The Florida Roundup: Miami-Dade & Broward Counties Ink Deals With Airbnb

Apr 10, 2017

A TV ad for Airbnb that airs in Miami-Dade County. Airbnb

This week on The Florida Roundup...

By next month, hotel taxes from Airbnb guests will be collected and paid in two South Florida counties. Both the Miami-Dade and Broward County commissions approved separate agreements this week with the home-sharing site over the counties' taxes and hotel rooms. 

While the new contracts end the debate over collecting millions of dollars in bed taxes for the counties, it does not elevate the friction between local governments and their regulations over Airbnb.  The Miami Herald's tourism reporter Chabeli Herrera weighs in along with Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Javier Souto. 

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Also, competing bills in the Florida Legislature can't agree on whether elementary school kids should get 20 minutes of recess a day. And separate proposals over changing mandatory testing still differ on scaling back testing.

Read more: Parents Want Daily School Recess. The Florida House Won't Give Them That

WFSU News Director Lynn Hatter and Politico Florida's education reporter Jessica Bakeman bring us the latest on the debate.

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Plus, the growing toll of the opioid crisis in South Florida prompts Palm Beach County moves to ramp up its response. Broward County released a map of its drug-related fatalities showing that overdoses are not confined to any particular city or neighborhood. WLRN's Palm Beach correspondent Peter Haden and the Sun-Sentinel's Adam Sacasa discuss those efforts.

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Read more: Sunny Daze: Inside South Florida's Opioid Crisis