Author Archives: Kartik Krishnaiyer

Florida’s continued infrastructure woes stretched after Irma

Last night as a gusty tropical disturbance pounded southeastern Florida, my power went out again for the fourth time since being restored five days after Irma sideswiped Broward County with sustained Tropical Storm force winds and Category 1 Hurricane-force gusts. Down the road about 10 miles in Fort Lauderdale, a colleague of mine returned home […]

Hurricane Irma: Florida’s Overdevelopment Has Created a Ticking Time Bomb

Scientific America has an outstanding piece that came out right after Hurricane Irma on Florida’s man-made vulnerability. At the risk of sounding repetitive, this article in one of the leading journals this nation has states uniquely the danger that we’ve discussed over and over since the storm on this website and hopefully will sound an […]

Flashback Friday: Fort Lauderdale Hurricane

Seventy years ago this month a Category 4 storm slammed into southeastern Florida. The storm since referred to as the “Fort Lauderdale Hurricane” approached the southeast coast of the state as a Category 5 but weakened to a strong Category 4 just offshore around Bimini. The storm killed only 17 people in the state far […]

Hurricane Irma death toll in Florida continues to rise. – Irma now (unofficially) the deadliest modern Florida hurricane

Hurricane Irma according to the official records from the State of Florida has now been responsible for 50 deaths in the state. When you add to this total the 14 deaths in Monroe County not part of the state total or the 11 indirect deaths in Broward due to the nursing home that lost air […]

Porter Airlines expanding service from Canada to Melbourne

Porter Airlines will be adding service from Ottawa and Windsor to Melbourne this winter. The flights mark Porter’s first services from outside Toronto to the US and also state the intent of the airline which largely caters to business travelers in and out Toronto to continue to building its portfolio for leisure fliers.  These flights […]

Post- Irma checklist for Florida’s leaders

Florida’s political class with a few exceptions seems determined to put Irma in the rear-view mirror. Can you blame them? A natural disaster whose greatest impacts were largely due to man-made factors  for much of the state, the storm now has led directly or indirectly to over 60 deaths in the state – an unacceptable […]

Flashback Friday: The Keys, the railroad and tragic hurricanes

Following Hurricane Irma and its impact on the Keys we look back at the building of the Overseas Railroad, the 1906 Keys Hurricane and of course the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane. The building of the Overseas Railroad was one of great engineering feats in Florida’s history – in fact it might actually be one of […]

Have Hermine and Irma demonstrated the need for new evacuation routes? Heartland Parkway and other roads worth reconsidering?

The idea of expressway and parkway building in far flung locations has become passe in Florida. Much like the revolts against urban expressways in the 1970’s, recent moves to build what appeared to be roads to nowhere have met stern opposition including on the pages of this website. But is it time for a rethink? […]

Irma proved a disaster for Florida’s heartland – what next?

Often forgotten in any discussion of our state is the inland areas, particularly in the southern part of the peninsula. “The Heartland”  as it is dubbed took a beating from Irma, as it has previously from Hurricane Charley which hit in particular Arcadia with a vicious fury. Irma’s damage in the Heartland wasn’t as complete […]

A return to normalcy is the last thing Florida needs – Irma a largely man-made disaster for our state

“Things will return to normal next week,” goes the refrain. Most citizens of Florida long for a return to the normalcy we enjoyed before Labor Day Weekend, 2017 when it became clear Irma might impact our state. That normalcy being sold by the politicians among other is exactly what they want because then once again […]