Florida Matters Episode Archives

Florida Matters: Flood Insurance (October 14, 2013)
If you live near the water, you can’t rule out a flood. But a change to a federal law is poised to make living in flood zones a lot more expensive.
A change in the federal flood insurance program took place on Oct. 1. The 2012 Biggert-Waters...
Florida Matters: Medical Marijuana (October 10, 2013)
A group called United for Care is behind the push to get a constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana on the 2014 Florida ballot. The group is chaired by Orlando attorney John Morgan, founder of the law firm Morgan & Morgan, who is...
Florida Matters: Seeing Tampa Bay Like a Tourist (September 26, 2013)
You may call the Tampa Bay area home, but have your really seen it through the eyes of a tourist?
What is your favorite part of living in the Tampa Bay area? Is it seeing the glint of a dolphin's tail as it surfaces just offshore? The sweet...
Florida Matters: Living on the Autism Spectrum (September 18, 2013)
How do young adults diagnosed with a form of autism describe themselves?
This week on Florida Matters, we meet Andrew Casey, 23, who interviewed his peers about their diagnosis and how they define themselves. And Andrew explains how he manages...
Hunger Relief in Tampa Bay (September 11, 2013)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued its Food Security in the United States report for 2012 and it revealed almost 15 percent of U.S. households are what it calls food insecure.
Food insecure means at some point during the year, members...
Florida Matters: Nan Rich Makes Her Case to be Governor (September 4, 2013)
Currently, there’s only one Florida Democrat actively campaigning for governor, Nan Rich joins WUSF this week for a special Newsmaker’s edition of Florida Matters.
The former state lawmaker and senate minority leader gives her assessment of...
Work to Do: A Check-Up on Florida's Labor Market (August 27, 2013)
With Labor Day just around the corner, we’re taking a look at Florida’s labor market--starting with Gov. Rick Scott’s promise to create 700,000 new jobs in seven years. Guest host Craig Kopp leads the discussion. Richard Gonzmart Columbia...
St. Petersburg Pier: The Lens (August 21, 2013)
The aging St. Petersburg Pier officially closed to the public on May 31st. The city of St. Petersburg plans to demolish it and replace it with a new pier, a design called the Lens. But not so fast, opponents of the Lens design gathered more than 20,...
Florida Matters: St. Petersburg Mayoral Debate (August 13, 2013)
St. Petersburg is at a crossroads - what to do about the homeless, mass transit, the future of the Pier - and the future home of the Tampa Bay Rays. Current Mayor Bill Foster will be angling for another term during the Aug. 27 election for mayor....
Florida Matters: Affordable Care Act Questions (August 9, 2013)
We asked our readers to tell us what they thought was confusing about the Affordable Care Act, and you called, e-mailed and Facebooked us with questions. This week WUSF’s Craig Kopp sits down with attorney Linda Fleming of Carlton Fields, Julian...
Florida Matters: Drones and Privacy Rights (August 2, 2013)
They're used for everything from documenting crime scenes to chasing down rhino poachers in Africa. But on July 1, a law took effect in Florida that banned use of unmanned drones except in police emergencies. We look at the uses of this new...
Florida Matters -- School Technology (July 24, 2013)
Florida schools are gearing up for new education standards and accompanying online testing. Schools must also prepare to deliver half of all classroom instruction digitally by 2015.
So what will this mean for students, teachers and schools? It...
Florida Matters: Bob Graham on the State of Florida's Waterways (July 16, 2013)
Florida is a state of hurricanes and summer deluges, but water is a dwindling resource. It's at the center of a tug of war between urban areas, agriculture and environmentalists, who say Florida's waterways are drying up - or becoming increasingly...
Florida Matters: Veterans Wheelchair Games (July 10, 2013)
It’s reportedly the largest wheelchair sporting event in the world and its coming to the Tampa Bay area July 13-18. It’s the 33rd annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games.
Florida Matters visits with a wheelchair athlete turned dancer who is...
Florida Matters: Human Trafficking (July 2, 2013) (July 2, 2013)
Human trafficking is a huge problem in Florida. The state ranks third in the country in human trafficking, but local organizations are working on a solution.
According a local nonprofit organization working to tackle sexual exploitation,...
How Common Standards Will Change Florida Schools (June 28, 2013)
Florida is one of 45 states which have fully adopted new English, literacy and math standards for K-12 schools.
The standards, known as Common Core, are intended to make sure every high school graduate can handle college-level work or find a...
Florida Polytechnic Readies for First Students (June 20, 2013)
Florida Polytechnic University is quickly taking shape in Polk County. Officials hope to admit the first students in the fall of 2014 -- which means finding those students, housing them, hiring the faculty to teach them, designing a curriculum, and...
Florida Matters: Streamlining Foreclosures? (June 12, 2013)
Florida Gov. Rick Scott last week signed into law a bill aimed at speeding up the foreclosure process in the state. In the wake of the housing crisis, Florida has one of the highest foreclosure rates in the country.
Backers say that that the...
Florida Matters: 2013 Legislative Wrap Up (June 6, 2013)
State lawmakers wrapped up this year's legislative session by passing a $74.5 billion budget which the governor trimmed to $74.1 billion. But overall, lawmakers were happy with the budget and proud of their bipartisan spirit.
Less than two...
Florida Matters: Pinellas Mass Transit Tax Hike Referendum (June 6, 2013)
In 2014, voters in Pinellas County will decide whether to raise their sales taxes to pay for major upgrades to the county's public transportation system. That would include what could become the Bay Area's first light rail. Supporters say it's the...