Florida Primaries Recap, Housing And Health, Future of Public Transit in Miami-Dade & Art Studio

Aug 29, 2018

After a hard-fought gubernatorial primary on Tuesday, Florida announced its two candidates running for the governor’s seat: On the Democratic side, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and on the Republican side, Congressman Ron DeSantis. Sundial talked to CBS Miami's Jim DeFede about the primary election and what the results mean going forward.

In recent months, the issue of affordable housing has made headlines. WLRN Reporter Nadege Green has reported on the state of public housing in Riviera Beach and found the Stonybrook Apartments faced major environmental problems, including mold and water damage. Miami Herald’s Joey Flechas reported on housing units with no air conditioners and learned that it is not required in public housing across Miami-Dade County. Flechas and Green join Sundial for a conversation about health concerns in public housing.

The Miami Dade County Commission is set to vote on Aug.30 on the future of public transit in the county’s southern corridor. The commission will decide whether to pay for bus rapid transportation or an expansion of the Metrorail. Former Miami Mayor Alex Penelas joined Sundial to give some historical context to the half-cent tax that was passed during his tenure that was intended to be used for future transit projects.

A new arts incubator in Palm Beach County, Studio 411, will offer free resources for artists including paint brushes, shop classes and Art lectures – all intended to get their creative juices flowing. One of the classes will be a studio series called “Creative Entrepreneurs” that will provide marketing, business and professional growth mentorship for artists trying to make a living in the art world. Artist, Amanda Linton and Studio 411 Director, Joyce Pernicone joined Sundial to discuss the new arts incubator and mentorship programs.