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Intersection: police recruits; politics; urban design


Governor Ron DeSantis is lauding police officers who want to work in Florida. So who are the officers relocating to the sunshine state?

On this episode of Intersection we speak with WUFT reporter Elise Elder about what she found after digging into the files of Lakeland Police Department’s newest recruits from New York. 

Governor DeSantis wants to revive the Florida State Guard. It would have a similar function to the national guard- but would not be controlled by the federal government. Political commentators Chris Carmody and Dick Batchelor join the program to discuss this and other headlines in state and national politics, from the pushback against vaccine mandates to redistricting. 

A new redevelopment plan for the Fashion Square Mall in downtown Orlando includes 1,400 apartments.  But Austin Valle with Orlando YIMBY is calling on the developer to include even more apartments to meet Orlando’s soaring demand for housing. Valle talks about his vision for walkable neighborhoods and a less car-centric city. 


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Matthew Peddie

About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of earthquakes, criminal trials and rugby ... Read Full Bio »

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