Historic Day for Orange County

A new Orange County Commission was sworn in this week, one that hit several historic markers for including the county’s first African-American mayor, two new Latina commissioners and the first all-female Orange County Commission.  For these and many other reasons, it was an emotional installation service. “It’s a great day […]


How Florida Latinos Voted in the Midterms 1 comment

There was much ado about the Latino vote in the midterm elections, particularly Puerto Ricans who migrated post Hurricane María. So how did that work out?  The answers are beginning to eke out now that the elections have concluded and been certified. Turnout among all voters was high – about […]


Post-María Voters, Latina Wave and More Election Thoughts

It’s not looking as if the 2018 midterm elections produced a wave of post-María Puerto Rican voters. Preliminary election data show that counties with a large Puerto Ricans population, such as – and especially–  Osceola, underperformed the rest of the state. Voter turnout was very high, about 62 percent for […]


UCF to Manage Arecibo Observatory

The University of Central Florida has entered a deal to manage Puerto Rico’s world famous Arecibo Observatory, the world’s second largest single-dish radio telescope. The pact, reportedly worth $20 million, would further cement ties between UCF and Puerto Rico. “The observatory will provide a valuable new dimension to space science at […]