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Art
1:00 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Peter Max Talks About Mercato Exhibit on Gulf Coast LIVE

  Artist Peter Max comes to Naples this month for a retrospective exhibition of some of his most revered paintings spanning four decades from his iconic pop art designs to his design of the cruise ship Breakaway. Max’s work is said to have done to the visual art world what the Beatles did for music.

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Government
1:00 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Eminent Domain

Edith Macefield's house during construction
Ben Tesch

  The government’s taking of private property for public use, or eminent domain, is a long-standing practice in the U.S. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Kelo v. City of New London in 2005 expanded the use of eminent domain allowing governments to take private property for private benefit and not just for public use. The motivation for behind broader eminent domain powers is that it can result in economic redevelopment, reduced unemployment and increased government revenues.

That idea has gone largely unchallenged, but a pair of Florida Gulf Coast University Economics professors recently published results of a study showing that this expanded eminent domain doesn’t result in those economic benefits and, in fact, may have the opposite effect. We’ll take a closer look at the study’s findings and the history of eminent domain in the U.S. 

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Haiti Earthquake
1:00 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Haiti Five Years After the Earthquake

It’s been five years since a devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Caribbean island nation of Haiti in the town of Leogane just west of Port au Prince. 230 thousand lives were lost in the quake and another 1.5 million more people were driven from their homes. The Haitian government estimates some 30,000 commercial buildings and 250,000 residences were destroyed or severely damaged by the earthquake.

In the immediate aftermath of the disaster, money for relief and recovery efforts poured in from around the world. According to the United Nations, more than $13 billion has been earmarked for recovery efforts through 2020. However, much recovery work remains as 85,000 Haitians are still living in displacement camps and many of those who’ve gotten out of the camps still struggle to find permanent housing. We’ll explore relief and recovery efforts then and now with the Naples-based non-profit Hope for Haiti, and we’ll hear from members of Southwest Florida’s Haitian community. 

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Agriculture
1:00 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Status of Florida’s Citrus Industry

tpmartins Flickr / Creative Commons

Florida is the largest citrus producer in the U.S. and the second largest producer of orange juice in the world. The industry has a $9 billion a year economic impact on the state accounting for about 76,000 jobs. Not long ago, citrus groves covered about 800,000 acres of land in Florida. Today, that’s down to just over 400,000 acres due in large part to the devastating impacts of citrus diseases like greening. The disease, which originated in Southern China, was first discovered in South Florida in 2005 and has since become endemic throughout the state’s citrus producing regions.

This week, just as the U.S. Department of Agriculture reduced its citrus harvest estimate for the current season, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putman announced he’s calling on lawmakers to increase funding to fight greening and secure the industry’s future. Meanwhile the Fort Myers-based Alico, Inc. announced last month it’s buying three citrus operations in central Florida for $363 million dollars making the company the largest citrus producer in the U.S. We’ll explore the status of Florida’s current citrus crop, the value of the state’s citrus industry and ongoing efforts to develop new strategies to combat greening. 

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Same-Sex Marriage
1:00 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Same Sex Marriage in Florida

Lee County Clerk of Court issues marriage licence to first same-sex couple Tuesday morning
Ashley Lopez

This week, Florida became the 36th state in the U.S. to recognize marriage between same-sex couples. Clerk of Court offices in all of Florida’s 67 counties began offering marriage licenses to gay couples on Jan. 6, following a ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle that found that the state’s marriage ban violates the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection and due process requirements. The challenge came in a lawsuit filed by the ACLU on behalf of eight same-sex couples and a Fort Myers widow and another lawsuit filed on behalf of two couples by attorneys in Jacksonville. A temporary stay on that ruling expired Jan. 5, opening the door to legalized same-sex marriage.

Initially, clerk of court offices faced confusion over the scope of the federal court ruling until Jan. 1, when Judge Hinkle issued an order clarifying that his ruling was intended to apply to the entire state.

As gay couples have now begun lining up at clerk of court offices around the state to apply for marriage licenses, supporters are celebrating the move as a step toward equality for members of Florida’s LGBT community. Meanwhile, opponents of same-sex marriage say the ruling contradicts the will of Florida voters who approved a state constitutional amendment in 2008 defining marriage as between one man and one woman. Opponents vow to continue their fight until the U.S. Supreme Court makes a ruling on gay marriage. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has filed an appeal in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, although no date has yet been set for a hearing. We explore the legal and political history of how same-sex marriage became legal in Florida, the potential impacts of same-sex marriage in Florida, and what’s next in the legal battle.

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