Category COVID_19

#COVID-19 Pros and Cons of #MLS planned Central Florida “bubble” restart

My piece on Major League Soccer’s proposed Orlando-area “bubble” to restart competitive matches is at The Yanks are Coming.

#COVID-19 fallout – update on international air services to/from Florida in June

International airlines are slowly beginning to resume service to and from the Sunshine State in June. Here is a sampling of the latest updates. We will attempt to post updates to this every Sunday or Monday until most normal service resumes. Air Canada Fort Lauderdale-Montreal 4x a week (normally twice daily) Fort Lauderdale – Toronto […]

Crossing County Lines in the Time of Coronavirus

By Dr. Rachel Pienta Florida is a large state in population and in square miles.  In the time it takes to drive from the southernmost tip of Monroe County in the Keys to the Alabama state line in Escambia, a driver could depart from Jacksonville in Duval County and arrive in Washington, DC.  The Sunshine […]

COVID-19: Florida’s non-diversified economy is in big trouble. What do our readers think should be next?

I’ve recently been hyper-analyzing future airline schedules and have come to a very unfortunate conclusion – major US airlines are looking to ramp up service to a large percentage pre-pandemic levels everywhere in the nation outside of Florida.  Part of this is to receive bailout money which comes with strings attached (servicing destinations that might […]

Trump and DeSantis have been irresponsible – that does not mean Democrats and cable news have been white knights. We must all be accountable and do better to save ourselves.

President Donald Trump and his administration deserve blame for taking their eyes off the ball and leaving Americans vulnerable to the worst pandemic since 1918. Governor Ron DeSantis similarly has been slow and excessively ideological in his approach to the crisis. But does that means Democrats have been benevolent actors championing public safety? Does that […]

Crisis Economics – A history and what now

“I guess everyone’s a Keynesian in the foxhole.” – Robert Lucas, University of Chicago, 2008 Since its founding the U.S. government has generally adopted a hands-off attitude with private business.  During the Gilded Age of the late 1800s the economy was so wild economic historian, John Steel Gordon, labeled it, “Capitalism Red in Tooth and […]

Covid-19; The economic history of pandemics, how this impacts Florida and Governor DeSantis' choice

I hope everyone is coping with this Coronavirus pandemic as best they can. For me, the boredom and Netflix binging afflicting most folks hasn’t hit me yet, largely because this down time has given me the opportunity to make great progress on my forthcoming book on Florida History. I had planned to spend some of […]