Today on Context Florida:
It’s “Crazy Peak” time for Republican presidential candidates, says Jac VerSteeg. At the moment, that favors two candidates with Florida ties: Donald Trump and Ben Carson. When the peaks flatten, as Trump’s might already be doing, two other Floridians – Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio – will benefit. But Rubio will benefit more than Bush. VerSteeg says when Republican voters decide they want a more electable candidate, they will turn to someone like Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio. There could be a lengthy battle, but Rubio is likely to prevail in the long run. Jeb’s greatest strength is his last name, but it’s an even greater burden. Jeb’s disastrous handling of his brother’s negative legacy has made it worse.
It’s already been a sad week for black bears in Florida, writes Michael Sainato. On Saturday, the first day of the big Florida black bear hunt, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission stopped the hunting in Central Florida after 99 bears were killed, just one under the quota for that region’s weeklong season. Statewide, 207 bears were killed. The quota for the whole state was 320 bears. It’s the first state-sanctioned Florida black bear hunt in decades. Environmental organizations protested it and wildlife biologists advised against it, recommending a full census of the state’s bear population be done prior to deciding on such a hunt.
Tom Feeney talks about reforms occurring in Florida’s education system, with an opportunity to improve the education system and further advance Florida students’ progress. As president of the Associated Industries of Florida (AIF), Feeney says his mission is to encourage and support businesses and industrial growth in Florida, and to encourage good measures that will lead to economic growth and prosperity in Florida. That’s why AIF encourages Florida to dedicate itself to our students by raising the academic bar to a level that aligns with readiness for students’ success in the workforce or post-secondary education. Florida’s students are our state’s next generation of economic drivers: our employees, our business owners, our inventors and our investors. The mastery of core subjects is vital if we want to continue to grow and strengthen our economy.