Politics
12:14 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Miami Immigration Conference Presses On, Reform Or Not

The National Partnership for New Americans' immigration advocates help immigrants navigate legalization paperwork.

In Washington last week, the U.S. House of Representatives made it clear that immigration reform is dead in 2013. But in Miami this week, immigrant advocates made it clear that they intend to press on, with or without reform.

At the National Immigrant Integration Conference -- which concludes Tuesday at the downtown Hilton with a mass swearing in of new U.S. citizens -- hundreds of government, business and NGO leaders discussed ways to better usher immigrants into America’s mainstream.

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News
11:40 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Sinkhole Maps Will Show State's Vulnerability

Sinkholes are found all over Florida, particularly in the central corridor. A sinkhole swallowed this home in Sebring 25 years ago.
Credit Florida Geological Survey

Florida is susceptible to sinkholes because so much of our landscape sits on rocks that dissolve easily, such as limestone.

The Florida Geological Survey is building a map to show the risk of sinkholes around the state. The project is the result of what happened last year after Tropical Storm Debby.

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Elevation Zero
8:15 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Puddles After A Rain-Free Night? It's Probably Sea-Level Rise

Oceanographer and author John Englander sees sea-level rise in a storm drain.
Credit Christine DiMattei

In an upscale section of east Fort Lauderdale near the Intracoastal Waterway, John Englander kneels down and examines a storm drain.

“This is where we’re going to see the first evidence of sea-level rise,” says Englander, who points out the water in the drain has risen several inches within only 20 minutes.

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Elevation Zero
8:10 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Having 'The Talk' About Sea-Level Rise With Kids

Alejandra, an elementary-school student, exercises what she learns about sea-level rise by clearing litter from the beach.
Credit Sammy Mack / WLRN

  Earlier this week, we looked at how kids who live in coastal Florida learn about sea-level rise. They witness it all around them: on television, in school, sometimes in their front yards.

Even so, big, landscape-changing events in nature can be tough for children to understand.

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Friday Business Report
8:08 am
Tue November 19, 2013

What If South Beach Becomes The Next Venice?

Credit Kenny Malone / WLRN

Structural engineers don't necessarily view rising sea levels as certain disaster. By definition, it's the job of the engineer to solve design and construction problems caused by environmental changes.

Business journalist Karen Rundlet examines some proposed solutions for sea-level rise. She interviews the University of Miami's Dr. Antonio Nanni about embracing some unusual possibilities. Click play to hear the interview.

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The Sunshine Economy
8:06 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Giving It Away: Philanthropy In South Florida

Illustration by Tom Hudson

Wednesday is the second annual Give Miami Day. It's an effort by The Miami Foundation to focus charitable giving for local organizations. Miami and South Florida have a history of giving, though our relatively young metropolis may lack the generational giving enjoyed by older, more established areas.

Sanford Ziff, Jorge Perez and the Knight Foundation's Alberto Ibarguen are three who are working to change that.

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Before coming back to Michigan and jumping into journalism Sarah was a civil rights lawyer in New York and a consultant to social justice organizations in California.

StateImpact Florida
7:28 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Broward Schools Recognized For LGBT Anti-Bullying Policies

Broward County Public Schools are being honored for their anti-bullying policies.
Credit ANANKKML / FREEDIGITALPHOTOS.NET

The Broward County Public School district has been honored for its anti-bullying policies.

Equality Florida recognized the school district at its annual gala this weekend. Broward was specifically recognized for its policies protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.

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News
6:10 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Florida Sets Record For Tourism

Visit Florida President and CEO Will Seccombe joins Gov. Rick Scott at Busch Gardens in Tampa to announce record tourism numbers.
Credit Florida Governor's Office

The three-month period ending in September brought almost 23 million visitors to Florida. That's the highest number ever for a third quarter.

The state is on pace to welcome about 95 million tourists in 2013. That would be a record, but shy of the 100-million goal the governor’s office was hoping for this year.

And it’s not just about the theme parks. Many visitors are hitting Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Palm Beach from international destinations.

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Elevation Zero
6:06 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Tallahassee Silent On Sea-Level Rise

The Army Corps of Engineers has several scenarios for sea level rise in South Florida. Predictions range from 3 to 7 inches by 2030 and 9 to 24 inches by 2060.
Credit Ahurey eM/flickr

If the state uses projections from the Army Corps of Engineers, policy leaders should be planning for a possible two-foot sea-level rise by 2060.

But so far, it’s largely been up to local governments to figure out how to handle higher water.

“Sea-level rise is something that will impact millions of people throughout the state,” said Rep. Mark Pafford, D-West Palm Beach. “It’s preposterous to think we wouldn’t think about that, but in reality, we’re not doing a damn thing.”

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