Mud From PortMiami Dredge Spurred Coral Die-Off, Study Finds

Nov 22, 2016
Pedro Portal / El Nuevo Herald

A new study has confirmed what federal wildlife officials long suspected: dredging at PortMiami to make way for massive new ships killed far more coral than the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers predicted. The study, published this month in the online journal PeerJ, sought to set the record straight on what exactly killed coral around the $205 million dredge and come up with more realistic expectations from such work. The Corps had contended a disease-outbreak was largely responsible, while state...

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Most voters in the Florida Keys said in a Nov. 8 referendum that they were in favor of releasing genetically modified mosquitoes in the Keys. But groups opposed to the release have not given up and are turning toward the courts. A coalition of groups, including the Center for Food Safety and the Florida Keys Environmental Coalition, have filed a 60-day notice of intent to sue the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The groups allege the FDA's finding of no significant impact failed to take...

Monroe County Sheriff's Office

A backhoe joyride on the Seven Mile Bridge last winter that tied up traffic in the Florida Keys and caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage has ended in state prison. Carl Blahnik, 60, was sentenced this week to 30 months in state prison. He also has to pay more than $43,000 in restitution for damage to the bridge and the backhoe. On Feb. 16, Blahnik took a backhoe off a construction lot in Marathon and drove to the Seven Mile Bridge, the span that connects the Middle and Lower Keys. He...

Here are some of the top stories we're following today: What Will US Cuba Relations Look Like Under Trump ? Let's Do The Time Warp Again, South Beach Style . NFL Players File Lawsuit Against The NFL . Trump To Spend Thanksgiving At Mar-A-Lago . Some other stories we're keeping an eye on: Paddling At Schools Is Still A Thing . Trump Won't Prosecute Clinton. The Condo Lawsuits Are Coming.

Peter Haden / WLRN

Lawyers representing 142 retired NFL players filed a federal lawsuit against the NFL Monday in Fort Lauderdale. They want the league to recognize CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, as an occupational hazard that should be covered by workers compensation. Tony Gaiter, 42, is the lead plaintiff in the suit. He played for the University of Miami, before going on to play for the New England patriots and the San Diego Chargers. “Two or three years after football, my friends and family...

Associated Press

President-elect Donald Trump will be sticking to his Thanksgiving tradition of visiting his estate in Palm Beach. Republican National Committee spokesperson Sean Spicer told reporters about Trump’s holiday plans Monday morning. The Federal Aviation Administration announced major flight restrictions will be in place around Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate from Tuesday afternoon through Friday. The restrictions cover a circle about seven miles wide, but flights in and out of Palm Beach International...


Late-season Tropical Storm Otto has formed in the southwestern Caribbean and forecasters say it could become a hurricane in the coming days. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said the storm had top sustained winds of 50 mph (85 kph) as of 1 p.m. EST Monday and was nearly stationary about 305 miles (495 kilometers) east of Bluefields, Nicaragua. It also is about 175 miles (285 kilometers) east-southeast of San Andres Island. The center says Nicaragua, Costa Rica and some islands in...

Luis Choy / Special to the Miami Herald

Next month marks the second anniversary of normalized relations between the U.S. and Cuba – and things couldn’t look more uncertain. President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to cancel normalization unless Cuba delivers more democratic reform. But even before Trump’s election, Cuba seemed to be closing rather than opening the door to U.S. business.

Tom Hudson

During the Great Recession, the cruise industry canceled or postponed building and introducing new cruise liners trying to conserve cash as passenger traffic was hurt by the sour economy. Now, those ships are entering the oceans and many of them have South Florida ports of call. Royal Caribbean International's Harmony of the Seas is the biggest of the new fleet. It docks at Terminal 18 at Port Everglades. Holland America Line’s biggest and newest ship, the MS Koningsdam also will call Port...

Miami Herald

Here are some of the big stories we're following today at WLRN: What Black Voters Saying About The Election . Coming Soon: GMO Mosquitoes . Big Announcement From Pope Francis . Other stories we're watching: Former Opa-Locka City Manager Faces Prison . Zika Not A Problem, Tourism Is Up . Miami Dolphins Keep On Winning . Save Save


This week on The Florida Roundup... WLRN's Tom Hudson was live from the Miami Book Fair with a panel of authors from across the state to ponder a future in the age of Trump.

Kate Stein / WLRN

Black and African-American voters played a key role in electing Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012 -- but didn’t turn out with the same enthusiasm in 2016. That has a Miami-area group getting together to talk through what’s next. They call themselves the Living Room Project .

Peter Haden

The nation’s top doctor is calling for a change in the way America addresses substance abuse. U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy aims to remove the public stigma of addiction by defining it as a neurological brain disorder that needs to be addressed like any other chronic illness. His new report is titled, Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health . It spells out the cost of substance abuse: one in seven Americans will face such disorders,...

A Museum 10 Years In The Making Emerges For Cuban Exiles

Nov 18, 2016
Rebekah Entralgo / WLRN

Those who have driven on Coral Way in Miami over the past 10 years may be familiar with a banner across a building that read, "Cuban museum coming soon." Now that museum is finally complete. Originally founded in 1996 as the "Cuban Museum," the American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora has been undergoing a rebranding process. "The name 'Cuban Museum' could mean anything about Cuba," said founding director Ileana Fuentes. "We wanted this museum to be focused on the art of the exiles." Fuentes...