Florida's 2020 Census, Fort Lauderdale's City Manager On Sewage Breaks & The BBC Arts Hour In Miami

Jan 13, 2020

On this Monday, Jan. 13, episode of Sundial:

Florida’s 2020 Census Statewide Complete Count Committee

The U.S Census will be conducted from March to June 2020. To ensure Floridians are accurately reflected in the federal count, Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed Lieutenant Governor Jeantte Nuñez to lead Florida’s Complete Count Committee. 

"Everything from school lunch to transportation dollars is really linked to the population here in Florida," said Nuñez on Sundial. 

Nuñez talked with host Luis Hernandez on Sundial about the significance of census data and the challenges the state faces in getting accurate information. During the interview, Hernandez also asked about the DeSantis administration’s environmental policies. 

Sewage Breaks In Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale residents just can't catch a break with their sewage problems. The city’s 50 year-old sewage system has broken six times in the past month and continues to impact daily life. 

The breaks spewed nearly 127 million gallons of sewage into streets, yards and the city's waterways. 

“The prior administration raided utility funds and spent the money to balance the budget for the city's general operations,” said Mayor Dean Trantalis at a commission meeting last week.

Fort Lauderdale city officials have been rushing to address the crisis by hosting meetings and coming up with plans to revamp the system. City Manager Chris Lagerbloom joined the program to discuss repair efforts underway and the challenges Fort Lauderdale faces in updating its infrastructure. 

BBC The Arts Hour Show

The BBC The Arts Hour takes listeners to a different city each month around the world and introduces them to the musicians, artists and cultural changemakers in the region. 

On the show, host Nikki Beddi speaks with artists, musicians and creatives. This week the show is in Miami focusing on Cuban music and culture. Beddi joined Sundial to talk about tonight’s show, which begins at 7 p.m. at the Miami Dade College Koubek Memorial Center. 

WLRN producer Chris Remington contributed to the production of this episode.