After decades of the war on drugs, countless efforts to decriminalize dope, and tens of thousands of drug arrests, Florida has finally reached a turning point. The marijuana movement has reached critical mass. In January, the state supreme court ruled that voters can decide whether or not to legali ... More >>
Would you like to be carrying 2.5 ounces of marijuana right now? How about tending your own marijuana garden at home with up to six plants? Or would you rather buy marijuana from a store and have the tax proceeds go to the state? Well, call your state senator and tell them you support SB 1562! Th ... More >>
A Florida panther kitten has only been alive for one month but has already had quite an eventful life. The kitten was found in late January in Collier County while biologists were conduction field research. The one-pound kitten was found curled into a ball and suffering from dehydration and low bo ... More >>
State bans on the recognition of gay marriage are falling like dominoes across the states, and a new lawsuit brought on by gay couples could lead to Florida following suit. However, a group of social conservative groups announced their intention to fight to uphold Florida's gay marriage ban today. ... More >>
When you're arrested in Florida your mug shots gets splashed across the internet in a matter of days. That's because Florida police agencies and sheriff's departments release the photos online in compliance with Florida's progressive public record laws. Though, in recent years several commercial web ... More >>
The Cuban embargo has been in place for well over 50 years now to little effect, and now a new poll claims that a majority of Americans, and an even larger share of Floridians, believe it's time to end it. The poll was presented this morning from D.C.-based think tank the Atlantic Council, but the ... More >>
As native Floridians, we've always viewed the Winter Olympics as some sort of weird arctic elf games we'll never truly be able to comprehend. As it turns out, there are not that many Floridians who go on to compete in these frigid competitions compared to northern states. Though, this year there a ... More >>
It has been pretty well documented recently that, during slavery and into the 20th century, black babies were used as alligator bait in North and Central Florida. A guy in Sanford, near Orlando, told this story to a researcher. He said he had heard it from his grandfather. The slaves who had bab ... More >>
Despite opposition from Attorney General Pam Bondi, the Supreme Court of Florida officially ruled today that a ballot question that could approve use of medical marijuana is perfectly valid. This means that the question will now all but certainly come before voters in November. Bondi had challenge ... More >>
We were invited to take a ride on the Miami Brew Bus for the Hopping to Hops Tour Saturday and got a behind-the-scenes look at two South Florida breweries. The tour, geared towards tourists and locals alike, starts and ends at Lokal Burgers & Beer in Coconut Grove. Attendees meet up around 11 a.m., ... More >>
Following the lead of successful lawsuits in Utah and Oklahoma in recent months, six same-sex couples in Florida plan to sue the state in order to overturn ban on same-sex marriage. Back in 2008, Florida voters narrowly approved a constitutional amendment that banned not only gay marriage but any ... More >>
Last year, an attempt to rewrite Florida law to legalize beer growlers went nowhere fast in the state legislature. But with the craft beer industry continuing to grow in Florida, lawmakers are going to give it another shot. This year, another related bill would also legalize beer tastings, which are ... More >>
Poor Republican legislators are surely going to be in a bind over this. On one hand, they're used to bending to the whims of big business. On the other, they party has gone all in on the "Yeah, LGBT people are kind of icky" front. So what are they to do when a giant coalition of some of Florida's bi ... More >>
Prior to yesterday, most Floridians' experience with the Richter scale was limited to the former Universal Studios attraction, Earthquake: The Big One. At around 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon, a rare, 5.1-magnitude earthquake struck outside Cuba leaving residents of the seismically stable country -- and ... More >>
Like a phoenix, 15 Steps rose out of 1500 Degrees' hot ashes. The farm-to-table restaurant transitioned quietly from 1500 Degrees in the fall of 2013, with an official opening and name change in early December. Because the restaurant continued serving meals during the process, there was no major ove ... More >>
"Why are we underground right now, sir? Why can't we be out in the open?" asks Private Miller while sitting in a smoky interrogation room during the opening scene of the 2008 movie Pineapple Express. "Why aren't we in a square right now? Why aren't we talkin' to people, lettin' them know that Item ... More >>
We live in a place called the "Sunshine State" with about 825 miles of beaches, but instead of taking advantage of those natural resources a whole lot of Floridians appear to prefer to get tan inside a salon. In fact, a new study reveals that there are now more tanning salons in Florida than there a ... More >>
More Floridians then ever went through the necessary background check to buy a firearm this year. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has conducted 823,653 background checks in 2013, toppling the previous record from last year of 797,610.
Florida's unemployment levels continue to drop. For this past November the rate was 6.4 percent, down from 6.7 percent in October. It's the ninth straight month since March that Florida's unemployment rate has been below the national average. Meanwhile, Miami-Dade's unemployment rate dropped an as ... More >>
The conventional narrative holds that Florida is a wonderful place to be homeless. There's lots of sunshine and warm weather. There are public beaches. And sure enough, homeless people abound. But according to a disturbing study released this past Friday, this notion couldn't be further from the g ... More >>
Let's have a moment of silence for all our dearly departed smart phones. Because, apparently, in Florida there were a lot that left us this year. According to Squaretrade's annual "Clumsiest States Index," Florida led the states in damaging and destroying iPhones this year. (Well, technically Wash ... More >>
Despite the fact that Wilton Manors and Fort Lauderdale boast among the highest populations of LGBT folks in the country, Florida has long been a troglodyte in the area of equal rights. But recently, there has been an uptick in enlightenment. 1. Last month, the Florida Supreme Court granted a le ... More >>
If you've got a baby on board you might want to start throwing your butts out. A Republican legislator from Jacksonville has filed a new bill that would make it illegal for anyone to smoke in their car or truck while a minor is also in the vehicle.
Though the Philippine Islands are about a 22-hour flight from Miami, South Floridians can surely empathize with the people of the area. After all, we are acutely aware of the deadly force of a monster storm, as evidenced by our experience with Hurricane Andrew.
Have you ever wanted to take a trip down one of Florida's beaches without leaving your computer? Well, that's kind of sad, but starting next year you'll be able to. Visit Florida, the state's tourism and marketing arm, has teamed with Google to use their street mapping technology to capture all 82 ... More >>
Zagat has declared the "Everglades Pizza" at Evan's Neighborhood Pizza in Ft. Myers as the pizza that best represents the state of Florida. The pie contains somewhat, er, original toppings, such as python, whole frog legs, and alligator sausage. It also costs $45 for a 14-inch pie. You may rememb ... More >>
Florida's convoluted gun laws are up for debate today, although not really. It kind of just felt nice to say that for a second. It's true that the criminal justice subcommittee of the Florida House of Representatives will hold a 5-hour hearing about Stand Your Ground, among other things. However, th ... More >>
Safety tip: do not mess with a Floridian in a fast-food drive-thru line. You do so at your own risk. A incident at a Jacksonville Chick-fil-A is just the latest violent outburst caused in the state by someone cutting in a fast-food line.
Florida, we've had it rough lately. In the past week, some truly horrific headlines have surfaced. First, the headless and fingertip-less body of West Palm Beach woman Kimberly Lindsey was found in a canal in Hendry Country. Then her husband, a Fort Lauderdale doctor whom police suspected had comm ... More >>
Halloween in Florida can feel redundant since living in the Sunshine State is often inherently a horror story. All future slasher and disaster flicks should be filmed here. For one, the people are usually coated in sweat and tears (no makeup artists required), and the fauna includes sharks, alligato ... More >>
There's really no doubt that Florida leads the nation -- if not Planet Earth -- in insane crimes. In the past month, we've had an elderly guy showing up pants-less and masturbating at a McDonald's drive-thru, a woman twerking obscenely in front of a school bus full of kids, and the inventor of the W ... More >>
If you are a fan of a Florida Division I FBS football team, you had good reason to celebrate Saturday. It didn't matter which team you were rooting for. For the first time since the FAU Owls became an FBS subdivision team in 2005, all seven Florida teams won games the same day. Yes, even FIU and USF ... More >>
If you're texting a link to this story on your iPhone while you sip coffee and weave through morning traffic on the Dolphin Expressway using your knees -- JUST STOP IT. Years of appealing to your common sense clearly hasn't helped, so perhaps you'll respond to the news that beginning today, texting ... More >>
Florida, we have an epidemic, and it's time that the suits up in Tallahassee did something about it. Riptide is urging Rick Scott and our state legislature to pass a comprehensive law mandating that all strip clubs include an attached child care center, because stories of people leaving their kids l ... More >>
"Dear Florida, your sweet oranges are second only to your sweet spring break parties," started the intervention for Florida held last night on FX's Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. "But you are out of control and we no longer feel safe around you. I mean, you have a lot of machete attacks." Yes, ... More >>
Sure, Florida is one of the most populous states in the country, but it represents only 6 percent of America's population. Though, it's probably not a surprise that Floridians have represented 13.7 percent of college football recruits since 2008. That's surpassed (and just barely) only by Texas.
Gov. Rick Scott is pushing for Florida students to get degrees in science and engineering, but when those students graduate they might have to travel far away to actually find employment. A new analysis of census data finds that Florida's metros have a shockingly low numbers of people working in s ... More >>
The group that successfully pushed for an ordinance in Los Angeles that required all adult productions to use condoms on set has now set its eyes on Florida's less regulated porn industry. If they're successful, they may have to start packing condoms on the Bang Bus.
A Florida condo association that had recently rewritten their bylines in a way that effectively banned non-married couples from buying or leasing in their neighborhood has retracted the policy after an uproar from gay rights groups. The Casa Di Amici Condominium Association near Sarasota now claim ... More >>
According to Phys.org the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District is evaluating how realistic it could be to use drones aka "unmanned aerial vehicles" in the battle against Mosquitoes. Hell yeah, science! The battery powered war machines would weight less than two pounds and be equipped with tiny i ... More >>
Despite its never-ending supply of bad PR in the national press, Florida's tourism business is booming. The state's tourism officials claim that 23.4 million people visited the Sunshine State in the second quarter of 2013. That's the largest amount of people to visit Florida during the second quarte ... More >>
Next time you're sprawled out on a towel on South Bech or lying in a hammock under a palm tree on Key Biscayne, don't be alarmed if a man comes stumbling by wearing a backpack with more than 15 cameras sticking out in every direction. He's probably not a Girls Gone Wild perv, just a Google Street V ... More >>
OTC restaurant in Brickell pulled rank and managed to host a Funky Buddha Brewery tap takeover this Friday and a 1,000 IBU takeover on August 1. The August 1 takeover will be a battery of some hefty IPA (India Pale Ale) beers with each of their IBU ratings, or international bittering unit, totalin ... More >>
The U.S. Department of Justice officially filed a lawsuit today against the State of Florida for its "deliberate indifference to the suffering" of disabled children and violating the Americans with Disabilities act. The DOJ first warned Florida about the matter two years ago, but has decided Rick ... More >>
"Just because you're shaped like some combination of a gun and a dick doesn't mean you have to act that way," said Daily Show guest host John Oliver during the show's recap of the George Zimmerman case. He also suggested that Florida change its nickname from "The Sunshine State" to the more blunt "T ... More >>
Will Florida's path to legalizing same-sex marriage come through the courts? Equality Florida is currently seeking plaintiffs to join a suit that would challenge Florida's constitutional ban on any legal recognition of same-sex partner.
Oh, hahaha. Silly Florida. Look at those idiots. They can't even spell their own state's name correctly on their own damn interstate signs. Listen, you snobby fuckers, this time it wasn't actually our fault. It was Arkansaw's.
In a major move toward gay marriage equality, the Supreme Court has ruled that the federal Defense of Marriage Act -- which denied federal benefits such as social security survivor payments to gay couples -- is unconstitutional. What does that mean for Florida's gay couples? State law still forbid ... More >>
Rick Scott didn't have much to say today when asked about the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act aside from correctly noting that nothing is really going to change all that much in Florida. See also: Defense of Marriage Act Is Unconstitutional, Supreme Court Rules