Manatee County crews removed a Confederate monument from the county courthouse overnight. After lengthy public debates, Commissioners voted Tuesday to remove the monument until a decision can be reached on a prominent, respectful site.
71-year-old Martha Bireda speaks with her son, 43-year-old Ja-ha Cummings, in this week’s StoryCorps of southwest Florida about their ancestry and their roots in what was then a segregated Punta Gorda.
The first offshore sale in the US Oil and Gas Leasing program for the year has concluded. It offered the largest amount of acreage in the history of the federal offshore program in the Gulf of Mexico. Meanwhile the Trump Administration is working to expand offshore drilling into the eastern Gulf and other new areas.
Florida native, Connie May Fowler, is a prolific writer with six novels and two memoirs to her name. Oprah Winfrey adapted her book “Before Women Had Wings,” winner of the 1996 Southern Book Critics Circle Award, into a film. Fowler teaches in the MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts and also lives in Mexico where she founded the Yucatan Writing Conference. Sally Bissell reviews her latest release.