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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

From the pages of Orlando Weekly: Florida’s city and county governments are being overruled by our state Legislature


We all know things get outsourced these days. It can feel odd talking to someone in Salt Lake City about a cell phone charge or Mumbai about a wonky wireless router. But it’s how things work now. One thing that shouldn’t be outsourced, though, is the ability of communities to pass ordinances on the issues that matter to them. But Florida’s city and county governments are being overruled by our state Legislature, which has passed dozens of laws that nullify or even pre-empt resolutions made on the local level. When Key West voted to ban sunscreens that destroy the coral reefs vital to their tourism trade, the state passed a law against that ban. When a citizen-led initiative put paid …
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Image:  Infographic: Sunscreen Chemicals and Marine Life, oceanservice.noaa.gov
From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

From the Pages of Orlando Weekly: Senate Committee Approved Bill would block local regulation of all sunscreens


There’s a famous social science experiment, performed at Stanford in the 1960s, known as the marshmallow test. Researchers put one marshmallow in front of a kid, tell her that she can have two if she can go 15 minutes without eating the first one, and then leave the room to see what happens. It’s a simple test of short-term versus long-term thinking. And right now the biggest version of this test, one that the whole planet is taking at the same time, is the climate crisis — a crisis that will affect Florida sooner than most. But now, as Key West commissioners ban the sale of certain sunscreens that contain coral-killing chemicals, some state lawmakers are trying to pre-empt that …
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