This Week's Florida Roundup: Hurricanes, Texting And Driving, And Education Policy

May 31, 2013

Texting while driving is soon to be illegal in Florida. But does the new law actually have enough teeth to make a difference? What about those red light cameras? An update on the way we drive.

Key decisions are made in next month’s trial of George Zimmerman, who stands accused of murdering Trayvon Martin. What will jurors know about the Miami Gardens teenager’s background? What won’t they hear in the trial everyone will be watching in Sanford starting next month.

Meanwhile, was Urban Beach weekend on Miami Beach much ado about nothing?

Does that and Martin case and that tell us something about race relations in South Florida? Like it or not Hurricane season is back, it’s been 8 years since our last hurricane in Florida, are we ready for another storm season, or has complacency set in?

And as the ranks of state run Citizens property are dwindled, what are homeowners left in the private market facing?

Today, we discuss the week that was in our region and state with Sun Sentinel Columnist Michael Mayo, NPR’s Florida correspondent Greg Allen and WLRN’s State Impact Florida Reporter Sammy Mack.

We’re also gathering your input and feedback along the way.