Florida Senate legalizes gardening in private front yards
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Florida Senate legalizes gardening in private front yards

Growing fruits and vegetables in the front yard for one’s personal consumption and enjoyment is no longer prohibited in the state of Florida. New legislation, inspired by a 2017 legal dispute, recently passed in the Florida Senate in a 35-5 vote. Sen. Robert Bradley's Senate…

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SFA “Boot the Braids” at University of Florida

Every movement is born somewhere. The Student/Farmworker Alliance (SFA) was born in Feb. 2000, at the March for Dignity organized by the SFA’s longtime partner, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW). The CIW is a worker-led human rights organization that is built on a foundation…

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Multimodal Biological Control makes waves in Sarasota ponds
Katrina Carlin/Catalyst The current regulation leads to many problems in the retention ponds.

Multimodal Biological Control makes waves in Sarasota ponds

Katrina Carlin/Catalyst The current regulation leads to many problems in the retention ponds. Rep. Margaret Good filed a bill on Feb. 11 that will alter the Florida landscape: House Bill (HB) 737. Ten months earlier, at the Science and Environment Council Environmental Summit held at…

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Governor Desantis reveals new state budget
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Governor Desantis reveals new state budget

Gov. Ron DeSantis released the largest proposed budget in Florida’s history in a move that highlights some of the subtle breaks between him and the Republicans in the state House of Representatives. DeSantis released his budget proposal, calling it his ‘Bold Vision For A Brighter…

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Facing the reality of the end of dog racing in Florida
photo courtesy of the Boston Public Library A postcard from the early 20th century depicting greyhound racing in Florida.

Facing the reality of the end of dog racing in Florida

Although the dust has settled after another tumultuous midterm election in Florida, the state and its citizens now face the integration of a slew of new constitutional amendments. Out of the 11 measures on the ballot which passed, Amendment 13 addressed the controversial sport of…

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Red Tide Causes Food Insecurity in Sarasota
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Red Tide Causes Food Insecurity in Sarasota

The current outbreak of red tide has done more than wreak havoc on marine life. It has affected the livelihood of people in Sarasota County. Visit Sarasota, the official tourism marketing agency for the county, surveyed 40 tourism partners in August and compared it to…

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New College & “The 305” connecting the coasts of the Florida rap game
First-year transfer Kingsley Reeves performs at the Concert Sur la Bay.

New College & “The 305” connecting the coasts of the Florida rap game

*Editor’s note: The author hosted CONCERT SUR LA BAY and FREESTYLE/FLOETRY/F*CKERY PCP with performers SDotBraddy, Yoshi Thompkins and Sekajipo present.*     Hip-hop may have been declared the most popular music genre of 2017 by Billboard, but its popularity in certain circles still surprises many…

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Searching for the real “old Florida”

An old postcard from circa 1920 shows Mary’s chapel. (Photos courtesy of Gulf Coast Heritage Association)   The definition of “Old Florida” is more than what the magazines and newspapers describe. It’s not just quaint fishing towns and hole-in-the-wall seafood restaurants. It’s more than sepia-toned…

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