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inflatable art
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Broward County's cultural division is holding a sort-of scavenger hunt — for giant inflatable art installations. 

Carl Juste / Miami Herald

A plan for the future of the historic Little Havana neighborhood was released Tuesday after two years of preparation. 

The "Little Havana Me Importa" effort launched in 2017 after the neighborhood was named a national treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Since then, more than 2,700 residents have given their input about the future of their neighborhood through workshops and surveys. The collaboartion is being led by PlusUrbia, the National Trust and private sector developers.

Lockhart Stadium
Rendering by EDSA / WLRN

With soccer coming to Fort Lauderdale again, residents have been giving their input for what they believe the Community Park at Lockhart Stadium should look like. 

About 30 people gathered at a community meeting Monday night were the first to see the drawings of the plans for the public park that will go next door to David Beckham's Fort Lauderdale MLS facility. (His team, Inter Miami CF, is  set to play its first two seasons there, starting March 2020.) 

CITY OF MIAMI

A city predisposed to paving paradise is at it again, this time giving the concrete treatment to a soothing pocket of bayfront green called E. Albert Pallot Park.

Is a park still a park if one-quarter of the land is covered by pavement, if the grass is buried under a hard, gray slab, if the shoreline is bordered by what looks like an airport runway?

Holiday park
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Fort Lauderdale residents will get the chance to vote on two bond questions for city parks and police, totaling $300 million.

City commissioners voted during a regular meeting Tuesday night to place both general obligation bonds on a ballot for a special election scheduled for March 12, 2019. The first question will ask for $200 million to go toward park improvements. The second asks for $100 million to build a new police station in the city. 

Michal Kranz / WLRN

Time has run out for a program that's provided funding to more than 180 natural areas in Florida.

Sunday, Sept. 30 was the deadline for Congress to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Money from the fund is used to create and maintain city, county and state parks, marinas, protected forests and historic battlefields in Florida and across the country. The fund is supported by fees on offshore oil and gas drilling.

Michal Kranz / WLRN

A federal program that’s provided more than a billion dollars to protect and preserve natural areas in Florida is at risk of losing its Congressional authorization.

South Florida lost a lot of trees during Hurricane Irma. While Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties avoided a direct hit, the storm managed to topple  palm and other canopy trees, littering the streets with tree trunks, branches and palm fronds.

One month later, the debris from the trees and shrubbery remains on the curb or street waiting to be picked up. 

Three Florida parks in the Keys opened to the public Friday for the first time since Hurricane Irma, as the state looks at overall storm damage to its parks topping $55 million.

Kate Stein / WLRN

The American Civil War is usually regarded as the war that led to the end of slavery in the United States. But battles over American slavery had been fought long before that.

 

During the three Seminole Wars, escaped slaves joined the warriors of the Seminole tribe to fight the American government for freedom. For the slaves, it was freedom from the brutality of plantation life. For the Seminoles, it was freedom to keep land that the U.S. government wanted for American settlers.

 

City of Key West

The city of Key West took ownership of 32 acres on the island's western shore back in 2002.

The property had been used by the Navy since World War II as a submarine base and for other kinds of training. But in a round of downsizing, the land was given to the city.

For the last decade, Key West has been drawing up plans and waiting on environmental clean-up of the property.

Luis Hernandez / WLRN

The prospect of riding a bike in Miami is somewhere between maddening and dangerous. It's the hot weather. It's the rainy summer afternoons. It's the dangerous roads. Yet, many Miamians do it. Some have no choice. Others do it out of a desire to leave a smaller carbon footprint.

Nancy Klingener / WLRN

The land along Key West's western shore was one of the first areas of the island to be developed, when the U.S. Navy established a base there in the 1820s. It eventually became known as Truman Annex, after the president who liked to vacation in Key West. Now it's called the Truman Waterfront, and it's set to become a new park for the city.

Key West Mayor Craig Cates says it's always been an important part of the city.

The National Park Service recently released a list of how much delayed maintenance projects cost for parks around the country.

In Florida, the amount comes to almost $192 million. At Everglades National Park, operators are trying to figure out what to do as that number grows.

For now, if you want to get married on Key West’s Smathers Beach - a two-mile stretch along the Atlantic - all you have to do is show up.

Soon that may change. The city government is working on new guidelines that will require a license and proof of insurance for those who conduct business on the city’s beaches and in its parks.

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