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Some perspective from AARP Florida state director on why Florida dominates list of top spots for retirees

U.S. News and World Report has released its ranking of the best places to retire in the U.S., and Florida claimed eight of the top 10 spots among the 150 largest metros. Daytona Beach, Melbourne, Ocala and Orlando are included in the top 25. Jeff Johnson is state director for AARP Florida. He spoke with me about the report and Florida’s place as a retirement destination. JEFF JOHNSON: These lists are fun, and they can be helpful for people. And you know, a lot of different organizations do them. Frankly, AARP has put out lists that are similar to this in the past, too. What I’ve learned is that you have to look and see what they’re actually measuring. …
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Journalist and novelist Carl Hiaasen. (Photo: Joe Rimkus Jr. via carlhiaasen.com)

A look back at a conversation with Carl Hiaasen on free speech

After 35 years at the Miami Herald, journalist and novelist Carl Hiaasen retired from the paper after publishing his last opinion piece on Sunday. He won renown for his hard-hitting columns and comic crime novels.  Hiaasen was on Intersection a few weeks before the presidential election in 2016. He was joined by fellow columnist and humorist Dave Barry, as well as Barbara Petersen, who served as the president of the First Amendment Foundation from 1994-2019. They discussed free speech, politics and responding to critics. 
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