Broward

Canoe Project
12:16 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Broward Canals Vs. Miami-Dade Canals

View of Himmershee Canal, Fort Lauderdale
courtesy of Florida State Archives

As we mentioned yesterday, we’re switching gears a little in the Canoe Project and putting some focus on another city’s canal system: Miami’s neighbor, Fort Lauderdale.

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Medicaid Pilot
11:32 am
Thu March 29, 2012

Escaping Florida's Medicaid Experiment

Last year, Florida legislators passed a bill privatizing the state’s Medicaid program, moving recipients into managed care plans – a model patterned on a pilot program that’s been running in five counties since 2006.

The statewide change still needs federal approval – and for one family already living in a pilot county, it’s a troubling prospect.

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Environmental Art
4:58 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

How Dozens Of Tires Went From Being At The Bottom Of The Ocean To The Center Of An Art Show

Crew removes tires from the water.
Patricia Sagastume

The whitewall rubber tires, which until recently had been on the bottom of the ocean floor off the coast of Broward County, now look like deflated, salt-encrusted life preservers, and reek of the decayed smell of barnacles mixed with sea spray.

They are the stars of an art exhibit called “The Eclipse,” open now in Miami’s Wynwood district, a tribute to a failed plan to create an artificial reef and mankind’s attempts to remove the tires and save the ocean from even more destruction.

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This Miami Life
2:43 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

How Wilton Manors Came Out

Georgie’s Alibi on a Thursday night.
Kenny Malone

It used to be that Key West, Victoria Park and South Beach were the centers of gay life in South Florida.  Over the last decade, this tiny town of about 12,000 people, just outside of Fort Lauderdale – has taken over.  Wilton Manors has more same-sex couples per capita than anyplace but Provincetown, Massachusetts. The latest census numbers got screwed up, but by some estimates, 40% of the population is gay.

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School Budget Cuts
12:00 am
Fri September 9, 2011

Broward Schools Face Largest Budget Deficit In State; Effect On Other Districts Unclear

Taylor Drake, Kevius Morgan and Cristinne Paneit, seniors at South Broward High, say some teachers give them extra credit for bringing in items like markers, rulers, paper and tissues.

Every school district in Florida is dealing with layoffs and budget cuts. But Broward County in South Florida is facing the largest budget deficit in the state—more than $140 million. And its forced teachers and students in the nation’s 6th largest school district to get creative about spending money.

Students at South Broward High in Hollywood waited in the rain during the first week of school to get inside what used to be the video production classroom. Only, the video production program was cut last school year.

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Haiti Earthquake
12:55 pm
Tue January 11, 2011

Teens Buddy Up With Quake Survivors

Boyd Anderson High School students James Celestin and Michel Philco take a self-portrait.
James Celestin and Michel Philco

After January’s massive earthquake, thousands of Haitians fled to the United States. More than 2,500 of them were school-aged kids who were quickly placed in classrooms across South Florida.

The new students were suddenly immersed in a foreign language, culture, and school system.  It could have been a bewildering experience.  But at Boyd Anderson High School in Lauderdale Lakes, the Haitian students who lived in South Florida before the quake took the recent arrivals under their wings.

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Haiti Earthquake
12:28 pm
Thu June 24, 2010

More Voices Of Teen "Ambassadors" From Boyd Anderson High

Under the Sun listeners were introduced to students James Celestin and Michel Philco from Boyd Anderson High in our “Teens Buddy up with Quake Survivors” story.

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End of the Line
3:15 pm
Tue March 10, 2009

End Of The Line: Palm Meow – The Cats Retire To Florida

Robert Lyle interviews Noir.
Kilmer

When Under the Sun heard about a cat retirement home in Broward County, our interest was more than a little bit piqued.  So, we sent Under the Sun’s resident retiree, Robert Lyle, over for a visit.

He met with Steve Kilmer and Ella Schutt, owners of Palm Meow in Hollywood.  The many amenities of this retirement community include daily brushing and cat massage, videos of mice and other furry creatures, relaxing classical music, and individualized play sessions.   Sorry, cats only.

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