Miami-Dade County

DANIEL A. VARELA / MIAMI HERALD

David Nurenberg spent his Father’s Day roughly 1,500 miles away from 8-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son, with children who aren’t his own.

The 42-year-old traveled from Boston, Massachusetts, to Homestead on his own dime Friday night to attend a protest outside the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children in southwest Miami-Dade County.

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.

Florida Dept. of Transportation

Drivers heading into Miami-Dade through the spaghetti of merging highways known as the Golden Glades Interchange can expect significant delays after a dramatic fatal crash early Friday.

Emily Michot Miami Herald

Mosquitoes, it turns out, might be their own worst enemy.

In a six-month field trial launched in South Miami last year, Miami-Dade County teamed up with a Kentucky-based pest control company to release male mosquitoes infected with Wolbachia. The bacteria is common in other insects, but when introduced in male Aedes aegypti, it makes them sterile.

Photo provided by Miami-Dade County Transportation and Public Works Department

Miami-Dade County Commissioners on Tuesday approved emergency repairs for a potential crisis first flagged seven years ago, when engineers warned the county that concrete barriers on the elevated rail system were falling down and endangering pedestrians and passengers. 

Sam Turken / WLRN

More than 60 people gathered in between racks of clothes and jewelry at a Neiman Marcus Thursday night to discuss a Florida industry that is quickly growing and attracting new business—cannabis.

The networking event and seminar involved lawyers, accountants and other professionals who see opportunities in the cannabis sector and want to capitalize. They discussed state regulations for cannabis companies with people already involved in the industry and challenges new businesses can face.

Miami International Airport

Long shifts outside without water breaks, broken and dangerous equipment, wage theft and an entrenched climate of fear. Contracted baggage haulers, airplane cleaners and other employees say working conditions at Miami International Airport are inhumane and abusive.

Miami Dade Water and Sewer Department

Plans to end a decades-old practice of flushing treated sewage offshore in Miami-Dade County got an assist from the federal government Friday with the award of a nearly $100 million low-interest loan.

University of Miami Center for Civic and Community Engagement

A new tool created by the University of Miami Center for Civic and Community Engagement identifies potential land around Miami-Dade County that can be used for affordable housing. Called LAND, which stands for "Land Access for Neighborhood Development," it identifies parcels of empty or underutilized land. 

Sam Turken / WLRN

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava announced on Tuesday that she is joining the 2020 race for county mayor.

Surrounded by family and supporters at the Miami-Dade elections office, Levine Cava touted her accomplishments in government and as the founder of the nonprofit social services organization Catalyst Miami. She said as mayor, she would prioritize addressing the county’s affordable housing shortage, improving mass transit and increasing climate change resilience.

An undocumented immigrant who is the protagonist of a film about immigration activism premiering Tuesday at the Miami Film Festival is currently in detention after being arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. And the film's directors, in town for the festival, find themselves doing "crisis management." 

Emily Michot / Miami Herald

Thousands of homeless residents across Florida have been arrested in recent years on charges of asking for money in public spaces without government authorization. A lawsuit filed this month by the Southern Legal Counsel alleges that those thousands of arrests are violating the First Amendment -- a stance that has previously been upheld by U.S. District Courts for the Middle and Northern Districts of Florida.

Sam Turken / WLRN

Miami-Dade County’s energy grid is now relying in part on a new clean and plentiful source: the sun.

Florida Power & Light has finished installing nearly 300,000 solar panels at the new Miami-Dade Solar Energy Center in West Kendall. The utility says the solar farm will produce 75 megawatts of electricity, enough to power some 15,000 homes.

Sam Turken / WLRN

A month after Miami leaders passed an affordable housing mandate for new residential buildings in parts of Downtown, a public redevelopment agency is launching its own efforts to address the city’s affordability crisis.

The Omni Community Redevelopment Agency is investing more than $3 million to help rehabilitate a dilapidated affordable housing complex in Overtown. The project known as 16 Corner is part of a plan to spend more than $100 million by 2045 to improve and increase affordable housing across the greater Omni area.

Miami Herald

Five years ago this month, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman hosted a press conference at County Hall. It was a few days before Christmas and just recently, with a unanimous vote, the County Commission had ended the practice of honoring requests from the federal government to hold immigrants arrested for local crimes for up to 48 additional hours. 

Those rounded up by federal authorities in these “detainer requests,” as they’ve come to be known, would be deported back to their countries of origin.

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