On the next edition of Florida Matters: from Schiavo to hurricanes, outrageous gas prices to a wild real estate market; we'll take a look at the top stories that impacted Tampa Bay and West Central Florida in 2005.
Despite two very active hurricane seasons, the Tampa Bay area has yet to suffer from a direct hit. Emergency Operations Center (EOC) directors Chuck Johnston, Ed McCrane, and Gary Vickers discuss how prepared the region will be when the big storm strikes our area.
This broadcast will deal with our current gas situation and the possibility of oil drilling off the coast of Florida, along with viable alternatives for energy.
We all felt the pinch in our wallets at the local gas station, when the price peaked just over $3.00 a gallon. Even after Katrina, the price of oil continues to rise. But the issue goes way beyond the gas pump; it affects electrical power, transportation, goods and service and much more.
So, how much more is the average Floridian willing to pay for gas? And should we rethink about allowing oil drilling off the Gulf Coast of Florida? Those are just some of the issues we'll tackle.
According to a recent study by the group Covering Kids and Families, one out of every four uninsured children in Florida received no medical care for an entire year.
What is being done to make healthcare available to children? And is health insurance really affordable for the average family with kids? Those are just some of the questions we asked local experts.
Is this real estate bubble going to burst?
Are speculators driving property prices?
Can the average Floridian really find affordable housing?
We'll talk to several local experts to find the answers to these questions this week on Florida Matters.
On the next edition of Florida Matters: Can we pave our way out of Gridlock? To answer that question, we went to the experts, local and state decision makers who are in the know regarding Tampa Bay's transportation issues.
The Pinellas School District and Superintendent Dr. Clayton Wilcox experienced a challenging year. The district has faced issues ranging from the academic achievement gap between whites and minority students to the highly publicized problems of safety, security and discipline.