July 9, 2021
Elsa made landfall in North Florida’s Taylor County as a tropical storm this week. It poured heavy rain into the area, which led to flooding. But experts say, all in all, the state got off easy. Now they’re warning Floridians to stay vigilant as more storms inevitably form this hurricane season. We get the story from Regan McCarthy.
Former President Donald Trump filed lawsuits against Facebook, Google and Twitter in a South Florida federal court this week. That action comes days after a federal judge in Tallahassee temporarily blocked a new G-O-P-backed state law that would have barred social media companies from de-platforming political candidates. Eric Goldman is a professor of law at Santa Clara University in California. He’s written about the issue on his blog. He’s also studied more than 60 similar lawsuits against social media platforms. Valerie Crowder spoke with him about what’s happening with the issue in Florida.
Local governments - particularly in South Florida - are clamping down on buildings that are behind on their required inspections and repairs. This of course comes after the collapse of the Champlain (sham-PLAIN) Towers building in Surfside. In Miami Beach alone, more than 500 buildings are undergoing emergency inspections. From WLRN in Miami, Danny Rivero talked to members of the condo board at one of those buildings, located about a mile from the tragedy at Surfside.
An estimated 48 million people in the U.S. are providing in-home care to an adult loved one. Three million of those caregivers live in Florida. AARP says a new study demonstrates the need to support family caregivers with financial assistance as we hear from Gina Jordan.
Part of Florida’s Panhandle is on track to have one of the worst sea turtle nesting seasons in recent history. That’s according to a volunteer group that monitors turtle nesting as we hear from Robbie Gaffney.