Greg Allen http://nhpr.org en Miami Stores Enjoy Thriving Business From Cuban Shoppers http://nhpr.org/post/miami-stores-enjoy-thriving-business-cuban-shoppers On the map, it's right next to Miami. But culturally speaking, Hialeah, Fla., is just as close to Havana. And now, more than ever, Cubans are flocking to Hialeah to shop, taking advantage of the relaxed travel restrictions.<p>"There are more Cubans here than any place besides Cuba," says Serafin Blanco, who owns a discount clothing store there.<p>Through these shopping expeditions, Cuba's emerging entrepreneurs can buy goods their customers need and can't find in their country — legally skirting the 50-year-old trade embargo.<p>Some stores, like Blanco's, specialize in trade with Cuba. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:09:00 +0000 Greg Allen 51536 at http://nhpr.org Miami Stores Enjoy Thriving Business From Cuban Shoppers Goods Sold In Cuban Shops Often Come From Florida Stores http://nhpr.org/post/goods-sold-cuban-shops-often-come-florida-stores Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>In recent weeks we've been reporting on changes in Cuba. One is Cuba's small but growing private sector. The government is letting entrepreneurs open their own businesses, which leaves many trying to find the goods their customers want. The U.S. trade embargo means you can't just order from a distributor in Florida. But Cubans can still get U.S. goods. NPR's Greg Allen visited stores in the Miami suburb of Hialeah.<p>GREG ALLEN, BYLINE: On the map, it's right next to Miami. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:01:00 +0000 Greg Allen 51490 at http://nhpr.org Florida County Goes To Court Over 'Acid Fracking' Near Everglades http://nhpr.org/post/florida-county-goes-court-over-acid-fracking-near-everglades In southwest Florida, county officials are fighting the state over a new oil drilling process that's known by many different names: acidification, acidizing, acid stimulation and acid fracking.<p>Collier County has charged that state regulators have been lax in their oversight of the drilling, jeopardizing public health and the environment.<p>Acid has long been used in oil drilling operations in Florida to dissolve and loosen the limestone bedrock. But a drilling operation near Naples, on the western edge of the Everglades, was something new. In December, Texas-based Dan A. Hughes Co. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:31:00 +0000 Greg Allen 51253 at http://nhpr.org Travel Freedom Raises Questions About U.S. Policies Toward Cuba http://nhpr.org/post/travel-freedom-raises-questions-about-us-policies-toward-cuba After being away for decades, many members of the first generation of Cuban-American exiles are returning to their native land. But there are still many uneasy with the relaxed travel restrictions. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:58:00 +0000 Greg Allen 50949 at http://nhpr.org With Cash And Fat Fryers, Americans Feed Cuba's Growing Free Market http://nhpr.org/post/cash-and-fat-fryers-americans-feed-cubas-growing-free-market Every day, you can see signs of a subtle change in relations between Cuba and the U.S. at Miami International Airport.<p>More Cubans than ever before are coming to the U.S. to visit, and the number of Cuban-Americans traveling back to the island is also at record levels. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 07:26:00 +0000 Greg Allen 50729 at http://nhpr.org With Cash And Fat Fryers, Americans Feed Cuba's Growing Free Market Florida's New Regional Rail Service Raises Residents' Concerns http://nhpr.org/post/floridas-new-regional-rail-service-raises-residents-concerns Florida East Coast Railway plans to start construction on an passenger line linking Miami with Orlando. Residents in towns through which the train passes worry about the impact on their communities Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:33:00 +0000 Greg Allen 50342 at http://nhpr.org Entrepreneurs Buzzing Over Medical Marijuana In Florida http://nhpr.org/post/entrepreneurs-buzzing-over-medical-marijuana-florida Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia now have laws allowing for some form of medical marijuana.<p>Florida appears poised to join the club. Polls show that voters there are likely to approve a November ballot measure legalizing marijuana for medical use.<p>If it passes, regulations that would set up a market for medical marijuana in Florida are still at least a year away. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 21:24:00 +0000 Greg Allen 50330 at http://nhpr.org Entrepreneurs Buzzing Over Medical Marijuana In Florida Orlando Steps Up To Make Its Streets More Pedestrian-Friendly http://nhpr.org/post/orlando-steps-make-its-streets-more-pedestrian-friendly Semoran Boulevard in Orlando, lined with gas stations, strip malls and bus stops, is a good example of what's wrong with the roads in this busy Florida city.<p>It's the most dangerous street in a city that ranks No. 1 in the nation for pedestrian accidents, according to a recent national study. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 21:46:00 +0000 Greg Allen 50081 at http://nhpr.org Orlando Steps Up To Make Its Streets More Pedestrian-Friendly An Underwater Race To Transplant Miami's Rare Corals http://nhpr.org/post/underwater-race-transplant-miamis-rare-corals A lab just off Florida's Miami River has become the base for an unusual lifesaving operation.<p>A group of scientists there is on an urgent mission to save as many corals as it can before the marine creatures are destroyed as part of an underwater excavation of Miami's shipping channel. The channel — set to be dredged and deepened on Saturday — is home to a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VJ_2qvHWWI&feature=youtu.be" target="_blank">thriving coral reef</a>.<p>Coral reefs are protected throughout the Atlantic and Caribbean. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 21:04:00 +0000 Greg Allen 49715 at http://nhpr.org An Underwater Race To Transplant Miami's Rare Corals Koch Foundation Criticized Again For Influencing Florida State http://nhpr.org/post/koch-foundation-criticized-again-influencing-florida-state Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>In Florida, there are questions about whether a conservative political group has too much influence at a public college. Florida State University rewrote its agreement with the Charles Koch Foundation after some on campus complained that the relationship undermined the school's academic integrity. But critics say it still gives donors with their own agendas too much influence in the classroom. Fri, 23 May 2014 09:28:00 +0000 Greg Allen 49023 at http://nhpr.org Tampa Hosts Bollywood's Biggest Stars At Annual Awards Show http://nhpr.org/post/tampa-hosts-bollywoods-biggest-stars-annual-awards-show India's Bollywood film industry is known for romantic, over-the-top musicals that increasingly are reaching a world-wide audience. To highlight the international appeal, the industry holds its annual awards ceremony every year outside of India.<p>This year, Bollywood, its glittering stars and its legions of fans, have come to Tampa, Fla. It's the first time the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards have ever been held in the U.S.<p>At nearly all of the events held this week in downtown Tampa, the soundtrack has been throbbing Indian pop. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 07:15:00 +0000 Greg Allen 47376 at http://nhpr.org Tampa Hosts Bollywood's Biggest Stars At Annual Awards Show Forced To Put Its Nets Away, One Fla. Town Clams Up — Literally http://nhpr.org/post/forced-put-its-nets-away-one-fla-town-clams-literally Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Many commercial fishermen in Florida faced a tough decision 20 years ago: retire or find another way to make a living. That reality set in after voters passed a constitutional amendment intended to prevent overfishing. It banned the use of gill nets in state waters. Gill nets are large nets that are suspended vertically in the water. NPR's Greg Allen went to an island where former fishermen have found new careers since the ban.<p>GREG ALLEN, BYLINE: For more than 150 years, Cedar Key has been an important fishing community. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:05:00 +0000 Greg Allen 47137 at http://nhpr.org Florida's Freshwater Springs Attract Vacationers http://nhpr.org/post/floridas-freshwater-springs-attract-spring-breakers Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>All right. If I say Florida and Spring Break, you might be conjuring images of beaches, cocktails, theme parks. Well, some of our reporters have been sending suggestions for more off-the-beaten-path destinations and NPR's Greg Allen takes us to Florida and the state's fresh waters springs.<p>GREG ALLEN, BYLINE: There are several hundred springs in Florida. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:17:00 +0000 Greg Allen 46769 at http://nhpr.org Calif. Measure Would Ban Killer Whale Shows At SeaWorld http://nhpr.org/post/calif-measure-would-ban-killer-whale-shows-seaworld Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>In California yesterday a victory for SeaWorld - at least for now. There's a bill that would ban SeaWorld from holding killer whales captive and using them in shows. A committee in a state assembly decided the proposal needs more study. Here's NPR's Greg Allen.<p>GREG ALLEN, BYLINE: SeaWorld has had killer whales or orcas at its park in San Diego since shortly after it opened in 1964. For more than 20 years though, scientists and advocates have raised questions about the practice of holding them captive. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 10:40:00 +0000 Greg Allen 46444 at http://nhpr.org Developer To Preserve Ancient Tequesta Village In Heart Of Miami http://nhpr.org/post/developer-preserve-ancient-tequesta-village-heart-miami In downtown Miami, amidst the office buildings, shops and high-rise condos, visitors will soon be able to see a site historians are calling Miami's birthplace.<p>The spot where the Miami River meets Biscayne Bay used to be home to the Tequesta tribe, which is where Spanish explorers who first arrived in Florida in the early 1500s encountered them. Today, that spot is the heart of downtown Miami.<p>A developer began making plans last year to build on one of the last pieces of undeveloped land there. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 21:25:00 +0000 Greg Allen 46424 at http://nhpr.org Developer To Preserve Ancient Tequesta Village In Heart Of Miami