Broward Commissioner Chip LaMarca wants to transform Broward County by changing its name. LaMarca says many outside Florida don't recognize "Broward" and associate Fort Lauderdale with fun in the sun. He plans to propose the name Lauderdale County, an idea that will be debated next week in a function hosted by the Tower Forum, a Broward (soon to be Lauderdale?) non-profit business organization. Miami-Dade changed its name in 1997.
On the Florida Roundup: The tragedy in Connecticut hits home in what some people call “The Gunshine State,”as Florida has over a million concealed weapons permits, the most in the country. Do you feel safer? We hear your reaction to Florida’s milestone. And will gun control be on the agenda in Tallahassee?
The series on remedial education exposed what some in the public school system at the secondary and college level already knew: that many students are graduating from high school unprepared for college.
On the Florida Roundup : Local leaders and scientists gather in Palm Beach county to discuss how sea-level rise is “sinking in” in South Florida. Citizens Insurance is awash with complaints about its "incentive plan" to have private insurers take over some of its policies. Will you be paying for it, hurricane or not?
A sponsor of the bill to bring back spoken prayer, Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz, called it a matter of "freedom of speech," while Commissioner Sally Heyman, part of the trio opposed to the measure, said it was "unfair to members of the community to be subjected to a religious point of view." Since 2004, the commission has opened its meetings with a moment of silence during which commissioners and the public could do as they pleased.
On The Florida Roundup: Hurricane season has officially ended. South Florida was saved from any severe hurricanes, but we see the effects of climate change as beaches erode, roads crumble and flooding inundates parts of region.
11/09/12 - This week on the Florida Roundup. The election is over, but again Florida is the state that can't vote straight. Long lines for early voting and on election night in Miami-Dade leave voters frustrated, and Florida blank on the electoral map for days. Even without the state's results President Obama wins reelection and Florida becomes bluer - with Democrats making gains at the state and national level, while Republicans take a hit.
Florida is ready to vote. Or is it? Over 3 million Floridians have already voted early in person or by absentee ballot. Early voting totals continue to be strong in mostly Democratic South Florida. For many, lines at the polls are long, while still others wait by the mailbox for their absentee ballots.
Early voting starts tomorrow, and many say they plan on taking advantage of the pre-Election Day hours. Mary from North Miami writes:
I like the feeling of participation and community that comes with standing in line with neighbors I don't even know. But there's a limit to the number of hours I want to devote to this experience, and I want to make sure my vote gets in, so I'll probably be voting early next week.