Recent Florida Matters episodes

Florida's Disappearing Farm Land (June 15, 2006)
ranchers herding cattle

Thousands of people move to Florida every week. Demographers predict the state’s population will grow by 10 million in the next 25 years. Many of these new Floridians will live in housing developments on land that is now home to cattle ranches,...

Preparing for a Pandemic: Is Florida At Risk? (June 8, 2006)
microscopic view of viral strain

Avian flu H5N1 is one of the most highly pathogenic viruses the world has seen. The virus has sickened at least 224 people in 10 countries, killing 127 of them, but it remains a pandemic in birds, not humans. Is Tampa Bay prepared in the event of...

Big Worries Over Property Insurance (June 1, 2006)

Insurers have taken a loss of 30 billion dollars in Florida during the last two hurricane seasons and they're sending the bill to us, the property owners. Some of the companies are giving up and leaving the state. We'll be looking at the issue...

Hurricane Season 2006 (May 25, 2006)
hurricane as seen from space

June 1st marks the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season. The National Hurricane Center is predicting up to 16 named storms this year, including six major hurricanes. Is Tampa Bay ready for this hurricane season? Who’s in charge during an...

The State of Florida's Emergency Rooms (May 18, 2006)
ambulance outside an emergency room

With reports of some Emergency Room patients having to waiting longer and longer for care, we’ll take a look at the situation within the ER’s of Tampa Bay. Is this service being misused? Are there too few hospital beds? Will wait time get longer...

An Overview of the 2006 Florida Legislative Session & What It Will Mean to You (May 11, 2006)
Florida House chamber

Over the last two months, state lawmakers made many decisions that will affect your everyday life – from housing to education to homeowners insurance and eminent domain. We sat down and spoke to local lawmakers themselves.

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