Today on Context Florida: Felix Garcia, separation law, George Zimmerman and the “messy divorce”

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Today on Context Florida: Felix Garcia, a 52-year-old deaf Florida man whose brother and sister framed him for murder, leaving him behind bars for 32 years, justifies a pardon from Gov. Rick Scott, says Peter Schorsch. For decades, attempts to absolve Felix were in vain, and now Scott and the Cabinet hold the only keys to exonerate an innocent man.

Occasionally, it is a good idea to go back over Florida’s laws, just to see which ones still merit being on the books, says John Harris, former Director of the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco. Case in point is the current separation law, preventing consumers from buying distilled spirits in the same store where they can already buy other retail items including food, beer and wine.

It is time to make George Zimmerman “disappear” from the public arena, writes Gary Stein, whose wife considered changing her last name, since it is the same (but no relation) as the infamous “guy who killed Trayvon Martin.”

The “messy divorce” between Gov. Rick Scott and former finance co-chair Mike Fernandez sheds new light on the dysfunctional political culture Scott has created in Tallahassee, according to Daniel Tilson. What Hispanic, Latino and other voters need to remember are the actions of the Scott administration, speaking louder and been more arrogant and culturally insensitive than any words.

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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.