The Florida Roundup: Airbnb in South Florida, No Crime Found In Inmate's Death & Public Records

Mar 26, 2017

Protestors gather outside City Hall on Monday March 20, 2017 prior to a joint press conference with the city of Miami Mayor Regalado and Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine on Airbnb.

This week on The Florida Roundup...

Miami-Dade County has inked a deal with Airbnb for the home-sharing company to collect and pay hotel taxes. Yet, the city of Miami and Miami Beach continue to pushback against the service and its hosts.

Read more: Cities of Miami and Miami Beach Crack down on Airbnb Vacation Rentals

Tourism reporter for The Miami Herald Chabeli Herrera tells us more about the ongoing fight between Airbnb and Miami-Dade municipalities. We also ask our listeners whether they welcome the company in their neighborhoods. 

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In 2012, Darren Rainey, who suffered from mental illness, died in a locked shower at the Dade Correctional Institution. Nearly 5 years later, an investigation by the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office found no wrongdoing in his death. Miami Herald's reporter Julie Brown discuss the case as well as other instances of deadly abuse in Florida's prisons

Read more: Is There A Culture Of Abuse At Dade Correctional?

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Plus, we track the latest legislative effort to cast shadows on Florida's public transparency law with reporter for WUFT-News Caitie Switalski and executive editor of News Service of Florida, Jim Saunders. 

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Read more: Access To Public Records In Florida May Change. Why Should You Care About It?