Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, speaks at a news conference on Jan. 10, 2019, at Mote Marine in Sarasota. Gruters, who was co-chair of President Donald Trump’s Florida campaign in 2016, is chairman of the Republican Party of Florida.
Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, speaks at a news conference on Jan. 10, 2019, at Mote Marine in Sarasota. Gruters, who was co-chair of President Donald Trump’s Florida campaign in 2016, is chairman of the Republican Party of Florida. Giuseppe Sabella
Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, speaks at a news conference on Jan. 10, 2019, at Mote Marine in Sarasota. Gruters, who was co-chair of President Donald Trump’s Florida campaign in 2016, is chairman of the Republican Party of Florida. Giuseppe Sabella

Award-winning columnist Fabiola Santiago has been writing about all things Miami since 1980, when the Mariel boatlift became her first front-page story. A Cuban refugee child of the Freedom Flights, she’s also the author of essays, short fiction, and the novel “Reclaiming Paris.”