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David Santiago / Miami Herald

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Alex Brandon / AP

California Rep. Karen Bass, who is on Joe Biden’s vice presidential short list, said she now realizes that referring to Fidel Castro as “ comandante en jefe ,” or commander in chief, after his death in 2016 was a mistake.

But her explanation — and longstanding ties to Cuba — are concerning to Biden’s Miami supporters as he enters the final phase of choosing a running mate. Biden said he will choose a vice president around August 8.

News Service of Florida

A panel that nominates potential members of the Florida Supreme Court on Monday defended its choice to include Renatha Francis, one of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ latest picks to serve as a justice, on a list of nine nominees sent to the governor in January.

State Rep. Geraldine Thompson, D-Windermere, filed a lawsuit last month alleging that Francis, a Palm Beach County circuit judge, is unqualified to serve on the Supreme Court.

West Palm Beach protest
Wilkine Brutus / WLRN

The nationwide protests for racial justice impacted several local cities in Palm Beach County. The tension is still there; it’s a movement, not a moment, says activists, members of various communities, and elected officials. A task force formed to help solve racial inequities might be a potential huge step within the proverbial movement.


On this Monday, August 3, episode of Sundial:

Tropical Storm Isaias Headed Towards the Carolinas

Tropical Storm Isaias stayed mostly off the east coast of Florida and is now heading toward the Carolinas. Although Palm Beach County experienced heavy rain and winds and thousands were left without power, emergency managers said this was an important dry run for hurricane procedures. 

Yellow Green Market
Courtesy of Elizabeth Becker / WLRN

Before the pandemic, the Yellow Green Farmer's Market in Hollywood was a favorite spot for locals and for tourists. At its peak last year up to 10,000 people would come through to eat and buy produce any given Saturday or Sunday. 

The last day it was open was March 15 and it almost reopened for Fourth of July weekend — then the spike in coronavirus cases stopped that from happening.


When the city of Miami was established in 1896, there were 367 people who voted to make Miami a reality. Of those people, 162 of them were Black residents. And the first name on the charter of the city was that of Silas Austin, a Black man.

Robert Runcie
Carl Juste / Miami Herald

This post will be updated today, Monday, August 3, and through the week with the latest information on COVID-19 in South Florida.

affordable housing
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Broward County has already been in need of more affordable housing well before the coronavirus pandemic began to impact most areas of life. 

Renters that are considered severely cost-burdened spend more than 50 percent or more of their income on housing. In Broward, the last several years have shown those households on the rise, according to a 2018 report by the FIU Metropolitan Center.

Wilfredo Lee / AP

South Florida avoided the worst of Hurricane and Tropical Storm Isaias, but some areas were still hit by some of the outer bands of the storm between Saturday night and Sunday morning.

Wilfredo Lee / AP

Isaias is forecast to bring heavy rain and strong winds to South Florida this weekend.

Palm Beach County, which could feel hurricane-force winds, has opened a number of shelters ahead of the storm.

Irma flooding
Miami Herald archives

South Florida is bracing for the impacts of Hurricane Isaias this weekend.

In its latest advisory, the National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane warning for Boca Raton up to the Volusia-Brevard County line. A hurricane warning is in effect south of Boca Raton up to Hallandale Beach, as of 5 p.m. Friday.

foreclosure sign
Miami Herald

If you’re having trouble paying rent or your mortgage, you won’t be evicted or foreclosed on in August. This week, Gov. Ron DeSantis extended his executive order pausing evictions and foreclosure, but with changes to the previous extension. Evictions have been on hold since April as the state shut down to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Jacob Cuenca, Republican voter
Jayme Gershen for The World and WLRN

The coronavirus pandemic turned Jacob Cuenca’s life upside down just before he graduated high school.

“Literally everything was fine, you know, I was going to school, worrying about my math test and all of a sudden there's no school for, like, three months. We had no prom night, no senior brunches,” he said.

Runner on Miami Beach
MATIAS J. OCNER / Miami Herald

This post will be updated today, Friday, July 31, and through the weekend with the latest information on COVID-19 in South Florida.