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Miami-Dade Cities Plan To Reopen Businesses And Parks, Hoping COVID-19 Is On Decline

May 13, 2020
Pedro Portal / Miami Herald

Mayors of most of Miami-Dade’s largest cities plan to allow many businesses to reopen May 20, meaning next week is likely to mark a major step toward restarting a South Florida economy left in tatters by two months of closures during the coronavirus pandemic.

The mayors of Miami, Miami Beach, Hialeah and Miami Gardens announced their plans Wednesday, hours before Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez released details of his own plan.

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.

Peddro Portal / Miami Herald

The results from Tuesday's municipal elections in some areas of South Florida are in. We have summarized them so you can catch up with what happened in a glance. 

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Residents of Miami, Miami Beach, Hialeah and Homestead will head to the polls Tuesday to vote in several hotly contested city council and commission races, some of which are probably headed for runoffs in a couple weeks.

In three of those cities — all but Homestead, which already had its primary Oct. 1 — Tuesday’s results will determine a winner only if a candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote. Otherwise, the top two finishers in each race will go head to head in runoffs on Nov. 19.

Florida Lawmakers Seek Money For Local Projects

Sep 30, 2019

Lawmakers are already seeking about $120 million for projects and programs in their local communities, while the latest state revenue estimates have spurred the House budget leader to urge “restraint” as the 2020 legislative session nears.

And based on past sessions, the number of local funding proposals — sometimes derided by critics as “pork” or “turkeys”— will soon explode.

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Courtesy of Yajaira Roman and Gillian Edwards-Brown / WLRN

This post has been updated with additional information at 3:05 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20.

Nurses are on a one-day strike at two hospitals in Miami-Dade and Broward counties Friday. 

Registered nurses with a union called the National Nurses Organizing Committee started picketing 7 a.m. Friday and will continue for the next twelve hours. They're striking at Palmetto General Hospital in Hialeah and Florida Medical Center in Lauderdale Lakes. 

 

Danny Rivero / WLRN

In the hunt for housing affordability, mobile home parks have been an oasis. But developers are eyeing them, increasing rents and forcing some residents to leave.

Daniel Rivero / WLRN

On paper, Marta Figueroa spent more than 30 years living in a mobile home. But in reality, the two-bedroom plywood house, located in a trailer park, was not mobile at all. 

After a developer purchased the 10-acre mobile park lot last March and won approval from the city of Hialeah to rezone the area to a mix of commercial and new apartments, Figueroa learned she would have to abandon her home by February 2019.

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Here’s an only-in-Miami story. This week a woman who speaks no Spanish tried to order food at a Taco Bell drive-through in Hialeah. Things didn’t end happily.

Sam Turken / WLRN

Florida governor Rick Scott, who is running for U.S. Senate, said during a campaign rally Friday that the country should be firmer in its relations with Cuba, before acknowledging the existence of climate change. 

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All of Miami will be dropping beats Thursday.

    

The city is marking the longest day of the year – officially the summer solstice – with a lineup of free musical performances. 

Make Music Miami is joining the worldwide celebration Make Music Day, which began in Paris in 1982 as Fête de la Musique. More than 800 cities in 120 countries carry on the spirit of the day – that all musicians can play in public spaces.

Leslie Ovalle / WLRN News

President Donald Trump visited South Florida Monday and heard Cuban-American business owners heap praise on him for his $1.5 trillion tax cut package.

Miami Has More Renters Than Homeowners, Study Says

Jan 31, 2018
RentCafe.com

The renting population is booming throughout Florida, according to a study by RentCafe.com, a national apartment search website.

 

Miami, with 68 percent, ranks third in the country for the largest proportion of renters versus homeowners. Jersey City and Newark, both in New Jersey, top the list. 

Orlando ranks sixth just below New York and Boston.

Miami Herald

Florida lawmakers are making final preparations for the 2018 legislative session, which is set to begin Tuesday,  Jan. 9. There will be a lot on the docket for both chambers, but there's no question that this session will take place under the dark cloud of sexual harassment controversies. A couple seats are empty from lawmakers who resigned after being embroiled in such cases. 

Carl Juste / Miami Herald

Hialeah schools were briefly on lockdown Wednesday morning while police searched for an “irrational” mixed martial arts fighter wielding a knife.

Hialeah police said John Chavez, a 30-year-old MMA fighter with tattoos up to his neck, ran from police earlier in the morning after a “violent domestic dispute.”

Hialeah police spokesman Lt. Carl Zogby said police got the call around 8:15 a.m., but Chavez was “acting irrationally” and ran off with a kitchen knife when cops arrived.

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