Broward County

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The new theater at Miramar Regional Park is being built on the hopes that it will bring national events and major concerts to the venue. Filling 5,000 seats is a big undertaking.

Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton is smaller -- 3,400 seats. When it opened in 2002, it had trouble booking events. The non-profit that ran the theater then moved its operations to the City of Boca Raton.

The City of Miramar is running the new theater and trying to fill seats by working with the ticket vendor Live Nation.

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Some middle schoolers in Broward County were asked to go without their backpacks to school Thursday.

Pembroke Pines police and Broward County Schools determined that an email to a teacher at Silver Trail Middle School alluding to a bomb was credible enough to do a full search of the school.

This threat is the second of its kind: the same message was sent to the same teacher in April. In that instance the school was evacuated

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Stacey McKinley has trained some of boxing’s top fighters, from Ray Mercer to Mike Tyson.

But it is a 17-year-old Broward high school girl — his first time training a female — that has him pumped up and brought him back to the amateur ring. Chasity Martin is ranked the No. 1 youth female boxer in Florida, and No. 3 in the country. She’s vying for a spot on the 2016 U.S. Olympics boxing team.

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  Broward County school leaders have unveiled a $900 million list of projects they want to complete over the next five years.

That includes turning portable rooms housed in mobile trailers into permanent classrooms, replacing aging air-conditioning systems and upgrading art, music and athletics facilities.

Broward County schools superintendent Robert Runcie said the district scrutinized every project on its wish list and chose those that were most important.

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Broward County property owners could pay a little more for public schools next year.

The county school board tentatively approved a $3 billion spending plan Tuesday.

The Broward County schools’ budget cuts tax rates slightly, but rising property values will mean larger tax bills for homeowners. The owner of a $225,000 home would pay $14 more per year, district officials said.

The school board is expected to take a final budget vote in September.

In November, Broward County voters will determine whether to allow the district to borrow $800 million.

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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David Beckham and his partners looking to build a Major League Soccer stadium still want to settle down with Miami-Dade County.

But while the two sides haggle over a site, the Miami Herald reports that Beckham's group may be interested in seeing someone else: Broward County. Broward officials said they expect to talk details with Beckham soon.

Beckham has no shortage of suitors. One Miami-Dade commissioner wants him to consider a Florida International University site. Florida Atlantic University in Palm Beach County has also shown interest in the team.

Get Tested For HIV And Win A Vespa

Jun 25, 2014
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The Aids Healthcare Foundation is hosting a contest to motivate HIV testing in South Florida.

Every day, people can walk in to one of the four Out of the Closet thrift stores in Miami-Dade and Broward County, get tested for free and become eligible to win a Vespa.

“I think that is pretty exciting,” says William Lacey, 38. “I’d love to win a Vespa. It’s better than a $5 gift card.”  

Conservation Group Says Beach Project Will Harm Reef

Jun 12, 2014
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Broward County plans to widen five miles of eroded beaches from northern Fort Lauderdale to southern parts of Pompano Beach. The project is near an offshore coral reef  in South Florida.

Cry for Water is a nonprofit conservation group that fears the new sand will destroy the coral or make them vulnerable to diseases.  

Dan Clark is the group's director. He says the Army Corps of Engineers did a less than complete review of the project.

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  Fats, oils and grease from your favorite restaurant in Broward County will be converted to produce energy for its waste-water treatment plant in Pompano Beach.

The project, which launched last week, will impact the community both economically and environmentally.   

“We are looking at a savings of $27 million over the 17-year period,” says Broward Mayor Barbara Sharief.

Mayor Sharief says this process will create more than 400 jobs, reduce emissions that pollute the air by 30 percent and energy consumption for the county.  

US Geological Survey

A study finds that South Florida maybe can’t blame the rest of the world for saltwater seeping into the groundwater, also called saltwater intrusion. 

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

GRAPHIC: I-595's Reversible Lanes Open Today

Mar 26, 2014
Florida Department of Transportation

Broward County drivers now have three extra lanes on I-595. 

And they’re reversible. The three lanes start at 136th Avenue and run through Florida’s Turnpike.

It’s the first congestion-busting scheme of its kind in South Florida and officials have been prepping commuters to use the changeable lanes.

The reversible lanes are sandwiched like a median between the general-purpose lanes. Gates will open and close to guide drivers in and out of them – and keep people from going the wrong way. 

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UPDATE 6/2/2014: The City of Pembrook Pines has won their bid for the empty prison. Mayor Frank Ortis says the City wanted to control what happened with the land which is not far from houses that fall within city limits.


A 66-acre plot of land off Sheridan Street has excellent security features, and it will soon be on the market. The Broward County Correctional Institution, a former women’s prison, is being sold off by the state.

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If you missed out on the annual extravaganza that is Art Basel, not to worry.  A Broward County gallery owner is inviting artists and art patrons to think outside the box – and outside of Miami Beach – when they hear the word “Basel.”

Starting Dec. 12, gallerist and professional artist Tom Rossetti hosts his third-annual, month-long “Basel Broward” event.


Rossetti started calling for artist entries for the juried art exhibit several weeks ago.  He says every year, art lovers in all of South Florida get caught up in the Art Basel Miami Beach frenzy.