Miami-Dade County http://wlrn.org en Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Rules In Favor of Gay Marriage http://wlrn.org/post/miami-dade-circuit-judge-rules-favor-gay-marriage <p>Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel ruled Friday afternoon that the six same-sex couples who sued county clerk Harvey Ruvin for marriage licenses should be allowed to wed.&nbsp;</p><p>In the ruling, Zabel wrote that denying same-sex couples the right to marriage "is surely to deprive all the State's citizens of liberty without due process of law."</p><p>Zabel&nbsp;ordered an immediate stay until after the case is appealed.&nbsp;</p><p>The ruling marks the second time in less than two weeks that a South Florida circuit judge declared the state's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:55:51 +0000 Carla Javier 36181 at http://wlrn.org Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Rules In Favor of Gay Marriage 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