As if 2020 wasn't stupid enough, Tropical Storm Eta did an encore.
First, it hit south Florida with widespread flooding before going into the Gulf. It then soaked up the warm water and aimed dead on Florida's west coast.
Come on man!
Obviously, this wasn't a monster storm like the one that pounded the Florida Panhandle. Even so, Eta reminded everyone that it takes more than a trip to the local liquor store to prepare for these things.
Floods blanketed Tampa's picturesque Bayshore Boulevard. The city's only general trauma center, Tampa General Hospital, is on the edge of the Davis Islands, surrounded by water.
The Sunshine Skyway Bridge and Courtney Campbell Causeway were closed during the storm. Especially in Pinellas County, storm surges broke the walls. Waves poured into the lanes of the Howard Frankland Bridge.
Cities in Sarasota and the west coast of Florida reported heavy rainfall. The 6.41 inches Sarasota received was the wettest November day ever.
Tampa broke record rainfall for the day since 1968. Areas outside of the city reported up to 8 inches of water.
What does it all mean?
It means Florida remains a sedentary duck for these tropical systems that are getting larger and more numerous.
You know it all.
Executives know that. Insurance companies know that.
Let's be honest. People move to Florida for the lifestyle, the beaches, and the water. Tampa is one of the most hurricane-hit cities in the country, but it's still growing.
A severe storm would leave the city's booming downtown area under an estimated 10 to 12 feet of water.
Remember, Eta was "just" a tropical storm.
OK, let's continue with our weekly winners and losers exercise in Florida politics.
Honorable Mention: Jared Moskowitz. We don't want to jump with guns because things can change.
Despite the disclaimer, the future looks bright for Florida's Division of Emergency Management Director. Moskowitz & # 39; name keeps coming up FEMA in the lead Joe Biden Administration.
"I'm interested," Moskowitz confirmed to Florida Politics. "It would be an honor to be considered."
It would be a homemade rental.
Moskowitz earned a reputation for guiding Florida through several powerful hurricanes. He received bipartisan praise for working in the FEMA bureaucracy when the communities in Florida were in dire need of help.
Almost (but not quite) the biggest winner: The Miami Marlins and Kim Ng. The Marlins made history on Friday by defeating Ng the first female and East Asian-American executive director in baseball history.
Since this is a page devoted to politics, we should note that baseball politics played an overwhelming role in keeping women out of leadership positions.
It was widely believed that Ng was the one who would break this glass ceiling.
She has over 30 years of baseball experience, including a total of 21 years in the front offices of the Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, and Los Angeles Dodgers.
This is not the first time Ng has broken records in MLB history.
Ng was 29 when the Yankees hired her in 1998 as the Yankees' associate director. She was the youngest person and the second woman to hold this position.
For the past nine years she was the senior vice president of baseball operations at Major League Baseball headquarters.
"After decades of determination, I am honored to lead the Miami Marlins as their next general manager," Ng said in a statement.
"We're building long-term in South Florida and developing a future-oriented, collaborative, creative baseball operation made up of incredibly talented and dedicated employees who have laid an excellent foundation for success over the past few years."
The biggest winner: US Senator Rick Scott. The Republicans chose him for the high profile job of Head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
With 21 GOP seats in 2022, Scott's pick shows the impact he's made after just two years in the Senate.
“I am honored that my colleagues have entrusted me with this responsibility and I am looking forward to the challenge. Maintaining the Senate majority is vital to the future of this country and the keeping of the American Dream, ”said Scott.
Floridians know that the two-term governor can be a leg breaker when it comes to campaigning. He plays to win and can ruthlessly hammer home attack points on an opponent.
Scott will be spending a lot of time in Georgia through January 5th. There are the Republicans David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler Face runoff race. If the Democrats win both elections, there will be a 50:50 tie in this chamber. Vice-President-Elect Kamala Harris would be the groundbreaking vote.
Dishonest mention: Pam Bondi. Florida's former attorney general looks like plum locomotive for participating in the struggle to reverse the results of the Pennsylvania presidential election.
"We won Pennsylvania and we want every vote to be counted fairly," said Bondi.
Um, no you haven't. Joe Biden won the state with more than 63,000 votes.
Oh wait, we've forgotten the allegations of (tee) voting fraud.
I have no proof, of course, and I never will because it didn't happen.
That didn't stop Bondi from committing a credible murder to spread a narrative that a law student could debunk on day one.
Almost (but not quite) the biggest loser: critical thinking. Yes, there is promising news that a COVID-19 vaccine might be around, but it won't be available to the masses until early January.
Meanwhile, cases are on the rise and the death toll is increasing at an alarming rate.
So who came up with the good idea? Float a special two-week legislature Early January 2021?
Important note: the session is not secure.
However, there appears to be support among the leading lawmakers to proceed with the conclave.
Let's see, two weeks inside, close contact.
What could go wrong?
Yes, the state has urgent business. There are, among other things, serious budget problems.
However, think about it before more people get infected with a rampage virus.
The Biggest Loser: Florida Man. Speaking of a specific nasty virus …
Sure, we made a smooth election. Before the state could expand its language to include critics who like to ridicule us, read on.
The state needed a data specialist who could analyze COVID-19 numbers and other projects.
The Miami Herald picks up the story from there.
"If Gov. Ron DeSantis To hire a data analyst, his staff selected a little-known Ohio sports blogger and Uber driver whose only relevant experience is spreading harmful conspiracy theories about COVID-19 online, "the newspaper reported.
The blogger's name is Kyle Lamb, and he lives in Columbus, Ohio.
He admits he has no medical knowledge, but that hasn't stopped him from poking fun at COVID-19 safety protocols.
"I have no qualms about being an 'athlete' as a COVID-19 analyst," Lamb wrote on his podcast website.
The take brought Florida back to its familiar role as the punchline of the joke.
The job pays $ 40,000 a year, by the way.
Your tax dollars at work.