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Joe Henderson has had a 45-year career in newspapers, including the last nearly 42 years at The Tampa Tribune. He covered a large variety of things, primarily in sports but also including hard news. The two intertwined in the decade-long search to bring Major League Baseball to the area. Henderson was also City Hall reporter for two years and covered all sides of the sales tax issue that ultimately led to the construction of Raymond James Stadium. He served as a full-time sports columnist for about 10 years before moving to the metro news columnist for the last 4 ½ years. Henderson has numerous local, state and national writing awards. He has been married to his wife, Elaine, for nearly 35 years and has two grown sons – Ben and Patrick.

Joe Henderson: Richard Corcoran’s good move on hurricane readiness

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House Speaker Richard Corcoran has taken the first step to improve Florida’s hurricane readiness, and it sounds like a good one. He is convening the bipartisan Select Committee on Hurricane Response and Preparedness to study what steps the state should take to prepare in the future for mega-storms like Hurricane Irma. Excellent idea.

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Joe Henderson: Florida needs more than a mop after Irma

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Hurricane Irma rammed home the point that Floridians need leaders to provide more than a mop to deal with the damage and misery these mega-storms bring. We just got overwhelmed by a natural disaster that showed again how vulnerable we are. Climate change – yes, deniers, it is real – will likely bring more storms the size of Irma, or maybe larger.

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Joe Henderson: Florida must get elderly care right

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Of all the heartbreak and damage wrought by Hurricane Irma, nothing is worse than the deaths of eight elderly residents, aged 71 to 99, at a Hollywood Hills rehabilitation center. It’s an outrage. It’s horrifying. It left people sputtering with anger and officials on the trail to find answers.

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Joe Henderson: Flood insurance reform must be priority

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The images of sunken cars, water-soaked homes and submerged streets in the aftermath of hurricanes in Florida and Texas should be enough to convince politicians to finally address the issue of flood insurance. Millions who need coverage don’t have it or can’t afford it. It’s an old problem in states like ours, and it’s time to fix it – past time, really.

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Joe Henderson: What did we learn? Hopefully lots

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The winds have died and the mopping up has begun. Businesses are reopening as people head back to work while dealing, at least for now, with their new realities. I know people whose homes were badly damaged by this storm, while others – myself luckily included – had only minor inconveniences. No matter whether Irma dealt you a mighty blow or a glancing scratch, we’re all in this together.

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Joe Henderson: Bill Nelson, Marco Rubio agree Donald Trump made poor choice to lead NASA

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Florida’s members of the United States Senate don’t agree on much, but with a Category 5 hurricane bearing down on Miami and the east coast, Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio are standing shoulder-to-shoulder in advocating for their state. Well done.

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Joe Henderson: Hurricanes are tough, Floridians are tougher

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Floridians generally are a cocky bunch when it comes to hurricanes. A lot of people take the batteries-and-beer approach to these things: make sure you have plenty of both. Fill up the propane tank on the grill, fill the cooler with ice, and ride it out. Not this time.

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