Recent Florida Matters episodes

Sarasota Growth Referendum (April 25, 2008)
Kerry Kirschner, Bill Earl, Ann Kaplan, Pat Neal, and moderator Carson Cooper

On May 6, voters in Sarasota County will decide a major growth issue. The ballot question - if approved - would make it much more difficult to develop rural areas of the county. Hear what a developer, a community activist, a neighborhood...

Preventing Suicide (April 18, 2008)
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Suicide is a leading cause of death for young people. This week on Florida Matters, we talk with a woman on the front line of suicide prevention and we meet a man whose family was forever changed when his oldest son took his own life.

Mentally Incompetent Inmates Part 2 (April 11, 2008)
Mentally Ill Inmate: Courtesy of St. Pete Times

This week on Florida Matters: By many accounts, Florida's mental health system is broken. At one point, Florida's former DCF Secretary faced jail time because of the backlog of incompetent jail inmates awaiting treatment. The Florida Supreme...

Digging into Fertilizer Policy (April 4, 2008)
man fertilizing his yard

This week Florida Matters delves into fertilizer policy. Sarasota County recently passed an ordinance regulating how much and when lawn fertilizer can be applied to help stem runoff pollution. Supporters are hoping to take it statewide. But, it’s...

Sales Tax Exemptions (March 28, 2008)

An amendment is heading for the ballot this November that - if passed - would swap some property taxes for other sources of revenue - like an increased sales tax or the elimination of some sales tax exemptions. This week's Florida Matters looks...

Today's Drug Testing Part 2 (March 21, 2008)
prescription drugs

The State of Florida is currently taking part in a year-long pilot program that requires random drug testing among high school students who compete in football, baseball, softball, weight lifting and flag football. The Florida High School...

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