Florida Matters is WUSF's weekly current affairs show that explores the events, ideas, politics and issues that matter to Floridians.
Small Businesses Are Still Adapting To Reopening
Full story: https://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/show/florida-matters/2020-10-14/small-businesses-are-still-adapting-to-reopening
As coronavirus was spreading across the world and the U.S. entered lockdown in March, there was lots of uncertainty, especially with how the pandemic would affect business.
At the time, we talked to the owner of a St. Petersburg bookstore and the director of an organization that helps small businesses about what the coming months held for their livelihoods.
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Seven months later, host Bradley George is checking back in with Alsace Walentine of Tombolo Books and Eileen Rodriguez of the Florida Small Business Development Center.
George also talked to Health News Florida Editor Julio Ochoa, who reported on the challenges facing an Oldsmar hair salon.
Voting By Mail A Popular Option Ahead of November's Election
Full story: https://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/show/florida-matters/2020-10-06/voting-by-mail-a-popular-option-ahead-of-novembers-election
If you are one of the thousands of voters across the Greater Tampa Bay region who requested a mail-in ballot, it’s probably lying on your living room table or waiting in your mailbox.
And for many people, it will be the first time voting-by-mail. The coronavirus pandemic and the effort to practice social distancing has led to a boom in requests for mail-in ballots.
How exactly does the process work? What happens if you make a mistake?
And besides the top of the ballot presidential races, what are some other important races that we need to pay attention to?
For November's Election, Pinellas County Is One Of The Largest Swing Counties At Play
Full story: https://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/show/florida-matters/2020-09-30/for-novembers-election-pinellas-county-is-one-of-the-largest-swing-counties-at-play
Pinellas County is unique in a lot of ways.
But here’s one you might not know: it’s voted for the winner in every presidential election since 1980 -- except for the disputed election of 2000. Four years ago, Donald Trump won the county by about 5,000 votes.
That’s why the campaigns of Joe Biden and Donald Trump are paying close attention to Pinellas this year.
Host Bradley George spoke with Kaiser Health News reporter Phil Galewitz. His recent story with Margo Snipe of the Tampa Bay Times looked at how the pandemic could affect how the county swings this year. They were also joined by Tara Newsom, political scientist and director of the Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement at St. Petersburg College.
Much Like In 2016, Disinformation Is A Concern For The Upcoming Election
Full story: https://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/2020-09-23/much-like-in-2016-disinformation-is-a-concern-for-the-upcoming-election
Tampa Bay's Small Music Venues Struggle With No End In Sight
There’s nothing like seeing live music — whether it’s in a huge arena or a dimly lit bar.
It’s one of the experiences that’s a casualty of social distancing needed to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Live music venues have been closed for months, and as the virus continues to spread, there’s no end in sight. No clear view of when the smallest of venues can reopen for shows. And musicians who rely on gigs for their livelihood are also suffering.
So where do we go from here?
Host Bradley George talked about the current state of Tampa Bay's smaller music venues with Tom DeGeorge, owner of Ybor City venue Crowbar; Kristopher James, a Bradenton-based musician; and Wayne Atherholt, cultural affairs director for the city of St. Petersburg.
With Eviction Relief Extended, The Future Is Again On Hold For Renters And Landlords
Originally aired on Sept. 1
Monday night's extension of Florida's rent moratorium signaled another moment of relief for renters while landlords will once again be halted from evicting tenants. For the past five months, Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued late extensions for the moratorium within hours of it expiring.
But beyond the month-to-month relief, what is eventually at stake for renters and landlords is becoming clear. What happens if the statewide moratorium is finally lifted?
"We're going to be faced with a tsunami of cases, of people who are going to be facing immediate evictions. We're going to be facing an onslaught of new cases," said William Pena Wells, a St. Petersburg attorney with Gulfcoast Legal Services. "Basically here at Gulfcoast and every other agency that tries to help distressed tenants, we're going to be overwhelmed with requests."
On Tuesday's episode of Florida Matters, host Bradley George talked with Pena Wells and Stephannie Stokes, a reporter who covers housing for public radio station WABE in Atlanta.