An independent Florida? No way, people say

By Marianela Toledo | Florida Watchdog

MIAMI — After Florida Today newspaper opinion writer Matt Reed playfully posited the possibility that Florida should be an independent nation, we took to the streets to ask Floridians what they thought of the idea.

“No way, good Lord!” said Silvia Núñez, a Cuban immigrant who has lived in the United States for more than 50 years. “You’ve got to be joking.”

That pretty much sums up the opinion of several people we approached, though Gabriel Prado did admit Florida has its own brand of weirdness.

“Although it seems like we are in our own world down here in South Florida, I don’t think it would be a good idea.”

“What are we going to do? Make Nicaraguans, Hondurans and Cubans bosses here while leaving the Americans up there?” Manuel Martinez asked. “We are the foreigners here.”


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