Francis Suarez

Roberto Koltun / El Nuevo Herald staff

In a move to end a "one way cultural exchange" with Cuba, the Miami city commission unanimously passed a resolution last Thursday asking Congress to allow states and local governments to ban contracting with Cuban artists and performers who do business with or are funded by the Cuban government. 

The commission seeks legislation that would prevent Cuban artists from performing in city-owned venues as a reciprocal response to Cuba’s policy of prohibiting American artists or Cuban expatriate artists from performing on the island. 

Miami Herald

There's a battle underway between Miami Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez and City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez.

The fight is over the future of the iconic Coconut Grove Playhouse theater. Last week, the City of Miami Commission approved a plan supported by Gimenez that would demolish and renovate a portion of the theater. Mayor Francis Suarez, who argued the county wasn’t transparent about the full cost of the operation, vetoed the plan. 

C.M. Guerrero / Miami Herald

Miami's mayor is joining a list of big names on a new international climate change commission.

Mayor Francis Suarez will be part of a new "Global Commission on Adaptation," led by Bill Gates, former United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and current World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva.

The commission includes 28 leaders from government, business and non-profits. They represent countries including the Marshall Islands -- one of the nations most at risk of having to relocate because of sea-level rise.

Sam Turken / WLRN

People experiencing homelessness in Miami now have access to a new bathroom after the city  opened on Wednesday its first permanent toilet in Downtown. 

Sam Turken / WLRN

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson of Florida toured the Liberty Square public housing complex with local politicians Friday before meeting with more than a dozen Liberty City activists—some of whom have lost relatives to shootings.

The discussion focused on ways to reduce gun violence and improve housing and other opportunities in the area that has long been a hotbed for violence and poverty. 

C.M. Guerro / Miami Herald

Miami mayor Francis Suarez will visit a detention facility in Tornillo, Texas on Thursday to see children who have been separated from their families after crossing the Mexico border illegally. 

Miami’s New, Homegrown Mayor Has A ‘Mandate’ And A Big Agenda

Nov 8, 2017
Jose Iglesias / Miami Herald

After an eight-year breather from ambitious plans and metropolitan agendas, Miami has put its faith in a new, young mayor and political scion eager to get moving on a big agenda.

Voters on Tuesday elected City Commissioner Francis Suarez as the 34th mayor of Miami, choosing the 40-year-old Carlton Fields attorney and son of a former mayor and embracing his talk of a new vision and generation of leadership for the capital of the Americas.

A huge favorite over an underwhelming field, Suarez unofficially netted about 86 percent of the vote.

Pedro Portal / EL NUEVO HERALD

Going into your family's profession probably gives you an advantage over the average newbie: you know the ins and outs, have connections in the industry, and maybe even got some on-the-job experience. The same advantage holds true for elected office. 

Before Miami City Commissioner Francis Suarez and Miami-Dade School Board member Raquel Regalado ran for office, they spent many years in the public eye because their fathers were politicians. Both Suarez and Regalado count that time as valuable experience. 

Elaine de Valle / Political Cortadito

Francis Suarez’s Mayoral Race: There’s An App For That

Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez has a new iPhone app for his supporters to get direct news about his run for mayor.

Suarez said he created it because it fits in with his “high-tech campaign,” according to the blogger Elaine de Valle on Political Cortatido.

The app is called “Suarez 4 Mayor,” and if you tweet a screenshot and mention the commissioner’s account, you get a free t-shirt!

Zimmerman Trial: Race, Self-Defense And The Law

Jul 12, 2013

Today on the Florida Roundup at noon on 91.3 FM:

We’re bracing for a verdict in the Zimmerman case, a trial that has the state on edge. Does Florida’s Stand Your Ground law make it an open-and-shut case for the defense? And is too much being made of the possible reaction if Trayvon Martin’s killer is set free?

The U.S. Justice Department finds - for the second time in a decade - that City of Miami police used excessive force in a spate of shootings, seven resulting in the deaths of black residents of the city.