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Miami-Dade Tries To Tackle Gun Violence, And Puerto Rico’s Population Crisis

Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava has proposed an aggressive plan to Gov. Ron DeSantis that lowers Florida’s COVID-19 vaccine age requirement.
The Miami Herald
Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava proposed the “Peace and Prosperity” plan to combat gun violence.

Trying to resolve gun violence in Miami and Puerto Rico’s population problem.

On this Tuesday, June 8, episode of Sundial

Miami-Dade Tries To Tackle Gun Violence

Over the past two weekends in Miami-Dade County there have been a series of deadly shootings.

The Miami-Dade Police Department, along with the county commission, announced the launch of "Operation Summer Heat," a concerted effort by law enforcement to crack down on the ongoing violence.

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“It's making sure that our seasoned law enforcement agents are out on the scene and making sure they're available. And it's also adding some technical advancements, like more license plate readers, more crime analysts, a state attorney that's on-site to handle these cases more swiftly,” said county Mayor Danielle Levine Cava.

The county commission unanimously voted to pass the mayor’s "Peace and Prosperity Plan" Tuesday. The plan includes millions of dollars for addressing gun violence.

But the approach has drawn some criticism.

“You do not prevent gun violence with police presence,” said Lyle Muhammed, executive director of the Circle of Brotherhood in Miami.

Miami-Dade Tries To Tackle Gun Violence
Survivors Affected by Violence The Jack Brown III Foundation founder, Leatha Bush, center, embraces Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, right, during the emotional press conference about the Memorial Day weekend mass shootings. Monday, May 31, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava hosted a press conference on the mass shootings over the Memorial Day weekend at the Fred Taylor Miami-Dade Police Headquarters in Doral, Florida.

Puerto Rico’s Population Crisis

Initial date from the 2020 U.S. Census paints a stark picture for the U.S. — a declining birth rate and many people waiting to have children.

Over the past decade, the nation experienced its slowest growth rate since the Great Depression. The situation is even more severe in Puerto Rico. The territory lost 11% of its population during that time.

Financial bankruptcy, natural disasters and the coronavirus pandemic have driven families off the island to the U.S. mainland.

“But what is not obvious is the most important and dangerous cause of the population collapse, which is not emigration, it’s the collapse of the fertility of the island,” said Luis Pericchi Guerra, the director of the Center of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics at the University of Puerto Rico.

He leads a group of academics studying the island’s demographic changes and population decline and what those changes might mean for the future of the island. They are sounding the alarm on this “crisis” in hopes that politicians will make policy changes to slow these trends.

“In 20 years, we are going to have an island of very, very old people with nobody to take care of them, essentially. And we have to do something about it,” Pericchi Guerra said.

Puerto Rico’s Population Crisis
A Puerto Rican flag hangs from the balcony of a house in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on May 1.

Leslie Ovalle Atkinson is the former lead producer behind Sundial. As a multimedia producer, she also worked on visual and digital storytelling.