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Intersection: Rubio, Debary, Soccer & Homelessness

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The $155 million, privately-funded stadium will accommodate 25,500 guests. Photo: Orlando City Soccer Club.

The $155 million, privately-funded stadium will accommodate 25,500 guests. Photo: Orlando City Soccer Club.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio was criticised for being a lawmaker in absentia during the rough and tumble presidential primary. But this week Rubio made a rare visit to Central Florida to talk about Zika and Heroin. Does the voice of a one time presidential contender add some urgency to the fight against Zika?

DeBary’s political shouting match continues as the city explains to residents why it wants to develop a piece of conservation land near the SunRail station. What impact will this fight have on the mayor, the council members, the city manager or the residents?

Orlando City Soccer is paying for the new stadium that’s going up in Parramore. But the soccer club is also looking for funding- from potential immigrants. Half a million dollars invested in the stadium could buy you a green card. Some are calling foul over the scheme.

And an attempt to help the homeless in Daytona Beach is hitting a wall. Residents are protesting plans to turn an empty school into a center for homeless families.

Intersection host Matthew Peddie discusses these stories with Florida Sun columnist Rhetta Peoples, Orlando Political Observer editor Frank Torres and Daytona Beach News Journal editor Pat Rice.

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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 »