Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez

David Santiago / MIAMI HERALD

On this Thursday, June 25, episode of Sundial:

Miami-Dade Mayor On COVID-19 And The Civilian Review Board 

Miami-Dade County leads the state in coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths. On Wednesday, the county reported an additional 957 cases and 24 deaths. 

Some hospitals are finding their intensive care units are reaching close to capacity — Homestead Medical Center’s ICU beds were full as of Tuesday. 

Douglas Hanks / MIAMI HERALD

Miami-Dade’s preliminary 2020 budget plans on longer library hours, beefed-up homework tutoring and a new beach debris crew to tackle a deluge of seaweed on the county’s coastlines.

Mayor Carlos Gimenez unveiled the proposed $8.9 billion spending plan Tuesday, touting a budget that keeps most property-tax rates flat but projects a wave of revenue shortfalls in the coming years. It will be the final full budget under Gimenez’s tenure as mayor, since the term-limited incumbent is set to leave office in November 2020.

Emilly Michot / Miami Herald

Earlier this year, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez  – spelled G-I-M-E-N-E-Z  – made the politically unpopular decision to play immigration ball with President Trump.