Facing the Mortgage Crisis
This week we're going through the many levels of civic engagement that you can find in Florida. Carson Cooper introduces us to the up-and-coming political &new-wave," and describes how the use of high-tech social networking is becoming the norm. Irene Mayer talks with members of a Pasco County group, Protectors of Florida’s Legacy, that succeeded in turning down a Class 1 Landfill proposal in Dade City. The group argued that the project would have potentially damaged the natural resources in the area, and created an eyesore for the community. Irene also sits down with a community organizer from the NAACP, and a local activist from Florida Voices for Animals, to see how they use different approaches to achieve their goals. Larry Elliston introduces us to Stefani Busansky. Inspired by her daughter's 2001 diagnosis of cerebral palsy, Busansky turned her dream of a playground where kids of all abilities could play together into a reality. Also: The number of foreclosures in Florida has quadrupled since 2006. In Bradenton and Sarasota alone, foreclosures rose 600 percent between 2006 and 2008. This week on Florida Matters, we’re examining the impact of foreclosure on our community. We’ll answer listener-submitted questions about mortgage problems and connect you with resources to help if you’re facing the prospect of losing your home.
Much of the Gulf coastline could be under water by the end of the century, according to a group of visiting scientists and federal officials lift ban on commercial citrus shipments from Florida to the 10 other states and U.S. territories that grow the crops.
Chuck Owen is a Distinguished Professor at the University of South Florida. Chuck founded the Surge nearly 15 years ago, and the band is receiving rave reviews for "The Comet’s Tail," featuring new arrangements of music by Michael Brecker. In this hour-long feature, Chuck talks about the new project as well as the band’s history, including collaborations with Chick Corea and Gerald Wilson. He also tells us about recently being honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the major composition the Fellowship will allow him to complete. To find out more, visit www.chuckowen.com.
New College in Sarasota gets a new member on its Board of Trustees, poll indicates Gov. Crist's U.S. Senate race lead is slipping and scientists suggest wet consequences for Tampa Bay area from climate change.
Florida’s government owned property insurer is asking the state for permission to increase its rates, state lawmaker asks federal government to shut down Seminole Tribe casinos during gambling pact negotiations and poll shows Gov. Crist's U.S. Senate race lead slipping.