Miami-Dade County


Climate change threatens to dramatically alter the coastal landscape of Miami-Dade in coming decades — one way or another.

It’s not just rising seas and the threat of stronger hurricanes that could do it. The emerging federal plan to protect communities from those climate risks could also remake entire neighborhoods — starting with running high walls, something akin to I-95 sound barriers, down miles of streets now lined with thousands of homes and businesses.


On this Wednesday, Feb. 5, episode of Sundial:

Miami-Dade Mayor Runs For Congress 

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez has announced his run for Congress to represent Florida’s 26th Congressional District.

Miami-Dade Commissioners Pledge To Remove 'Dixie Highway' From Roadways

Feb 5, 2020
Carl Juste / Miami Herald

Miami-Dade commissioners pledged Tuesday to remove “Dixie Highway” from county road signs after the board’s senior African-American declared the longstanding name a tribute to the states that fought to keep Americans enslaved during the Civil War.

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When Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys in 2017, it sent a four- to six-foot storm surge to Biscayne Bay more than 100 miles away, flooding busy Brickell Avenue.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers now has a tentative plan to fix that: massive flood gates and walls that could include a two-mile stretch in the heart of downtown Miami.

Carl Juste / Miami Herald

Dixie Highway, one of the oldest roadways in the country that's associated with former Confederate states, is under consideration for renaming by Miami-Dade.

The current name comes from the Mason-Dixon line, which separated slave-owned states from free-soil states in the north during the late 18th century. 

The roadway's name didn't capture the attention of Miami-Dade leaders in 2017 when officials across the U.S. removed memorials in Louisiana, Maryland and Virginia.

Miami-Dade commissioners have recently introduced legislation to rename the highway. 


Ultra Music Festival has a signed agreement — finally — from the city of Miami to return to Bayfront Park in March.

Festival organizers and city administrators signed the revocable license agreement Jan. 16, only two months before the three-day event is scheduled to open March 20. The deal was inked the day after the Miami Herald published an article about the lack of an agreement and two days after a group of downtown residents sued the city to invalidate the deal that allows the electronic dance music event to use the downtown waterfront.

Massive Fire After Tanker Burns At Oil Company Near Doral

Jan 15, 2020
Miami Dade Fire Rescue/courtesy

Flames are shooting high into the air and thick black smoke can be seen for miles after a tanker at a northwest Miami-Dade used oil company caught fire which apparently spread across the facility.

Numerous crews from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue are at the scene on the 8400 block of Northwest 68th Street where explosions could be heard.

The area is just off the Palmetto Expressway (State Road 826) north of Northwest 36th Street — near the cities of Doral and Medley.

A 10-day competition to remove invasive Burmese pythons from public lands in South Florida begins Friday, Jan. 10. 

Miami-Dade Mayor Gimenez Expected To Announce A Run For Congress Wednesday

Jan 10, 2020
ROBERTO KOLTUN / El Nuevo Herald

Carlos Gimenez, three-time mayor of Miami-Dade County, is telling supporters he has decided to run for Congress and is preparing to announce his campaign next week.

Gimenez, who has mulled a congressional bid for weeks, has called allies and donors in recent days to say he’s decided to announce plans to seek Florida’s 26th congressional district as a Republican. The seat, representing Southwest Miami-Dade and the Florida Keys, is currently held by Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell.

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Melba Pearson, the former deputy director of Miami’s American Civil Liberties Union, filed paperwork Thursday to challenge longtime incumbent Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernández Rundle.

She is a former Miami-Dade assistant state attorney who served 16 years as a prosecutor under Fernández Rundle.

Daniel Rivero / WLRN

On an afternoon in November, 17 people from across Miami-Dade County gathered in a Miami courtroom to have their voting rights restored. The hearing would be an early indication that party politics are playing a role in how a controversial state law is being rolled out.

Pedro Portal / Miami Herald

Miami-Dade is getting wealthier.

But as the cost of goods and services here rises alongside incomes, some residents may be getting pushed out.


If you don't want to drive — or find parking — for New Year's Eve celebrations, South Florida's public transit systems have some options for you.

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'It’s Time.' Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez Will Retire In January

Dec 20, 2019
MATIAS J. OCNER / Miami Herald

After a career of almost 30 years with Miami-Dade police — four of them as director — Juan Perez is stepping down in January, Perez announced Friday.

“My family and I have decided that the time has come to move on to the next chapter of our lives,” he shared on Twitter. “As such, I wanted to take this opportunity to sincerely thank you for the opportunity to serve this wonderful community for the last 29 1/2 years, with the last four years being highlighted as your police director.”

DONNA E. NATALE PLANAS / Miami Herald file photo

National civil rights and immigration lawyers are calling on state and federal officials to mandate complete oversight of all adult immigration detention facilities in Florida following a scathing report by the Southern Poverty Law Center and Americans for Immigrant Justice released Monday.

The 104-page report highlights “substandard” conditions at Florida’s four adult detention centers — Krome Service Processing Center South Miami-Dade, Broward Transitional Center in Pompano Beach, Monroe County Detention Center in Key West and Glades County Detention Center in Moore Haven, Fla.