Miami-Dade County

The day Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a public health state of emergency over COVID-19, there were 3,897 people incarcerated in Miami-Dade County’s jail system, the largest county jail system in the state. As the pending reality of the threat started to be understood, a growing number of officials have started to take concrete steps to reduce the number of people locked up in jails and prisons.

Miami Orders Residents To "Shelter-In-Place," Some Shopping And Exercise Still Ok

Mar 25, 2020

Miami’s top administrator on Tuesday issued an emergency order instructing more than 460,000 residents to remain in their homes except when shopping, exercising and taking other trips to jobs and other places already exempted from widespread closure orders from the coronavirus crisis.

“Hopefully people will get the message to stay home,” Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said in a video message Tuesday night.


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Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Several Broward County employees say they are frustrated at a lack of policies and clarity on the ability to work from home while the COVID-19 pandemic spreads across Florida. 

That is despite that fact that the employees say their jobs can easily be done from home, and despite official guidance from the White House suggesting that employees do just that.

Evan Vucci / AP

Florida voters went to the polls Tuesday despite escalating impacts from coronavirus, while across the country in Ohio, the primary election was postponed at the direction of the state's top health officer.

What are the symptoms?

How should you prepare?

How does it spread?

These are some of the questions you’ve asked us about the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re here to answer them for you. 


Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez dramatically changed the county’s approach to the coronavirus crisis on Thursday by using new emergency powers to shut down the most popular public events on the March calendar, including the Youth Fair, Miami Open tennis tournament and the NASCAR race in Homestead, which still may run without fans in the stands.

Al Diaz / Miami Herald

This post covered South Florida coronavirus news updates from March 10 through March 15. Because of the swift and frequent changes in this ongoing story, WLRN has--for the moment--decided to start a fresh roundup each day. To find today's Coronavirus Live Update, click here

Two Women Found Dead In Car That Fell Into Water Off Fisher Island Ferry

Feb 19, 2020

A blue Mercedes-Benz with the bodies of two women inside has been recovered by rescue divers after the car fell from the Fisher Island Ferry, Miami-Dade police said early Wednesday.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue divers found two “unresponsive females” late Tuesday night in the car that sunk in Government Cut earlier in the evening, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.


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.

Miami Herald archives

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.