Broward County

BRIAN TIETZ / Miami Herald

In recent weeks, Customs and Border Patrol officials in Broward and Miami-Dade counties have been visiting Greyhound bus terminals and asking riders to show their immigration papers. This practice referred to as “transportation checks,” or the act of asking commuters for proof of their legal status, has ramped up in recent years as part of President Trump’s strict immigration strategy. The Miami Herald’s Monique O. Madan has been reporting on the story and joined Sundial for an update.

South Florida Sun Sentinel

Boil-water notice issued for Lauderhill areas.

A boil-water notice was issued Sunday evening for parts of Lauderhill after Florida Power & Light Co. broke a water main.

Covered by the notice are the following areas: 2351-2551 NW 41st Avenue, 26th Street from State Road 7 to Northwest 42nd Avenue, and 2439-2701 State Road 7.

Read more at the Sun Sentinel.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

This story has been updated with an additional statement at 1:55 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16.

An independent consultant has deemed West Lake Park the best location for where a disputed 911 radio communications tower should be built in the city of Hollywood.

The State Board of Education is poised to consider new rules next week, including a requirement that all public schools begin teaching students each year about youth substance abuse. Schools would also be mandated to report the professional qualifications of people teaching the classes, according to the rule. 

Gun Laws Languish In Broward County, But That Could Change

Aug 13, 2019
Michele Eve Sandberg / South Florida Sun Sentinel

It could become harder to buy a gun at a gun show in Broward County.

Some county leaders want to tighten regulations that have allowed people to buy guns without background checks or waiting periods.

Twenty years ago, Broward County implemented background checks and a five-day waiting period for people to buy guns, but the regulations haven’t been enforced at gun shows because of a state law that kept the power to make gun laws out of city and county hands.

South Florida Sun Sentinel

Broward and Miami-Dade transit planners are revving up a proposal for a monorail system that would whisk commuters between the two counties.

South Florida Sun Sentinel file photo

Broward County’s overburdened public safety radio system is getting a break that should help it function until a new system can be put in place, possibly next year.

School bus drivers won’t be talking on its airwaves anymore. The school district has completed the transfer of 1,367 buses over to a new radio system that operates separately from the one used by police, firefighters and other emergency responders.

C.M. GUERRERO / MIAMI HERALD

Broward’s new transportation tax could help Miami-Dade finally build a rail line north to Miami Gardens, with both counties interested in selecting a single company to build a transit link running from Miami to Fort Lauderdale.

The chairman and top executives of BYD, the Chinese company pursuing a four-mile county monorail line over the MacArthur Causeway to South Beach, met last week with a delegation of elected office holders from Broward and Miami-Dade on a joint tour of transit options in China and Japan.

Cruz
Carline Jean / South Florida Sun Sentinel via pool / WLRN

The confessed-Parkland school shooter, Nikolas Cruz, had a bandage across the bridge of his nose as he stood and raised his handcuffed hand to address a Broward County Courtroom on Wednesday afternoon. 

 

Cruz spoke for himself under oath, instead of letting his team of public defenders speak for him as he has done in the past. He told Judge Elizabeth Scherer that he waives his right to be  present at future status hearings about his case, though he may have to be present at more substantive hearings.

Robert Azmitia / Sun Sentinel

A heavily contaminated waste site in southern Broward County will go on a federal list for expedited cleanup, after decades of work failed to remove thousands of gallons of oil and other pollutants from the soil.

Mosquito Control Section

Recent heavy rain is prompting plans for more mosquito spraying around Broward County.

Weather permitting, larvicide-spraying trucks will roll through certain neighborhoods in Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Dania Beach, Davie, Pembroke Pines and Cooper City between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. from Monday to Aug. 3, according to Mosquito Control officials.

The spray targets the larvae of disease-carrying mosquitoes.

Read more at the Sun Sentinel.

Silver Tsunami report
Courtesy of The Community Foundation of Broward

Broward County has the fastest-growing population of people over 85 in the country. One of the growing problems they face is social isolation, which can lead to depression, loneliness and safety issues for those living alone. 

Lazy Lake
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

This story has been updated with additional information at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday

The Village of Lazy Lake is the smallest municipality in Broward County. Its population is just about 26 people, according to census data, and it's surrounded by Wilton Manors. 

A listener reached out to WLRN about why Lazy Lake didn’t hold an election in 2018. 

 

Miramar ICE
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Several immigrant-rights groups gathered in front of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Miramar Tuesday morning, chanting "Melt the ICE!" and "Shut it down!"

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