No labor shortage for Florida woman who pays employees $15 an hour

One Florida business owner is saying labor shortage? What labor shortage? Valhalla Resale in Tampa’s Seminole Heights neighborhood said its number of applicants doubled while the federal unemployment assistance blamed for creating a hiring crisis was in place. LISTEN: Valhalla has been opened for about four years with a unique take on retail clothing. “If… Read more »

Florida city council member, mayoral candidate who bragged about evictions under fire for new evictions

A recently unearthed Facebook post shows St. Petersburg council member and mayoral candidate Robert Blackmon bragged about evicting tenants when he purchased a downtown St. Pete apartment building. Blackmon is again under fire for evictions and maintenance issues. The St. Pete Tenant’s Union Tuesday held a news conference outside one of Blackmon’s properties. Listen: If… Read more »

With DeSantis set to end Federal unemployment assistance, Floridians make final push to save it

Floridians are rallying virtually and in-person to keep Gov. Ron DeSantis from ending the $300-per-week Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. Many fear they will lose the ability to survive once the assistance ends on Saturday. LISTEN: Keeping the benefits would require little to no effort from the state of Florida and wouldn’t add any financial burden. And… Read more »

Florida labor unions say ending federal unemployment will pull $800 million from Florida economy, urges Governor to change course

An organization representing labor unions in Florida said Gov. Ron DeSantis’s decision to turndown $300-per-week unemployment payments will pull $800 million from Florida’s economy. The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations launched a campaign urging DeSantis to change his mind on prematurely ending the federally funded program. Listen: The $300 unemployment supplement… Read more »

COVID-19 vaccine

COVID-19 vaccination information for Pinellas & Hillsborough residents 12 and older

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources Pinellas County COVID-19 information The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County announced on Thursday that it has started scheduling appointments for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines for students who are 12 to 15 years old. That’s based on new guidelines. Four Pinellas Health centers will offer the two-dose… Read more »

DeSantis blindsides with order ending local COVID restrictions, counties and cities don’t know what that means for them

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources Gov. Ron DeSantis Monday blindsided local governments with an executive order suspending all local emergency orders related to COVID-19. But WMNF’s Daniel Figueroa IV reports county and city governments weren’t aware DeSantis would be issuing the order until it was happening and don’t yet know how it… Read more »

COVID-19 vaccine

Pop-up COVID-19 vaccination sites in St. Pete

The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County has announced two pop-up community vaccination clinics on May 1 and May 9 in St. Petersburg. The health department says the purpose is to “make COVID-19 vaccinations more accessible to all Pinellas residents,” Florida residents 16 and older can register by phone at (727) 433-8077 or online…. Read more »

Radioactivity Thursday: Covid long-haulers; local firefighter recounts his near year-long battle with the coronavirus

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources March 18, 2021 Good morning. I’m Rob Lorei. Welcome to WMNF’s Radioactivity. It’s often said that young people usually don’t get infected with COVID 19. And if they do, their symptoms aren’t that serious. Today on the program we’ll meet a COVID long-hauler, a 37 year old… Read more »