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.”
Even Florida’s real natives wanted to stay out of the fray.
The Seminole Indian Tribe wouldn’t comment or even take a position on the question of Florida independence. The Miccosukee Indian tribe didn’t return our phone calls.
So where did all this talk of independence come from? Let’s call it the “Scotland copycat effect.” Scotland, you may have heard, voted last week to stay a part of the United Kingdom instead of breaking off to form an independent nation.
And it’s not just in Florida where the copycats are popping up. Oh, no. Texas wants in on the act, too.
By Marianela Toledo | Florida Watchdog
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