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Ex-Florida Governor Candidate Andrew Gillum Says He’s Going To Rehab

Mar 16, 2020
Chris O'Meara / Via Sun Sentinel

Former Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum says he is going into rehab after he was found by police in a hotel room that had small bags of suspected crystal meth and in the company of a man who had overdosed.

Gillum said in a prepared statement he will be stepping down from “all public facing roles for the foreseeable future.”

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While the state was urging social distancing in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, spring break crowds descended on parts of South Florida over the weekend.

The St. Patrick’s Day celebration at Rick’s Bar in Key West was in full force Saturday night, for example.

Associated Press

Andrew Gillum, who in 2018 came within tens of thousands of votes of becoming Florida governor, was discovered by police at a South Beach hotel early Friday morning in a room with bags of possible methamphetamine and in the company of a man who appeared to have overdosed on drugs, according to a Miami Beach police report.

Updated on March 16 at 8:42 p.m. ET

Long before condominiums lined the shoreline in Miami Beach, before air conditioning, many thousands of years before Columbus, people lived along Florida's coastline.

Archaeologists say the remains of their settlements are particularly vulnerable to rising sea levels as a result of climate change.

In Florida's Palm Beach County researchers are planning how best to protect and preserve the ancient sites most at risk from rising seas.

Bibi Andrade

Miami Beach joined the ranks of South Florida cities battling aging sewer systems when three sewer line breaks knocked out half the city’s sewer capacity last week, dumping nearly 1.4 million gallons of raw sewage into Biscayne Bay.

After a driller working on a Florida Power & Light drainage well ruptured a 42-inch main line near Lincoln Road, pressure shifted to a frail, 30-inch line installed a half century ago, Public Works Director Roy Coley said Tuesday.

Courtesy of Jaquira Díaz / Graphic by Alejandra Martinez

Author Jaquira Díaz's life has been anything but ordinary.

From the early years growing up in el caserio (government housing in Puerto Rico), to struggling through the kind of poverty on Miami Beach she described as, "the kind of poor you felt in your bones, " Díaz felt torn by life. 

She had just left behind a rough life in Puerto Rico when she moved to Miami Beach and at the age of 8 learned her mother was diagnosed as schizophrenic. 

Daniel Rivero / WLRN

On this Tuesday, March 10, episode of Sundial:

Grand Bahama’s Water Quality 

Six months after Hurricane Dorian, the only fresh drinking water available in Grand Bahama is coming from relief groups. The Category 5 storm contaminated the drinking supply with saltwater. 

“Dorian didn’t just impact some of the wells. It impacted all of our wells and our plants,” Remington Wilchcombe, the manager of engineering at Grand Bahama Utility Company told WLRN’s Danny Rivero.

Bibi Andrade

A 42-inch sewer pipe that burst in Miami Beach earlier this week, triggering breaks in two more lines, has been repaired.

City officials said the line along Michigan Avenue was fixed Friday and would be back in service by the end of the day. Contractors are still working on smaller breaks along Pine Tree Drive and Harding Avenue, spokeswoman Melissa Berthier said in an email.

Bibi Andrade

Residents of Miami Beach, Surfside and Bal Harbour Village are being warned to steer clear of some waterways and reduce water use after three sewer line breaks this week.

Miami Herald

The “last call” for alcohol in South Beach will come earlier than usual this spring break.

The Miami Beach City Commission voted Wednesday night to roll back the hours that alcohol sales will close in the city’s entertainment district, from 5 a.m. to 3 a.m. after an extensive debate and feedback from small business owners who said the rollback would hurt their employees.

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A few miles north of the South Beach Wine and Food Festival was another event for foodies this weekend. The Soul Vegan Food Festival showcased healthy black cuisine in an area of the state where only 4 percent of the population is black.

 

The clash of culture is something organizer and blogger Starex Smith loves about the event. Smith, who also goes by the Hungry Black Man on social media, organized the food festival to showcase healthy black cuisine.

'Miami Motel Stories' Looks Dramatically At A Diverse North Beach

Feb 4, 2020
PEDRO PORTAL

Beginning with “Miami Motel Stories: Little Havana” in 2017, Juggerknot Theatre Co. has continued to create immersive theater in an idiosyncratic, widely embraced way.

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY

Metromover would be enjoying a South Beach moment under a scenario laid out in a new county-funded transit report.

With a new three-mile extension over Biscayne Bay, a rider could take a train from the main Metrorail station in downtown Miami to South Beach in 13 minutes. The analysis predicts the free transit option would be popular, generating 13,000 trips a day on a line expected to cost about $630 million to build.

Anastasia Samoylova

Since 2016, Russian-American photographer Anastasia Samoylova has been capturing images of sea-level rise in South Florida in quiet — and often surprising — ways.

Miami Beach Police Department

Next month, tens of thousands of people will flock to South Florida for Super Bowl LIV.

 

But the Miami Beach police department has been preparing for almost a year.

 

They hosted a town hall Thursday night to talk about traffic, safety and all the events happening around the city.

 

Greg Terp, vice president of the Miami Super Bowl host committee, shared his confidence in hosting the big game.

 

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