Miami-Dade County http://wlrn.org en 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 Police Arrest Homestead Mayor For Ethics Violations http://wlrn.org/post/police-arrest-homestead-mayor-ethics-violations <p></p><p>Homestead Mayor Steve Bateman was arrested on Wednesday morning for allegedly using his position as mayor to obtain private employment.</p><p>According to the charges, Bateman had a deal with the nonprofit Community Health of South Florida (CHI) to be paid $125 an hour for consulting services. Authorities also believe CHI set aside a total of $120,000 to pay him and hired an assistant for him.</p><p>Bateman was arrested at his home.</p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 15:13:15 +0000 Patience Haggin 19771 at http://wlrn.org Police Arrest Homestead Mayor For Ethics Violations Miami-Dade’s Public/Private Partnerships http://wlrn.org/post/miami-dade-s-publicprivate-partnerships <p></p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman & Paul Leary 19282 at http://wlrn.org Miami-Dade’s Public/Private Partnerships These Fireworks Might Be Illegal, But They Are Easy To Buy http://wlrn.org/post/these-fireworks-might-be-illegal-they-are-easy-buy <p>For Miami-Dade residents, fireworks may be illegal, but they are easy to get. At Phantom Fireworks in Key Largo, the week leading up to the Fourth of July is the busiest time of the year.</p><p>The pyrotechnics outlet draws customers not only from the Keys, but also from Miami-Dade County, where many of the store’s explosives cannot be sold legally.</p><p>The shop has seen about 1,000 customers per day and has stayed open until one AM for the past week, according to store manager&nbsp;Kary&nbsp;Singh.</p> Thu, 04 Jul 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Patience Haggin 16853 at http://wlrn.org These Fireworks Might Be Illegal, But They Are Easy To Buy Future Of South Florida Conservation Lands In Limbo; Public Asked To Weigh In http://wlrn.org/post/future-south-florida-conservation-lands-limbo-public-asked-weigh <p>How valuable are state-managed conservation lands? It's a question the <a href="http://www.sfwmd.gov/portal/page/portal/xweb%20protecting%20and%20restoring/land%20assessment#everglades" target="_blank">South Florida Water Management District</a> has put to the public in a multi-month assessment of fee-owned lands throughout the state.</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 16379 at http://wlrn.org Future Of South Florida Conservation Lands In Limbo; Public Asked To Weigh In Miami-Dade Taps Faith-Based Groups For A Bigger, Better Social Safety Net http://wlrn.org/post/miami-dade-taps-faith-based-groups-bigger-better-social-safety-net <p>Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez is reaching&nbsp; 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.</p><p>Plans for the <a href="http://www.miamidade.gov/engage305/">Engage305</a> project were announced Wednesday at a conference at Miami Dade College.</p><p>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.</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 12:58:16 +0000 Rick Stone 15299 at http://wlrn.org Miami-Dade Taps Faith-Based Groups For A Bigger, Better Social Safety Net