By some estimates there are at least 20 thousand people in the Tampa Bay Area without a home on any given night. Most of them do not fit the stereotype of the drug addicted derelict. In fact, many are among the working poor and a growing number are families, or women with children.
Our panel of experts will discuss some of the root causes and investigate some possible long-term solutions.
WUSF Reporter Bobbie O'Brien interviews her husband, Architect Earl Quenneville, about the love-at-first-sight momentum that has sustained them through 28 years of marriage. Listen in as they share their dreams and fears for the future, including the memories they hope will be longlasting for their grandchildren.
Music Credits: Beautiful by Gordon Lightfoot, Gord’s Gold, Warner Brothers Records
Attorney and world traveler Bill Curphey of small-town Parrish, Florida, shares memories of exotic adventures around the world with his wife, Jeanie. Bill tells about traveling to India, England, Ireland, South America and Russia, where he found himself defending and explaining capitalism in the heart of communism’s "workers' paradise."
Music Credits: Wind Of Change by Scorpions, Crazy World, UMG Recordings Inc.
An estuary is a partially enclosed body of water formed where freshwater from rivers and streams flows into the ocean, mixing with the salty sea water. Estuaries and the lands surrounding them are places of transition from land to sea, and from fresh to salt water. Although influenced by the tides, estuaries are protected from the full force of ocean waves, winds, and storms by the reefs, barrier islands, sandbars and other structures that define an estuary's seaward boundary.
Tampa Bay is Florida's largest open-water estuary and it supports one of the world's most productive natural eco-systems. But by the late 1970's, the once pristine bay was dangerously polluted. The combined efforts of marine scientists, environmentalists and government officials brought the bay back to a healthier state but much work remains to be done.
Florida Matters host Carson Cooper discusses the history of the cleanup effort and the current status of the bay with our guests.
Traffic congestion and construction delays have become a way of life for Tampa Bay commuters. Transportation planners are promoting a new project for West-Central Florida: a proposed beltway which would begin in Manatee County, head through Eastern Hillsborough, bypassing Tampa then turn west into Pasco County. The beltway would be among the most ambitious and costly road construction projects ever attempted in the region. Some critics suggest we should devote more resources toward mass transit, light rail and other alternative modes of transportation instead. Can Tampa Bay pave its way out of gridlock?
Former Bucs quarterback Shaun King of St. Petersburg and good friend Malcolm Taaffe of the Bronx, N.Y., talk about the importance of families spending time together, and the significant role that parents play as role models and disciplinarians in the raising of children.
Music Credits: Shotgun by Junior Walker & The All Stars, Shotgun, UMG Recordings