St. Pete and Hillsborough officials caution about opening too quickly

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources On Wednesday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced his plan to begin reopening the state. He’s calling it the “SAFE. SMART. STEP-BY-STEP. Plan to Re-Open Florida.” Beginning Monday May 4 the entire state, excluding three heavy-hit southeast Florida counties, will begin what he calls “slow and methodical” steps… Read more »

This cardboard sign was placed in windows of residences where patients were quarantined due to polio.

Keep Off This Street:
The Epidemics of Polio and COVID19

The epidemics of polio and COVID19 Empty beaches, hollow pools, abandoned and quiet streets. Bans on gatherings. Fear layering daily activities with hesitation, and loss. While the Spanish Flu of 1918 is evoked by the onset of the latest coronavirus, another epidemic lingers in memory. Polio ravaged children and adults in the first half of…

Democrats in Florida want major improvements to state’s unemployment compensation

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources Since mid-March, around a million Floridians have filed unemployment compensation claims. But less than one-third of those coronavirus-related claims have been processed and only about one-fifth of people with valid claims have received any payments. In addition, the state’s unemployment compensation claims website was down over the… Read more »

Challenging Covid With Music!

Barzin, the talented singer-songwriter, poet, all-round good guy, and friend of Life Elsewhere alerted us to a new compilation he had contributed a previously unreleased cut to. If Barzin was involved it had to be seriously worth checking out. We did. And, it is. “Love In The Time Of Covid” curated by Andrea Vascellari, is… Read more »

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Tampa General Hospital coronavirus patient doing well after convalescent plasma treatment

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources Doctors at Tampa General Hospital have seen improvement in a COVID-19 patient by treating the patient with blood plasma from coronavirus patients who have recovered. The plasma contains antibodies against the virus. Dr. Guilherme Oliveira is chair of Tampa General Hospital’s Heart & Vascular Institute. “We set… Read more »

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On 10th anniversary of BP oil disaster there are calls for Senate to permanently ban drilling in Eastern Gulf

Monday marks the ten-year anniversary of the deadly BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster; several environmental groups hosted conference calls last week to use the anniversary as a call to permanently close the Eastern Gulf of Mexico to drilling. And to look back at the lessons of that blowout a mile beneath the surface of the… Read more »

Hillsborough County’s Senior Meal Grab and Go Program

Hillsborough County’s Senior Meal “Grab and Go” Program. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Hillsborough County’s Aging Services has altered its distribution of its free Senior Meals. Previously, participants would meet daily for meals and activities. Instead, it will now be distributing 2 weeks of frozen meals to its enrolled clients. The  “Grab and Go” program will distribute… Read more »

A Conversation With Slum Of Legs

“The undercarriage of chairs and tables in a typical interior makes an ugly, confusing, unrestful world. I wanted to clear up the slum of legs.” A quote from Eero Saarinen, the acclaimed Finnish-American architect and industrial designer on his neo-futuristic tulip chair, designed in 1955 for the Knoll company. At first glance, it may be difficult to… Read more »

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Sierra Club lawsuit tries to stop Ridge Road extension through Serenova Preserve in Pasco

Pasco County is continuing with a road extension through a nature preserve despite a lawsuit by the Sierra Club; the environmental group is trying to protect the Serenova Preserve from the construction of an extension of Ridge Road. Heidi Mehaffey is an attorney representing the Sierra Club. She’s an associate attorney with Robert N. Hartsell,… Read more »