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Boynton Beach Arts District
4:00 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

KeroWACKED Multimedia Festival Is Sunday In Palm Beach County's "Art Mecca"

Rolando Chang Barrero (third from right) helped create the Boynton Beach Arts District.
Credit ActivistArtistA's Facebook

Rolando Chang Barrero is floored by what is happening in the Boynton Beach Arts District, and that's a good thing.

"There is a lot going on," Barrero said.

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News
2:00 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Prices Signal Broward Housing Recovery

SIGN OF RECOVERY: Broward County's median sales price for an existing single-family home is back above $200,000 for the first time in four years.

The median price for a single family home in Broward County is back above $200,000, according to the Florida Association of Realtors. The exact number is $208,000, compared with $185,900 in 2011.

The median price is greater than half the selling prices of the year and less than the other half.

The 2012 figure is 12 percent higher than last year and the first time $200,000 has been seen since 2009.

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Architectural Photography
12:00 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Did This Architectural Photographer Capture Miami's First Hip Parking Garage?

The Eden Roc has had a few lives, but Ezra Stoller documented the original vintage-fab interior along with Miami's first hip parking garage.
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Last week, the New York Times' Michael Kimmelman reviewed a gallery exhibition of works by Ezra Stoller, an influential architectural photographer who died in 2004 at age 89. His images of landmark mid-century modernist buildings often became as iconic as the buildings themselves, Kimmelman writes:

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The Art of Science
8:00 am
Tue February 12, 2013

From The Curious Vault At The Miami Science Museum: J.P. Friez’s Electrical Sunshine Recorder

The Electrical Sunshine Recorder
Credit Dogan Arslanoglu


“I manufacture but one type of these Registers: THE BEST.” -Julien P. Friez

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Miami's Tech Scene
7:00 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Start Up Cities: Event Looks At How Miami Can Get More Talent, Tolerance And Technology

During its inaugural program, Start-Up City: Miami will look at how tech hubs are taking root in Cities like Miami.
Credit Joe Mazzola/Flickr

A conference looking at how Miami can become a nebula for technology start-ups is taking place Wednesday at the New World Center on Miami Beach.

Called Start-Up City: Miami, the conference is in part the brain-child of urban studies expert Richard Florida who lives part-time in Miami Beach.

Florida is a senior editor at the Atlantic and runs an institute for the study of economic prosperity at the University of Toronto.

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Eco-Art Therapy
5:25 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Eco-Art Therapy By ArtServe And Sunset School: "It's Not A Partnership, It's A Love Affair"

Eco-Art Therapy merges lessons in art and the environment in one therapeutic package.
Credit ArtServe.org

When Donald Cottrell, principal at Sunset School in Fort Lauderdale, first heard about the concept of Eco-Art Therapy -- which fuses education on environmental issues with art in a therapeutic context -- he was hooked.

It was more than seven years ago, and at the time, he was principal of Broadview Elementary School. He heard Byron Swart, an active force in Broward County's arts scene, present the idea at a City of Tamarac meeting.  

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WLRN's Documentary
3:38 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Stories From The Overseas Highway

WLRN's new documentary takes viewers on a rollicking ride along Florida’s only All-American Road.
Experience the stunning beauty of the Florida Keys and meet a colorful cast of off-beat characters in this half-hour documentary about an unforgettable road trip on “the highway that goes to sea.”  Filmmaker Tim Long (Bohemia in the Tropics, Escape to Dreamland) heads off the mainland down US Highway One from Key Largo to Key West in search of the people who personify the Florida Keys’ unique, funky, laid-back island culture.

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Climate Change State of the Union
3:00 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

The State Of The Union Of Climate Change: How Will Obama Address Global Warming?

Climate change watchdogs want to know how Obama will weigh in on the issue of global warming.
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On Tuesday night, President Barack Obama will give the first State of the Union address of his second term. Among the many issues that impact South Floridians -- jobs, immigration reform, Medicare -- climate change is one of the hot-button topics expected to make the agenda. 

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Sun Life Stadium Renovation
2:15 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Miami-Dade Voters May Stand Between Dolphins And Public Funds

Miami Dolphins CEO Mike Dee (at the podium) addresses reporters Monday.
Credit Marva Hinton / WLRN

Miami-Dade voters could decide if public funds are used to renovate Sun Life Stadium. The county mayor and the CEO of the  Miami Dolphins held a joint news conference Monday to discuss the proposal. 

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Radio
1:00 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

How Organics And Imports Are Impacting Florida's Once-Dominant Tomato Market

On many Florida farms, tomatoes are picked green and then ripened.
Patricia Sagastume

Clarification: In this story,  it could  be perceived that representatives from Lipman Produce do not like the idea of good-tasting tomatoes. That is not the case.  Lipman says its goal is to create the best-tasting tomatoes possible which are able to withstand transportation and maintain a shelf life. Since 2012, Lipman has been experimenting with protected agriculture  --  growing tomatoes in retractable roof greenhouses on five acres of land in Naples, FL.

Florida growers  once dominated the tomato market, but  global competition has changed that. 

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Politics
12:00 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

State Proposes Changes To Keep Children With 'Highly Complex Medical Needs' At Home

After heavy scrutiny, the state plans to change the way it determines the home-based services that will be provided to children with highly complex medical needs. The proposed changes, which would affect about 1,600 children a year, are expected to take effect within three months.
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Trying to prevent what one official described as "white-knuckle moments" for families, the state plans to change the way it determines the home-based services that will be provided to children with highly complex medical needs.

The proposed changes, which will be published Monday, include assigning care coordinators for all children who receive private-duty nursing services through the Medicaid program. The state Agency for Health Care Administration says the move is designed to make sure children have full access to services at home and in their communities.

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Community Contributor
7:55 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Artist Rachel Piering: "If You Don’t Know How To Market Yourself, No One Will See You"

Artist Rachel Piering combined her love of painting with her background in marketing.
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Since Rachel Piering was a kid, she had a penchant for drawing. First it was the colorful Disney cartoons she watched and Sunday comic strips she read that inspired her drawings. The love of drawing stayed with her as she grew up, and she nurtured her talent through studio art classes in high school.

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Arts
7:00 am
Mon February 11, 2013

How Burritos and Bourbon Are Saving One Historic MiMO Motel

Since a previous renovation attempt, the former Sunshine Motel has sat vacant at Biscayne Boulevard and NE 73rd Street.
Credit via Google Maps

If you chowed down on a taco at one of South Florida's most popular fast-casual chains before 2012, pat yourself on the back for a minute for contributing to historic preservation.

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Florida Forever Coalition
10:00 am
Sat February 9, 2013

What Gov. Rick Scott's $74.2 Billion Budget Would Mean For South Florida Environmental Projects

Gov. Rick Scott is proposing big boosts for environmental projects in his 2013-2014 budget.
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 If Gov. Rick Scott's proposed $74.2 billion budget passes the Legislature intact, it would include $75 million for conservation land projects spearheaded by the Florida Forever Coalition. The 2013-2014 budget also includes $60 million for Everglades restoration and $6.5 million for restoring springs.  

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Arts
6:00 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Who Really Designed This Super-Hip South Beach Hotel?

The Standard Hotel's Lido restaurant, whose view is seen here, is named after the previous resort at the building. But that wasn't its first incarnation.
Credit CC by 2.0, by Miamism via Flickr

We love a good hyperlocal blog -- and the Belle Isle Blog does a comprehensive job of covering both the history and news of its neighborhood, a small island connected to South Beach. It's also the home of the relaxed but still super-hip Standard Hotel, which recently announced an expansion plan.

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