Becca Hadwen takes you to a discussion of how Governor DeSantis’s protest law will affect Sarasota. Omar Guerrero learns how Newtown will celebrate Juneteenth, and why it matters. He also brings you the latest from the City of North Port’s budget process. Finally, Becca went to the Bishop Museum to learn about their new manatee rehabilitation habitat.
In this week's episode, Becca Hadwen reports on a new rule passed by the Florida Board of Education that restricts how teachers talk about race. Omar Guerrero discusses Sarasota Mayor Hagen Brody’s proposal to regulate sitting or lying on sidewalks. Then, Becca takes a look at the controversy surrounding Sarasota County code enforcement officer Harvey Ayers. Omar wraps up the show with information on Juneteenth and how the local Bar Associations will honor the holiday.
On Thursday, DeSantis signed Senate Bill 90, which introduces several regulations related to Florida elections. Some organizations are already denouncing the bill as unconstitutional. Omar Guerrero details the controversies surrounding SB90 and speaks to the president of the League of Women Voters in Florida, about a recent lawsuit against the bill.
The disaster at Piney Point brought concerns about water quality to the center of our headlines. Similar concerns are common throughout Florida, and people in Orange County sought a solution. A lawsuit filed last week could change the nature of environmental protections throughout the United States.
Sarasota High School students want to work with the administration to update the school dress code after enforcement became more strict, and many girls were punished for breaking the code. Claire Thomas has details on the students' efforts and calls for change.
New College of Florida undergraduate theses encompass the hard work the students put forward in their years of study at New College. One thesis group this semester, consisting of both first and second semester thesis students, is putting their hard work towards an art exhibit entitled "what we do in the house that has no walls," and Claire Thomas spoke about it with one of the thesis students whose work will be on display, Hanna Isabella Gatof.
A recent breach at Piney Point thrust the site into the spotlight, but this situation is not new at all. Besides marking the past, Piney Point will set the tone for handling phosphate plants throughout the state. I spoke with Frank Alcock and Glenn Compton to talk about what’s gone wrong with Piney Point and the dangerous precedent it could set.