Capital Report: 09-15-2017

Sep 18, 2017

Hurricane Irma proved fatal to eight patients in a Hollywood Hills nursing home, which lost power and air conditioning during the storm.  Many more such homes and assisted living facilities statewide also lost power, prompting evacuations and efforts by first responders to make sure those residents who remained in those facilities were safe.  From member station WMFE in Orlando, Health News Florida reporter Abe Aboraya takes a look at what’s next for these homes.

Even though Hurricane Irma has left Florida, it left behind many neighborhoods several feet under water.  From member station WUSF in Tampa, Steve Newborn takes us to one such neighborhood along the Alafia (uh-LAW-fee-uh) River in Hillsborough County.

Certainly Hurricane Irma was dangerous and even deadly in many parts of Florida.  And as the storm approached the Capital City, there was fear bordering on panic.  But the worst never came.  In Leon County this week, city and county workers set their usual duties aside to go out and assess damage from the storm.  Nick Evans tagged along.

Rebuilding Florida’s brand won’t be easy in the wake of Hurricane Irma. But the job is crucial to recovery in a state where tourism generates 80 billion dollars a year and employs 1.2 million workers.  WFSU’s Jim Ash discussed the challenge with industry consultant and Thinkspot, Inc. president Dale A. Brill. Brill dealt with the aftermath of four successive hurricanes in 2004-2005 as Visit Florida chief marketing officer, and served as head of the Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development under Governor Charlie Crist.   

That was Dale Brill, former chief marketing officer for VISIT FLORIDA and head of the Florida Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development speaking with Florida Public Radio’s Jim Ash.

Several former Florida athletes are using their platform to help Hurricane Irma victims. Sascha Cordner reports.