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About Florida's Big Dig Lawyer

I was born and raised in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. , on the Intracoastal waterway. I graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor's degree in commerce, concentrating my work in finance. I obtained my juris doctor degree from Stetson University College of Law. I have practiced law in Florida since 1975. Along the way, I developed a keen interest in researching and writing history, publishing numerous scholarly journal articles and one award-winning book, "Florida's Big Dig," the story of Florida's Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, using my legal pbackground to understand legal transactions, deeds, wmortgages, bonds, preferred stock, and legal descriptions of land and water. In recent years, I have maintained a limited practice consulting with other professionals on various historical land and water issues, including sovereign, riparian, and submerged land rights, focusing on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and Florida inland waterways. I maintain a broad regular website here at and a website solely on how the book was researched as well as some of the major themes explored. The website on the book itself is at The website on contacts for professional services is at

Can hemp replace citrus and other Florida crops?

Playing a bit of catch-up, Florida could be in prime position to cash in on industrial hemp with its unique growing season and markets. The benefits are many for Florida growers potentially gaining access to an alternative crop that’s so high in demand. More from Growing Produce.

Industrial Hemp on8 the Radar for Florida Farmers and Researchers

Posted by Paul Rusnak|March 26, 2018

Hemp has many practical uses, including fiber, building materials, and forage — to name a few. Photo courtesy of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food & Environment

The University of Florida Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund has given the OK for UF/IFAS researchers to develop hemp management and cropping systems. The move is an important step to test the viability of what could become a valuable alternative crop for the state’s łagriculture producers.

Industrial hemp, a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant, has been cultivated for 10,000 years as a fiber and grain crop.

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Zora Neale Hurston listens to guitarist with another man in a house porch in Eatonville, Fla., in the late 1920’s or early 1930’s.  Courtesy: American Memory

Considered the last great talent of the Harlem Renaissance, Zora Neale Hurston graduated from Barnard College with a degree in anthropology, touring the South and appearing in impromptu gatherings of black Americans, accumulating knowledge about the beauty of distinctive African American language.

During the course of her career, Zora Neale Hurston wrote five books, dozens of short

stories, plays, and poems. Her most significant and lasting work was Their Eyes Were Watching God.

She died in Fort Pierce, Fla. working as a housekeeper, with little resources at the age of 69. Zora Neale Hurston, without having been married or children surviving.