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The Florida Roundup
The Florida Roundup is a live, weekly call-in show with a distinct focus on the issues affecting Floridians. Each Friday at noon, listeners can engage in the conversation with journalists, newsmakers and other Floridians about change, policy and the future of our lives in the sunshine state.Join our host, WLRN’s Tom Hudson, broadcasting from Miami.

Inflation remains high in Florida and a record warm ocean threatens coral reefs

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On this week's Florida Roundup, we look at why inflation remains high in Florida and what citizens are doing to grapple with rising costs of living. Plus, the threat that warming waters cause to coral reefs.

Many people have flocked to Florida for the promise of sunny skies and cheaper living. But with the state named the highest in the nation for inflation — how affordable is it to live here?

We talk about what’s driving up the cost of living and how Floridians are coping with the rising prices.


  • Sean Snaith, director of the Institute for Economic Forecasting, University of Central Florida. 
  • Jim Saunders, executive editor of the News Service of Florida. 
  • Gabriella Paul, reporter for WUSF News. 
  • Jeff Johnson, AARP Florida state director. 

Record warm ocean temperatures threaten coral reef

Florida’s coral reefs are in hot water … literally.

While we’ve been sweating through a blistering heat wave on land, ocean temperatures around Everglades National Park are also about 10 degrees above normal for this time of year.

Scientists say the marine heat wave is "totally extreme" and poses a threat to coral reefs and other vulnerable underwater ecosystems.


Jack Prator, reporter covering climate and Tampa Bay beaches for the Tampa Bay Times.

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Bridget O'Brien produces WLRN's The Florida Roundup as well as morning newscasts. A long-time public radio geek, she feels that audio journalism can take a story beyond text and allows listeners to truly connect through the power of voice. With a background in drama, she brings a theatrical element to everything she does.