11/13/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at South Florida “brownfield” remediation. Brownfields are hazardous, contaminated sites, usually in older and disadvantaged areas. They may qualify for federal and state grants for clean-up. These stipends spur economic development in several ways--including job creation from the restoration project. They also infuse funds into the community. The acclaimed Mid-Town Miami development was once tainted with arsenic and petroleum residues.
Miami Book Fair International is this week, culminating in the weekend's street fair and back-to-back author panels. If you're like me, you enjoy all of the Book Fair, but navigate it with special attention to food-related events.
Below is a list of food-related authors and cooking demonstrations at the Book Fair. I've also provided tips on where to eat nearby.
If you can't make it to the Book Fair, the list below still might inspire your next food-related read.
Last week, Floridians voted down Amendment 1 -- an amendment that basically added anti-health care reform language into our state Constitution. Specifically, the amendment would have made it illegal to implement the individual mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act in Florida.
However, many experts said that even if it did pass, Florida's Amendment 1 simply could not overrule a federal law, which was also upheld as constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Florida may have been a laughingstock on the heels of this presidential election because of its continued inability to conduct an election without a flurry of snafus -- but it's important to note, folks, that we aren't the only state that took a long time to count ballots this year.
Broward County is still tallying up votes in two recounts from last week’s election.
In Dania Beach's close commission race, Chickie Brandimartie leads Mac McElyea by just 16 votes out of more than 4,000. In Hallandale Beach, it's even closer with Anthony Sanders leading Michele Lazarow by just 6 votes out of more than 7,000.
And the Sun-Sentinel reports that nearly a thousand uncounted ballots were discovered in a Broward warehouse on Monday.
Florida is considering its options while refusing to implement the Affordable Care Act.
Governor Rick Scott has been a harsh critic of the health care reform law. Under Scott’s administration, Florida lead the Supreme Court case against it.
But the Supreme Court upheld most of the Affordable Care Act and last week, Florida voters rejected a constitutional amendment that would have banned the individual mandate. That leaves Scott in a tough spot for someone who would rather not implement the law.