Fighting Invasive Species
This week we meet up with some of Florida’s Cuban Americans to discuss our state's history with Cuba and our strained relationship, that continues today.
We also talk embargo with some early exiles of the Castro revolution. We hear from Roberto Quiros, a Tampa man who escaped Cuba in 1994 by raft as he shares the drama of his experience. Also: Burmese pythons are getting plenty of attention lately. Congress is considering a federal ban on importing the snakes and moving them across state lines, and there has been talk of hunting the snakes down. Florida has many non-native plants, pests and animals that aren't as threatening to humans but still cause harm. This week, learn about some of those species and efforts to limit their impact.
Jonathan Berry and Aaron Varn Sr.
This week on Florida Stories we meet Aaron Varn Senior. Aaron was on a training ship off the coast of the Carolinas when WWII began. After he finished his training, he travelled down the coast and began work as a merchant mariner delivering ammunition, oil, coal and other military supplies during the war. He continued to serve through the Korean War. Aaron recently sat down with Jonathan Berry, an aspiring freight Captain and high school intern on the SS American Victory ship in Tampa, to talk about his time as a Merchant Mariner.
Mass Transit: The Next 40 Years
The Tampa Bay area poses a unique challenge for mass transportation. We'll take a look at the reasons we're behind other metropolitan areas our size and what community leaders are doing to increase our transportation options. You'll also see why having better transportation options makes for a better economy. And we'll hear from one man who has turned his commute to work into a way of life for his whole family. Also: For years, the talk in Florida has been about mass transit. Here in the Bay area, a relatively new planning agency is taking a regional approach to transportation planning and has unveiled a 40-year master plan. Light rail, expanded bus routes, dedicated lanes - it's all in there. This week, TBARTA officials join us to anser the questions you've submitted about the plan.