Category Hurricane season

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Irma puts a clear lens on what issues SHOULD matter in Florida – the political class MUST be held accountable

Hurricane Irma did far more damage and took far more lives than it should have in this state. For too long, politicians and other leaders in this state have used cultural issues or items connected to emotion to avoid the real issues that plague a state as unique as Florida. This state IS NOT like […]

Irma expose Latvala and Morgan as not ready for prime time (yet)

Political careers are often made or broken by tragedies and adverse events. Just ask George W. Bush, Rudy Guilliani, Kathleen Blanco, Ray Nagin and others. We’ve discussed previously on this site how the botched post-Hurricane Andrew period led Governor Lawton Chiles down to an approval rating in the low 20’s. Hurricane Irma and how it […]

Irma’s legacy: Florida’s infrastructure not up to standard and people need to stop obsessing over the center of the track

For most of Florida, Hurricane Irma was a Category 1 storm or a strong Tropical Storm. But yet it has created the type of havoc around the state that no minor Hurricane should. For the Keys and southwest Florida, the storm was a monster and justifiably did a number on the area. But for areas […]

National media comes through in a big way for Irma

During the buildup to Harvey I was very critical of the national media on Twitter (particularly CNN) for its continued obsession with Donald Trump at a time when a major Hurricane was barreling toward Texas – a red state with the storm’s center taking aim at areas like Port Lavaca where  Trump got about 70% […]