Map of proposed transit routes in Tampa / Hillsborough County under Boulevard Tampa plan

Hillsborough will study “Boulevard Tampa” & vote on ferry to MacDill AFB

There’s a growing movement among transportation advocates in Tampa to remove I-275 between the I-4 interchange and the I-75 junction and put an at-grade road in its place to re-connect neighborhoods like Seminole Heights and Tampa Heights. Last week the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) voted unanimously to study the idea of what’s called… Read more »

Progressives: independent body should draw new district lines in Sarasota

Now that the Sarasota County Commission is made up of single-member districts, commissioners are considering re-drawing the district lines to create districts with more equal populations. But a progressive group wants an independent group to draw the new lines, rather than have the commissioners do it. WMNF interviewed Claire Snyder-Hall, the president of the Sarasota-Charlotte… Read more »

Florida Bar won’t dismiss complaint over Rep. Gaetz tweet

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida Bar disciplinary investigation will continue into a tweet sent by Republican U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz about President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen. Gaetz is a strong supporter of the president. Bar officials said in a statement Wednesday the matter is being examined by a grievance committee. Gaetz represents… Read more »

Labor unions janitors

Custodians rally against privatization at Hillsborough School Board

On Tuesday afternoon custodians from Hillsborough County Schools rallied outside the school district’s building in downtown Tampa. They were there during the School Board meeting because they’re upset about a proposal to let private companies bid to do their work instead. Custodians and their allies rallied outside the school district building Tuesday morning as well…. Read more »

Compost Versus Waste on the Sustainable Living Program

On Monday’s Sustainable Living Program we had two guests talking about compost versus waste. Joining us was Joseph Jenkins, author of the Humanure Handbook, that was first published in 1994 and today the 4th edition of the bestseller is being released. Joe has traveled the world teaching others to make gardens instead of sewage. Also,… Read more »

The Stonewall Anniversary + A Conversation With m1nk on Life Elsewhere

June 28, 2019, marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, which is considered the most significant event in the gay liberation movement, and the catalyst for the modern fight for LGBTQ rights in the United States. Drawing from the New York Public Library’s archives, The Stonewall Reader is a collection of first accounts, diaries,… Read more »

Hands Across the Sand opposition to drilling and fracking

Environmentalist gives Florida governor an “F” on conservation lands promise

During his campaign for governor and after he was elected, Ron DeSantis promised Floridians he would be a champion for conservation lands. His website says he “will work with Florida’s legislative leadership to ensure proper funding is put toward conservation and preservation.” But a conservation advocate grades the governor as low as an “F” on… Read more »

Bob Ross. Binoy Kampmark. Monica L Smith. Verdigrls. on Life Elsewhere

Bob Ross on Avengers: Endgame “I’m not interested in seeing, Avengers: Endgame!” Says the usually moderately-toned, Bob Ross, who then launches into an atypical commentary on the reasons why he believes Superstar-packed, mega-movies are a symptom of the fake news era. “There’s a lot of mass psychosis going on in the country today. People do… Read more »

What has the Florida Legislature done in the last 2 days?

A lot. Florida’s legislature has 60 days (though special sessions can, and are often, be called) to make lots of laws. In odd numbered years, like 2019, the session begins the first Tuesday after the first Monday in March. This year our legislature is in session from March 5, 2019, through May 3, 2019. Let’s… Read more »

Home Energy Conservation on the Sustainable Living Program

On Monday’s Sustainable Living Program we started out talking with the marketing staff for a net zero energy Smart Home community in Manatee County. They only have one model home open, which has solar power and is LEED Platinum Certified. The community plan includes common areas and an electric ferry; but apparently is going to… Read more »