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Miami Opens A Little More Today: Here's What You Can Do

Jun 8, 2020
Arden Barnes / Miami Herald

Miami-Dade County is getting closer to “life in the new normal” as Florida slides into summer. More businesses are reopening Monday, including gyms, tattoo shops and massage parlors, and newlyweds can also start looking into booking parties at banquet halls again.

Douglas Hanks / Miami Herald

Aramis Gallardo waited so long for a bus Sunday morning in downtown Miami that he asked a police officer if something had gone wrong. That’s when he got the bad news: Miami-Dade suspended all transit service Saturday night after city protests led to burned squad cars and ransacked stores.

Already late for his construction job on the Miami River, Gallardo couldn’t believe the county left him stranded.


Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said Friday he tested negative for COVID-19, four days after attending a Miami event with a Brazilian official who later tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

“My result was negative,” Gimenez said by text Friday morning. Even so, Gimenez said he plans to remain self-isolated for up to 14 days.

“This virus may take a little bit longer to manifest itself. I’m negative. I feel fine,” Gimenez said Friday during an interview with Paul Castronovo on Big 105.9. “At this point, I’m going to stay in isolation.”


Early Friday the Florida Department of Health confirmed another case of COVID-19 in Miami-Dade County.

The announcement came just hours after health officials confirmed 15 additional cases. It brings to 51 the total number of COVID 19 cases in Florida.

While young people haven’t been significantly known to have symptoms of the disease, up to five people in their 20s in the state have contracted it — including two people ages 25 and 29 in Broward. Another person in Broward is a 20-year-old from out of state.

Maria Esquinca

South Florida experts on Tuesday discussed the region's affordable housing problem during a conference held by the Urban Land Institute. 

The panel was one of many during the three-day Housing Opportunity 2020 conference in Miami.


Miami-Dade commissioners unanimously approved renaming the county’s “Dixie” highways after Harriet Tubman, replacing a name branded as celebrating a racist legacy with the name of a legendary liberator of Americans subjected to slavery.

The resolution by Commissioner Dennis Moss officially creates Harriet Tubman Highway out of stretches of road currently named Old Dixie Highway in South Dade and West Dixie Highway in Northeast Dade.


A marijuana lobbyist became the only statewide Democrat sworn into office. Smoking medical marijuana became legal in Florida. A new hemp program gave farmers statewide the optimism for a new cash crop. On the whole, 2019 proved to be a monumental year for cannabis in the state.

In February, The state hired its first “cannabis czar,” in August the Miami-Dade State Attorney announced it will no longer prosecute minor marijuana cases and in October, two associates of Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani’s sought pot licenses in the state.


Two bystanders shouldn’t have been killed in a police shootout nearly two weeks ago, and the lawyers representing one victim’s family met with the police on Tuesday in a push for answers.

Commuter Richard Cutshaw and UPS driver Frank Ordoñez both were killed Dec. 5 when a storm of bullets was traded between police and robbers on a packed road in Miramar. The two robbers who led police on a chase also were killed in the shootout with at least 18 officers.


After years of arguing and false starts, Miami-Dade is a vote away from approving a new $267 million civil courthouse in downtown Miami with a project already linked to revenue shortfalls in county budget projections.

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The results are in from yesterday's run-off elections in three Miami-Dade cities.

In Miami, former state senator Alex Diaz de la Portilla won over auto parts retailer Miguel Angel-Gabela to represent District 1.

Diaz de la Portilla won with 60% of the vote. He had about a 20 point lead on Gabela in the general election and won yesterday's runoff by a similar margin. 

In Hialeah, Jesus Tundidor, former vice-chair of the city’s planning and zoning board, won the race for the Group 2 council seat with about 65% of the vote.

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More than three years ago, former Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of financial emergency in Opa-locka and appointed a board to oversee the city’s spending. Now, with the board still in place and no end to the crisis in sight, some state lawmakers say it’s time for the city to shut itself down.


Ambitious plans for construction of the Underline, a 10-mile-long “linear park” for people on foot and on bikes that would run beneath the elevated Metrorail tracks, got a significant lift with the announcement Wednesday of a $22.3 million federal grant for the project.

The BUILD transportation grant to Miami-Dade County’s transit agency will pay for design and construction of a two-and-a-half mile segment running through Coral Gables, said Meg Daly, founder of Friends of the Underline, the nonprofit group that has conceived and coordinated the plan.

Fatal Crash Closes Stretch Of I-95 In South Broward

Oct 31, 2019

A northbound stretch of Interstate 95 was closed to traffic before dawn Thursday because of a crash that the Florida Highway Patrol says involves a fatality.

The crash near the exit to Pembroke Road (Exit 19) was reported shorty after 2 a.m., according to the Florida Department of Transportation.

One northbound express lane appears to be getting through the crash scene, but mainline I-95 traffic is being diverted off the highway at Pembroke Road. Delays are stretching back to Ives Dairy Road in Miami-Dade County.


Prominent human rights activist and Haitian community leader Jean-Robert Lafortune died earlier this month after enduring a long chronic illness. He was 63-years-old.

Lafortune, who was locally and nationally recognized for his role in seeking relief for Haitian immigrants throughout the U.S. and abroad, died Oct. 15, according to an obituary circulated by his relatives and colleagues.


Miami-Dade won’t be reviewing the ethics of a nearly $5 million county subsidy for a steel mill proposed by the mayor’s son, denying an inquiry request from one of the mayor’s top foes in Tallahassee.