next couple years with your child, American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children's Hospital Association report. Nearly 340,000 Children nationwide tested positive for Corona virus since the outbreak began. Latest on the
Miami - Florida's Disney World to Cut Its Hours
"Has cut its hours a little bit. They opened up a few weeks ago. And they now have cut their hours down. Not too much. They're basically going to do about a 9 to 9 to seven ratio today, so they've chopped a couple hours off. Couple of
Trump takes executive action on economic relief
"This is America right now by the numbers. Some five million people have confirmed Corona virus infections. Just yesterday, 55,000 people tested positive. Covad, 19 killed 1100 people in the last 24 hours, and more than 30 million people are relying on some form of unemployment benefit. Congress has failed so far to agree on a new relief bill. So yesterday, President Trump signed executive orders to extend a number of temporary economic measures, and all of this is happening as we race toward an election in November. We're joined now by NPR's national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Hi, Mara. Hi, Lulu. So the president spent a lot of time slamming Democratic lawmakers yesterday and rolled out economic relief that we should say is temporary but aren't Many Senate Republicans dead set against extending these extra benefits. Yes, they are, but they're also supposedly against any president. Usurping Congress is constitutional power of the purse that is the power to tax and spend. But politically for the moment, at least, this is a point for Trump. He gets to say Congress couldn't or wouldn't act. But I did, even though there might be a lot less than meets the eye with some of these executive actions. It's unclear if the unemployment extension will actually happen. And when it comes to the eviction relief, for instance. The memo he signed merely tells federal agencies to quote consider if evictions should be stopped, so maybe less there than meets the eye. Meanwhile, we should note that the pace of the presidential races, of course, picking up and Vice President Joe Biden is giving more interviews and doing more public speaking and Republicans are watching. And they have AH, weaponized some of Biden's answers. Well, some violins, answers have been what we call gaffes. He made another one while answering your question. Lulu on a panel consisting of black and Latino journalists. You asked him a question that would was very important to Latino voters in Florida. You asked him if he would reengage with Cuba. Here's what he said. What you all know, but most people don't know. Unlike the African American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is incredibly diverse community. With incredibly different attitudes about different things. Unlike the African American community, why bring up African Americans at all, and suggests that they are monolithic in their views. So this is another gas. Biden's recent gaffes are often about African Americans. Remember, he said. If you're voting for Trump quote, you ain't black. They're always unprompted. And it's inexplicable, given the support he has among African Americans, given that African American voters saved his candidacy, But is this a winning strategy for the GOP? Well, look, they depend on Biden making gaffes. They're hoping to use them against him. But the big question is. Maybe this is like 2016 when all of the outrageous things that Trump said that Democrats thought would hurt him. Didn't Biden's poll numbers are pretty steady? Why? Maybe because this race is a referendum on the incumbent, and the big question is, Will it stay that way? Will trump succeed in making this race into a binary choice?
What Do Hurricane Categories Mean?
"Are hurricanes categorized and what do those categories really mean Daybreak and stuff is Christian Sager here when hurricane season arrives each year on June first phrases such as storm surge, wind speed, and I wal- suddenly become part of the summer lexicon in the United States. But probably, the most important words to know about a hurricane are those that describe its power and those include whether it's a category one or category five. The variance between the strengths of these two storms could mean the difference between life and death. Now, meteorologists rank hurricanes from one to five based on the Saffir Simpson scale. The scale is a yardstick that takes into account a hurricane's wind speed, storm surge, and air pressure, and the scale begins with a category one, the least powerful and dangerous. Hurricane, and then it moves towards its climax at category five. The most catastrophic as the storm pushes across the ocean it gathers speed and strength low air pressure forces, ocean water into a huge mound near the I, which could create a devastating storm surge when the wall of water reaches land, the more heat and moisture hurricane consumes the more powerful. The storm becomes that's where the Saffir Simpson scale comes in. The scale was created when Robert H Simpson was director of the National Hurricane Center in Nineteen sixty-nine during the time Hurricane Camille blew through the Caribbean and into the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. It's winds were clocked at one hundred and ninety miles per hour or three, hundred six. Kilometers per hour as it struck Mississippi and the official death poll from wind storm surge in rain was two hundred and fifty, six people in nineteen seventy one, Herbert. Saffir was working as an engineer in Florida preparing a report for the United Nations building codes that could withstand the onslaught of high speed wins. He eventually came up with a table that outlined the damage to buildings win can cause at various speeds. He worked up five categories of hurricanes based on damage. Each one could cause in nineteen seventy-two Simpson took sappers, numbers and correlated them with storm surge estimates in barometric pressure. The result was the saffir-simpson scale by nine, hundred and seventy-five. The Saffir Simpson scale was in widespread use local state. And Federal officials not to mention the public at large. Now had an easy to read and understand chart that outlined a hurricane's impact. While the Saffir Simpson scale is a good measuring tool it doesn't really tell the full story of a hurricane's impact hurricanes pack a lot of kinetic energy and as a byproduct, a hurricane's power increases exponentially from one category to the next as wind speed increases a category five hurricane for example, is five hundred times more powerful than a category one. How does this relate to property damage compared to a Category One category? Two hurricane can generate seven times. The amount of damage while a category five storm can generate a hundred and forty four times the amount of destruction.
Europe's coronavirus resurgence: Are countries ready to prevent a 'second wave'?
"According to the UK Daily Mail. Second wave is striking EUROPE, Spain reintroduces lock down Greece's He's worrying rising cases. The virus is more active in Germany amid warnings friends could quote lose control at any moment. According to the UK Daily Mail. A second wave of covert 19 appears to be striking Europe, forcing Spain to reimpose lockdowns in case is speaking to a three month high in Greece. Head of Germany's doctors union has declared the country is already in the midst of the second wave because people have flouted social distancing rules. Well, this is perfectly predictable. You can't people keep people locked down forever. For literally years in time. It's not a thing that you could dio instead, you're going to have to at some point allow people who are young and healthy to go out there, and if they get it, they get it. That is fact what Sweden is doing in Sweden, which remember until five minutes ago was the bad guy. Sweden has basically flattened her. It looks like Sweden may have reached her immunity is what it actually looks like. Meanwhile, in other countries, they got a problem. In fact it it seems pretty obvious what's happening here. Italy has not seen a second object. Why hasn't Italy Tina? Second uptick because they got nailed. Basically, here's the rule If it burned three population maybe you're done. It is not burned through your population. You probably are not done. Spain's 8500 cases over the weekend and all inclusive resort in Majorca was shut down. Two towns north of Madrid has been put under strict lock down as well. Finland today announced plans to reintroduce recommendations to work from home whenever possible. By August 1st, Finland's cases had risen by more than 300% in two weeks. That run understands us that governor of Florida can't believe. Also governor of Finland Donald Trump, obviously blowing it over in Finland is blowing it over in France as well. Authorities in France grappling with a sharp increase in fresh cases, which has seen more than 7002 infections within the last week. As well as a rise in the number of people being treated for covert 19 in the I C U Around 1200 cases are being reported for day. Two weeks ago, he rolling average with 719. Meanwhile, in Germany, they're seeing an uptick as well. Some 730 cases have been reported each day on average this week against the 460 being recorded her day about two weeks ago. So the second wave is, in fact hitting Europe. It really is kind of the first wife. It really is more the 1st 1 because the first wave Basically just got a little bit squished. And delayed Basically, everything just got delayed. Meanwhile, Sweden seems to be coming out the other end of this. According to Newsweek. As of Sunday, the latest death rate in Sweden for 100,000 people was reported to be 56.4 figure is lower than that reported in the U. K 69.6, Spain 16.8 and Italy, according to the latest report Sunday by Johns Hopkins University. The UK currently has the world's 4th 4th highest death toll Spain in Italy, where the former to European countries hit worse by the outbreak. Sweden's latest case fatality ratio proportion of deaths compared total cases was reported to be about 7.1% and figure is more than half the percentage reported in the UK, half that of Italy in Belgium and nearly half that of France. The reason being that a lot of young people are getting it in Sweden, and he's burned through some of the young population and now they're basically done. Sweden's 70 rolling average daily new cases has been mostly declining since as far back as April 16th when the average was in 99. The average dropped it to two average daily new deaths on August 2nd, according to world Ometer. New infections for 100,000 people in Sweden reported in the past 14 days has dropped from 46% compared to that reported in the 14 days prior. Meanwhile, Spain, France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, each spiking between 58 206% in new cases. New cases in Denmark, Norway and Finland. All the other places that supposedly handled it better than Sweden have also seen. Their percentage is increasing at around three times the percent drop in new cases scene in Sweden in the past two weeks. So what That sort of says is, it looks like Sweden. Maybe this thing it may look like it's over in Sweden. Under technologies epidemiologist, Sweden's Public health agency. What we've cut down on movement in society quite a lot, if compared how much we travel in Scandinavian countries. The decrease in travel is the same in Sweden, as in the neighboring countries. In many ways, the voluntary measures we've put in place in Sweden have been just as effective as complete lock down in other countries. In other words, when you tell people don't travel, all that much people take it pretty seriously. The point here is that for all the talk about how we know how to handle this, and we just have to shut everything down, Lock down this lock down there. Sweden and locked down and may be the smartest of all sweet may be the smartest of all.
Miami - Florida tops 500,000 virus cases, 8,238 deaths
"Statewide statewide is is now now top top 526,000 526,000 as as of of Saturday. Saturday. An An increase increase of of more more than than 850,189 850,189 deaths have been reported, However, reports of those people have died maybe from days or weeks ago due to a number of factors. Currently, 8238 people in Florida have now died due to complications from the virus. Parents who have opted for some
Modeling the trajectory of COVID-19 cases
"About the number of new Corona virus cases by the end of summer if things don't change Brownsville, Texas, for instance, has nearly 16,000 cases based on the current trajectory. Models show that figure could double in just 11 days in Laredo, it would take 19 days for the 7500 cases there to become 18,000 Looking at Florida in about three weeks, so call his caseload could double to nearly 12,000 while Tallahassee could see 15,000 cases and Knoxville, Tennessee could top 16,000 cases by early September boxes, Claudia
Biden clarifies comments about African American community
"Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, is in hot water after some controversial comments he made during the National Association of Black Journalists Convention regarding Diversity and African Americans date and had to clarify comments made it an interview about immigration. Unlike the African American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is incredibly diverse community. With incredibly different attitudes about different things. You go to Florida, You find a very different attitude about immigration in certain places than you do in your RV. When you're in Arizona was a very insulting statement late Thursday might and tweeted in No way did I mean to suggest the African American community is a monolith? Not by identity, not on issues.
New York Giants' DeAndre Baker charged with armed robbery in Broward County; Seattle Seahawks' Quinton Dunbar won't be prosecuted
"York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker officially being charged in Florida after the May 16th alleged robbery, also involving Seattle Seahawks, Quinton Dunbar Baker being hit with four counts of robbery with a firearm. Dunbar not being charged, according to state attorney Mike SATs, due to insufficient evidence. Now, with those charges that Ah Baker is facing, he faces a minimum of 10 years in Broward County.
Debate over mail-in voting heats up
"Another issue that is rising to the surface. The debate over mail in voting and the president critical of states like Nevada but very supportive of states like Florida and Arizona, which, by the way have Republican governors versus a Democratic governor. That's right Now, Trump has tried to draw a distinction between male voting and absentee voting, and there actually is a difference, according to election efforts in a state like Nevada, they are actually sending a ballad to every voter. It's different in Ah, in a state like Florida or a lot of other states, Republican and Democrat run election administrations where they're not sending every voter of ballot, But they're sending every registered voter an application for a ballot. So an absentee ballot is considered something that you have to ask. For now. A lot of states are Doing this for the first time sending absentee ballot applications to everyone removing the need for an excuse for an absentee ballot right in my state, Virginia and a lot of others in the past, you've had to. Ah, Ah sign affidavit that says, I have to vote absentee because I won't. I won't be here. I'm disabled or there's some reason that I cannot vote in person. States, including Virginia are removing that requirement. Removing things like, you know, notarization and witnessing requirements. To make it easier for people to vote from home. But still shop stopping short of sending everybody has ballot, which some conservative voting experts say that just leaves all these ballots lying around that people may not have wanted and opens the door sees an opportunity for fraud toe happen, and there have been a couple of isolated cases of that. Nevertheless, in almost every way and certainly when it comes to ballot security, the experts said. There really isn't a difference between vote by mail and absentee voting and the distinction that the president's trying to drive mostly based on where his friends are right which states he thinks he thinks you're likely to vote for him in which are likely. To vote against him and again, in spite of his attempts to turn this into a red blue divide. You really do have states of both political leanings across the country dramatically ramping up people's ability to vote from home ability to vote remotely. Not all. There's still some some outliers, and and so that's what a lot of election officials Experts to worry that that there's a lot of room for bad things to happen on. And like everything else that Corona viruses sort of exposed. This is a system that already had a lot of problems right. If the pandemic hadn't happened, you could imagine that you and I would be sitting here talking about foreign election interference allegations of voter fraud. All of these issues surrounding our election infrastructure there were already very serious and then the pandemic comes along and simultaneously exacerbates those issues. But also forces forces action. So we've seen this wholesale transformation in a lot of places of the ways that people are going to vote in in ways that could potentially because ah lot of confusion and a lot of delays. Once the once election rolls around, and one followed to that point, and you write about it in your time magazine piece is the president essentially trying to sow the seeds of doubt regarding the outcome of this election in November. That is the concern of a lot of experts again of both political persuasions that you and this is a drumbeat that Trump has has been ah, keeping up since since before the 2016 election and Ah when he said, You know, I couldn't guarantee that he would accept the result and then, of course, and now, of course, Republicans accused Democrats being the ones who never accepted the result. The legitimacy of the 2016 An election, although, of course Hillary Clinton did concede the day after. But again we have the president over and over, saying this election is going to be rigged. This election is going to be improper. The very existence of people voting by mail, a system that existed in many faiths long before Donald Trump was a candidate for anything but just saying that the existence of that system automatically guarantees This election will be fraud fraudulent on and part of the reason that that's potentially so serious number one because you know, democracy relies upon a certain measure of trust that people Trust in the system. Trust in institutions believe that it's an accurate representation of the popular will, but number two because there's so many unique challenges to this election because there's going to be such an unusual value of people voting by mail. I probably will take a while to count all those votes and you could imagine a situation where you know the early vote count goes for one candidate. That is more votes come in. It's hard to change. That's been very easy for that candidate Seo will somebody's monkeying with the number. Somebody's doing something improper, creating doubt in the minds of their supporters, potentially making their supporters want to take to the streets because they feel that their votes are being taken away from them, And that's very dangerous when it's not warranted when it's when it's nearly No Jen DUP in one's perceived political interests that really endangers the bedrock of our democracy. And so there's a lot of concern that that that people have accurate information that people understand that the vote will take a while to count very well may not know the winner of the presidential or many other close elections on election night, and that's OK. That's not something going wrong. In fact, that's the system functioning as it is supposed to function. We should all just take a deep breath and pay for those votes to get
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"This is Florida matters. I'm Robin Sesing. Ham despite not being officially allowed to live in Florida until seventeen sixty three Jewish people escaping expulsions and exclusions were among the earliest settlers of the state. They've been politicians business leaders artists Nobel prize winners and more and what is being called. The first comprehensive history of Jews in Florida was published this month. The book is called Jews of Florida centuries of stories and its author Marsha Josipovic. Who's with me in the studio Marsha? Welcome to Florida matters. Thank you it's good to have you here. So the book is more than four hundred pages of stories and photographs going back to the eighteen. Hundreds what was your impetus for putting all this together. Well it starts back in the sixties. When moved to Florida? I was originally from West Virginia and moved to Florida. My husband was in the military we moved to McCoy Air Force Base in Orlando. And I'm a person that asks a lot of questions Jews in nor- not notoriously ask a lot of questions so I got to Orlando and I got very involved in the Jewish community organized Jewish community and I started asking like where did people come from. When did they come how long they've been here? How did they contribute to the community? How did they get along with the Non Jewish community and nobody had any answers and then I got very involved in the statewide and national organized? Jewish community? I was invited to sit on the first United Jewish Appeal Young Leadership Cabinet and I went to my first retreat in Washington and as the women sat around. We talked about how we got involved why we got involved. Almost everyone said because my aunt my grandmother or my mother before me was involved and then I realized that in Florida we didn't have those depths of generations so Jewish continuity which is the major goal of every Jewish organization and every Jewish families continuity I realized we had a major challenge here in Florida because people did not know the history. I found out that in the northeast with scholars never addressed Florida. They always thought it was post world. War Two condo commandos mentality Miami beach who cared and they really honestly thought these academics that it started post World War Two so I got very entrenched and passionate about this subject and began a two hundred fifty thousand mile eight. Your Trek around Florida set up task forces and thirty. Different communities recruited hundreds of volunteers. I did not do this alone. I had lots of help. Now you're talking about. I don't know if you're going into the mosaic project. Because I know this turned into a big museum exhibition called mosaic. Right yes that's what that's what I'm leading into. That's that's what it led to the issue was that no one had ever dug into Florida. Jewish history are you. Let me just ask you are you. What did you studied? Are you a historian you would you consider yourself a self taught historian? I'm definitely self taught. I was trained as a Dietitian. I worked in a hospital and When I it was and I realized myself that I needed to see pictures of people here. Their personal stories see their things and then they became alive and then I remembered them. I now I have you know thirty five thousand photographs that I collected and people always say to me. How do you remember the names and dates as they're like my children you don't forget your children's names and dates because become very important stories have really become part of you that you've really taken them in and I guess a lot of them just going through them really moving? Thank you especially the early early families. I wanted to ask you talk about some of these people. Who would you say? What's the WHO's the earliest family? Who was the earliest Jewish family in? Okay the the longest Continuing Jewish family in Florida is the Dolinsky family from Jacksonville. Actually they lived in this area too and there were perfect family for telling the story because not only are they longest continuing Jewish family they came from Prussia and they landed in New York in the late. Eighteen Forty S. They came to Jacksonville by eighteen. Fifty when I say they the the first first person that came was Philip Dolinsky and he brought from Europe his father and mother. His mother unfortunately died in New York but he brought his father Abraham at eight siblings to Jacksonville so there was a whole large family and this was an eighteen fifty. The family ISTEL IN JACKSONVILLE. Still Jewish into the eighth generation but a lot. I mean tentacles all over the state because I saw you said he had a hotel. In Fort me absolutely polk county he had holdings and borrow so all over the state right. That's with Jews in the early days while even today is not a new phenomenon They moved around. According to the economic opportunity. First of all they came to America. And you mentioned expulsions and exclusions originally came to America because of anti-semitism fact. It's a word. I use fifty times in my book because what propelled people to move from place to place and the cost of the exclusions and expulsions in Europe. They came to America and the Jews that came from the early in the early days from Europe. They were never allowed to be farmers. They couldn't own land so they were very attracted to Florida because it was an economic opportunity was religious freedom and they could work the land. That's why so many of the early pioneers you're saying they couldn't work the land back in Europe right on land right Europe but when they got to the United States so they got into citrus. They got into Florida was attractive because they was a way for them to be independent not have to work for someone else to support their family. And that's what they were looking for. They were looking away to support their family in freedom. So yes that Dolinsky family. You mentioned yes. They moved all over the state because as economic opportunities opened up like when Tampa opened up when different areas opened up they would moved to strike out a new fortune and one area would decline in one opportunity in one area would would be on the rise so they moved around the state but they had their roots in Jacksonville and the family is still enjoying. They're still there so were they. Founders of that synagogue in jazz one of Mars. Dolinsky was Phillips. WanNa fill brothers. Became the first president of the second congregation in the state. Which is a Hamath Hassett in Jacksonville? He was also mayor at the same time. Law The only Jewish mayor still right in Jacksonville. we've had Over two hundred Jewish mayors in Florida in the early days there were more the first one was Henry Brash Marianna in eighteen seventy nine and is because they were educated. They came educated. They were trusted. They were good speakers and people people respected them. I think some people might be surprised about that that there would be that much tolerance for Jewish people that they would elect them mayor of their town. Wouldn't you you know lot of times? You wouldn't think that. But South Carolina the same way. There was a lot of tolerance towards different religions towards the Jewish religion. Back then right. Surprisingly I spent thirteen pages of my book which is a large chunk on politics. I have a list of every Jewish. May I hope every you know I always say you know as best I could get? It took me years. I've been doing this for thirty five years. This book is a combination of my thirty five years of research so I listed the Jewish mayors all the Jews in the state legislature all the Jews in the federal. In in who have been Basler's. We've had one Jewish governor David Schultz in nineteen thirty three. As a matter of fact he was attacked because of antisemitism his opponent stated that he was Jesus Alma Pesca Pilat Episcopalian but my my opponent is Jewish and he tried to use that to you know to put him down. But he actually got elected. By the largest plurality of that time I think people would be familiar with the name Yuli and Levy County. That was an early Jewish family. Right Moses leaving no in central Florida around Gainesville okay. Moses Levy is the most important person in early Florida. Jewish history is a very important person in Florida history. He was the first developer in Florida. The form the First Development Corporation in eighteen nineteen. His Attorney was Alex Hammer Alexander Hamilton Junior. Who was the? Us Attorney for the district at that time. So he Bought a hundred thousand acres in like starts getting Gainsville area latches county orange seminole county all the way over here to to Hillsborough County Tampa. It one hundred thousand acres and he formed a colony a plantation in Mecca. Nope call pilgrimage plantation specifically to bring Jews that were already being persecuted in northern Europe before they were even persecuted in Eastern Europe to bring them to central Florida to become farmers and as I mentioned Jews in Europe. Were not used to being informed. They they were not farmers because they couldn't own land so he brought them to central Florida just a little south of Gainesville. He was a founder of Mickey. He brought he. He devoted a thousand acres to this plantation and they spoke Hebrew. They taught them farming. He brought the first citrus trees. He bought the first sugar tree. Sugarcane trees How many people? There were up settling there. There were probably about thirty five. There were five Jewish families that came Felix Wartburg of the German. Warburg family was his agent in Europe to recruit. In fact Warburg came there to live himself fact on the campus of the University of Florida. There's a Lake Warburg name for him. There's a Levy Lake which is Off The property where he has plantation but he He was the first. Commissioner of Education for Florida was responsible for the first public school and Saint Augustine. He was amazing. He was a brilliant man. He was against slavery. He was an abolitionist. He went to England and spoke out for abolition He had slaves but he believed that his slaves should be free when they became of age. They wouldn't but he wouldn't free them until they were educated. He wanted to keep families together. He if he was known as an abolitionist in Florida that would have been a problem because the Florida economy was based on slavery at that time. So he was a practicing Jew than it's worth about early to mid eighteen hundred eight. He was his plantation was from eighteen twenty to eighteen thirty five but he came into Florida in eighteen nineteen when he started buying land. But I think I read in your book that his descendants now do not consider themselves Jewish. That's that's when you ask me. Who is the longest continue to be the Dolinsky? Okay but he was of course very well known because he was the father eventually of David Levy Yuli when he got he got divorced. The family had come from Morocco and gone to Cuba. Saint Thomas in Cuba as a matter of fact. It's very interesting. Because his son David Levy who you mentioned became the first person of Jewish ancestry to serve in the US. Senate there have been. There's been a book written about Judah Benjamin Has the first Jew to serve in the US Senate but he was not. He was eight years after David. Levy Yuli and they were actually cousins and their fathers were business together in Saint Thomas. And it's interesting that both of the sons became. Us senators went from Louisiana one from Florida. So David Levy you only became the first Florida senator. He was actually responsible for bringing Florida in as the twenty seventh state in eighteen forty five. He helped draft the constitution. He had back to the plantation. He had worked on the plantation with his father. And that's where his father wanted him to be and they had many differences of opinion..
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"Let's take bold action and bring our state back into the sunshine for too long. Our system has placed you in the shadow of debt depression deficiencies and distress. I know you and I know you won't better this year. Similar to those in the past my caucus will fight to ensure that you are brought into the sunshine of Prosperity Promise Provisions and Purpose House. Democrats are engaged. We're ready to work. Smooth State for this is Florida matters. I'm Robin Sussing Ham. And you've been listening to special live coverage of governor Rondi Santa's state of the state address and the Democratic response. I'm here in the studio with political reporter and analyst William March so William after listening to the governor state of the state address. When did you take away from that? What were the biggest points that he made? I guess one thing I'd say Robin was. The speech was not was not long on specific policy. Proposals was long on praising. What's been done recently? What was done in the last legislative session As opposed to suggesting a lot of new initiatives I thought one thing that was significant was the first subject he actually proposed new action on was water quality and the environment. And I think that's going to get some notice from the environmental community is. He's coming out strongly in favor of harsher penalties on cities that dump untreated sewage because of inadequate treatment systems That arises at least in part from problems that have happened in Saint Petersburg Other than that continuing to spend At the rate of about six hundred fifty million a year for three years on springs and water cleanup projects then he went on to talk about education and the fact that As you said he talked about things that were going well. The fact that the Higher Education in Florida is is top ranked in the country and also he brought up vocational education which he said is making a comeback in our high schools. He praised Educational Choice. Which means the availability of charter schools or vouchers for private schools? Known you specific in that area but he promised a new set of academic standards coming soon from the Department of Education and one specific. There is More focus on civics and history in those academic standards. You know you mentioned. He didn't talk too much about anything controversial. He didn't bring up. You know abortion he did he called He did mention a parental consent. Bill but he never said the word abortion He never talked about climate change or affordable housing. He talked about really the things that he felt like had. Were going well and had been going well. In the past year he did though mentioned e-verify which is going be a tricky issue for him. Well for the most part Rav and I think what he's done is. He's tried to emphasize in this speech areas. Where he feels like he and the legislature either already agree or can come to an agreement like asking for the parental consent bill for abortion. He knows that they're eager. Republicans are eager to pass that e-verify as one of the areas where There could be conflict on heat. Brought that up did not suggest any compromise or suggest where he would be willing to compromise on that issue. He just said it'd be good. For the rule of law protect tax payers and place an upward pressure on the wages Floridians. His point is that Low income workers shouldn't have their wages depressed by cheap foreign labor and that having e-verify which is when employers have to use a federal immigration database Would help without with that situation one more thing. Let's see he talked about. He did talk about raising the minimum salary for teachers In to forty seven thousand five hundred dollars which would put Florida at number two in the country for starting teachers pay that it would be a huge increase. That would be that would be a big increase for starting teachers in a lot of but not all Florida counties Then of course in the democratic responses you heard the arguments y Democrats and many teachers believe that dishonest is proposal is inadequate. Florida matters is a production of WSF public media. The engineer is Craig George. The show was produced by Christie Oshana. I'm Robin Sussing Ham. Thanks for listening..
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"This is Florida matters. I'm Rob Incensing Ham. There's a lot of voter interest in the upcoming elections the primaries just weeks from now there's also some concern that our elections may come under cyberattack or run into other problems that could compromise their dependability. How worried should we be about that in the studio with us? Is Brian Chorley? He's the supervisor of elections for Pasco County and with us from Washington. Dc is miles parks NPR reporter on the Washington desk who covers election interference voting infrastructure. Brian and miles. Thanks so much for being here evidence. Thank you so Brian. What is coming out? What what are the upcoming elections that we're looking at well? We have on Saint Patrick's Day march seventeenth. We have the Presidential Preference Primary. Which is going to be a whole bunch of democratic nominees and also for the first time in. Twenty eight years in Florida. We have the incumbent being challenged president trump will be on the ballot for those that are registered. Republicans to vote along with three other individuals last time that was ninety two when Pat Buchanan challenged President Bush. Forty one so brian voter databases into Florida counties. Were breached by Russian. Hackers ahead of the two thousand sixteen elections but state officials didn't know anything about it until last year. Why did it take so long for Florida? Leadership to be made aware of the problems while I certainly can't speak to the Secretary of State Florida or division of Elections. But WE HAVE TO REMEMBER. It was a fishing attempt going back to two thousand sixteen. I know because I received one of those nefarious emails. If you along with my colleagues state but she didn't click on it. I did not nor did my staff And that was obvious. Goal was to deliver the payload of malicious software. But we know there were there to reach why the F. B. I. has has a policy. Well they'll notify those that were The victims if you will and they don't share it necessarily with others so there seemed that point there's going to be in this communication or a lack of communication among between the federal and state government. Which is a little little concerning to me has Alexis Minister. Yeah so miles. I think Governor Rondi. Santa's was a bit irritated that he just heard about it. I think with the Muller report earlier in Two Thousand Nineteen Was going on there. Yeah it was. It's interesting. It's kind of crazy to think that the governor of a state would hear about something the same time. Say Me Reading the MOLA report. I found out the fact that the governor would be finding out at the same time. This kind of goes back to this broader issue that we've been reporting on a lot. The last couple years leading up to the two thousand sixteen election. It just seems like the federal government did not have a super clear game plan for how to deal with election interference. It was kind of ad hoc when they would figure something out. They would talk to the person who they think was the right person. But they didn't have a whole lot of plans in place and so in the last couple of years thing that they say makes twenty twenty a lot safer than two thousand sixteen isn't even as much like technical advances as much as there's a plan in place now for who gets told what the F. B. I. came out with a statement. I missed basically. We've changed the way that we're going to communicate about cyber attacks in a case like Florida. They didn't say Florida specifically but it was very clear what they were talking about now. Rather than just notifying the county and saying it's up to the county if they want to notify the state or if they want to notify other people they're going to notify the head of the state elections as well which in most cases would be the secretary state at the same time or right after as they notify the county so that hopefully means that this this this twenty sixteen issue won't be happening. If the similar issue happens in Twenty Twenty Bryan let me piggyback off. What miles saying? That's that's a great point. Not only is there. Communication but with elections being declared critical infrastructure. Back in January of two thousand seventeen there was concern about was federal overreach of Elections Administration ended up being one of the best things that ever happened because elections has is he the table the underpinnings our democracies just smidgen important. I think we'd all agree so we are working tirelessly with Department of Homeland Security also the F. B. I. B. Dhs has been invaluable quite frankly. I have colleagues on the Nation. I speak to and they've done testing on site testing remote testing. They've provided training and guidance. And so that not only communication but we also have what's called. Izhak which is under the umbrella. Dhs It's a communication network and so we have several of my colleagues in Florida that are on what's called the Government Coordinating Council so election mysteries working directly with D. H. S. and the FBI and all of our intelligence community law enforcement to make sure that we have not only planned place for communication with a plan to make sure that our elections are secure for two thousand twenty better communication with the federal government. All around it sounds like miles as you said the. Fbi said that they are going to change the way they do things and try and communicate better with the actual state leadership where counties have been hacked the FBI also said that in the case of hacking the interference in those two counties in Florida Leading up to two thousand sixteen election that no votes were changed or anything like that. Like no results were manipulated. What officials say is the point of just hacking into a computer system and just sort of messing with people. Well there's a couple different points of view on that the bottom line is we don't know the motivations of these these attackers but we do know that they were inside. The system of these two Florida counties enough to where they were able to see a lot of data and they were able to see the back end of the infrastructure. There's some debate about whether they could have potentially changed some registration data. This is all publicly available data so it would have probably been figured out. Had they decided to change anything but the point is there's a lot of different potential motivations. There's you know some camps that say potentially these Russian attackers were breaking in. And kind of mapping out the infrastructure seeing how the back end systems work in these cases with the intention of coming back whether it's twenty twenty twenty twenty four or just down the road at some point government infrastructure in the United States doesn't change that quickly. It's not like if they come back in two to four years. That probably most of these systems will not be radically different. So that's a potential that they could have just been kind of checking out the scenery to see you know potentially planning a future attack the other thing and maybe the more likely case is that they were able to succeed without even changing any votes if you define success not as affecting election results but about affecting doubt in the electorate about whether any election results were affected. Elections are pretty complicated subject so when people hear hacking they hear that election system or two counties election systems were breached. I don't think there's a level of nuance between a for a lot of voters that are able to make the connection that oh my vote wasn't affected Versus Oh they just were able to see some publicly available data and we actually had. Npr DID A survey poll. That found this to be true that there more than forty percent of Americans think twenty twenty elections that there's going to be a foreign country who is going to be manipulating votes like actually changing votes. Which is a radical misunderstanding of. What even what happened in two thousand sixteen. We've never seen that in American elections. We have proof that has ever happened and yet a sizeable chunk of the American populace thinks it did which potentially could have been the goal miles and this is criticism of you personally but to some of that fault lie with the media that there is so much confusion. I have thought about that a lot over the last couple of years no insult take and I think a big problem from two thousand sixteen that we realized was that there was a not a lot of understanding and it was clear. And I think that. That's what makes me feel bad about it is it was cleared. The federal government even hadn't thought that much about how they were going to deal with this. Guess who else hadn't thought about it. The media there were a lot of reporters out there who had never really covered election infrastructure. Before me included. So you had this this year to year period as these attacks were happening and then in the immediate aftermath where the federal government didn't know how to communicate about them. We didn't know how to message about them. They were telling people. It was secretive in a way that a lot of people think was detrimental to public confidence. And then you had reporters who in some cases were either reporting things that were not helpful for the public to know or not reporting them. In a way that was easily digestible. See kind of had this mismatch on a lot of different levels that just led to a lot of confusion. Brian Mild makes some great points It's just important to remember. They throw terms like Election Systems. Breached in essence. What you had were individuals in two counties who clicked on an attachment your listeners. Every one of us if you go to your Yahoo Jima whatever account. We get spear phishing emails every day. You know apparently there's some of Nigeria. That wants to twenty dollars. If only I'll click on something. Give my social security number. For example. Voter database is important to note. That's no way connected to voting tabulation system. That's one hasn't do the other as far as Casting your vote physically casting your vote. There is concerned about of course going in miles alluded to altering butter data in Florida. Not only is it publicly available free so you know you had two states Illinois in Arizona that were truly had their state voter registry system as reported in the report truly breached and the. Gr You went in there and left kind of footprints of what they were doing. That didn't happen in Florida but gre the GRU that's Vladimir Putin's CIA. If you will military component in Russia that that was responsible for doing a lot of the central let it be known that they had been there. Unknowingly or knowingly. Yes our every. One of our tells agencies came to that conclusion but the point miles allude to is is spot on one of the the goals of these various actors and tons Aquinas. Choose road voter confidence. And so I hear that all the time I got and talking in my community sadly that think they succeeded because the voter confidence has eroded Since two thousand sixteen. And that's important that we get back and also it's polarized Americans one kind of leads to the other. So it's it's a concern that voters have confidence that they know when I took over my current positions this brother elections in two thousand seven. That time we use touchscreens in most large carriers in Florida and made a decision to go back. Let's go back to paper ballots at the time. No one realized what a great this is going to be in two thousand eight. Because you can't hack paper you know that's one of the best things have for going. Old School Saint. Security's going back to pay belts. Not all states have that as Florida's yeah and miles. You've reported that some state is using their phones or using an APP to vote in the upcoming elections. There are these pilots happening across the country in these small pockets of West Virginia allowed overseas and military voters to vote on their phones in two thousand eighteen and then for the first time ever in King County which encompasses the Greater Seattle area. All eligible voters will be able to cast a ballot in a border supervisors election which is again not the presidential primary. Not the presidential election. But it's a step in that direction. There's a lot of people who are pushing a while at the same time..
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"And then you know let me know what. Where do you think the really interesting interesting debate is going to be the session? What Committee hearings are you GonNa make sure that you're going to be sitting in on? I am going to be paying a lot of attention to education. I think number one education makes up the majority of our general revenue spending in. It's the second largest piece of overall overall state since the state spending it's impossible to ignore and with as many asks as have been proposed every single committee is is going to be not very much one to watch as the legislature tries to grapple with how to fulfil governor dances. Goals another issue. I'm going to be watching is how this issue of e-verify plays out. We haven't really talked about that yet. but for those who don't know what it is. It's a federal system that that states can use to see whether or not certain people are qualified to work in the United States and it is full of holes and it has been controversial. And you know governor. Santa's wants Florida Florida businesses to use this. But he's GonNa get a lot of pushback especially from the agricultural community he's also already getting being pushed back from the Senate over this particular issue and so you know whether or not he gets that it has been tried and failed before that is going to be an issue to watch. I think I just wanted to to underline what Lynn just said. This is one more. This is another example of an area where Rhonda Santa's honeymoon in office could hit some bumps. He's well staked out in favor of e-verify but it has Proposals to enforce it have failed on more than one. Recent in more than one recent session of the legislature over the last few years because because of opposition from agricultural interests and others many of whom employ large numbers of illegal immigrants and don't want to be forced to verify people title citizenship status when they're hired a lot of these interests agriculture and tourism are very politically powerful. Also high on the agenda as always. These are these divisive cultural issues concerning abortion and guns gun rights and gun control. There is an abortion bill. Will that set to be heard by the full house. It's already ready for the full House that requires parental consent for a minor to obtain gene and abortion Lynn. What do you think's going to happen with that I think that is actually going to pass the fact that it's been teed up early kind of signals the legislature wants to get this done and out of the way You really don't want to get mired down in something like this. You don't want it to drag out. It's sort of sucks the oxygen out of the room. But I think that you have seen the house Has Obviously ready for it. The Senate is close to teeing it up and governor the Governor Rhonda Santa's agrees with it so you know the legislature has been sort of trying this for years but I think now is the time where it will actually pass. But that's you know once it passes the legislature groups already ready to sue. We've we've seen this sort of time and time again. What I think is really interesting about this ears? Sort of culture wars fights Is that advocates for. Some of these bills are really pushing the idea of parental rights And that's something thing that I think is a new Emergent conversation they're framing a Lotta these around. I am the parents. I am the guardian of this. This child it's my duty to protect the this child and you the legislature the things that you pass sort of infringe on that and that's sort of now emerging in a a Lotta these culture war conversations when parents are really stepping up and saying these are my kids. I should have a say over what they do. And that has been something that we've seen so far during committee weeks with a lot of these issues. So I think that with respect to the abortion and requiring parental consent in most cases not in all cases but most cases. It's going to go through. It's GonNa go quickly because the legislature doesn't want to get mired down in it and that's not the only abortion restriction. No it's not there as heartbeat. Bill has also been filed which prohibits abortion when you can detect fetal heartbeat. That bill has not moved in previous sessions. My guess is it won't this year because the Republicans who control the legislature. Don't want to push the argument. That far of my guess is they. Don't want to enact what would amount to an on almost complete abortion ban but It has been introduced and as Lin noted. We're the parental consent. Bill is much more likely to pass. it's worth noting. Florida now has a law regarding parental notification. This would move it forward to parental consent. And and I'm just curious about that. So notification did a parent have to just sign off saying yes I know of a about it. How did you How would someone prove notification as opposed to consent while the medical authorities involved? If I'm right would be re have been required to notify parents. Parents when they when they perform the now they actually have to get an active consent. This would require right if this passes. And as as Lin Lin said this will probably repeat the pattern that we've seen over the past several years of the legislature passing abortion restrictions that are popular with the conservative culturally conservative base and then litigation being filed overtone right and so the interesting thing is the state. Supreme Court has overturned these bills sales in the past. But isn't that. The makeup of the Supreme Court is a little different than it has changed drastically because of appointments by Rhonda Santa's who Ah has already made three appointments to the court changing the majority to to a majority of justices appointed by Republicans. And so that could have some this year airing on issues abortion. That's right this year. Could be different in terms of how the Supreme Court reacts now the Gun Bills Goals say seem to run the gamut there. There are bills making gun control more restrictive and then there are other bills that would repeal the restrictions that were past After the MARJORY Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. What what seems to have a good chance of making it this year? Lend Glenn ooh that's a toughie You know I think that with respect to the gun bills because so much of this is just high into school safety any proposal. That targets guns in schools is definitely going to be one to watch The Marjorie I do do not believe that you're gonNA see the legislature walked back some of its provisions. That were put in place by Marjory. Stoneman Douglas. I think that that is a no go I know that Anthony Santini's actually filed some of those repeal bills But I don't think that they are going to get anywhere if there's anything if there's anything that the legislature has sort of put its foot down about it. Is that the laws and rules put in place after Stoneman. Douglas are absolute. So it's probably really think you're going to see any sort of appeal. Yeah and you know what it's probably important to point out at this point that about ninety five percent of the bills that are filed by the legislators. Don't even never reach the governor so it is really a small fraction of bills that ended up going anywhere actually only a small fraction ever. Actually we got voted on even Elon Committee rocks less on the floor of the houses of the legislature itself. But I will say one proposal that I think I think we'll definitely be one to watch is whether or not the state will move ahead with some sort of expansion of the red flag laws Those those have been working law enforcement has been using those you know those. Those are the laws that enable law enforcement to petition the court to remove firearms from people bull who are deemed threats Now there are proposals to expand that to allow family members and some other people to sort of raise similar alarms. The legislature slater may consider that there's also the task force that Senate President Bill Galvano created. He charged senator. Tom Lee to sort sort of look into how do we strengthen some of these provisions and so that group has not come out with recommendations yet it might roll out something later on on As session gets going but that's going to be something that people should be paying attention to. Yeah that Task Force. It seems like they would have some bearing on this session. Then the right and it's unclear what they'll propose most likely they'll propose things in the area of mental health funding Behavioral Threat Assessments assignments. Something like that I think We could also note that campus carry is likely to be a big issue again this year and that is the right of the right of universities. Well anyone who has a concealed carry permit. which which part of that is you have to be twenty one so not all students but but those twenty one and older who have concealed carry permits would be allowed to carry weapons on campus And the the university presidents in general are strongly opposed to this particular. John Thrasher at Florida state so the state tourism agencies is life is hanging in the balance that is visit Florida. Will there be another extension for the funding for visit Florida. Glenn what do you think well. That's definitely what the Senate wants. The Senate is firmly in visit Florida's corner but that is not what the House wants a house speaker. Jose Louisville would be perfectly happy. If visit Florida died in a fiery is very much opposed to This agency and elite US perspective is Florida Capri much market itself. We don't need a tourism agency to market US WHEN WE ORLANDO and Disney and Miami. Do a perfectly good job marketing themselves million dollar paycheck to pit bull that just put everybody over for the ads did it did. And it really soured visit Florida in the eyes of a lot of People but the flip side of this is that visit Florida is not just marketing. Miami and Orlando you know it's marketing places like crestview. It's marketing places in the the Pan handle places that you know people would not think to go. It does a lot of work with a lot of local tourism Departments in the ground. It did a lot of work after the hurricanes to say hey Florida's still open and so there's really this kind of tug of war. It has a new leader in former Senator Dana Young who was tasked past with sort of leading this. And it's it shrunk. It's gotten a lot smaller After the legislature cut its funding by a lot last year and Dan. You Know Young's argument is that the agency is leaner it's meaner it has learned its lesson. No more pit bull contracts but is that going to be enough to save it and that's GonNa come down to really Senate President Galvano House Speaker. Jose Leyva and again governor Ronda Sant now governor onto Santa's is okay with visit Florida's so the question is who is going to win this battle. I will tell you that this is going to be one of those things that is negotiated at the last minute. It has usually is during final budget negotiations. So what happens to that agency Is something that's going to be decided very late in session but the people who work at visit visit Florida are hoping that they will get some sort of extension another bill that I'm interested in now. I'm a nonsmoker. And I know lots of US have probably gone to the beach and we put down our towel and were there to breathe in the nicey air and we start breathing in the cigarette from the person in the next towel over and it's gross But Senator Joe Gruber's is pushing a bill that would ban smoking on the beaches and and the state parks. I'm wondering if.
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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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"Chuck Gina thanks for being here. Thank you for having us. I WANNA start off with the history of winemaking because when I was getting ready ready for this show I was very surprised to learn about the history of Florida winemaking which I thought would have been just you know started in the last couple of decades but who wants to. He wants to tell us about that. Well you know it goes back to when the Spaniards came you know. They brought the grapes. And I've talked to different people and I've been doing stories about Florida wine fine. They say Florida was one of the first states in the in the nation to grow grapes. I heard that it is the cradle of winemaking for the country that the French and Hugo nuts. I've read a couple of different reports but the prince you gonNA sit back. In the sixteenth century at Fort Caroline in fifteen sixty four was first documented. You minute isn't that amazing. It's amazing of course those grapes didn't work. You know that the vines that they brought. Because you what you mentioned the humidity the climate mm-hmm it and so that's when they started switching in and they found the musket lines. The the grow grapes. That were native to Florida I think somebody a British admiral came and reported that they he had something like twelve hundred gallons of wine. They were starving to death but they had his wine right. Yeah one of the good things about the Muscat variety. Here here in Florida is that it has resistance to what's called Pierce's disease and pierce's diseases simply a bacteria that gets inside the the the veins The vines multiply applies in an strangles the flow of nutrients and water to the vine. Fortunately Musket Have Resistance to that the Vanessa you know Alexa lows your chardonnays of things like that. They do not have a resistance to that. So that's why we can't grow vociferous here in Florida. So that is the species of grape that all the traditional Bordeaux Pinot noir all the different things that you might have heard of that comes from the species the Farrah yes. That's this the cab yeah the classification as opposed to like our Muscat Variety Florida. So it's a completely different species native to.
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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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"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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"Protecting and restoring our blue planet because you know while you have quarrels the animals and you have plans and you have water if humans and we are all connected why do folks come and visit florida. Why do folks come and live here. In florida it really is our unique environment and we are so intertwined and these reefs down in the florida coral reef track that both scientists work at really kind of the center of marine life and marine biodiversity so we're we're going to keep doing what we can to make sure we protect them not only for the plants the animals that survived on them the fish that survived but also humankind yeah so so that's important point. I don't know if people realize how important the coral reefs are to fisheries. He's so talking about what humans depend on what people depend on the fisheries that we need to have a lot to do with the coral reef system isn't that right that is correct so many of the recreational and commercially important fisheries species do depend on coral reefs for at least a part of their life cycle so many fish in the snapper and grouper complex for example spend a part of their life if not the majority of their life on coral reefs chiefs and without the structure and the basically the coral reef axes the condominium for the fish and other species that live on the coral reef if and once that structure goes away the fish no longer have anywhere to shelter so they will leave the area to find better habitat so a lot of these really common species that you're eating at local restaurants do rely on coral reefs and in addition to that it's a huge part of our tourism in florida so scuba khudai vein and snorkeling and just enjoying our our beaches is such a critical part of florida culture in florida tourism that right without the coral reef those industries would suffer severely okay so aaron a couple more basic questions corals kind of a mystery so so one one is why do they grow altogether. I mean kerry talked a little bit about how a baby coral will land in the sand and stick their air or on iraq but why why are they altogether and like a coral colony or community well corals have developed a unique <hes> life history straight strategy by being a colony so they start off as just an individual polyp when they settle on their substrate but in order for them to grow they actually have to create new polyps and create skeleton over time and so in order for corals to get bigger they actually have to create more and more of these polyps and they're all connected to each other so they can share resources sources which is a great advantage but they also are all connected to each other said they could potentially share things like pathogens as well. Which is why sometimes when you see see a quarrel. Get a disease or or have an issue in one side of the colony can actually affect the entire coral commie because of that connectivity but another great the advantage of that life history of being a colony is that you can fragment these corals you can take one large coral and cut it up into tiny little pieces and now you have lots of individual quarrels that can grow new colonies in create new ecosystem through time through that asexual reproduction technique meek and we utilize that and restoration in order to you know start out with a very small number of individuals but create thousands and thousands over time through that a sexual propagation allegation yeah that's gotten to be a really important part of your restoration work and we wanna get into that but first roger you had mentioned that the florida reef reef tract is the third largest in the world. I think that's amazing and why is it where it is in south florida and down in the keys. Why don't we have of coral reefs in the gulf. We have them outside tampa bay. What is it about those waters that is conducive to coral reef. Why i'm going to turn it over..
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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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"This is Florida matters. I'm Robin Sesing ham. It's the end of an era at the university of south Florida after nineteen years as the president of USF, Judy Genshaft is stepping down today on Florida matters. We're talking about the highs and lows of president gin Chaffetz long tenure. I'm going to say at the outset that Florida matters and USF public media is based at the university of south Florida and received support from USF but is editorially independent with me in the studio is Mark Schreiner assistant news director at W, USF, and longtime, producer of university vit. He's been reporting on the university of south Florida for many years, highmark. I Robin, thanks for having me, and Steve newborn WS assistant news director and reporter, Steve attended USF as a student in the eighties. So he seen a lot of changes to the university over the years. Hey Steve glad to be here. Well, nineteen years that is an unusually long time for one person to remain a college president, isn't it? I mean, what's been her secret to her staying power, do you think Mark thinks this thing is Robin nineteen years? I think she passed Jon Allen is the longest tenured president of USF about five years ago, Jon Allen, the first president of the university. And what I think, really worked well, for president Genshaft is that she was always a cheerleader for the university, the joke that has been going around particularly for the last year, but it was very noticeable every speech she ever gives and I mean, you probably wouldn't like someone asks her, you know, paper or plastic. She probably says paper and then she throws in a go bulls at the end. Making that the bowl logo. Yes. Which should I'm surprised one of her hands isn't, you know, posed. An but, but she's, she's a huge like I said, a huge cheerleader for the university while at the same extent a job like that you need to be politically, astute, you need to work with not just a board of trustees who you answer to, but you work well, with city legislators, and of course, with the US F system. You're not just talking Tampa. You're talking Saint Petersburg, you're talking Sarasota manatee. You're talking Polk County with lakeland in polytechnic for a while there. And then state lawmakers because of course it's a state university. It gets funding from the state, and she was very much into a strengthening those relationships and keeping strong bonds with those lawmakers and powers that be in the community constituency. It's a big university. Do you know how many people it's actually? And that's the other thing that that is really being trumpeted now is the idea. Of the growth that took place in the two decades under, again shaft, you know enrollment growing by forty percents. Oh my God. Yeah. Yeah. Right now, I want to say realize that yeah, that's the thing is that just the growth in terms of students. I want to say between the US F system. It's in the neighborhood of now, fifty thousand students on the three campuses of USF Tampa, Saint Pete, and Sarasota manatee, and then another thirty thousand staff and faculty, Mark talk a little bit about her background. She was a professor, I guess she started out, yet, she actually went to university of Wisconsin Madison, social work and psychology. And then she really focused in on school counseling when she got her graduates, and doctorate at Kent state university, and the, the focus, there was how schools reached out to students and you saw that more and more throughout her tenure with the honors college back when she started in two thousand USF's honors college wasn't even a college. It was an honors program at the time. Quickly. She wanted to set it up as a college brought in directors to run it as a college, and now the last probably the last thing that she's going to be best known for is this twenty million dollar gift to create an honors college that will bear her name, twenty million dollar gift from her and her husband. Stephen Greenbaum for this college, that's going to expand to about five thousand students, and at that ceremony in may, when she talked about the gift, one of the things she stressed was the idea that this was something that she has always been about from her education days from her days in college of focusing in add student achievement. All right. So you mentioned Mark that she came on board as president of university of south, Florida and the year two thousand and Steve, she got kind of off to a rocky start. She became president in July two thousand the next year. We had nine eleven and then soon after that the admit. Station suspended a professor by the name of Sami Al Aryan, and this was a national brouhaha and you were were reporting on that at the time, right Semioli, Iran was a professor. He started a group called wise the world in Islam institute at USF L on came under investigation by an independent documentarian by the name of Steve Emerson, who basically accused wise of being a front for a group called Palestinian Islamic Jihad, which was later declared a terrorist group, by the United States government, the month after nine eleven you gotta remember emotions were running really, really high and Ari on when on the Bill O'Reilly show, the O'Reilly factor on FOX and a Riley, basically ambushed him. And people were phoning in death threats bombing threats against USF so Genshaft and the new university board of trustees. You gotta remember the board of trustees had just been established. Replacing the longtime board of regents here, and it was a group of basically business people who are running the university. Just a lot of disruption at this time disruption they came to an agreement that they were going to fire him. They didn't actually do it at the time. And this created a firestorm of controversy from professors, who believe that the university should be a beacon of academic freedom. This became a national even international issue, and it really didn't come to a head until L Aryan wasn't died about the federal government about a year later, and they quieted down a lot of people who were defending him became silent at that point, because it looked like okay. They had reasons beside freedom of speech. They had reasons to suspend him. And you've got to remember back then the image of the university took a really big hit of we, we were being called jihad. You really a nationally. We're getting getting to be embarrassing. Yeah. Rodney plot of bad press. So Steve, you're. Reporting on this story of Al Arian and the university of south Florida, at the time and we have some archival tape of Judy Genshaft at the time. This university has been through a great deal and it's, it's hurt the university, and it's been very difficult for us. And I believe that, that severing all ties of this misuse of our university is a very important step. This university is larger than this particular case. So she did, so she survived that she went on, but then Mark, she did have some run ends after that with faculty. And again, you're going to have that, that, that push and pull at any university, where faculty and administration bump heads. Whether you're talking a pay issues or tenure or things like that, one of the big arguments at USF, which is a big argument in higher education in general, right now is the use of adjunct faculty, which are. Professors and instructors who, don't get a tenure don't get benefits in many cases are poorly paid are working basically part time jobs, as a full-time basis. So that has long been an argument anytime that's Genshaft salary came up the idea that she was at one point in time, the seventh highest paid public university presidents in the country as of two thousand sixteen seventeen academic year, that argument always was, you know what about the faculty. What about the adjuncts how you paying them? But again, it's an industry wide issue right now recently, the university decided to consolidate all of its branch campuses, and this caused quite a bit of concern among people in Saint Petersburg, especially where USF Saint Petersburg, is located. I'm going to put the disclaimer on that of the university may have decided it, it may have been decided outside the university that USF was going to consolidate. There's a lot of. Speculation on who really came up with this idea was it Representative crisp rolls, a USF alum based out of palm harbor. Was it president shafter self? She has been quoted multiple times as saying that she had heard talk about consolidation being an idea, but she was surprised when the state legislature put it in a proposal. But again, you know that there's never really been a definitive answer of whose idea it was as far as I know. But the concern was for years. And this again, predates president Genshaft, the idea of Saint Petersburg, and Sarasota manatee wanting more autonomy, maybe even at some point, separating and becoming their own colleges, while again, the state's nest necessarily was going to allow that, but the campus is ended up with a lot more atonomy under consolidation. Some of that on Tommy is going to be taken back some of that's going to. End up in the hands of Tampa. What comes with consolidation though is more money for those regional campuses. And what a lot of university officials are praising is the idea that a student now can enroll at Sarasota manatee can enroll at Saint Petersburg, and end up taking the same classes that they can take on the Tampa campus. So kind of keeping them as as strong branch campuses with their own identity. But at the same idea, making those programs cross borders across the three, I think one thing that probably in the back of president in Chaffetz mind. This whole thing was the, the lesson of what happened to the USF lakeland campus USF had a joint campus with Polk munity college for many years, and after the started bursting at the seams, literally, they USF wanted to build a branch campus. USF polytechnic is what it was called and somewhere along the line a very. Powerful politician by the name of GD, Alexander who was speaker of the house at the time is very big landowner a Polk County as well. He decided that he wanted to make this a separate campus and he used his considerable political will to basically cleave this off of the us system. And it became Florida polytechnic. It's now this beautiful building with, well, it's university state university. Right. The, the beautiful building this right on I four. But that had to be in the back of her mind. The lesson there of how to keep these branch campuses in Sarasota and Saint Petersburg in the USF or breaking off. And I thought, you know, people who are involved in that very bitter, fight must have also been thinking, well look what happened to the branch campuses. After all good thing, we went ahead and became an independent university that was one big fight that Judy Genshaft ended up losing, when USF lakeland, which became USF polytechnic. It's split that was in two thousand twelve that was that. Must have been quite a rough time. I'm not going to necessarily say that they lost because what ended up happening after, you know, USF losing. Yes, the polytechnic campus which I'm sure was a loss for the university. What happened then was the budget deal? The budget battle that immediately followed that in early. Twenty twelve where JD Alexander basically is the guy who controlled the pen and control the money was going to say, you know, what USF you fought me on this. I'm gonna punish you and he was looking at cutting funding for the university somewhere in the neighborhood of one hundred and twenty eight million dollars. I mean that is like taking a blow torch to a university. That's almost a fifty percent budget cut at the time. And I remember there was a lot of talk about salaries being cut. So it was affecting people in personal level, a lot of angst around, there was and again, that, that goes all the way from faculty down to, how's it going affect students classes. We're talking about being caught, and you saw something similar when? Then preeminence happened with the university preeminence being a mercury get into that. But just as an explanation, a metric system that the state sets up that allows for extra funding for schools that reach these levels at a point in time when USF looked like it was going to attain preeminence, in join Florida and Florida state's the goalposts got moved, and I had the opportunity to watch the board of trustees and president Genshaft at that time rally the troops, and they did something similar with this budget battle back in two thousand twelve and this is again, that political animal that political power that a president needs to use is to reach out to the community to reach out to not just your board of trustees, but businesses around the community to reach out to lawmakers in the community to reach out to power brokers and say, we need a hand..
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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