Monthly Archives: August 2021

Florida breaking records on COVID thanks to Governor DeSantis throwing up obstacles to reasonable mitigation efforts

Governor Ron DeSantis isn’t like merely pretending COVID isn’t a crisis. He is actively obstructing the ability of local officials and private businesses to get this virus under control in Florida. Once again on Friday, Florida broke a daily record for new COVID-19 cases with over 25,000 recorded that day. Last week, Florida had over […]

Allegiant adding more Florida flights this winter

Low-cost carrier Allegiant Airlines is adding more Florida service this winter to Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Punta Gorda, Sarasota/Bradenton and West Palm Beach. Meanwhile Allegiant continues to grow its footprint in Sanford and St Peterrburg, two airports the carrier dominates. Additionally, sources tell me Allegiant is seriously exploring opening service to Miami, much […]

Florida’s previous COVID mitigation success were thanks to local officials and masking – NOT BECAUSE OF DESANTIS

As the sheer magnitude of Florida’s August 2021 COVID crisis has become more apparent, national media have time and again qualified discussion of the state’s problems by conceding Governor Ron DeSantis Covid strategy had “worked” to this point relative to New York and California among other places. DeSantis narrative, which has been perfected in collusion […]

Legacy airlines and failed Florida hub/focus cities

Before Southwest Airlines came to dominate domestic traffic from many Florida airports  and long before JetBlue and Spirit even existed, several legacy carriers attempted to set up focus cities (mini Hubs) in the state. Following airline deregulation in 1978, carriers flocked to Florida to fight the traditionally entrenched powers Eastern, Delta and National Airlines in […]

Trump’s demagogic clown show was a warm-up for DeSantis outright autocracy

The United States spent a tense four years under President Donald J. Trump which culminated in the January 6, Insurrection, the “Parler Putsch” which was inspired by Florida Republicans. For all the pressure Trump put on American democracy and institutions we did survive – albeit just barely. Next time we may not be so lucky, […]

Florida in crisis – the Authoritarian overreach of Ron DeSantis threatens the constitutional order in our state

Florida has effectively jumped into territory not seen in generations in terms of state government anywhere in this country. For all the false equivalencies made about Governor Ron DeSantis with other right-wing public officials (oh he’s like Gregg Abbott, he’s baby Trump, he’s like Jim Jordan, he’s no worse than Rick Scott, etc) we are […]

The Florida Railroad and the Civil War

On this week’s Florida History Podcast we discuss David Levy Yulee and his Florida Railroad around the time of the Civil War. You can listen to the Florida History Podcast on Anchor (which hosts our show), Spotify, Google, Apple Podcasts, Radio Public, Breaker, Overcast, Castro or Pocket Casts. Overcast, Castro, Spotify, Radio Public and Breaker have App Store apps for free which enable you to subscribe […]

Florida’s crisis worsening by the day – local leaders need to step up

The COVID-19 crisis in Florida is growing worse by the day. Governor Ron DeSantis, whose apparent lack of empathy for COVID victims has become contagious among many Floridians still in denial about the seriousness of the situation cannot be counted on to do anything to safeguard public health at this point. The leadership vacuum created […]

Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge Mangrove Trail

DeSantis perfecting hard-edged extreme 2024 themes inspired by Viktor Orbán while Florida’s on fire

Florida has become the epicenter of the COVID epidemic in the western world thanks in large measure to Governor Ron DeSantis’ COVID denialsim. On Friday, Florida recorded the most cases on a single day thus far during this pandemic with over 22,000 new cases. Florida has set a weekly record for ANY US state with […]