Sundial

Florida Fab Four
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On this Wednesday, August 5, episode of Sundial:

 

Panel with Congressional Candidates “Florida’s Fab Four” 

 

Early voting has already begun in most of South Florida ahead of the Aug. 18 primary election.

 

In South Florida's U.S. congressional races, there are four candidates who are heavily favored and have no plans of giving up their seats. Representatives Lois Frankel, Alcee Hastings, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Frederica Wilson have all been incumbents for more than two decades. 

Teacher doing distance learning
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As South Florida remains a hotspot for the coronavirus pandemic, all students in public schools — from Palm Beach to Monroe — will start the school year remotely. 

A national poll conducted by EdWeek last month found nearly 75% of parents believed their children learned less during remote school than they would have in the classroom. 

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On this Monday, August 3, episode of Sundial:

Tropical Storm Isaias Headed Towards the Carolinas

Tropical Storm Isaias stayed mostly off the east coast of Florida and is now heading toward the Carolinas. Although Palm Beach County experienced heavy rain and winds and thousands were left without power, emergency managers said this was an important dry run for hurricane procedures. 

David Santiago / Miami Herald

Florida has reported more than 430,000 cases of the coronavirus, officially surpassing New York for having the second most COVID-19 cases of any state in the country — just behind California.

 

Miami-Dade County has amassed approximately a quarter of those cases and 1,404 deaths. The county recently imposed a statewide mask mandate and has already begun issuing $100 fines for non-compliant residents. The University of Miami’s Dr. Erin Marcus says these new rules are important but have come far too late. 

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On this Thursday, July 23, episode of Sundial:

Palm Beach County Schools To Begin Online-Only

As COVID-19 cases increase throughout the state, Gov. Ron DeSantis said that teachers with underlying health conditions should be granted a choice when it comes to returning to a physical learning environment. However, he continues to stress the importance of returning to in-person schooling.

AP Photo / Chris O'Meara

On this Wednesday, July 22, episode of Sundial:

 

Florida Unemployment Benefits

Over the past four months, 1.7 million Floridians have been receiving unemployment benefits from the federal government through the CARES Act, a $2.2 trillion economic stimulus package passed in late March. The assistance program has given $600 a week to Americans out of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

PEDRO PORTAL / MIAMI HERALD

On this Tuesday, July 21, episode of Sundial:

Civilian Oversight Panel Proposal

For years, advocates have pushed for the creation of a civilian oversight panel to investigate claims of officer misconduct in Miami-Dade County, which has the largest police force in the state of Florida.

EMILY MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD

On this Tuesday, July 14, episode of Sundial:

Rep. Donna Shalala Calls For Stay-At-Home Order

Florida is one of the epicenters for the coronavirus nationwide and the numbers show no signs of improvement.

PATRICK SEMANSKY / AP

Florida registered another 132 deaths due to COVID-19 Tuesday, bringing the statewide total to 4,409. Florida has seen the highest number of deaths in a day for any state in the country and on Sunday, registered the highest daily number of new coronavirus cases.

 

Democratic Congresswoman Donna Shalala has called on Gov. Ron DeSantis and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez to implement a two-week stay at home order. 

AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

On this Tuesday, July 7, episode of Sundial:

 

Restaurants In Miami-Dade Face Shutdowns, Again

 

Restaurants must close their indoor dining in Miami-Dade County starting Thursday, according to a new order from Mayor Carlos Gimenez. Gyms were initially slated to be closed, but the county revised their ordinance to allow for gyms to open under the condition that people are wearing masks at all times while in the facility.  

Jose A. Iglesias / El Nuevo Herald/Miami Herald

On this Monday, July 6, episode of Sundial: 

 

Broward County COVID-19 Response

It was a muted Fourth of July weekend, as most fireworks displays and festivities were disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. The state and the country continue to break record totals for new coronavirus cases.

Carl Juste / Miami Herald

On this Monday, June 29th Episode of Sundial  

Tweet from the Villages goes Viral

 

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On this Tuesday, June 23, episode of Sundial:

Miami-Dade County Cities Requiring Masks 

Florida continues to see a rising number of coronavirus cases and municipalities are working to reduce the spread of the virus. 

LYNNE SLADKY / AP

On this Thursday, June 11, episode of Sundial:

 

Protests are scheduled across South Florida this weekend, continuing the national conversation around police violence and their role in our communities. Protesters have been raising the issue of police budgets, with recommendations to defund, dismantle or dramatically reduce the public funding allocated for law enforcement.

PATRICK SEMANSKY / AP

On this Thursday, May 7, episode of Sundial:

 

Congresswoman Donna Shalala on nursing homes and federal aid.

 

Florida has the second largest percentage of elderly people in the country and a large portion live in nursing homes and elder care facilities. The data over the past couple months show just how vulnerable the elderly are to this virus and how quickly COVID-19 can spread once it enters one of these facilities. 

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