For the “Change We Can Believe In” file

Progress of a sort: Miami-Dade County commissioners have passed a new ordinance that alters the county’s regulations for possession of marijuana. Instead of issuing criminal charges, officers’ will now have the discretion to give a civil citation if the carrier is using the 20 grams of pot for personal use. Those cases would involve a… More For the “Change We Can Believe In” file

The stupidity of Florida legislators

Hours after the Florida Supreme Court ruled that the Florida House violated the Constitution but stepped away from ordering them back into session for ending early, it’s time to survey the damage. No, Floridians won’t get horrifying legislation written to protect restroom users from mad molesters in wigs or allowing college students to pack heat… More The stupidity of Florida legislators

Coral reefs: canaries in the coal mines for climate change

Well, if Florida’s going to be underwater in thirty years or the next hurricane, whichever comes first, it doesn’t matter whether coral reefs will whiten sooner than expected: The prediction comes from a just-released study by National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration climate scientists, who used a supercomputer to crunch piles of data on sea temperatures… More Coral reefs: canaries in the coal mines for climate change

‘We’ve never had the super hurricane’

Longtime denizens of South Florida — I include myself — get smug about hurricanes because we survived Andrew. Katrina? A glancing blow. Wilma? Less glancing, a genuine pain of ass for hundreds of thousands of people who lost roofs and were at least ten days without power. But survivalhood isn’t enough anymore: Miami’s vulnerability is… More ‘We’ve never had the super hurricane’

‘Miami probably not used to being compared unfavorably to Detroit’

Gail Collins on the, excuse the pun, sea change in political alignment regarding climate change. Guess which city is the test case: Miami is probably not used to being compared unfavorably to Detroit. But there you are. “We’re going to wander around shin-deep in the ocean — on the streets of Miami,” said Senator Sheldon… More ‘Miami probably not used to being compared unfavorably to Detroit’

‘The options of where to go are very limited’

As I’ve posted repeatedly, forget Florida when the seas rise and the planet warms. Climatologists are turning into amateur real estate agents: Forget most of California and the Southwest (drought, wildfires). Ditto for much of the East Coast and Southeast (heat waves, hurricanes, rising sea levels). Washington, D.C., for example, may well be a flood… More ‘The options of where to go are very limited’

‘The side that favors marriage equality has lost their innocence’

Full disclosure: I’m a friend of Councilwoman Ivonne Ledesma, but even if she were my bitterest enemy I can’t imagine anything more ridiculous than the dust a simple proclamation has kicked up. Village leaders originally voted down the nonbinding measure on July 15. A similar symbolic resolution will come before the council again Monday night,… More ‘The side that favors marriage equality has lost their innocence’

“What that means is that every shooting has been a good shooting”

As usual look to Florida as a model: Prosecutors and defense lawyers agree that the system is intended to protect police officers and give them the benefit of the doubt, though they can differ sharply on where they think the lines should be drawn. “The system is incredibly biased in favor of the police and… More “What that means is that every shooting has been a good shooting”