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October 28, 2022

Hurricane Ian is renewing scrutiny on Florida’s climate policy. WMFE environmental reporter Amy Green explains that includes the policy of former governor Charlie Crist, who is running against incumbent Ron DeSantis in the state’s gubernatorial race.

To help ensure Sanibel Island residents can access meals, a Florida company, Zing Drones of Saint Petersburg, is partnering with Skyway drone services and A2Z Drone Delivery to deliver free meals to the Hurricane Ian-wracked island via drone. WGCU reporter Mike Braun spoke with A2Z spokesman Zach Heath about the service.

Trailer parks have never been a perfect solution to Florida’s affordable housing crisis. But for many, they offer a rare shot at homeownership – but it’s homeownership with an asterisk. Hurricane Ian has underscored just how vulnerable these communities are – especially for the many immigrant families who call them home. WLRN’s Kate Payne reports from Florida's southwest coast.

More than three weeks after Hurricane Ian devastated people across Florida, many seniors who fled a flooded retirement community near Kissimmee feel abandoned as they search for answers and new housing. WMFE’s Joe Byrnes spoke with several evacuees from the Good Samaritan Society’s Kissimmee Village who have taken refuge about five miles down the road at the Red Lion Hotel. Osceola County held a town hall meeting for Good Samaritan evacuees earlier this week in the hopes of providing relocation information and options, few of them of much comfort to the displaced residents.

Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in America–that’s according to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association. Great weather and an abundance of courts make Florida a popular place to play. WLRN’s Yvonne zum Tobel talked to some pickleball players in Palm Beach County about what drew them to the game — and why they love it.]