Frank Cerabino

Metro columnist for The Post since 1991.

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Cerabino: Legalizing pot not a high priority for fixing schools
 I wouldn’t be surprised if legalized marijuana becomes the next Florida Lottery. As state-taxed sales of recreational marijuana become legal in other states, the pressure on Florida to follow suit will be strong. It’s already a talking point among the Democratic candidates for governor. “A Democrat who doesn&rsquo...

Posted: 3 days ago

I wouldn’t be surprised if legalized marijuana becomes the next Florida Lottery. As state-taxed sales of recreational marijuana become legal in other states, the pressure on Florida to follow suit will be strong. It’s already a talking point among the Democratic candidates for governor. “A Democrat who doesn&rsquo...
Cerabino: Gov. Rick Scott crosses rhetorical border on caged children
 Every once in a while, it’s worth translating Gov. Rick Scott into English. Scott has a tendency to string words together in ways that defy meaning, mask intent or signify nothing. For example, here is Scott’s take on President Donald Trump’s recent zero-tolerance policy that is separating children from their undocumented...

Posted: 5 days ago

Every once in a while, it’s worth translating Gov. Rick Scott into English. Scott has a tendency to string words together in ways that defy meaning, mask intent or signify nothing. For example, here is Scott’s take on President Donald Trump’s recent zero-tolerance policy that is separating children from their undocumented...
Cerabino: Florida’s oil exploration plans are all wet — and that’s good
 It appears that Mother Nature has taken matters into its own hands in Florida. For the second year in a row, the summer rains have put a temporary halt to man’s plan to explore for oil in the Big Cypress National Preserve, which borders on Everglades National Park. Burnett Oil, a Texas company looking for oil in Southwest Florida, has...

Posted: 6 days ago

It appears that Mother Nature has taken matters into its own hands in Florida. For the second year in a row, the summer rains have put a temporary halt to man’s plan to explore for oil in the Big Cypress National Preserve, which borders on Everglades National Park. Burnett Oil, a Texas company looking for oil in Southwest Florida, has...
Cerabino: The foundation of Trump’s charity is self-promotion
 This week’s undressing of the Donald J. Trump Foundation by the New York Attorney General’s Office  made me think of that time I found myself gazing at the giant model of Trump’s yacht inside Mar-a-Lago It was the first time I was inside Mar-a-Lago in the mid-1990s, and a few years after then-real-estate developer...

Posted: 10 days ago

This week’s undressing of the Donald J. Trump Foundation by the New York Attorney General’s Office  made me think of that time I found myself gazing at the giant model of Trump’s yacht inside Mar-a-Lago It was the first time I was inside Mar-a-Lago in the mid-1990s, and a few years after then-real-estate developer...
Cerabino: The conventional wisdom on alligator tactics takes a turn
 It’s unsettling to discover that something you’ve “known” for a long time isn’t true. It happened to me this week when reading a newspaper story titled, “What to do when an alligator attacks.” I’ve been living in South Florida for more than 30 years now, more than enough time to master this...

Posted: 12 days ago

It’s unsettling to discover that something you’ve “known” for a long time isn’t true. It happened to me this week when reading a newspaper story titled, “What to do when an alligator attacks.” I’ve been living in South Florida for more than 30 years now, more than enough time to master this...
Cerabino: Gunshine State special: Permits before background checks
 Late last year, an item was inserted into the bowels of mind-numbing 98-page piece of legislation about agricultural practices in Florida. The item from Florida’s Secretary of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam was included near the end of Senate Bill 740. The item followed changes on how germination tests for seeds...

Posted: 13 days ago

Late last year, an item was inserted into the bowels of mind-numbing 98-page piece of legislation about agricultural practices in Florida. The item from Florida’s Secretary of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam was included near the end of Senate Bill 740. The item followed changes on how germination tests for seeds...
Cerabino: Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the Trumpiest of them all?
 If you’re a Republican looking to be Florida’s next governor, you’ve got to get Trumpy. But good luck finding a way to wrestle that title from the other contenders. Things tightened up recently when candidate Bruce Nathan, a Palm City physical therapist, branded himself “Florida’s Donald Trump.” &ldquo...

Posted: 16 days ago

If you’re a Republican looking to be Florida’s next governor, you’ve got to get Trumpy. But good luck finding a way to wrestle that title from the other contenders. Things tightened up recently when candidate Bruce Nathan, a Palm City physical therapist, branded himself “Florida’s Donald Trump.” &ldquo...
Cerabino: D’oh, Canada! How The War of 1812 turned into The War of 2018
 31 — President Donald Trump announces 25 percent tariff on Canadian steel and 10 percent tariff on Canadian aluminum. Canada’s Department of Finance responds immediately by threatening to impose $12.8 billion in tariffs against U.S. for products ranging from wood to maple syrup to mattresses. 1 — Canada complains to World...

Posted: 17 days ago

31 — President Donald Trump announces 25 percent tariff on Canadian steel and 10 percent tariff on Canadian aluminum. Canada’s Department of Finance responds immediately by threatening to impose $12.8 billion in tariffs against U.S. for products ranging from wood to maple syrup to mattresses. 1 — Canada complains to World...
Cerabino: County schools chief sounds his horn about arts education
 You probably don’t know what a euphonium is. Even some musicians don’t. Think of a euphonium as the tuba’s little brother, or maybe what would happen if a French horn and a sousaphone had a baby. It’s a low-brass instrument you typically find in marching and concert bands but practically nowhere else. I got to...

Posted: 19 days ago

You probably don’t know what a euphonium is. Even some musicians don’t. Think of a euphonium as the tuba’s little brother, or maybe what would happen if a French horn and a sousaphone had a baby. It’s a low-brass instrument you typically find in marching and concert bands but practically nowhere else. I got to...
Cerabino: Can Florida handle Parkland kids rounding up young voters?
 I guess those idealistic young activists from Parkland haven’t gotten the memo. On Monday, the student movement that began with the Valentine’s Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, turned into a nationwide drive to register young voters for the upcoming midterm elections. “By empowering millions...

Posted: 20 days ago

I guess those idealistic young activists from Parkland haven’t gotten the memo. On Monday, the student movement that began with the Valentine’s Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, turned into a nationwide drive to register young voters for the upcoming midterm elections. “By empowering millions...
Cerabino: Everybody’s saying this hurricane Q & A is a total wind hunt!
 The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season has started, marking that time of year when tropical cyclones develop in the North Atlantic, Floridians test their generators, and Americans wonder if Melania Trump may be lost in a storm. As a full-service local news columnist and a long-time South Florida resident, I am here to answer your not-frequently-asked...

Posted: 23 days ago

The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season has started, marking that time of year when tropical cyclones develop in the North Atlantic, Floridians test their generators, and Americans wonder if Melania Trump may be lost in a storm. As a full-service local news columnist and a long-time South Florida resident, I am here to answer your not-frequently-asked...