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Florida Matters is WUSF's weekly current affairs show that explores the events, ideas, politics and issues that matter to Floridians.

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Florida Matters is WUSF's weekly current affairs show that explores the events, ideas, politics and issues that matter to Floridians.

    Florida May See Fewer Snowbirds This Winter. What Does That Mean For The Tampa Bay Businesses They Frequent?

    Florida May See Fewer Snowbirds This Winter. What Does That Mean For The Tampa Bay Businesses They Frequent?

    This is the time of year when snowbirds — retirees from the Midwest and Canada looking to escape long, cold winters — flock to Florida.

    But not this year. Many are staying put due to the pandemic. And for Canadians, the U.S. border is closed.

    On today’s episode, host Bradley George asked Santiago Corrada, CEO of Visit Tampa Bay, about the effects the snowbird slowdown is having on the Tampa Bay region’s economy. Also joining Bradley is Rich Doty, a researcher at the University of Florida.

    • 17 min
    With COVID Cases Surging, Do We Gather Virtually Or In Person This Thanksgiving?

    With COVID Cases Surging, Do We Gather Virtually Or In Person This Thanksgiving?

    On this week's Florida Matters, we look at the holidays as COVID-19 cases surge.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging people not to travel. So some people are celebrating in person, with others virtually - or even a combination of both.

    How are you connecting with loved ones while staying safe this Thanksgiving week?

    We hear from Marissa Levine, a public health expert at the University of South Florida, and Krayl Funch, a Tampa home and event stylist, about the right way to safely celebrate.

    • 28 min
    In The Quest To Re-engage Voters, Florida Democrats Have A Long Road Ahead

    In The Quest To Re-engage Voters, Florida Democrats Have A Long Road Ahead

    On this week's Florida Matters, we look at the state of Florida's Democratic Party, post election.

    Hoping to add to their majority in Congress, Democrats ended up losing seats, including two in Florida. The party also lost ground in Florida's House and Senate.

    To understand what went wrong, host Bradley George spoke with State Representative Anna Eskamani of Orlando and Politico reporter Sabrina Rodriguez.

    Eskamani, an Orlando native, was first elected to fill the District 47 seat in Orange County in 2018 and was re-elected this year.

    • 28 min
    I-4 Corridor Voters Give Their Post Election Reactions

    I-4 Corridor Voters Give Their Post Election Reactions

    We get post-presidential election reactions from some voters we met earlier this year.

    Michael Weinbaum of Winter Garden and Phyllis Young of St. Petersburg are among a group of people who live along the I-4 corridor who we asked about the issues that mattered to them.

    We wanted to find out their thoughts on the vote and the most important issues facing the new president.

    • 28 min
    As Election Day Nears, Thoughts From A First-Time Voter And An Update On Early Voting

    As Election Day Nears, Thoughts From A First-Time Voter And An Update On Early Voting

    Full story:  https://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/show/florida-matters/2020-10-27/florida-matters-hears-from-a-first-time-voter-gets-an-update-on-early-voting
    A week from now, voting in the 2020 election will come to an end.
    Due to the pandemic-related surge in early voting and mail-in ballots, it’s been more like election season.
    Election coverage has a familiar ring to it. But this year, WUSF tried something different. We wanted to put the voters at the center of our election stories.
    To do that, we teamed up with our colleagues at WMFE in Orlando and a national project called America Amplified. Here, we meet a voter we connected with earlier this year.
    Dwayne-ron Sharpe is a student at St. Petersburg College and he grew up in Jamaica. He recently became an American citizen, so this is his first election.
    In the second half of the show, host Bradley George talks with WUSF political reporter Steve Newborn to learn about how early voting is going.

    • 28 min
    COVID-19 Survivors Tell Their Stories, Urge The Public Take The Virus Seriously

    COVID-19 Survivors Tell Their Stories, Urge The Public Take The Virus Seriously

    Full story:  https://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/show/florida-matters/2020-10-21/covid-19-survivors-tell-their-stories-urge-the-public-take-the-virus-seriously
    More than 700,000 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Florida since March. And for those who have recovered, the illness has changed their lives forever.
    Health News Florida reporter Stephanie Colombini talked with several people about what it was like to have COVID-19.
    We bring you three of those stories on this episode of Florida Matters.
    You'll hear from Dr. Devandra Amin of Clearwater, Ambyr Lix of Land O'Lakes and Mary Ann Shea of Sarasota.

    • 28 min

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