Mayor Castor makes appearance at George Floyd solidarity protest

Last Saturday afternoon about 1,000 protesters joined with the nationwide Black Lives Matter marches seeking justice for George Floyd. Large sections of Fowler avenue in Temple Terrace were blocked off. Students for a Democratic Society and the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression organized the action. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor participated in the march,… Read more »

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Coronavirus survey finds ⅔ of Floridians have faced income loss or work disruption

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources Two-thirds of Floridians have experienced some income loss or work disruption because of the coronavirus pandemic. That information comes from a recent statewide poll by The University of South Florida and Nielsen. Joshua Scacco is an assistant professor of political communication at USF. “We launched a representative… Read more »

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Funeral march for COVID-19 deaths

The national death toll related to the coronavirus outbreak in the United States is just surpassing 100,000, and several progressive activist organizations are pushing the state to provide more financial relief instead of reopening too soon. Three hearses were flanked by a about dozen other cars guiding a funeral procession through Tampa. They attached body… Read more »

Renatha Francis appointed to the Florida Supreme Court Justice

Governor appoints Renatha Francis and John Couriel to Florida Supreme Court

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday his choices to fill two vacancies on the state Supreme Court. In Miami, DeSantis said he is appointing Palm Beach Judge Renatha Francis and Miami attorney John Couriel. Couriel’s parents left Cuba during the presidency of Fidel Castro. “You’ve heard it said that Alexander Hamilton said courts have neither… Read more »

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Pinellas Sheriff is enforcing social distancing orders at beaches over Memorial Day weekend

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources It’s Memorial Day weekend and typically, Floridians pack the beaches. But this year, if you venture out, you’ll have to observe strict social distancing rules because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. You’ll see reminder signs and sheriff’s deputies. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri says people can visit… Read more »

Tampa Bay counties differ on whether there will be evictions during coronavirus pandemic

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “people who are homeless are a particularly vulnerable group” for COVID-19. Many communities around the country have taken one step to reduce homelessness during the coronavirus: stopping the practice of evicting tenants from their homes. But in Florida,… Read more »

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Rep. Castor calls for investigation of Florida’s firing of coronavirus data manager

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources The woman who managed Florida’s COVID-19 data says she was fired for objecting to demands to alter information on a state coronavirus dashboard website. The governor’s office says Rebekah Jones was fired for insubordination for modifying the dashboard without approval. Now some Democrats, including Tampa-area member of… Read more »

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Health of Hillsborough River in Tampa is improving

By Janet Scherberger. Twenty years ago, the Hillsborough River that runs through the heart of Tampa was severely damaged. Withdrawals for the city’s growing population had starved it of fresh water, making it unfriendly to wildlife. But thanks to a recovery plan developed in 2007 by environmental groups, the Southwest Florida Water Management District, the… Read more »

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Online meetings this week on proposed Florida toll highways

This week the Florida Department of Transportation is hosting online meetings to discuss three proposed toll highways through rural parts of the state. But several environmental groups oppose what’s called M-CORES. They want the whole plan scrapped. Julianne Thomas is a senior environmental planning specialist with the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. “M-CORES stands for Multi-Use… Read more »

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Florida fast-food workers decry coronavirus working conditions during “digital strike line”

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources Fast-food workers across Florida say they fear getting sick at their jobs and many are not being given protective equipment during the coronavirus pandemic. During what they called a “digital strike line” Wednesday, worker after worker spoke about conditions where they were told to bring their own… Read more »

St. Petersburg and Tampa Mayors

Mayors of Tampa and St. Petersburg have concerns about reopening Florida during the coronavirus pandemic

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources The Mayors of the two largest cities in Tampa Bay are cautiously optimistic about parts of the economy re-opening Monday. On MidPoint, our guests were St. Petersburg’s Rick Kriseman and Tampa Mayor Jane Castor. Listen to the full show here. Here’s WMNF’s interview from Friday with Mayor… Read more »