Author Archives: Kartik Krishnaiyer

Podcast: Florida’s Prohibition era

In the latest episode of The Florida History Podcast presented by the Florida Squeeze we discuss the era of prohibition in the state. We look back at the lawlessness and independent streak in the Florida Panhandle as discussed in Rum Runners and Moonshiners of Old Florida as well look at the impact of the prohibition […]

Virgin Brightline – more stations or higher speed?

In recent months, more community leaders along the FEC line between Brevard and Miami-Dade counties have vocally discussed the benefits of having a station to service passenger trains in their communities. The Virgin Brightline which is currently serving as a higher-speed luxury brand whisking tourists and commuters from West Palm Beach to Fort Lauderdale and […]

Joe Biden is referred to as a moderate. How centrist was his voting record relative to the times and other members of Congress?

The media narrative that Joe Biden represents the moderate third way has been aided by the attacks of other candidates for Democratic nomination on both his US Senate voting record and on the Obama Administration. Given this general acceptance of his moderation I decided to dig deeper because never have I as a keen political […]

The railroad to Miami and bridging the Keys

In this week’s edition of The Florida History Podcast presented by The Florida Squeeze we conclude our two part series on Henry Flagler’s contributions to Florida. We discuss the extension of Flagler’s railroad south from Palm Beach through Fort Lauderdale to Fort Dallas, or the new city of Miami. The birth of Miami, which by […]

Henry Flagler’s St Augustine

In this week’s edition of The Florida History Podcast presented by The Florida Squeeze we begin a two part series on Henry Flagler’s contributions to Florida. In this episode we focus on Flagler’s 1880’s and 1890’s revival of St Augustine, the oldest city in the United States. St Augustine had two eras of massive growth […]

Claude Kirk and the troubled decade for Florida Republicans

In 1966, Claude Kirk became Florida’s first post-Reconstruction Republican Governor while his party surged with increased seats in the legislature. Kirk’s flamboyance and ability the state’s racial backlash allowed him to break Democratic dominance of the state for the first time in a century. We discuss the Kirk legacy in this week’s edition of the […]

Flying to Europe to/from Florida may get more expensive soon

Norwegian Air Shuttle who have revolutionized air travel between Europe and North America applying a low cost carrier model is slashing several routes to the state. While that’s good news for legacy full service airlines, it’s bad news for cost conscious travelers who don’t fly premium services across the Atlantic and could hurt Florida’s tourism […]

Long overdue US 301 bypass roads nearing completion

Several years ago FDOT finally decided to go forward with two projects that have made sense for at least thirty years. Truck bypasses of US 301 around both Starke and Baldwin which are on the busy route between Ocala and the Georgia border. In particular, Starke has long needed a bypass. Anybody who has shot […]

Hurricane’s Andrew, Katrina Florida Politics and Government

In episode 10 of The Florida History Podcast Presented by The Florida Squeeze we look back at the impact of Hurricane Andrew on the governance, politics, attitude and demographics of Florida. Governor Chiles recorded the lowest ever approval rating in the state’s history immediately after the storm while President George H.W. Bush’s botched reaction helped […]

Ethnocentric nationalism and the crisis of the Anglo-American world

This week, Boris Johnson will almost certainly become the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. His elevation to one of the most prominent and visible positions in the western world represents the latest threat to liberal multi ethnic democracy in an era of growing social and racial strife. Johnson, a former professional writer and […]