Health Care
7:56 am
Mon September 30, 2013

What You Need To Know About The New Affordable Care Act Marketplace

The new Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, requires most people to get health insurance or pay a fine.

The Affordable Care Act Marketplace opens October 1. Despite considerable opposition from some residents and lawmakers, Floridians will be able to shop online for health insurance and compare rates for different levels of coverage.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) – also known as Obamacare - is for people who don’t have health insurance or those who buy insurance on their own instead of getting coverage through an employer.

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City Planning
6:00 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Why Renaming A Street After A Local Black Hero Scares One Fort Lauderdale Neighborhood

African-American men gather outside a Fort Lauderdale store, circa 1940. During segregation, blacks lived west of the railroad tracks and were forbidden from crossing to the east side after dark.
Credit African-American Research Library and Cultural Center

In every major city, there's at least one street sign that tells black folks they're in the right place, but tells white folks that they probably took a wrong turn.

For decades in Fort Lauderdale, one of those signs has read Sistrunk Boulevard.

The boulevard, which runs through the city’s historically black business district, is currently at the center of a contentious debate between two communities.

And the dispute is raising questions about what it takes for a neighborhood with a troubled past to rehabilitate its image.

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Norman Van Aken's A Word On Food
8:00 am
Sat September 28, 2013

Eau de Philly: Sweet Bacalao

Click the play button above to hear the radio version of this post.

The rising spring sun played tag with a retreating winter wind on the stony streets of a South Philadelphia morning. Our cab driver was taking us from the genteel hum of a Four Seasons Hotel to the airport for our return to Miami. He seemed to be taking a shortcut not many would know. We were meandering through the narrow streets of a residential section. I spoke up over the squawk of his radio, “Hey, my friend. What part of town is this?!” The cabbie, a smiling Haitian man said, “Yes. This is the Italian Market area.”

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Campaign Finance
6:21 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Seminole Tribe, U.S. Sugar Among Big Donors To Gov. Scott Re-Election Committee

Governor Rick Scott
Credit Flickr

It's been a big month so far for the political committee amassing a war chest for Gov. Rick Scott's re-election bid.

The Seminole Tribe of Florida, approaching an end to a key part of its exclusive gambling compact with the state, dropped $500,000 into the Tallahassee-based "Let's Get to Work" committee earlier this month, while United States Sugar Corporation added another $100,000 this week.

The money is just some of the $2.31 million that has poured into the political committee since the start of the month. For the year, the committee has picked up $11.9 million.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Actors' Playhouse and The Miami Symphony Orchestra

Actors Playhouse via www.facebook.com/actorsplayhouse
Diego Pocovi www.diegopocovi.com

Fundraising edition of the program.

09/27/13 - On the next fundraising edition of South Florida Arts Beat, contributor Judith Bishop, speaks with Artistic Director, David Arisco, about another enticing season coming to Actors Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables. Beloved Maestro Eduardo Marturet of MISO, the Miami Symphony Orchestra, has the details about the orchestra’s upcoming events. He shares his excitement with our classical arts contributor, Charles Greenfield. Catch the conversation and information on South Florida Arts Beat every Friday at 1:00pm.

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Americas
11:00 am
Fri September 27, 2013

How Miami (And The U.S.) Are Becoming Latin America

A homeless man in Miami.
Credit Surrender Ministries

There's an old joke about Miami: Latin Americans love to visit the city because it's so close to the United States.

Then there’s the chestnut about Miami being the capital of Latin America. Or, Miami is Latin America where the phones work. And so on.

The point is, Miami takes pride in saying, We are Latin America as much as we are America. And that’s a good thing.

Except when it’s not.

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The Florida Roundup
9:00 am
Fri September 27, 2013

The Florida Roundup: Obamacare, Common Core And Capriles

 

Florida led the fight against Obamacare, but open enrollment for new health insurance exchanges begins next week in Florida.  

But with the federal government running the exchanges, have Florida leaders divorced themselves from the national health plan?

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Environment
7:40 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Hunt Is On For Tegu Lizards In South Florida

Jake Edwards, a non-native wildlife technician for Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, holds a young tegu lizard.
Credit Emily Michot / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

The Argentine tegu lizard doesn’t grow nearly as big as a Burmese python but it may be a greater threat to South Florida’s native animals.

At a maximum size of four feet, a tegu can’t gobble down a full-grown deer or alligator with its rapier-sharp teeth. But the invasive, black and white reptiles have the potential to cause even more ecological damage than the 18-foot snakes that have drawn international media attention in recent years. And now, scientists say, it’s too late to eradicate them.

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Politics
7:12 am
Fri September 27, 2013

New Miami Budget Includes More Money For Police

City of Miami commissioners finalized a budget Thursday evening, for a total of $524 million. One of the stickier points concerned police officers – from how many should patrol city streets to how much they should be paid.

RELATED: Why The City Of Miami Finds It Hard To Hire New Cops

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Transportation
6:00 am
Fri September 27, 2013

It's That Time Again: Thousands Of Critical Mass Cyclists Take To The Streets

Critical Mass takes place in South Florida on the last Friday of every month.
Credit Tropical Pedicab/Flickr

If you're driving through the center of Miami tonight, you need to take a close look at the map below.  

The monthly group bike ride called Critical Mass is taking place again. Cyclists will be riding 12.5 miles around Miami starting at Government Center and ending at Grand Central Park.

The Miami event usually draws a couple thousand cyclists and can back up traffic. The route also changes every month.

Cyclists joining in Fort Lauderdale's Critical Mass have a 14-mile route planned that will start at the War Memorial Auditorium.

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