The Florida Roundup: Banning Plastic Bags, Building A Mega Mall & A Cuba Travel Bubble

Mar 19, 2017

The Coral Gables City Commission on Tuesday (March 14, 2017) gave preliminary approval to a ban on plastic bags.
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This week on The Florida Roundup...

Coral Gables is moving to become the first city in Florida to ban plastic shopping bags. It did the same with Styrofoam only to be challenged by the state legislature and taken to court. Should the "City Beautiful" ban plastic bags? Lance Dixon with The Miami Herald and editorial page editor of The Sun-Sentinel Rosemary O'Hara discuss whether other cities may follow suit. 

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A battle border is brewing between Broward and Miami-Dade over plans for a massive new shopping mall. The American Dream Miami project could be built just a mile south of the county border but Broward worries about a traffic nightmare. The Miami Herald's Doug Hanks joins Rosemary O'Hara to talk about the potential turf war. 

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Only six months after commercial passenger flights between the U.S. and Cuba resumed and many airlines are reducing flights to Cuba. At the same time, the cruise industry is ramping up its travel.

Read more: From Water Cannons To Cancelations: U.S. Airlines Cut Back Flights To Cuba

We ask tourism reporter for The Miami Herald Chabeli Herrera and WLRN's Americas correspondent Tim Padgett if the increase in cruises to Cuba a sign of growing demand?

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