Scott Maxwell, Orlando Sentinel

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Recent articles by Scott:

A Florida Man question: Can I decorate my hurricane debris pile for Christmas?

Florida yards are still littered with 9-week-old debris piles from Hurricane Ian. Some homeowners have decided to decorate their piles for Christmas. County officials say that’s a bad idea. → Read More

Low wages at Orange County convention center are embarrassing

At the Orange County convention center, some jobs pay so little that workers have to seek help to make ends meet. Taxpayers shouldn’t subsidize poverty. → Read More

101 things to love about Orlando and Central Florida (2022)

101 things! What readers like most about Orlando and Central Florida - the attractions, traditions, businesses, traditions, institutions, natural wonders and more. → Read More

Orlando goes all-in on early Christmas decorating. And I’m here for it.

Christmas trees were up so early in Florida this year, Tropical Storm Nicole knocked them down. Some Grinches dislike early decorating. But I’m all for spreading holiday cheer any time. → Read More

Florida election live updates: Polls open in Central Florida

Election day live updates: Voters are headed to the polls in Florida and across the country. Polls are open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. in Central Florida, and close at 8 p.m. in Florida’s panhandle. → Read More

Disney: Under political fire, sued by passholders

Disney is being sued by passholders, berated by GOP politicians and threatened with boycotts. Yet the parks remain full, revenues remain strong and customers are lining up for Disney+ and its movies → Read More

Florida politicians lie a lot in their ads. You can fight back.

The lies are flying furious in Florida’s campaign ads. From Marco Rubio, Florida Realtors and more. Here’s how to find the truth. → Read More

Crist got what he wanted in sloppy governor’s debate. But so did DeSantis.

In Florida governor’s debate, Crist highlighted DeSantis’ refusal to answer questions on abortion. But DeSantis, ahead in polls, scored with his base by focusing on culture wars. Only voting matters now. → Read More

Sales tax in Orange would cost residents $390 a year. I’m voting no.

The proposed sales tax hike in Orange County has pros and cons. But the county has wasted so many tax dollars subsidizing tourism, it’s wrong to ask local residents to pay another $390 a year. → Read More

Florida ballot amendments: When to vote yes. When to say no.

Floridians are being asked to vote on 3 changes to the state constitution. Here are the arguments for and against each one. → Read More

10 people who make Central Florida a better place to live (2022)

10 people who make Orlando and Central Florida a better place to live (2022 edition) → Read More

Cursing at county employees. Cringing at Florida’s surgeon general.

Seminole County asks angry residents to stop cursing at county employees. Florida’s surgeon general turns to a convicted criminal for COVID fear-mongering help. Jeb Bush questions Donald Trump. → Read More

Why Florida Democrats keep losing. The story in one race.

Florida Democrats hold only one statewide seat. Yet they’re expected to lose that one this year when Republican Wilton Simpson trounces Naomi Blemur, a Democrat distrusted by even many Democrats → Read More

Hurricane Ian: A ‘generational storm.’ Is it time to panic?

Hurricane Ian could be “a generational storm,” said WKMG’s Tom Sorrells. It’s not time for Florida to panic. But’s time to get prepared. This storm is serious. → Read More

In Florida, let’s just ban all the books!

To follow Florida’s new censorship laws, some Florida schools are re-evaluating book fairs and even dictionaries. Why stop there? Let’s just ban ALL books. → Read More

GOP chairman convicted in election fraud. But he’s the small fish

In Florida, GOP chairman Ben Paris is convicted in an election scheme meant to help Sen. Jason Brodeur. But there are bigger fish, more charges pending and investigators asking more questions. → Read More

No pivot here. DeSantis is betting his reelection that Florida is now a hard-right state

Is Florida now a hard-right state? Ron DeSantis thinks so. In fact, he’s betting his 2022 re-election campaign on it. → Read More

As FPL scandals mount, NextEra board members stay silent, collect big bucks

Florida Power & Light keeps making scandalous headlines. But the board members of FPL’s parent company, NextEra, are silent - with millions of dollars in stock → Read More

Illegal immigration thrives in Florida, thanks to Wilton Simpson, Legislature

Florida Senate President Wilton Simpson helped pass a law to let agriculture companies hire undocumented workers without using E-Verify. Now he wants to be agriculture commissioner. → Read More

In judge’s race, reckless Recksiedler needs to go

Seminole County Judge Jessica Recksiedler has been reprimanded for lying and tried to improperly keep a Honduran immigrant on death row. Challenger John Mannion wants to replace her. → Read More