Miami Beach

MIAMI HERALD

Miami Beach city leaders stewed over nine ballot measures Wednesday, ultimately deciding to place six questions before voters in November, killing three other measures.

Ballot items that drew the most discussion during Wednesday’s City Commission meeting dealt with new term limits for the mayor, higher compensation for the mayor and city commissioners, and greater flexibility in filling commission vacancies.

The Genting Group

The Miami Beach city commission unanimously approved a resolution Wednesday that outlines its reservations about a proposed tax-funded transit system across Biscayne Bay linking the city with Miami.

The measure concerns the feasibility of the “baylink” transit service and the intentions of the Malaysian casino company, Genting, which submitted an unsolicited proposal to Miami-Dade County to build the system across Biscayne Bay. Miami Beach commissioners now await Miami-Dade's final decision on the project.

Miami Herald File

The Miami Beach city commission reviewed on Monday a possible plan to build a tax-funded transit system across Biscayne Bay connecting the city with Miami.

Sam Turken / WLRN

A South Florida nonprofit continued a 24-year tradition Saturday night with a prom that provides local LGBTQ youth with an open space to be themselves.

More than 60 teenagers and young adults attended the “Once Upon A Time” themed prom at the North Shore Community Center in Miami Beach. The event was open to youth of all sexual identities and featured dancing to hip hop and Latin music, singing and a drag queen performance.

GENTING GROUP

Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber chided Miami-Dade leaders on Wednesday for a rushed vote on a two-month-old proposal by casino giant Genting to start a county bidding process for a monorail linking the resort city to downtown Miami.

In a letter, Gelber asked Miami-Dade commission chairwoman Audrey Edmonson to delay Wednesday’s vote to give the city time to analyze the proposal and let the county finish a tax-funded study by the Parsons engineering firm of the “baylink” commuting route.

WLRN

Three Florida cities - Lake City, Riviera Beach and most recently Key Biscayne - have been targeted by hackers in the last month. All were held hostage by hackers for large amounts of money. Sundial spoke with Rob Wile of the Miami Herald to discuss his reporting on the hacking in Key Biscayne, Director of the Cybersecurity Center of the Americas at Miami Dade College Jorge Ortega and Palm Beach Post staff writer Tony Doris on the hacking in Riviera Beach.

 

VIRGINIA KEY BEACH PARK

After years of standstill, Virginia Key Beach Park took a step toward constructing its proposed civil rights museum.

Miami leaders unanimously passed a resolution Thursday, committing to help the park with the museum’s operational costs post-construction. The resolution prompts the release of funds allotted over 10 years ago from Miami-Dade County totaling about $20.5 million for construction of the museum.

JEFFERY A. SALTER MIAMI HERALD FILE

How would you describe award-winning dessert cookbook author and baking legend Maida Heatter?

A decade ago, a Miami Herald features writer sat with her once in her bayside Normandy Isle home — where she died Thursday at 102 — and put her in context with something not unlike one of Heatter’s own heavenly creations:

Terrisa Mark / WLRN News

A floating digital billboard in the ocean off South Beach Monday afternoon aimed to make black visitors feel relaxed and at home at the beach. 

The project, called “Water Rights,” was created by artist Johanne Rahaman with support from the Knight Foundation and a $20,000 grant from Oolite Arts, a local organization that fosters visual artists. 

Miami Herald

Thunder cracked and roared over Miami Beach this weekend, but there wasn't a drop of rain for miles. The sound that rang out above the city came courtesy of the jet engines and shining wingtips of the U.S. Navy and Air Force. 

Thousands of people came to watch the third annual Hyundai Air and Sea Show, which showcased the military's Blue Angels and left people awe-struck across the island as they watched the deftly executed aerial manuevers overhead. 

VACO Studios

The City of Miami Beach is attempting to change people's perspectives of Memorial Day weekend by hosting its very first arts and cultural festival, called ReFrame.

Local artists will showcase works of art that spark crucial conversations about inclusion, blackness and relationships.

Octavia Yearwood, one of the festival's curators, says the media has historically portrayed visitors, particularly people of color, in a way that makes residents feel they should flee for the weekend. She hopes ReFrame can reshape the weekend's past "energy and vibe."

Sam Turken / WLRN News

More than 150 beachgoers, activists and elected officials joined hands at noon Saturday on the shore of Miami Beach to call for more environmental stewardship and to protest against offshore oil drilling and fossil fuels.

“What we’ve got are a bunch of people who care about the world, and we’re standing together along the water to say, ‘This is our beach, this our world.' To say, 'Yes to clean renewable energy,'” said Sam Van Leer, president of the non-profit Urban Paradise Guild.

Maria Alejandra Cardona / The Miami Herald

Miami Beach City Commission is cracking down on events regulations during what they refer to as "high impact events", such as Spring Break and Memorial Day weekend, alleging these times stretch city resources to regulate traffic, parking and policing.

The proposed ordinance, with regulations aimend primarily toward businesses and promoters, passed the first vote on Wednesday. It'll go through revisions before a final vote that's scheduled for April 24th.

Arianna Prothero / WLRN

An international program that has helped South Florida cities address climate change and other livability challenges is ending. 

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Thousands of college students are crowding South Florida beaches as they normally do this time of year for spring break.

Most spring breakers land on Miami Beach, but the city is not happy with what it's seeing. According to the Miami Herald, there have been beach brawls,  heavy drinking and injured police officers.

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