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 erosion. Should we spend millions of dollars to keep the sand where we want it if the next hurricane will just wash it away? Or do we allow nature to take its course? We'll discuss these questions and more with our guests.
Billie Martini arrived on isolated Anna Marie Island as a teenager in 1944 after her father was discharged from the Navy following World War II. She soon fell in love with the tropical surroundings, met the man she would marry and spent decades skeptically watching development and politics transform her island. Here she tells her friend Paul Roat, the news editor at The Islander, about the colorful history of the area, including a unforgettable fish story that captured a “giant seahorse’’ and visitors’ active imaginations.
Music credits: Rinky Dink by Booker T & The M.G.s, Green Onions, Atlantic Recording Co.
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 Tampa. Civic leaders say it would provide a $400 million dollar boost for the area’s economy but some critics dispute those figures. What would it mean for the area if the GOP’s big event came to town? Will discuss those issues and more with our guests.
Paula Schoenwether, an artist and photographer, and the Rev. Nancy Wilson, moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches, talk openly about their 28-year-old civil union as partners in all aspects of life --- living as a married couple, taking out a mortgage, blending families, caring for children, sharing debt - elements of a long-term relationship not always recognized as a legal arrangement. “The older we’ve gotten, the more in some ways we’ve peeled away our own internalized issues.’
Music credits: Wicked Little Town by Ben Jelen, Give It All Away, Maverick Recording Co.
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, citrus groves and vegetable farms. Can Florida agriculture find ways to adapt and coexist with development? We’ll explore the question on our next Florida Matters with our guests.
In honor of Father’s Day, hear a compilation of previously told Florida Stories featuring three men as they reflect on their lives. First, John Clement shares the family’s legacy of humor with his daughter Lawrason; next, Tony Castellano tells his daughter Rose Castellano Mattran about his favorite years as a young man; and finally, William J. Cobb relates to his his grandson, William Scott Cobb, what his own father meant to him.
Music credits: Forty Fingers by Pullman, Viewfinder, Thrill Jockey Records