Miami-Dade County

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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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At a public hearing Thursday night on a proposal to extend the 836 expressway, Tim Hyman was especially direct about what he wants.

“Do it quicker,” he said of the plan to build the new highway. “We need the relief. We needed it years ago.”

Less than two minutes later, Kaatje Bernabei stood up and blasted the plan as irresponsible, citing the environment. “We have children in this room. We have grandchildren. One day they will ask you…'what have you done to save the planet?'”

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After deciding over the summer that adding a train system in South Dade is unnecessary, Miami-Dade County’s transportation board voted Thursday to approve a new train line to the north.

The proposed elevated train will run along Northwest 27th Avenue up to the Broward County line. Much uncertainty lingers as there's no timetable for the project. The county must still determine how to fund it and decide what form of an elevated train to add—the commissioners noted the train may not be like the Metrorail.

Associated Press

Floridians will vote in future elections under the shadow of this year’s recount drama.

 

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November isn’t just Thanksgiving and elections in South Florida. It's also when the Miami Book Fair sets up shop at Miami Dade College’s downtown campus.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is starting a three-year, $3 million study to help Miami-Dade County find ways to reduce risk from storms and sea-level rise.

On Thursday, the Corps and the county launched the effort by collecting ideas from local planners, researchers and concerned citizens. For four hours, staff members sat at tables in the Miami Rowing Club on Key Biscayne and facilitated conversations with interested members of the public.

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Dozens of concessions, security and other contracted workers at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport protested on Thursday for Broward County to raise its living wage to equal that of Miami-Dade County.

Chanting and holding signs that read, “Pay us right,” in front of the airport's terminals, the employees said Broward’s living wage has not kept up with the cost of residing in the county.

Many workers live near or below the poverty line, and they want the living wage to be at least a dollar more.

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Those who think Miami’s conservative Cuban vote has lost its clout should perhaps think again. If Republican Ron DeSantis ends up winning the Florida governor’s race, voting data suggests he may owe it to los cubanos.

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In a major win for the politically powerful Florida Sheriff’s Association, the largest law enforcement agency in the state of Florida will soon be led by an elected sheriff, thanks to the passage of Amendment 10.

Currently, the Miami-Dade County Police Department is headed by a police chief, who is appointed by the county mayor.

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Although more people in Palm Beach County cast ballots this year during early voting than previous midterm elections, turnout at a new voting site at Florida Atlantic University appeared to fall short of expectations.

Palm Beach saw nearly 175,000 people pass through 14 polling places during two weeks of early voting. The FAU site, however, recorded ballots from just 4,410 voters, the second fewest among early voting locations in the county.

Kate Stein / WLRN

Florida is hot and may be trending hotter: 2015, 2017 and the early part of 2018 all set temperature records.

C.M. Guerrero / El Nuevo Herald

Grades are in for transportation in Miami-Dade County, and from this particular set of evaluators, they’re abysmal.

Al Diaz / Miami Herald

One of the statewide amendments voters will be facing in November includes four different questions. It would mandate a state department of veteran affairs, and a state anti-terrorism office. It would also change the calendar of state legislative sessions. And lastly, it would make fundamental changes to the way counties are run. It’s that last question that has county leaders in Miami-Dade, Broward and Volusia up in arms.

AP

It’s going to be a marathon for South Florida voters this general election. They’ll run into a long ballot: several candidates for state and local office, a dozen proposed constitutional amendments and all the local referenda.

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