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Every year in the spring, there’s an event called  Hands Across the Sand,  where people gather on Florida’s beaches to show their opposition to offshore oil drilling. This year, …

Dear Florida Secretary of State Cord Byrd, I am writing to you about some ideas I had for one of your museums. As you know, Tallahassee is home to more than just the Florida State Capitol …

Friday marks World Water Day. I feel bad about this, but I just know I’m going to be late sending out Water Day cards this year. But we can still go caroling door-to-door. I figure …

On Sunday, the Oscars honored the year’s best film performances, best direction, best picture, and, as a bonus, the best shade thrown. My pick for the latter would be host Jimmy Kimmel’s …

Florida may be the only state where the economy depends on the willing suspension of disbelief. I’m not just talking about the thousands of tourists drawn here by the theme park fantasy …

Video: Community Survey and Former Administrator's Legal Battle

In this episode, Cheri Coryea, Misty Servia, and Reggie Bellamy discuss critical topics that you won't want to miss.

The other day, because I was in a hurry, I swung through a McDonald’s drive-through and ordered one of their burgers. You know, the ones that seem less like cooked meat and more like a warm …

Trash-talking Florida legislators push a pro-litter bill

Have you ever picked up trash from a beach, a park, or a roadside? I have. And before you ask, no, it was NOT because a judge sentenced me to community service. I think every Floridian should do …

To beat Florida developers, community activists learn to be persistent

Because my kids love superhero movies, I’ve seen a lot of them. One of my favorites is an animated one, “Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse,” which features Spider-people from various …

Welcome back, Gov. DeSantis! Now how about helping Florida’s environment?

Welcome back to Tallahassee! You were just here — briefly — for your State of the State speech, but it feels like a lot longer since we’ve seen you around. Probably, it’s …

In the Florida Keys, a fight over adding more residents to evacuate

Florida’s southernmost city threw a big party for book lovers last week, and I was lucky enough to wangle an invitation. At the Key West Literary Seminar , I heard Judy …

Florida legislators want to cut building permit times, despite safety risk

The other day I was driving north on U.S. 19, which is the most Florida of Florida roads. I say that because it passes by a dinosaur-shaped gas station, the park that employs the Weeki Wachee …

Here are some suggested New Year’s resolutions for Florida folks

Hey, look at that! We’ve almost made it through another tough year. Take that, 2023! We beat you! You know what comes next: Preparing to do a better job with 2024.

Sprawling new developments obliterate the revival of Florida panthers

One of my favorite Christmas tales is Dr. Seuss’ story of the Grinch. I especially like the animated cartoon narrated by Boris Karloff (not the first name that comes to mind when you think …

As ocean turns more acidic, Florida officials ignore warning signs

One Christmas when I was a kid my parents gave me a chemistry set. No doubt they hoped it would lead me to a career in science or medicine. But I was a little anarchist, more interested in …

Be thankful for Florida whistleblowers like Ron Magill

This is the time of year I always feel compelled to remind everyone that the first Thanksgiving took place in Florida . It happened about 50 years before the Pilgrims showed up. The attendees …

When people talk about the great love stories of history, they often mention such figures as Marc Anthony and Cleopatra, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert (not in a can), and Johnny and June Carter …

Deserving Our Gratitude More Than One Day A Year

Veterans Day comes and goes each year, but that one day should remind us of the need to honor our nation’s veterans every day on the calendar. We hear about the national debt on a daily basis …

Jeff Bezos, welcome back to a very different Florida from the one you left

Dear Mr. Bezos, Congratulations! After three decades in gloomy Seattle, you’re finally — as the elaborately coiffed Wayne Cochran used to sing — going back to Miami. …

Florida fails to ask for federal funds to help poor people buy solar panels

Did you hear the circus is back? The Ellenton-based impresarios at Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey have returned to the road with a retooled Greatest Show on Earth. They’re bringing …

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