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Growers Defend Annual Burning of Sugarcane Fields as Environmentalists Prepare to Sue

| September 30, 2015

The burns, regulated by the Florida Forest Service, are intended to make it easier for harvest machines to cut down and collect the stalks, but they emit pollutants such as benzene and formaldehyde.

Big Sugar Turns to Mass Development, Potentially Affecting Everglades Restoreation Efforts

| September 17, 2014

Environmental groups around the state are alarmed at U.S. Sugar’s plans to change its business model and potentially develop huge tracts of land it owns in South Florida, which might affect Everglades restoration efforts.

Pit Bull Ban and Common Sense Prevail in South Florida Referendum

| August 16, 2012

In overwhelming fashion, Miami-Dade voters decided Tuesday to continue to ban pit bulls from the county. The results show common sense still rules strong, argues Steven Kurlander.

Hurricane Andrew 20 Years Later: Memories of Resilience in a Storm’s Wake

| August 11, 2012

Frank Gromling, who lived and worked in the path of Hurricane Andrew 20 years ago, remembers the days of the storm and its aftermath in a South Florida ravished beyond recognition. A spirit for rebirth was left intact, however.

Invasion of the Giant African Snail: Florida’s Latest Slimy Bane

| May 19, 2012

The giant African snail is again invading South Florida and possibly spreading north, devouring numerous crops such as banana, potato, onion and cabbage, and also eating stucco plaster and concrete. Frank Gromling reports.

In Defense of Ozzie Guillen: Cuban-Americans Have Held US Policy Hostage Long Enough

| April 13, 2012

The Florida Marlins’ duplicitous suspension of Ozzie Guillen aside, the real scandal is the degree to which South Florida’s Castro-era Cuban community continues to hold American foreign policy hostage to seven decades of juvenile antagonism.

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