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Felons, high-school dropouts and the poor might get a helping hand when looking for a job in Broward County.

The County Commission is considering an ordinance that would require contractors to try and give half of those new contract-related jobs to hard-to-hire people.

"Try" is the operative word.

The ordinance would not require contractors to actually hire these people. They just have to make a good faith effort to find someone who falls into the hard-to-hire category. 


Kenny Malone

There’s a good chance you’ve seen the work of Elisabeth Hassett and an equally good chance you didn’t really notice it. Hassett is the landscape architect for the Florida Department of Transportation’s District 4, which includes Broward and Palm Beach Counties. When there’s a need for highway-side landscape design, Hassett has almost definitely had a hand in choosing the plants and the layout -- a far more complicated art than you might imagine.

03/28/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Florida Grand Opera’s presentation of Puccini’s Tosca opens this weekend at the Arsht. FGO’s spokesman, Justin Moss, previews the exciting event with Charles Greenfield. The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s exhibition Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art opens April 2nd at FIU’s Frost Art Museum. Judith Bishop speaks with Carmen Ramos, the exhibition’s curator. Dan Hudak previews the 19th Annual Palm Beach International Film Festival with festival president, Randi Emerman. Chef Norman Van Aken delivers A Word On Food and our Broward arts calendar features Jody Horne-Leshinsky. Catch the conversation and information every Friday on South Florida Arts Beat at 1:00pm.

03/17/14 - Today on Topical Currents we visit noted historian Dr. Paul George of History Miami.

No More Long Wait Times For Broward Buses

Mar 4, 2014
Broward County Transit

  Broward transit began installing a $12.6-million bus-locating software on Monday. The application will help Broward residents who take the bus keep track of where their ride is. 

"The app will give them real-time schedule information so wherever they are; whether they’re at a bus stop or at home, or shopping," said Broward Transit spokeswoman Doris Williams. "They can put in the bus stop number and the application will let them see the real-time information of when their bus will arrive at the stop."

02/28/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Harvey Burstein, founder of MiamiArtZine.Com, South Florida’s online arts and culture magazine, talks about their very informative site, and its new look. The 8th Annual Festival of the Arts Boca is previewed by Charles Greenfield and Charlie Siemon, its Chair and Co-Executive Director.

Take A Virtual Tour Of Broward County's Main Library

Feb 17, 2014
Diego Saldana-Rojas / WLRN

With its asymmetrical exterior shape, dark, contrasting windows and floating staircases; the Broward County Main Library in Fort Lauderdale separates itself from surrounding buildings.

The library was recently awarded landmark status by the county despite being currently under several remodeling and construction projects.

To see what's so cool about the the 29-year-old, eight-story building, click through the photos above to take a virtual tour.

01/31/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, drummer extraordinaire, Nomar Negroni, talks about a spectacular Latin Jazz showcase coming to the Miami Dade County Auditorium next week. Charles Greenfield chats with Maestro Giancarlo Guerrero about the Cleveland Orchestra’s exciting upcoming concerts at the Arsht Center.

If you’re under 18 and try to buy a pack of cigarettes in Florida – well, you can’t.

And three Broward County cities have passed laws to ensure the same thing happens with the trendy new electronic alternative to a pack of “smokes.”

This week, Weston banned the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.  The ordinance makes Weston the third Broward County city to try to regulate the sale of the increasingly popular devices where kids are concerned.  Sunrise and Lighthouse Point recently passed similar ordinances.

More Mormons? Time For A Temple

Jan 20, 2014
Courtesy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The first Mormon temple in South Florida is scheduled to open this spring in Davie to serve the region’s growing Mormon population.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints’ membership in South Florida has almost doubled in the last six years, to around 25,000, according to church officials.

All those Mormons have had to go to Orlando or farther to hold important religious ceremonies, like marriage, performed in a temple.

Tony Burns is a local church representative. He says the new temple’s architecture features South Florida’s natural environment.