Monthly Archives: April 2016

Flashback Friday: Florida’s lone highway suspension bridge

While Florida has lots of high bridges and a few cantilever and cable-stayed ones, the state only boasts one highway suspension bridge. The bridge believe it or not is over the Suwannee River near Luraville (in Lafayette County) and boasts a span that is much shorter than any of the cable-stayed or cantilever ones in the […]

Finding Dan McCarty, an important work on Florida History is released

Finding Dan McCarty the new book by Robert Buccellato has been released and is available via (click on the link on the book title to purchase a copy). I’m honored to have contributed to this work writing a Forward which was about the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s in Florida politics. From the book: A thin layer of […]

Indian River Lagoon being destroyed (perhaps intentionally?) in Rick Scott’s Florida

Last week we discussed the continued struggles for the Caloosahatchee River  and the lagoon area in Lee County that is part of the river. This week it’s the Indian River Lagoon which has been endangered for years but has been far from a priority of state government. WMFE has an outstanding feature on the current crisis […]

Orlando City SC and referee calls & non-calls

Officiating in Pro Soccer at all levels has been under the microscope in this young season for MLS, NASL and USL. An increase in red cards and “reversal” of calls or non-calls during the week has raised the discussion of referees to a fever pitch. In the middle of all of this has been Orlando […]

(VIDEOS) #FloridaDerby – #FTLvTBR Almost 40 years of history

On Saturday the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Fort Lauderdale Strikers renew one of the oldest and most intense regional rivalries in American pro soccer. Here are some video clips from over the past 39 years (the sides first met in 1977) to wet your appetite for the matchup. The more recent videos are in HD […]

Rick Scott’s climate denial will reduce him to southern segregationist-like levels in history

With the possible exception of Louisiana no US state will be more immediately and profoundly impacted by climate change and rising sea levels than Florida. Yet the state’s ideologically-driven “business-friendly” Governor Rick Scott refuses to acknowledge the threat. Worse yet as our readers all know he has imposed a gag order on use of the […]

Rick Scott and his pals are turning Florida into a killing ground

Diane Roberts, who has written one of the best books ever about the Sunshine State today penned a great piece over at Florida Politics about Governor Scott’s willingness to allow the death of Florida’s environment. We have a strongly worded editorial on this subject coming in the next few days, but Roberts’ piece is a must-read as […]

Progressive Activism’s Growth in Florida via Ditch of Dreams: The Cross Florida Barge Canal and the Struggle for Florida’s Future

Book Review of Ditch of Dreams Ditch of Dreams: The Cross Florida Barge Canal and the Struggle for Florida’s Future (Florida History and Culture) is one of many Florida related books that have peaked my curiosity when I’ve seen them on Amazon. This book written by David Tegeder and Steven Noll is one of the best. The […]

CD 4: Thunder on the Right in wake of Crenshaw retirement

  The 4th congressional district in Northeast Florida has been an anomaly for the last twenty-four years.  In 1992 the district was radically changed by the Florida Legislature to create a base for a rabidly conservative member of Congress.    However, the voters of the district have elected moderate Republicans Tillie K. Fowler and Ander […]

Saving the Caloosahatchee River

This weekend I stumbled upon this gem of a PBS Earth Edition by WGCU the PBS station in the Fort Myers-Naples media market. The Caloosahatchee is one of the most endangered rivers in the country and the mixing of freshwater thanks to channelization of the river with salt water in the river’s estuary has worsened […]