Caitie Switalski

Reporter

Caitie Switalski graduated from the University of Florida, with a B.S. in Journalism, in April '17.

Her radio reporting has taken her to Havana, Cuba, California, Tallahassee, Gainesville, and South Florida. She was an intern at WLRN the summer of 2016.

In July of 2017, Caitie placed third in the Hearst Broadcasting national Competition, in San Francisco, CA. She's worked for WFSU-FM in Tallahassee as an intern and reporter. While at school, she gained anchoring experience for local Morning Edition at WUFT-FM, as well as a digital editing.

When she's not following what's happening all over Broward County, you can catch Caitie lounging in local coffee shops, at the beach, or watching Love Actually for the hundredth time.

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Broward County Charter Review Commission
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

The ballot in November's election will be historic for a few reasons, mainly because it’s going to be historically long.  

Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission meets once every 20 years. Broward County’s Charter Review Commission, or CRC, meets every 12. Both put out a series of resolutions for voters to decide on.

This year, the two commissions overlap.  That means Broward County residents will see at least 24 questions on the November ballot. 

 

Robin Martin / WLRN

On May 19, 2017, LaLa Dior arrived home from cosmetology class at the Florida Barber Academy to find her belongings thrown in a bright blue trash bin.

Dior, who was living in a homeless encampment next to Downtown’s Stranahan Park, learned 80 city employees came with a front-end loader and dumpster truck and threw away her belongings, along with those of some 40 to 50 other people.

Associated Press

Broward County’s 911 system was widely criticized after communication failures during the 2017 airport shooting in Fort Lauderdale. Now it's under scrutiny again for similar failures during the Parkland shooting. 

Files show that critical upgrades have been recommended on the system since at least 2016; most were never made.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas Parents
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

There was no excitement or celebration when Lori Alhadeff and Ryan Petty filed their candidacy papers Tuesday morning to run for Broward County School Board

Instead, the parents were somber as they spoke of their sense of duty to make schools safer nearly three months after a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School left their children dead. Fifteen others were also killed in the shooting Feb. 14. 

March for our lives parkland
Leslie Ovalle / WLRN

Even before the Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting in February that killed 17 people, guns played a part in Parkland’s politics: many people here own guns and support the Second Amendment. But in the two months since the shooting, the debate over gun rights has grown more contentious.  

FPL
Florida Power & Light Company / WLRN

Hurricane season is fast approaching, which means summer is nearly here, as well. For South Florida, this signals increased attention on storm forecasts and applying lessons learned when it comes to evacuation and emergency plans, storm shutters and the possibility of losing power during the most sweltering time of the year.

Last year, more than 700,000 homes had their power knocked out as Hurricane Irma arrived in South Florida. It hit the lower Keys as a Category 4 storm but slowed down to a Cat. 1 as it made its way up the Florida peninsula. 

Broward Drinking Water
Danny Rivero / WLRN

In a memo released to state environmental officials and county health department offices on Thursday, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection issued a clarification of when and how local and state officials should perform tests on local water systems.

Gregory Haile

Broward College named a new president Wednesday, the seventh in the school’s history.

Gregory Haile was unanimously appointed by a five-member trustee board, which cited Haile's knowledge of the community, previous work with the college and passion for education. He is expected to take over his new role in July. 

Haile was promoted from his current job as the college’s general counsel and vice president for public policy and government affairs, which he has held for the past seven years.

New River Inn
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Fort Lauderdale’s New River Inn has worn many hats since it was built in 1905. It started as a railroad hotel in 1905, then it became city offices. In 1977 it became the original site of the Museum of Discovery and Science before it became what it is today, a museum for the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society

private beach
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

A new Florida law could make it harder for local governments to keep certain parts of the beach open to the public. 

MSD Prom
Courtesy of DJ Ivanco / WLRN

Juniors and seniors at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School marked a high school milestone this weekend: Prom.

Everything for the students' night, like the ballroom at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, the flowers and the decorations, were provided by local businesses and Stoneman Douglas alumni for free or at cost. 

Mike Sipes Entertainment was one of the companies that reached out to help. The Pompano Beach business donated music and DJ services to the students to show support.

Fleet Week 2018
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

It’s Broward Navy Day’s 28th Fleet Week celebration at Port Everglades. With military ships docking near Fort Lauderdale, people can actually walk on board and tour vessels like the U.S.S. Detroit and U.S.S. Kearsarge. 

wave streetcar project
wavestreetcar.com / WLRN

Fort Lauderdale City Commissioners voted 3-2 to adopt a resolution that asks Broward County to stop The Wave project by not giving the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) the required consent to keep going.

 


Stoneman Shooting Survivors
Leslie Ovalle / WLRN

"We are the long-term people." That's how  Dr. Judith Aronson-Ramos, a member of the Advisory Board of Parkland Cares, describes the mission of the organization. 

The Wave streetcar
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Fort Lauderdale’s new City Commission is looking for ways to undo the previous commission’s plans to build the Wave streetcar system downtown. Monday at city hall, commissioners held a public workshop about the Wave. 

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