Property taxes continue to be an issue of concern for Floridians. Some lawmakers have suggested doing away with property tax on homestead properties in lieu of a larger state sales tax. What can be done to address the tax problem? We discuss competing proposals with this week's guests.
Listen to the story of a grapefruit tree that survived a beating from hammers and nails wielded by Bob Carter’s sons - who enthusiastically built a treehouse meant to last an eternity, but jeopardized the life of the tree. Carter shares the tale with his daughter, Carrie Wharton, as the two reminisce about family life.
Music credits: Our House by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Deja Vu, Atlantic Recording Corporation
Could Tampa Bay residents be taking the train to work someday? Would light rail help reduce traffic jams and save energy? We discuss the future of a commuter rail in the Bay Area, with this week's guests.
Afsaneh Noori of Tampa tells her best friend, Magda Santos, about the trials and tribulations she faced as an Iranian immigrant coming to America. Thirty years later, Noori now flourishes in Tampa as a motivational speaker and consultant. Santos, a native of the Bronx, is the program director at USF's Preschool for Creative Learning. Both women can't imagine life without the other.
Music credits: Only You by Portishead, Portishead, GO! Beat/London Recordings
The 2007 Florida Legislative Session begins on Tuesday, March 6th. This week on Florida Matters we discuss the major issues that the legislature will be facing as well as how new Governor Charlie Crist will influence the process.
Dr. Sylvia Campbell, dubbed “Saint Sylvia" by friends and admirers, is a general surgeon at St. Joseph's Hospital. She donates thousands of hours in service to charitable causes and perhaps is best known for her tireless service to the working poor who visit the Judeo-Christian Health Clinic in Tampa. She also leads medical mission trips to Haiti and Uganda, carrying thousands of pounds of donated supplies and performing routine as well as extraordinary surgeries on people who otherwise wouldn't survive. Jeanne Hardin-Gres, an Army reservist often called into active duty in recent years, is the nurse anesthetist who accompanies Sylvia to Haiti. Both recently returned from a pilgrimage to do similar volunteer work in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina.
Music credits: February Sea by George Winston, Winter Into Spring, Windham Hill Records