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They're a familiar sight and sound in South Florida’s Venezuelan community: videos of exiles defending themselves against accusations that they’re “Chavistas," or sympathizers of Venezuela’s authoritarian socialist regime, a government despised by almost every expat here.

But the “yo no soy Chavista” Facebook video Carmen Jaqueline Gimenez recently posted was of particular interest because she’s running for office in November – for mayor of Hallandale Beach.

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Choreographed chants of “No Justice, No Peace” ricocheted from block to block  as hundreds of people of all ages and races gathered  in Downtown West Palm Beach on Sunday to demand justice for George Floyd.

The protest was peaceful and well-organized in the daytime, and tense by nightfall.

Gerard Albert / WLRN

On this Monday, June 1st, episode of Sundial:


Protests Against Police Brutality Across South Florida


Hurricane Season Collides With Coronavirus, As Communities Plan For Dual Emergencies

14 hours ago
Lynne Sladky / AP

Robin Rokobauer doesn't like to chance it. When there's a hurricane, she almost always evacuates.

Rokobauer lives in Cocoa Beach, Fla., on a barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean and 153-mile-long Indian River Lagoon. Her mother is 93.

"She's got to have flushing toilets," Rokobauer says of her mother. "She's got to have fresh water. She's just got some physical needs that require that."

Local Officials Blame "Outside Agitators," Arrest Records Show Most Are From Here

15 hours ago
Daniel A. Varela / Miami Herald

The morning after peaceful protests morphed into violent demonstrations in downtown Miami, local officials told the public that most of the “agitators” where “outsiders.”

“Of the 57 people that were arrested, 13 of those 57 live in the City of Miami. OK? So, we have Minnesota, New York. Georgia. People from outside of the county ... [who] were arrested,” said Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina during a Sunday news conference. “The reason I think that’s significant is: Please don’t make the mistake of letting someone from outside suck you in to destroy our city.”

Matias J. Ocner / Miami Herald

This post will be updated today, Monday, June 1, with the latest information on COVID-19 in South Florida.

Douglas Hanks / Miami Herald

Aramis Gallardo waited so long for a bus Sunday morning in downtown Miami that he asked a police officer if something had gone wrong. That’s when he got the bad news: Miami-Dade suspended all transit service Saturday night after city protests led to burned squad cars and ransacked stores.

Already late for his construction job on the Miami River, Gallardo couldn’t believe the county left him stranded.

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In its first account of statewide antibody testing, the Florida Department of Health reported Friday that about 4.4 percent of more than 123,000 tested came back positive for signs of an infection, providing a snapshot of how the disease might be spreading.

But the report warns that the accuracy of commercial lab results included in the mix is not known and experts say even results from approved tests could have a high degree of inaccuracy.

Gerard Albert / WLRN

“Black lives matter.” Those were the words hundreds of protesters chanted throughout the streets of downtown Fort Lauderdale on Sunday.

Violent Outbursts Lead To Countywide Curfew Following Peaceful Miami Protest

May 31, 2020

Updated Sunday, May 31 at 12:15 p.m.

Editors' note: Charles Durant Dandy Jr.'s name was misspelled in a previous version of this story.

Miami-Dade County is under a curfew Sunday from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. The curfew will remain "until the order is lifted" after a protest Saturday afternoon led to clashes with police and vandalism.

In the city of Miami, the curfew on Sunday starts at 8 p.m.


Updated Sunday, May 31: Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced Sunday that beaches in Miami-Dade County will remain closed while there is a curfew, following protests against police brutality that were succeeded by looting and vandalism on Saturday night.

The county's curfew runs from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. In the city of Miami, the curfew starts at 8 p.m.

South Florida beaches and hotels are reopening under new coronavirus guidelines.

Miami Herald

Students at Florida’s 12 public universities could be returning to campus this fall, according to a new plan approved by the Florida Board of Governors. The universities will use the blueprint to develop individual reopening plans following shutdowns due to the coronavirus.

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Aventura Police confirmed a shooting Friday morning at Aventura Mall.

Police spokesperson Hans Maestre told WLRN two people were hurt and taken to Aventura Hospital. One person is in critical but stable condition. The other person is in normal condition.

WSVN first reported the incident.

The shooting happened at about 11:20 and officers that normally patrol the mall responded to the area and took the suspects into custody after a brief chase.


This post will be updated today, Friday, May 29, and through the weekend with the latest information on COVID-19 in South Florida.

Christopher Harris / via AP

George Floyd's death in Minnesota prompted protests nationwide after a bystander's video of his arrest surfaced on social media.