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While Peter Schorsch holds many titles — blogger, consultant and editor-in-chief of Florida Politics, the most influential political website in the Sunshine State — the one which he’s proudest is “husband and father.” That’s what makes his new podcast so exciting: Peter’s co-host, a woman every bit as accomplished as he is — his wife, Michelle Todd Schorsch. “He Said, She Said” has Peter and Michelle — previously a respected political consultant, now the CEO of the bustling Schorsch household — discussing the driving topics of the day, especially how politics really goes down in Florida. But the political talk is just a jumping off point to a wide-range of subject matter, from the latest in pop culture to some very strong opinions on family life and parenting. Listen in to hear how one political couple balances it all. 

03/21/2019 | Episode 005 | 1:28:52

He Said, She Said: Spring Break Edition

Spring break edition: Dana Young talks Visit Florida; Our favorite travel agent Lesley Cohen gives post-session destination tips; update on the happenings in Tally.

On this episode of He Said, She Said, Peter and Michelle talk the latest in Florida Politics coverage: fake polls in the Jacksonville mayoral race, more political food fights, and the start of budget appropriations. On this special Spring Break edition, they welcome Dana Young, CEO of Visit Florida to talk about the importance of tourism, the impact of tourism dollars, and the major markets visiting Florida. They then welcome travel agent Lesley Cohen to share some ideal post-session destinations and travel tips.

Key Insights

  • On this special Spring Break episode of He Said, She Said, Peter and Michelle host Visit Florida's Dana Young and their very own travel agent Lesley Young.
  • Peter talks what's happening in Florida Politics this week, from the fake poll in Jacksonville to food fights around genetics, distilleries, education, and beyond.
  • Michelle and Peter compare Gov. Ron DeSantis' popularity to that of Charlie Chris and congratulate their friend David Jolly for becoming a paid contributor to MSNBC.
  • Visit Florida CEO Dana Young talks tourism in hard numbers. In 2018, Florida celebrated its eighth record year. It welcomed 126.1 million visitors, and those visitors spend $112 billion dollars.
  • What does that mean for an average person? Their taxes are low. An average family saves $1500 in taxes due to tourism dollars.
  • The vast majority of tourists come to Florida from within the U.S, and the largest international market is Canada. Brazil is the largest market in the southern hemisphere.
  • Peter and Michelle’s travel agent Lesley Cohen briefly talks Disney Cruises (more to come) and post-session vacation destinations. Leslie says that the increasing number of nonstop destinations from Tampa International Airport are a boon for travel.
  • Lesley says that post-session weeks are a great time to go to the Caribbean. Timing is good - after Spring Break and Easter and before Summer break. Inventory: More and better prices. Non-stop destinations: Grand Cayman, Ritz Carlton Dorado Beach
  • Lesley's list of places in Florida - Miami: Four Seasons Surf Side, JW Marriott Marco Island. Breakers in Palm Beach, Amelia Island, Destin Sea Side. Panhandle - Watercolor Inn.
  • Lesley says vacation planning is like match making. Many clients find themselves in "analysis paralysis" - they do so much research that they don’t know what to do.
  • Operation Varsity Blues: Peter and Michelle weigh in on the controversy, drag David Mamet's response, and promise to never photoshop Ella's face on the bodies of collegiate rowers.
  • 2020 talk: Florida's primary is just one year away - Michelle and Peter weigh in on the candidates they like... and don't like.
  • Hot take: Michelle wants Andrew Gillum to get lost and let Nikki Fried lead the Florida Democratic Party: “Go away quietly, like you should when you lose.”
  • Hot take: Peter says no one cares about your bracket.

“If we are not out there pounding the pavement every single day (in figurative terms because most of it is digital), we are not top of mind, we are not in the consideration set." - Dana Young

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While Peter Schorsch holds many titles — blogger, consultant and editor-in-chief of Florida Politics, the most influential political website in the Sunshine State — the one of which he’s proudest is “husband and father.” That’s what makes his new podcast so exciting. Peter’s co-host is a woman every bit as accomplished as he is: his wife, Michelle Todd Schorsch. “He Said, She Said” has Peter and Michelle — previously a respected political consultant, now the CEO of the bustling Schorsch household — discussing the driving topics of the day, especially how politics really goes down in Florida. 


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