GREAT NEED: A homeless man in Miami Beach sleeps in public. Programs for the needy would be part of Miami Dade County's Engage305, a cooperative project with service providers from faith-based organizations.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez is reaching out to religious groups to forge a social safety net that would be bigger and better than public or private sectors could achieve on their own.
Plans for the Engage305 project were announced Wednesday at a conference at Miami Dade College.
The main infrastructure of Engage305, according to Gimenez aide Lisa Martinez, will be a soon-to-launch county website where religious groups can create an on-line, faith-based network to deal cooperatively with social issues.
The folks who live along a small stretch of Fort Lauderdale Beach just north of Sunrise Boulevard know the drill.
Actually, they spent the first part of 2013 hearing little else.
Nearly every day since early January, work crews have been out between Northeast 14th Court and Northeast 18th Street installing a new sea wall. The first phase involved a huge rig drilling 40 feet down to make way for 500 pieces of sheet metal pilings.
We are standing in front of a huge bank of screens, in the middle of which is a glowing map that changes focus depending on what the dozens of controllers are looking at.
The room looks like something straight out of a NASA shuttle launch. The men and women manning the floor are dressed in identical white jumpsuits. With a flick of a mouse, they scroll through dozens of streaming video images coming into the center.
Exxxotica should be a familiar word to any South Floridian who regularly reads a "What to Do This Weekend" column.
It's a big sex-and-pornography convention that's been bringing fans annually to the Miami Beach Convention Center for the last seven years. But after a souring relationship with Miami Beach -- and a conclusion that Fort Lauderdale offers a much richer vein of porn consumers -- Exxxotica has moved to the Broward Convention Center where its inaugural weekend is underway.
I learned a few things after Andrew. I did not have my supplies prepared and had to go through the hassle of getting some of the items needed for survival. So with hurricane season officially beginning today, the idea with the list below is that you can stock up during the early part of the season for all these items, and you'll be good to go when it hits.
Many of us who live in the tropics do not seem to bother to get ready for the season until a storm start to approach, and then watch out. The idea here is to get yourself ready without breaking the bank.
Texting while driving is soon to be illegal in Florida. But does the new law actually have enough teeth to make a difference? What about those red light cameras? An update on the way we drive.
Key decisions are made in next month’s trial of George Zimmerman, who stands accused of murdering Trayvon Martin. What will jurors know about the Miami Gardens teenager’s background? What won’t they hear in the trial everyone will be watching in Sanford starting next month.
If you’re looking for Boynton Beach’s arts district, you won’t find it near any trendy restaurants or high-end boutiques. Actually, the closest business is an auto shop and the nearest place to grab a bite to eat is a gas station on the corner.
But if no one took this artists’ enclave seriously 18 months ago . . .
“ . . . they do now!” exclaims Rolando Chang Barrero.
A recently unveiled project between NASA, the U.S. Geological Survey, TIME, Internet search giant Google and the CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon University offers a rare glimpse of human life on Earth.
Over the last few decades, NASA and the USGS have been compiling satellite images of every part of our planet as part of the Landsat program, the world's longest running enterprise for gathering satellite imagery.
When WLRN put out a call last week asking Miami Beach residents if they were staying or leaving during Urban Beach Weekend, the overwhelming majority said that they would be leaving until Monday or Tuesday.
Among the most frequently cited reasons for the exodus: a recent history of violence, traffic and noise, along with the event bringing a "bad crowd" into town.
By Joe Eaton & David Donald & Center For Public Integrity
Aging Americans worried about their droopy upper eyelids often rely on the plastic surgeon’s scalpel to turn back the hands of time. Increasingly, Medicare is footing the bill.
Yes, Medicare. The public health insurance program for people over 65 typically does not cover cosmetic surgery, but for cases in which a patient’s sagging eyelids significantly hinder their vision, it does pay to have them lifted.