Protests continue in Venezuela against current leader Nicolás Maduro and in support of interim president Juan Guaidó, who's received the support of President Donald J. Trump. Vice President Mike Pence is visiting the Venezuelan community in Doral on Friday. Governor Ron DeSantis, Senator Rick Scott, and Senator Marco Rubio are also expected to be in attendance. Doral Mayor Juan Carlos Bermudez joined Sundial to talk about the vice president's trip to the city and what he’s hearing from the Venezuelan diaspora in Doral.
Questions remain about the implementation of Amendment 4, the Voting Rights Restoration for Felons Initiative, with many ex-felons seeking resources about how they can register to vote for upcoming elections in the state. Concerns remain about whether felons will be able to register if their sentence hasn’t been “fully completed.” The state legislature doesn’t reconvene until March. David Maer, the Director of Community Outreach for the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office, joined Sundial to provide an update on how Amendment 4 is likely to be implemented in 2019.
Read more of our Amendment 4 coverage here.
Eight years ago, the city of West Palm Beach was still reeling from the Great Recession and unemployment teetered between 9 and 10 percent. But a lot has changed since Mayor Jeri Muoio took the helm to lead the city. During her time in the mayor’s office the city has come back from the recession, attracted new business, and is luring younger residents. Last week, Muoio gave her final state of the city address. She joined Sundial to talk about her legacy and how the city is trying to help the homeless.
In the newest edition of Live from the 305, we meet the local folk-indie duo Dracula. Dorys Bello and Eli Oviedo are behind the band’s beautifully haunting but soothing sound. The band performs songs in five different languages and is making waves in the independent music scene for its covers of the iconic Tejana singer Selena. They joined Sundial to talk about about the creation of the band, their soundand their upcoming album with local independent label Sweat Records Records.