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Today on Context Florida: Honoring famous Floridians, Marin County’s botched website and a year of melting

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Today on Context Florida:

Florida had been a state for less than a century when it came time to honor famous citizens with two statues at the U.S. Capitol. At the time, there were few plausible candidates, says Martin Dyckman. Dr. John Gorrie, the physician who invented mechanical refrigeration – imagine modern Florida without it – was an outstanding choice. But from today’s perspective, Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith is a head-scratcher. Let 2016 be the year the Legislature finally retires him.

The good news about Martin County’s new $275,000 website, according to Sally Swartz: It displays nicely on mobile phones and tablet computers. There’s also a lot of bad news: No staff directory. No easy way to locate agendas, minutes, documents or just about anything else. And so many complaints and disgruntled users the county could use another website just to list them all. This wasn’t the outcome Kevin Kryzda, the county’s chief information officer, envisioned for the redo, which has been more than a year in the making.

For Yolanda Hood, this is the year of melting. To clarify, she says it is not the year of melting because we are having warmer-than-usual fall and winter seasons. This is the year of melting because Hood finally decided to allow herself to experience emotions, to experience them and to sit in them. It was an epiphany, actually.

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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 [email protected] and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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