Monthly Archives: July 2021

Hillsboro Pinelands at Kristin Jacobs Natural Area

The Hillsboro Pineland Broward County park was recently renamed for the late County Commissioner and State Representative Kristin Jacobs, who was the county’s leading conservationist in public office. Here is a video of the boardwalk trail. This is the first of several videos of the natural area.

DeSantis’ Utah presentation continues Florida GOP’s dangerous attachment to ALEC

Governor DeSantis made headlines for his demagogic performative speech in Utah at an American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) conference. The organization which bills itself as a bastion of free markets and limited government (a rich irony when cozying up to a statist authoritarian like DeSantis) has influenced legislation in Florida since the 1990’s. Who is […]

Depression, mental health, anxiety and accountability. It’s okay not to be okay but also not okay to always blame others

I am taking a moment away from politics and Florida society to discuss my own recent bout with depression, though like all things in my life politics is never far away. July 2021 has been the month I have felt the most lost in my life and been full of nervousness and anxiety. In advance […]

Florida Republicans are sickening – DeSantis and his allies are employing tyrannical overreach and overheated demagoguery during Florida’s darkest days.

While COVID explodes in Florida (over the last ten days, Florida with under 7% of the nation’s population has accounted for over 20% of new cases according to CDC data -but remains one of only three states not reporting daily information itself) Florida Republicans continue to demagogue a fundamental public health issue. Never one to […]

What is Governor DeSantis Covid endgame?

Covid is threatening to overrun the state of Florida again. In the last ten days, according to CDC data, Florida has accounted for almost 25% of new COVID cases in the nation and many of the state’s hospitals are being largely overrun with new Covid patients just weeks after we were told that vaccinated Americans […]

The great freeze of 1894-1895

On this week Florida History Podcast, we discuss the great freeze of 1894-95 and its impact on the citrus industry and it triggering a growth of citrus in California while also promoting Henry Flagler to extend his railroad to Miami. Florida’s citrus industry recovered eventually but citrus production was cut by almost 600% at one […]

Florida Democrats, Cuba and Haiti: Different standards

Once again Florida’s Democrats find themselves so fearful of the term “socialism” that they are pandering when they discuss policy. Maybe it’s because of the oxygen media in the state gives this term despite feigning sympathy with the mis-characterization (Ron DeSantis, whose ideology is one of Statist authoritarianism is hardly ever characterized as anything but […]

SOS Governor DeSantis – Fiddling while Florida Burns

COVID-19 is back in a big way for Floridians, with over 40,000 new cases recorded in the last four days. This includes Attorney General Ashley Moody, a Republican from Tampa who is vaccinated. Florida accounts for about 25% of the news cases nationally in the last three days according to the Centers for Disease Control […]

Blue Springs, The St Johns River and William Bartram

Famous Philadelphia naturalist William Bartram had previously visited Florida, but his 1774 visit to East Florida was among his most famous travels and left a lasting impression of the then-British colony. Bartram began his trek on Amelia Island in March 1774. He sailed through the St Johns River observing Alligators, Bears and Snakes. He also […]

What is the Cost of our Fear?

My abuelita used to tell us if people know/understand your fear(s) they can control you, she was teaching us about Santeria, which she had been taught to fear.  Besides being taught to fear Santeria she saw people in her old neighborhood in Cuba lose their minds because they thought someone used brujeria on them. I […]