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After years of arguing and false starts, Miami-Dade is a vote away from approving a new $267 million civil courthouse in downtown Miami with a project already linked to revenue shortfalls in county budget projections.

Alexia Fodere / Miami Herald

Ultra Music Festival is selling tickets for its scheduled return to Bayfront Park in March 2020, but organizers do not yet have a contract to stage the three-day concert on Miami’s downtown waterfront.

Four months after Miami commissioners voted to allow the event to return to Bayfront Park, city administrators and Ultra’s organizers have not signed the licensing agreement that would allow the electronic dance music festival to use the public park.

Miami Herald

The results are in from yesterday's run-off elections in three Miami-Dade cities.

In Miami, former state senator Alex Diaz de la Portilla won over auto parts retailer Miguel Angel-Gabela to represent District 1.

Diaz de la Portilla won with 60% of the vote. He had about a 20 point lead on Gabela in the general election and won yesterday's runoff by a similar margin. 

In Hialeah, Jesus Tundidor, former vice-chair of the city’s planning and zoning board, won the race for the Group 2 council seat with about 65% of the vote.

Leslie Ovalle / WLRN

The polls open today to settle elections for commission seats in three Miami-Dade cities.

Voters in Miami, Miami Beach and Hialeah will cast ballots in runoff races where no candidate received a majority of votes in the November 5th primary.

In the city of Miami, former state senator Alex Díaz de la Portilla is looking to return to public life -- as he faces off against auto parts retailer Miguel-Angel Gabela.

MIAMI HERALD

The Miami Police Department will soon have its own surveillance technology to track and monitor phone calls and social media messages.

MIAMI FREEDOM PARK

The debate over Miami Freedom Park, the plan to build a $1 billion retail, hotel and Major League Soccer stadium complex on Miami’s only city-owned golf course, is expected to climax Oct. 24 when commissioners consider a lease that would allow the redevelopment but that city administrators say might not be in any shape to vote on.

At the same time, the commission could consider opening up Melreese golf course to any willing bidders.

surveillance camera
John Seung-Hwan Shin, Wikipedia Creative Commons / WLRN

Updated on  10/9/19 at 7:55pm: Miami Commissioner Manolo Reyes told WLRN that he has asked to pull this item from being voted on until November, at least in part due to data security and privacy issues

The city of Miami is considering granting a private company free access to public property to set up light poles equipped with surveillance equipment, in a potential deal activists call troubling for the right to privacy.

MIAMI HERALD

Miami Beach city leaders stewed over nine ballot measures Wednesday, ultimately deciding to place six questions before voters in November, killing three other measures.

Ballot items that drew the most discussion during Wednesday’s City Commission meeting dealt with new term limits for the mayor, higher compensation for the mayor and city commissioners, and greater flexibility in filling commission vacancies.

Brittany Wallman / Sun Sentinel

The pay for Fort Lauderdale’s political leaders will more than double after the next election, and future politicians could receive a city pension during retirement, after the City Commission unanimously approved the enhancements Tuesday night.

Jamie Doolittle / WLRN News

Parkland officials announced Friday they have decided to keep the Broward Sheriff's Office (BSO) as its law enforcement provider. This decision was made despite the heavy criticism the sheriff's office  faced after the Stoneman Douglas massacre.

The city of Parkland hired the Center for Public Safety to conduct a review of the city's policing options. The options included  the city establishing its own police department, partnering with another municipality or continuing its current relationship with BSO.

Somerset Academy

Parkland City Commissioners unanimously approved the city’s first charter school on commercially zoned land late Thursday while a group of residents protested the development.

Somerset Academy Parkland will enroll students from Parkland and neighboring communities beginning in 2019. Some worry that will bring new traffic to the area.

Jaye Abbate is the CEO of ArtServe, a non-profit arts incubator that supports artists and cultural organizations in Broward County. Beth Clark is the CEO of Young Singers of the Palm Beaches.

Parkland
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Parkland parents showed their outrage Wednesday night at a packed, and emotional, city commission meeting, after a series of security scares at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. 

“My fears have increased 100 percent this week with the increased activity by trespassers, weapons being brought on campus,” said Elyse Claprood, whose daughter attends Stoneman Douglas High. “We can’t live in this bubble anymore in this city.”

 

Confederate Street Names In Hollywood To Come Down

Aug 31, 2017
Laura Morcate

After a five and a half hour-long public comment and discussion, the city of Hollywood decided to rename streets that bear the names of Confederate icons.

WLRN

Fort Lauderdale has come under fire for arresting a 90-year-old man who was feeding the homeless after the city passed tougher regulations on how outdoor “feedings” can be held.

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