Monthly Archives: July 2022

Disney and Everglades Restoration

As we continue this week’s look at Disney’s Reddy Creek Improvement District (RCID), let’s refresh a story from a few months ago with a few new details. Governor Ron DeSantis has fashioned himself a champion of Everglades restoration and on some scores he’s done far better than his predecessor (not that that was particularly hard […]

The view of the Indian River Lagoon from Round Island and a quick trip on the island

Round Island is a neat island on the Indian River Lagoon about midway between Vero Beach and Fort Pierce. Here is a short video of the view of the lagoon from the top of the observation tower on the island. And below a quick look at some of the untamed areas of the island:

What Florida routes do Spirit and JetBlue compete on?

The total is 50, though the vast majority touch Fort Lauderdale (many are international routes). DOJ may not have much to pick at here to be honest, as they look at potential regulatory approval of the merger. To/From Fort Myers (2) Boston, Newark To/From Fort Lauderdale (28) Aguadilla, Aruba, Atlanta, Austin, Bogota, Boston, Cancún, Cartagena, […]

Earthquake in Florida commercial aviation: jetBlue will buy Spirit. Major ramifications for the Sunshine State (UPDATED)

UPDATE: (11:15am July 28)The below text has appeared on JetBlue’s merger website: Original article: After a long soap opera that started in early February, the last 24 hours have been a whirlwind, where predictably, Spirit shareholders rejected the company’s board recommendation to merge with Frontier, and now the Broward County-based airline, will instead merge with […]

A History of Disney’s Reedy Creek Improvement District – Part 2, going to the Florida Legislature

Now with the land secured and enough financing to ensure that Walt Disney World would open entirely debt-free Roy Disney and the company‘s general counsel Dick Morris began work on the next phase of the Florida Project. A full-on charm offensive on the Florida legislature. The companies’ appetite for expansion had grown with the eating […]

TFS Endorsement – Lauren Alperstein for Circuit Court Judge Group 9 (Broward)

We generally don’t make recommendations in judicial races, but we are making an exception here because of how exceptional a candidate Lauren Alperstein is for Circuit Court in Broward County. Alperstein was the Lawyer of the Year from Legal Aid Service of Broward in 2021 and has excelled at raising contributions during this campaign from […]

DeSantis war on Tallahassee on full display this election cycle

Governor DeSantis’s, unprecedented foray into the reapportionment process for a Florida Governor, wasn’t just about partisanship or race as had been claimed, but about something else – dismembering the political power of the state capital, the state’s most progressive large municipality. And this came as DeSantis’ ally, David Bellamy is running a well-funded special-interest driven […]

The Lincoln Project goes there RE: Matt Gaetz

A History of Disney’s Reedy Creek Improvement District, Part 1

Editors note: With the recent efforts of Governor DeSantis and the majority party in the legislature to end Disney’s special taxing and governance district, in the next week we will be examining the history of the Reedy Creek Improvement District  It all started with a Mouse…and an Improvement District.  When it is clear out you […]

A new Florida History Podcast season launches today with A fresh look at Florida’s role in Watergate

We launch a new season of The Florida History Podcast today with a podcast looking at some new research and context regarding Florida’s role in Watergate as we commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the break-in. 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 […]