Flooding, Venezuela's Impact On South Florida And Last Call On Ocean Drive On The Florida Roundup

Aug 4, 2017

This week on The Florida Roundup, host Tom Hudson, Miami Herald reporter Patricia Mazzei and WLRN's  Tim Padgett discuss how Venezuela's crisis impacts policy and politics in South Florida. Also part of the conversation: This week's torrential downpours overwhelmed some local flood control efforts, and what would South Beach look like if voters choose to move up last call?  


As Venezuela moves to seat a new constitutional assembly after a widely disputed vote, the push to tighten U.S. sanctions against the oil-rich nation has intensified. That effort has been led by Florida politicians like Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.  

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Miami Beach has spent half a billion dollars raising streets and installing a series of pumps to battle rising water. But the system was not designed to handle so much rain falling so quickly. When the rain fell during high tide on Tuesday, it knocked out the power pumps. NBC 6 chief meteorologist John Morales talks about the conditions that led to the downpour and Miami Herald reporter Joey Flechas tells us what the city is doing to battle high waters. 

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And the move to make last call earlier on Ocean Drive led to a lawsuit from some South Beach businesses. We'll look at how an earlier curfew could impact nightlife on the beach and the city's economy. 

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