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January 5, 2015: Gay Marriage Expected To Bring More Tourists To South Florida

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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1:04 PM Gay marriage now legal in Miami-Dade County
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12:04 PM Same-sex marriage now legal in Miami-Dade County
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8:30 Miami's Catholic leaders are once again calling on Congress to pass immigration reform.

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8:20 The Audubon's annual Christmas Bird Count ends today.Tens of thousands of birders throughout the Americas take part in the count every year, including groups in Florida.

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8:04 Beginning tomorrow, same sex marriage is legal in Florida.

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7:30 This year is expected to be a big year for Florida's Space Coast. Several rocket launches and other projects are scheduled.

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7:20 Gay marriage may bring with it a good-sized bounce to Broward County's tourism economy. Gay marriage could begin as soon as soon as today in South Florida. Court officials in some counties will be open all night to issue marriage licenses right after midnight. Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau President Nicki Grossman said a new wave of LGBT travelers could bring as many as 12,000 weddings to Broward Country every year.

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7:04 Efforts to regulate homeless activities and services in Fort Lauderdale have come under a microscope over the last couple months. Now there's a new guide intended to help advocates fight legal battles against laws some say criminalize the homeless.

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6:43 It's been 12 years since Florida voters passed the class size amendment. The amendment limits the number of students in certain classes to between 18 and 25 depending on the grade. A new report suggests focusing on smaller schools instead of classes might be more effective.

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6:30 The Audubon's annual Christmas Bird Count ends today.Tens of thousands of birders throughout the Americas take part in the count every year, including groups in Florida.

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6:20 Miami's Catholic leaders are once again calling on Congress to pass immigration reform.

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6:04 The Fort Lauderdale Area is already among the country's top three destinations for L-G-B-T travelers and vacationers. And gay marriage -- which could begin as soon as today in South Florida -- can only make things better for the region. So says Broward's top tourism promoter, Nicki Grossman of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors bureau.