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Today on Context Florida: Marco Rubio’s failure, Credit Education Month, Apple versus the FBI and Key West bus parking

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Today on Context Florida:

The most common formulation for political failure in a presidential campaign is this: It was too little, too late. But in the case of Marco Rubio, Peter Schorsch says it was too little, too soon. Rubio withdrew from the presidential race Tuesday, another patch of bloodstained pavement on Trump Boulevard. Our self-described favorite son managed to lose 66 of the 67 counties in Florida to a bloated, orange buffoon with genetically engineered hair. How did Rubio achieve this grand face-plant on his home turf, Schorsch asks? In the end, Rubio was the first millennial presidential candidate, and he embodied the narcissistic worst of the selfie generation. He didn’t accomplish anything, rarely showed up for work, and was convinced he deserved a promotion.

Drew J. Breakspear, the commissioner of Florida’s Office of Financial Regulation, points out that March is recognized as Credit Education Month. This time of year is dedicated to reminding consumers of the importance of developing the skills needed to manage their finances effectively. Understanding how to build a good credit record, how your credit score is used and how credit can affect your financial life is the foundation of financial literacy.

Law enforcement investigators are eager to see what information is on the iPhone5c that terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook used for his work at the San Bernardino, California Health Department. The FBI has been attempting to hack into the phone and courts have ordered Apple to help the FBI get access to the phone’s content by disabling its encryption software. Apple, which has refused to comply, says they don’t have the software to bypass the encryption, and creating it would create the potential for a massive data breach. Blake Dowling understands where the FBI is coming from. If getting into this phone would possibly stop a future attack and lead to the arrest of other potential terrorists, Dowling is all for it. But, would this action lead to thousands or millions of future data breaches? Hopefully both parties will find some common ground where the FBI can do its job and Apple can provide its customers with products that protect their information. We shall see, Dowling says.

Fifty bucks for six hours of primo parking in Old Town in Key West, while the City of Key West provides the parking lot gratis? That may sound like a lot, but it’s $50 for one mass-quantity bus. Ones that are filled with day-tripping tourists; massive “motor coaches,” complete with Wi-Fi that ply the two lanes of the Overseas Highway between Miami and Key West. Linda Grist Cunningham believes Key West ought to ban charter buses anywhere in Old Town except in the soon-to-be-constructed Caroline Street lot — and then charge outrageous fees for the premium location. No drop-offs or pick-ups except at Caroline Street.

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Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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