News & Public Affairs

Wednesday April 23, 2014


Much of the wide section of Treasure Island beach is devoid of dunes, like these on Sand Key.

photo by Seán Kinane / WMNF News (Sept. 2009).

Some Treasure Island hotel owners want to curb festivals and parking on beach

Some hotel owners on Treasure Island in Pinellas County are challenging the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the City of Treasure Island over what they’re calling overuse of the beach. They contend using the beach for things like festivals and allowing cars to drive and park on the beach is hindering the development of dunes, which could lead to more erosion. To make that case, they’ve hired beach expert Robert Young, director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorel...

Read More


Former Governor Charlie Crist greets voters at Haslam's Book Store as he tries to get his old job back.

photo by Janelle Irwin

Charlie Crist book signing doubles as St. Pete campaign event

Newbie Democrat Charlie Crist is taking advantage of his new book to drum up support for his gubernatorial bid against Republican Rick Scott. During a stop at locally-owned Haslam’s Book store in St. Pete this weekend, Crist defended his transition from Republican to Democrat.

“It’s great to be in the people’s party and I’ve never felt more at home politically than I do right now.”

Crist’s book, The Party's Over: How the Extreme Right Hijacked the GOP and I Became a Democrat, talks a...

Read More


John Morgan at Tiger Bay Club of Tampa

photo by Janelle Irwin

Medical marijuana backer John Morgan takes calls on WMNF

Prominent Florida attorney John Morgan takes calls from listeners on WMNF. Click listen above to hear the interview and questions. Here is the story from his previous appearance at the Tiger Bay Club of Tampa:

Medical Marijuana is an issue attorney Jo...

Read More


Attorney John Morgan fields questions about his medical marijuana ballot initiative from the Tiger Bay Club of Tampa.

photo by Janelle Irwin

Attorney John Morgan pushes medical marijuana amendment at Tampa political forum

Medical Marijuana is an issue attorney John Morgan says he’s fighting to bring to Florida, for the people. Morgan answered questions at a Tiger Bay Club of Tampa luncheon Friday where he said it would be a law of compassion.

Morgan first became interested in ...

Read More


CIW Campaign Against Publix Gearing Up Again and Investigative Reporter Russ Baker on the Bush Family, the Sarasota 9/11 Connection and the Boston Marathon Bombing

Good morning, Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up- farmworkers are still battling the Publix Supermarket chain – trying to get them to honor the tomato agreement…..

And we’ll meet one of the country’s best investigative reporters--- he’s covered everything from the Saudi 9/11 connection to George Bush’s mysterious missing military records… to the mysteries surrounding the Boston Marathon Bombing……

But first- one listener comment about yesterday’s program on whuch we...

Read More

photo by Sean Kinane, WMNF News 2012

St. Pete City Council expands residential curbside recycling

Many St. Petersburg residents will soon have access to curbside recycling. City Council voted unanimously Thursday to support new Mayor Rick Kriseman’s initiative to start a search for a company to provide the service. It would also include a local hiring and living wage stipulation. The issue has been pushed heavily by city council member Darden Rice even before her election.

It could be implemented as soon as seveb months from now, but could take longer. The program will replace the cur...

Read More


Hillsborough County School Board member April Griffin announced she will run for re-election

photo by Sean Kinane, WMNF News 2012

Outspoken Hillsborough County School Board member April Griffin will run for re-election

Hillsborough County School Board member April Griffin will run for re-election despite previous claims that she wouldn’t. Her change of mind comes on the heels of a heated debate within the school district over transportation issues, a culture of bullying among staff and concerns by Griffin that Superintendent MaryEllen Elia isn’t a good leader. Griffin and f...

Read More

Moving parts on immigration reform

Immigration reform in the U.S. and in Florida was the topic. Joining us was Christopher Cano from LULAC (League of United Latin American Cities), Perla Hinojosa with Mi Familia Vota, and Marisol Marquez with Raíces en Tampa.

We discussed Congressman Dennis Ross' recent Town Hall meetings on immigration, as well as proposals to provide instate tuition for undocumented college students, and the proposal to give undocumented immigrants drivers licenses.

Read More


Tampa City Council members Harry Cohen and Lisa Montelione weigh weather or not to grant a wet zoning permit to The Outpost Tap House + Tavern.

photo by Janelle Irwin

The Outpost Tap House + Tavern one step closer to serving booze despite protests from some at UT

As city council members continue searching for a balance between neighborhoods and late night businesses, a restaurant near the University of Tampa wants to add liquor to their list of adult beverages. During a Tampa City Council meeting Thursday, the board unanimously approved the first of two votes on a wet zoning license for the Outpost Tap House + Tavern despite pleas from groups who worry it will promote raucous college partying.

“They offer on Fridays, half priced bottles of wine f...

Read More

Tampa Bay Weather


Currently: 75° Partly Cloudy More Details