A 'tripledemic' threat, Florida roads are a 'danger zone', and storms uncover history buried in sand
On this week's Florida Roundup, we discuss Florida being hit with a "tripledemic" as the holidays approach, as well as a new study that says the state's roads are dangerous for drivers, and Hurricanes Ian and Nicole unearth a pair of shipwrecks.
COVID-19 cases have ticked up across the U.S. since Thanksgiving, including in Florida, where the positivity rate is in the double digits again.
Flu and RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) cases are adding to the mix in what’s been labeled a “tripledemic.”
- Christine Sexton, Florida Politics reporter
- Chad Neilsen, director of accreditation and infection prevention at UF Health Jacksonville
Highway to the danger zone
A new report says Florida is one of the worst states in the nation when it comes to keeping motorists safe on highways.
The group Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety ranks Florida a “danger” state, saying the roads are a hazard due to a low number of laws on the books aimed at preventing traffic deaths.
- Olivia George, tourism and transportation reporter for the Tampa Bay Times
- Tara Gill, senior director of advocacy and state legislation for the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety
Hurricanes Ian and Nicole reveal shipwrecks on Florida beaches
When Hurricanes Ian and Nicole blew through Florida they didn’t just cause massive amounts of damage, they also uncovered a pair of archaeological sites.
A 19th century shipwreck was recently revealed on Little Talbot Island in Jacksonville, and a curious object was discovered in the sand in Daytona Beach. The finds are fascinating, but they tell just one side of this story. The symptoms of climate change – more intense hurricanes among them – pose a serious threat to many historic sites across Florida.
- Emily Jane Murray, public archaeologist for the Florida Public Archaeology Network
- Chuck Meide, director of the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum
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