Miami-Dade County http://wlrn.org en What The County's Vote On Lyft And UberX Actually Means Right Now http://wlrn.org/post/what-countys-vote-lyft-and-uberx-actually-means-right-now <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After more than a month of car impounds, citations and dense political squabbles, ride-sharing companies </span>Lyft<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span>UberX<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> may finally be able to function legally in Miami-Dade County.</span></p><p>But probably not anytime soon.</p><p>A preliminary vote to legalize the services was made during a county commission meeting, where 10 out of 12 commissioners voted "yes" to legislation proposed by Commissioner Esteban "Steve" Bovo. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 22:59:48 +0000 Selima Hussain 35620 at http://wlrn.org What The County's Vote On Lyft And UberX Actually Means Right Now July 11, 2014: Miami-Dade Prison Warden Suspended, Mayor Defends Budget http://wlrn.org/post/july-11-2014-miami-dade-prison-warden-suspended-mayor-defends-budget <p>Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:33:56 +0000 Marva Hinton 35374 at http://wlrn.org Police, Libraries And Parks Among County Departments To See Cuts In 2015 http://wlrn.org/post/police-libraries-and-parks-among-county-departments-see-cuts-2015 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fewer police officers, higher public transportation fares and cuts to organizations that provide social services. That's what would happen under Miami-Dade's proposed budget for next year.</span></p><p>Mayor Carlos Gimenez unveiled the plans for the 2015 county budget on Tuesday.</p><p>The proposal attempts to close a $64 million budget gap without raising property taxes. To do so, hundreds of jobs will be eliminated across the county government.</p><p>The police will receive the biggest cut, with a projected loss of at least 300 jobs.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:15:00 +0000 Carla Javier 35252 at http://wlrn.org Police, Libraries And Parks Among County Departments To See Cuts In 2015 How The Taxi Industry Became Legit In Miami http://wlrn.org/post/how-taxi-industry-became-legit-miami <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">About 56 years ago, in a county devoid of apps, smartphones and cars with pink&nbsp;fluffy mustaches, there lived a taxi industry that didn't rely on&nbsp;Miami-Dade County regulations.</span></p><p>That taxi industry without regulations is long gone, but ride-sharing apps Lyft and UberX are here -- and they're trying their best to stay. The smartphone-based companies connect users with drivers, and like Miami's old taxis, they don't rely on county regulations.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 22:53:01 +0000 Selima Hussain 34015 at http://wlrn.org How The Taxi Industry Became Legit In Miami Miami-Dade Library Funding Is In Jeopardy http://wlrn.org/post/miami-dade-library-funding-jeopardy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last summer, the budget for Miami-Dade County libraries was in jeopardy until </span><a href="http://wlrn.org/post/what-does-future-hold-miami-dade-libraries" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">the county commission decided at last minute to tap into a reserve fund.</a></p><p>This year, funding for the libraries is in danger again.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:46:12 +0000 Carla Javier 34496 at http://wlrn.org Miami-Dade Library Funding Is In Jeopardy Get Tested For HIV And Win A Vespa http://wlrn.org/post/get-tested-hiv-and-win-vespa <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Aids Healthcare Foundation is hosting a contest to motivate HIV testing in South Florida.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Every day, people can walk in to one of the four <a href="http://outofthecloset.org/win-a-vespa-scooter-at-a-testing-center-in-south-florida/">Out of the Closet thrift stores</a>&nbsp;in Miami-Dade and Broward County, get tested for free and become eligible to win a </span>Vespa<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:39:42 +0000 Constanza Gallardo 34491 at http://wlrn.org Get Tested For HIV And Win A Vespa Miami-Dade Proposes Moving Libraries Into Public Parks http://wlrn.org/post/miami-dade-proposes-moving-libraries-public-parks <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Miami-Dade officials are having meetings across the county to discuss a proposal to move some libraries into public parks.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Small branch libraries lease space from private entities. If the proposal passes, some of those libraries would be closed and reopened in existing park facilities. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Voters will decide on the proposal in a referendum on November’s ballot.</span></p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 19:21:26 +0000 Constanza Gallardo 34269 at http://wlrn.org Miami-Dade Proposes Moving Libraries Into Public Parks Miami-Dade County Approves Deal To Subsidize Stadium Renovations http://wlrn.org/post/miami-dade-county-approves-deal-subsidize-stadium-renovations <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Miami Dolphins can earn millions in tourism tax dollars each year for luring high-profile sports and entertainment events to Sun Life Stadium, according to a deal approved by the Miami-Dade County Commission Tuesday.</span></p><p>As part of the deal, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has agreed to spend $350 million to upgrade the Miami Gardens stadium.</p><p>The commission voted 7-4 in favor of the deal.</p><p>The Dolphins would get a share of the 3 percent tax charged for local hotel stays.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:19:20 +0000 John O'Connor 34087 at http://wlrn.org Miami-Dade County Approves Deal To Subsidize Stadium Renovations Doral Council Fires City Manager Joe Carrollo http://wlrn.org/post/doral-council-fires-city-manager-joe-carrollo <p>As television cameras, heckling residents and bickering council members packed Doral City Hall on Monday, Joe Carollo sat quietly on the dais in the city manager’s seat.</p><p>On Friday, he had predicted he would lose his job.</p><p>Thirty minutes later, his prediction came true.</p><p>Council members voted 3-2 to fire the outspoken manager, during a meeting that erupted at times into shouting, name-calling, spontaneous boos and applause. Carollo had been on the job for 15 months.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 03:07:11 +0000 Joey Flechas 31514 at http://wlrn.org Doral Council Fires City Manager Joe Carrollo How Miami's Cute New Trolleys Led To A Civil-Rights Investigation http://wlrn.org/post/how-miamis-cute-new-trolleys-led-civil-rights-investigation <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In recent years, snazzy trolleys painted like </span>old-timey<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> street cars have been rolling on Miami-Dade streets.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">They're free to ride and hit hotspots from Miami’s Midtown to Coral Gables. </span></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 22:13:27 +0000 Arianna Prothero 30130 at http://wlrn.org How Miami's Cute New Trolleys Led To A Civil-Rights Investigation Except For Budget Gap And Pending Layoffs, State Of Miami-Dade Is 'Strong' http://wlrn.org/post/except-budget-gap-and-pending-layoffs-state-miami-dade-strong <p></p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 04:15:42 +0000 Rick Stone & Elaine Chen 28496 at http://wlrn.org Except For Budget Gap And Pending Layoffs, State Of Miami-Dade Is 'Strong' Miami Closes Two More Parks Over Potential Soil Contamination http://wlrn.org/post/miami-closes-two-more-parks-over-potential-soil-contamination <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two more public parks in Miami are closing after potential contamination was found in the parks' soil.</span></p><p>The city announced Monday that it will close Billy Rolle Domino Park at 3400 Grand Ave. in Coconut Grove, and Southside Park at 100 SW 11th St. near Brickell.</p><p>The Department of Environmental Resource Management will collect more samples to determine what's next for the parks.</p><p>For the past few months, several Miami-Dade parks have closed because of soil contamination.</p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 16:21:30 +0000 Julia Duba 25584 at http://wlrn.org Miami Closes Two More Parks Over Potential Soil Contamination Mayor Gimenez's Veto Prevails In County-Worker Pay Dispute http://wlrn.org/post/mayor-gimenezs-veto-prevails-county-worker-pay-dispute <p>The healthcare deduction for Miami-Dade County employees stays put. Commissioners failed by one vote to overturn Mayor Carlos Gimenez's veto on union workers' pay.<br /><br />That means most county employees will continue to contribute 5 percent of their base pay toward group healthcare instead of getting that money restored as of Jan. 1, as commissioners had supported two weeks ago.<br /><br />Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa switched her vote, saying she could not endorse eliminating the healthcare contribution if it could lead to employee layoffs.<br /> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 03:46:01 +0000 Kelley Mitchell & Rick Stone 25285 at http://wlrn.org Mayor Gimenez's Veto Prevails In County-Worker Pay Dispute MIAMI HERALD: Miami-Dade Commissioners Scheduled To Take Up Mayor’s Veto On Workers’ Pay http://wlrn.org/post/miami-herald-miami-dade-commissioners-scheduled-take-mayor-s-veto-workers-pay <p><span style="color: rgb(26, 39, 50); font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.2954545454545454;">The first order of business for the Miami-Dade County Commission’s last meeting of the year Tuesday will be to uphold or override a veto by Mayor Carlos </span>Gimenez<span style="color: rgb(26, 39, 50); font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.2954545454545454;">.</span></p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 22:32:45 +0000 WLRN Staff 25218 at http://wlrn.org MIAMI HERALD: Miami-Dade Commissioners Scheduled To Take Up Mayor’s Veto On Workers’ Pay Miami's Decrepit Sewage System In Desperate Need Of Repair http://wlrn.org/post/miamis-decrepit-sewage-system-desperate-need-repair Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block.<p>In lots of U.S. cities, one of the most pressing infrastructure needs is a service everyone uses but no one likes to talk about: sewers. More than 40 years have passed since President Nixon signed the Clean Water Act into law. Many older sewer systems and wastewater plants built with federal money now need upgrades. And this time, local communities will have to pay the bill. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 16:15:41 +0000 Greg Allen 19805 at http://wlrn.org