Ashley Lopez http://blog.wlrn.org en Beleaguered Florida Citrus Industry Hits New Snags http://blog.wlrn.org/post/beleaguered-florida-citrus-industry-hits-new-snags Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Florida's citrus industry has a new problem. It's long wrestled with crop diseases like canker and greening. But the effort to halt greening has killed millions of bees, as growers have increased their use of pesticides.<p>And that, in turn, is straining relationships between citrus farmers and their longtime partners, beekeepers. Here's Ashley Lopez of member station WGCU.<p>ASHLEY LOPEZ, BYLINE: Harold Curtis runs an 1,100-acre grove in southwest Florida. Tue, 05 Nov 2013 21:56:00 +0000 Ashley Lopez 23234 at http://blog.wlrn.org Gov. Scott Announces $90 Million Everglades Plan In Ft. Myers http://blog.wlrn.org/post/gov-scott-announces-90-million-everglades-plan-ft-myers <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wgcu/files/styles/placed_wide/public/201308/photo_%2812%29.JPG" alt="" /><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wgcu/audio/2013/08/SP0198.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Rick Scott was in Fort Myers Wednesday surrounded by state, local and federal officials to discuss his plan to deal with the escalating water quality problems in Southwest and Southeast Florida due to ongoing water releases from Lake Okeechobee.</span><p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 18:33:20 +0000 Ashley Lopez 19821 at http://blog.wlrn.org Gov. Scott Announces $90 Million Everglades Plan In Ft. Myers Algae Bloom Kills Record Number Of Florida Manatees http://blog.wlrn.org/post/algae-bloom-kills-record-number-florida-manatees More than 200 manatees have died in Florida's waterways since January from an algae bloom called red tide, just as wildlife officials try to remove the marine mammal from the endangered species list.<p>It used to be boat propellers that were the biggest killer of manatees, but red tide has been especially bad this year.<p>Florida Fish and Wildlife officer Steve Rice routinely scours the Caloosahatchee River in southwest Florida for dead manatees. He has found more than 20 in the past few weeks.<p>"It's part of the job, but it's not something we like doing. Thu, 28 Mar 2013 20:15:00 +0000 Ashley Lopez 11605 at http://blog.wlrn.org Algae Bloom Kills Record Number Of Florida Manatees VIDEO: A Chat With Terence Cantarella About His Tropical Adventure http://blog.wlrn.org/post/video-chat-terence-cantarella-about-his-tropical-adventure <p>Terence Cantarella, the man behind the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wlrn.org/term/canoe-project" target="_blank" title="CANOE PROJECT">the Canoe Project</a> here at&nbsp;<a href="http://wlrn.org">WLRN</a>, had a chat with <em><a href="http://miamiherald.com" target="_blank">The&nbsp;Miami Herald</a>‘s</em> Michael Alen this week about waking up at day break, not sleeping well, and other aspects of spending four days straight in a canoe.</p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 22:20:16 +0000 Ashley Lopez 1364 at http://blog.wlrn.org VIDEO: A Chat With Terence Cantarella About His Tropical Adventure Canoe Project: “A Certain Amount Of Willful Lack Of Planning” http://blog.wlrn.org/post/canoe-project-certain-amount-willful-lack-planning <p>Earlier this week WLRN Miami Herald’s Dan Grech interviewed Terence Cantarella, an intrepid contributor to WLRN who had the idea of navigating his way around Miami through its canal system in a canoe.</p><p>His proposed four-day journey became the <a href="http://www.wlrn.org/term/canoe-project" target="_blank">Canoe Project:</a> an effort to shed some light on the unrecognized backdrop to our lives here in Miami-Dade: our city’s vast network of canals. These waterways completely surround us, yet, many of us don’t know where they go or why they are there.</p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 22:18:58 +0000 Ashley Lopez 1358 at http://blog.wlrn.org Canoe Project: “A Certain Amount Of Willful Lack Of Planning” Miami’s Canals In Books: Michael Grunwald’s ‘The Swamp’ http://blog.wlrn.org/post/miami-s-canals-books-michael-grunwald-s-swamp <p>In an effort to add some perspective and history to WLRN’s <a href="http://www.wlrn.org/term/canoe-project" target="_blank">Canoe Project</a>, we’re also taking a look at books that add to our conversation about Miami-Dade’s canals.</p><p>The Canoe Project was a four-day long journey through Miami’s canals and waterways via canoe.</p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 22:13:13 +0000 Ashley Lopez 1344 at http://blog.wlrn.org Miami’s Canals In Books: Michael Grunwald’s ‘The Swamp’ The Art Of Life Within Miami’s Waterways http://blog.wlrn.org/post/art-life-within-miami-s-waterways <p>Part of <a href="http://www.wlrn.org/term/canoe-project" target="_blank">the Canoe Project’s</a> mission is to create a conversation, and ultimately some new understanding, of the nature of Miami-Dade’s vast network of waterways.</p><p>Contributing to this conversation today is Colin Foord, one of the brilliant marine biologists/artists behind <a href="http://www.morphologicstudios.com/" target="_blank">Coral Morphologic,</a> which is described as a “coral aquaculture laboratory and multi-media aquarium studio” here in Miami.</p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 22:12:06 +0000 Ashley Lopez 1345 at http://blog.wlrn.org The Art Of Life Within Miami’s Waterways From An Expert: Pamela Sweeney On Miami’s Waterways http://blog.wlrn.org/post/expert-pamela-sweeney-miami-s-waterways <p style="text-align: left;">As part of The Canoe Project’s mission to shed some light on Miami’s forgotten waterways, I spoke to Pamela Sweeney, a bona fide expert on Miami’s canal system and the Biscayne Bay. Sweeney is the Manager of the<a href="http://www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal/sites/biscayne/" target="_blank"> Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserve</a>.</p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 22:10:55 +0000 Ashley Lopez 1347 at http://blog.wlrn.org From An Expert: Pamela Sweeney On Miami’s Waterways Who Has Navigated Our Canals? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/who-has-navigated-our-canals <p>Terence Cantarella, the man who is currently navigating his way around Miami by <a href="http://wlrn.org/topic/canoe-project" target="_blank" title="Canoe Project">canoeing through Miami-Dade’s&nbsp; canals</a>, is not the first person to attempt something similar.</p><p>In fact, according to <em>The Miami Herald</em> newspaper archives, this is something that has even been attempted a few times before.</p><p>Here is are some stories of other Floridians who have traveled via Miami Canals:</p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 18:16:18 +0000 Ashley Lopez 1373 at http://blog.wlrn.org Who Has Navigated Our Canals? Rick Scott Admits Florida Voting Law Was A Problem http://blog.wlrn.org/post/rick-scott-admits-florida-voting-law-was-problem <p>During an appearance on CNN on Wednesday, Gov. Rick Scott admitted Florida's voting law-- which he signed into law-- was partially to blame &nbsp;for Florida's voting troubles this year.</p><p>He told Soledad O'Brien during <em>Starting Point</em> on Wednesday that lawmakers in the state have to come up with a bipartisan solution to Florida's voting woes. This year, people stood in lines that were up to six hours long even on Election Day, well after polls closed in other parts of the state.</p><p> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 17:41:55 +0000 Ashley Lopez 6546 at http://blog.wlrn.org Rick Scott Admits Florida Voting Law Was A Problem Why The Health Care Law Might Leave Florida's Undocumented In A Lurch http://blog.wlrn.org/post/why-health-care-law-might-leave-floridas-undocumented-lurch <p>As state and federal lawmakers roll out and implement the health care reform law over the next few years,&nbsp; millions of people living in the U.S. who didn't have health insurance will gain insurance. However, in a state like Florida, thousands of people won't be included in those changes-- and that is because they are undocumented.</p><p> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 20:10:57 +0000 Ashley Lopez 6406 at http://blog.wlrn.org Why The Health Care Law Might Leave Florida's Undocumented In A Lurch Miami Beach's Frumpy Convention Center Is Going To Get A Facelift http://blog.wlrn.org/post/miami-beachs-frumpy-convention-center-going-get-facelift <p>The Miami Beach Commission is finally going to let investors, developers and architects renovate the Beach's old and frumpy looking convention center.</p><p>The convention has been the site for some big events in the city. For example, Art Basel has been hosted at the center for the past few years. But even though some hot events are hosted there, the convention center has maintained its old and outdated look.</p><p>That's about to change, though.</p> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 16:00:00 +0000 Ashley Lopez 6262 at http://blog.wlrn.org Miami Beach's Frumpy Convention Center Is Going To Get A Facelift Cuba To Ban Reggaeton In Public Places http://blog.wlrn.org/post/cuba-ban-reggaeton-public-places <p>The Cuban government officially doesn't like reggaeton. As some of you know, reggaeton is that mix of Jamaican&nbsp;dancehall&nbsp;music and Spanish hip hop that you hear blasted through car speakers all over Miami and in almost any club you go to in the city.</p><p>I would say reggaeton&nbsp;is an acquired taste, but the Cuban government was some pretty serious feelings about this.</p> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Ashley Lopez 6247 at http://blog.wlrn.org Cuba To Ban Reggaeton In Public Places Legislator Wants To Change Some Overlooked Parts Of Florida's Voting Law http://blog.wlrn.org/post/legislator-wants-change-some-overlooked-parts-floridas-voting-law <p>There have already been <a href="http://www.wlrn.org/post/democrats-file-bills-revive-early-voting" target="_blank">a number of bills</a> filed by Democratic state lawmakers to change parts of Florida's controversial voting law during the upcoming &nbsp;Legislative session, which starts March 5.</p><p>Most of the bills, so far, focus on early voting rules that were changed in 2011 -- when the Republican-controlled &nbsp;Legislature overhauled the state's voting law.</p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 12:30:00 +0000 Ashley Lopez 6123 at http://blog.wlrn.org Legislator Wants To Change Some Overlooked Parts Of Florida's Voting Law Three Signs The 2014 Governor's Race Has Already Started http://blog.wlrn.org/post/three-signs-2014-governors-race-has-already-started <p>Yes, the 2014 gubernatorial election is months and months away, but there are already some signs that election season has started right back up again.</p><p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 11:55:31 +0000 Ashley Lopez 6119 at http://blog.wlrn.org Three Signs The 2014 Governor's Race Has Already Started