Beyond the News WFLA Interviews

Beyond the News WFLA Interviews

Interviews conducted by the WFLA Radio newsroom in Tampa Florida, with local and national newsmakers.... Show More

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August 6, 2020 7 min
In Pinellas County, mosquito control officials say the population is at or below average... but complaints have skyrocketed. Maybe it's because COVID-19 has kept more people homebound and doing back yard barbecues or gardening. We speak with Alissa Berro of the county's mosquito control agency.
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Early voting begins Saturday in Pinellas County. Expect lines, social distancing, and you might want to wear a mask. We speak with Dustin Chase, Deputy Supervisor of Elections in Pinellas.
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Speaking with Andrew Fossa, Pasco Emergency Management Director, about the tropical system that could become TS Isaias and threaten the Florida Gulf Coast with heavy rain and storm surge this weekend.
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Gordon Byrd speaks with Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan, who's recruiting people for a 10-member Community Advisory Team to share their opinions and information about policing issues one-on-one with the chief.
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July 13, 2020 12 min
A tour coming to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa called the "Parking Lot Social" updates driveins for the era of social distancing, with comedy nights, family movie nights, midnight movies, Silent Disco, Bingo and even "Car-a-Oke." Gordon Byrd speaks with the tour manager, who goes by "Dex."
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After dealing with protests blocking traffic, the city of St Petersburg is beginning a campaign to get protesters... and anybody else on the streets... to follow traffic rules. Gordon Byrd speaks with police chief Anthony Holloway.
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Personal finance site Wallethub says Tampa is the sixth best city in the nation, and first among large cities, for first time home buyers. We speak with Wallethub senior analyst Jill Gonzalez.
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Fireworks got tied to three house fires in Clearwater over the weekend. Fortunately, no one got hurt. We speak with Rob Shaw, spokesperson for Clearwater Fire and Rescue.
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With fireworks shows canceled in most cities, the July 3rd show at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota may be the last remaining public pyrotechnic show on Florida's West Coast. Gordon Byrd speaks with park and SANCA CEO Stephen Rodriguez about how they're setting up the show to maintain social distancing.
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COVID-19 is causing a shortage of garbage drivers in one part of Hillsborough County. Solid waste director Kimberly Byer explains why there are changes in the pickup schedules for 130,000 households.
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We speak with Quinton Desamours, the 18-year-old from Lehigh Acres (Fort Myers) who quit his job at Publix after he was told to take off a Black Lives Matter face mask.
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We speak with Tom Iovino of the state Health Department office in Pinellas County. Staffers and clients are being testing and contact tracing is underway after a worker at a health clinic that serves homeless people tested positive for COVID-19.
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The co-owner of a Port Richey restaurant responded to recent protests by declaring the Local Fresh Grill a "law enforcement safe haven" on Facebook and posting a sign in his window. He says business is up but those who disagree are trashing him in social media. Gordon Byrd speaks with Ron Pentaude of Local Fresh Grill.
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After days of protest and some violence over the death of George Floyd, supporters of law enforcement are planning a Back the Blue march in Tampa Saturday (June 13th). Gordon Byrd speaks with one of the organizers, Cassandra Kistler of Lakeland.
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Florida's economy is the most exposed among the states to coronavirus, according to a new study by personal finance Walltehub. Gordon Byrd speaks with Wallethub senior analyst Jill Gonzalez.
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The best known test for COVID-19 involves sticking a swab so far up the nose it almost literally feels like "picking your brain." Results take a long time. Fazal Fazlin, co-founder and CEO of Kaligia Biosciences, talks about clinical trials in Tampa for a new process that uses saliva, with turnaround time of just a few minutes.
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The Tampa Bay Partnership releases a dashboard tracking the factors that will influence reopening in our area. Gordon Byrd speaks with research director Dave Sobush.
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Vacation rentals are allowed again in Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota and 23 other Florida counties. But parties of more than 10 are still banned. Airbnb's Samuel Randall joins us to talk about how they're enforcing those restrictions.
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Hundreds of bar owners and workers staged protests in Clearwater and Tampa Wednesday, asking the governor to let them reopen. Tommy Foxhill owns Atlantis gentlemen's club in Largo and helped organize the Clearwater protest. He says bars can use the same guidelines as restaurants.
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Wine sales in grocery stores show a big uptick after coronavirus and lockdowns took hold... while promotions, coupons and BOGOs seemed to disappear from supermarkets. We talk about retailing trends in the pandemic era with Marta Cyhan, chief marketing officer of Catalina, based in St. Petersburg.
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