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Joseph Kaplan FAMILY PHOTO

Joseph Kaplan was a published poet. He was an accomplished labor lawyer for nearly five decades. And he was a devoted father and public servant.

In his role as a lawyer, he did pro bono work. Among those he represented: labor leader Cesar Chavez’s United Farm Workers Union. Kaplan was on the front lines during the drive to unionize orange groves in Central Florida. Chavez was a labor activist focused on improving the lives and working conditions of farmworkers.

Kaplan, a longtime resident of Miami Beach and Coral Gables, died Thursday at age 90.

Miami Herald

Today in Sundial: The water in Lake Okeechobee is starting to go back down after rising more than 17 feet after Hurricane Irma. That was edging dangerously close to the record of 18.5 after Hurricane Wilma. The rise forced the Army Corps of Engineers to monitor the Herbert Hoover Dike for any damage or risks. We spoke with WLRN reporter Peter Haden, who was at the dike and traveled through communities near the lake to find out how people are living with the constant danger.

Tim Padgett / WLRN.org