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South Florida's Blog Roundup: Politics, Politics, and Classical Music's Politics
This week's blog roundup brings you your weekly fix of noteworthy South Florida blog posts, which happens to be incredibly focused on politics this week. To spare you from reading too much about Florida politics, there's also a post about the Mainly Mozart Festival.
City Commissioners addressed the pressing issue of shutters in Miami and Coconut Grove. Yes, the issue of nighttime storefront shutters has finally been addressed. The goal is to replace the unattractive shutters with impact-resistant glass windows, which some say will make sidewalks better-lit and safer. Blogger Tom Falco has the details at the Coconut Grove Grapevine.
Tired of dealing with road rage, traffic, and driving in Miami at pretty much any time of day? Well blogger Matthew Toro has some good news for you. He shows the plans for a new Miami Train Station to connect South Florida to Central Florida and expanded public transport system for downtown at Transit Miami. He hopes the expansion and new station will "do the trick for this lifeless, barren sea-of-asphalt section of downtown."
Mark Bell is following in his wife's footsteps and is running to become the Mayor of Homestead. Blogger Elaine de Valle, "Ladra," at Political Cortadito, suspects that the Bell waited to announce his candidacy until the opportune moment when news broke of Mayor Bateman's possible ethical lapses.
The newly-formed society hopes to expand the annual spring concert series, which the Miami Music Project previously ran, musically and geographically. The last concert of the series will mark the transition and serve as a preview of the future of the festival. Lawrence Budmen at the South Florida Classical Review discusses the transition and reviews the last performance under the Miami Music Project's direction.
Marco Rubio's amendment to the immigration reform bill, which mandates English proficiency for those seeking citizenship, is getting attacked from all sides, even his conservative base . Javier Manjarro at The Shark Tank has more.