Recent Florida Matters episodes

The Health of Florida's Beaches (June 29, 2006)

The state's active storm cycle is proving to be a challenge for our famous, white sandy beaches, home to sea turtles, high rise condominiums and hundreds of thousands of tourists each year. About half of Florida's coastline is suffering from...

Tampa's Bid for the 2008 Republican National Convention (June 22, 2006)
Republican National Convention

Tampa is a finalist along with Minneapolis, New York and Cleveland for the event to take place in September of 2008. The RNC Site Selection Committee is set to visit the area this August. The convention would bring an estimated 50,000 people to...

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...

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