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Fane Lozman

Before 2013, Florida’s houseboats were considered sea vessels rather than homes - but that all changed when activist and developer Fane Lozman took his case to the U. S. Supreme Court.

 

Lozman gained national attention in 2013 when the court ruled in his favor after the city of Riviera Beach demolished the houseboat he was living in,  arguing that  it did not qualify as a residence. Last Sunday, Lozman returned to Riviera Beach with a new houseboat in tow.

 

Urban Burbs Are Sweeping South Florida

Mar 30, 2016
MargateNews.net

A recent Sun Sentinel article looked at South Florida suburbs building downtown centers. We spoke with the executive director of the Margate Community Redevelopment Agency, Diane Colonna, about that city's plans.

 

Can you tell me what the appeal of having a downtown is?

 

Calle Ocho Receives A Million-Dollar Makeover

Mar 17, 2016
John Power / WLRN

The mayor of Miami, Tomas Regalado, announced Thursday a new $1 million project to enhance Calle Ocho.

The project will consist of extending the plaza where the iconic Domino Park is located on Southwest 15th Avenue to the north side of Eighth Street. Also, the mayor has plans for building new sidewalks, planting trees along the sidewalk to provide shade for pedestrians and a new innovative trash can.  Yes, trash can.

The trash can displays local artists’ art on its side and is immune to graffiti—the first of its kind.

Keys InfoNet

  

The former CEO of a Keys-based vacation rental investment company has been sentenced to 40 years in federal prison on bank fraud and obstruction charges.

Fred Davis Clark Jr., known as "Dave," 57, was convicted in December of bank fraud, making a false statement to a financial institution  and obstruction of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

"We have reason to believe that it was one of the largest frauds in the history of Monroe County," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Jerrob Duffy.

Our Audience Responds To West Kendall Park, Library Renaming

Oct 29, 2015
Maria Murriel / Illustration

Last week, the Miami-Dade County Commission approved the renaming of a library and a park in the suburb of West Kendall. They went from West Kendall to West End Regional Library and West End District Park.

This renaming is part of a multi-year plan by District 11 Commissioner Juan Zapata to create an area called "West End."

We received an overwhelming amount of feedback about this issue, most of it negative. Read some responses in the slideshow at the top of this post.

Earlier this month, Wal-Mart trumpeted that it had beaten a goal it set five years ago: to open at least 275 stores in food deserts by 2016. That targeted expansion into "neighborhoods without access to fresh affordable groceries" came as part of the retailer's "healthier food initiative," lauded by — and launched with — First Lady Michelle Obama in 2011.

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Developers want to build what would be the biggest shopping center in the Florida Keys — 335,000 square feet — on the site of a former Rockland Key junkyard.

Walmart has signed a letter of intent to be the anchor tenant, and the store would probably employ about 200 people. The shopping center as a whole would employ 600.

Which leads to this question: Where are those workers earning retail wages supposed to live in the expensive Florida Keys?

Courtesy of Miami Worldcenter

A new development project designed to build retail and hotel space in downtown Miami is poised to break ground in the coming months.

The developers of Miami Worldcenter have promised the project will bring jobs to the nearby community of Overtown.

But some critics say a high development of the area will drive those residents away.

Green City

A new development project, Green City, just released its plans to build a 860 acre eco-friendly village in west Miami-Dade County.

The ambitious project is slated to be built over the next two decades and calls for the inclusion of, among other things, 1.36 million square feet of retail, 11,401 new homes (a portion of which will be set aside for affordable housing), a sports village, and a hydroponics facility.

Douglas Hanks / Miami Herald

The Miami-Dade County Commission unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday in favor of creating the Miami Worldcenter Community Development District. This is a special taxing district that would be used to raise funds for infrastructure for the development project.

Activists and community organizers turned out in force at the meeting, calling for greater labor rights and protections for Overtown residents.

Everglades Bike Path: Yea Or Nay?

Jul 14, 2015
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The window for public comment on the latest Everglades tourism project is closing soon. The controversial River of Grass Greenway (ROGG) would be a 75-mile bike path running along U.S. 41 from Naples to Miami.

Nadege Green / WLRN

The Dream Defenders, a local social justice group, says it will protest against Miami Worldcenter until certain demands are met that benefit the struggling Overtown community.

Overtown borders the $2 billion Worldcenter development and critics say the project will shut out residents of that neighborhood.

Until their demands are met, the Dream Defenders protesters say they will create civil unrest and demonstrate at County Hall.

Nadege Green / WLRN

The Miami Worldcenter project hosted a job fair at the Historic St. Agnes Episcopal Church in Overtown that drew hundreds of people from across Miami-Dade Tuesday — including many Overtown residents.

The project is expected to create 18,000 direct jobs.

And while some have been critical about the Worldcenter’s impact in Overtown, Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon said Tuesday’s turnout is evidence that people in the community see the project as something positive.

Nancy Klingener / WLRN

The land along Key West's western shore was one of the first areas of the island to be developed, when the U.S. Navy established a base there in the 1820s. It eventually became known as Truman Annex, after the president who liked to vacation in Key West. Now it's called the Truman Waterfront, and it's set to become a new park for the city.

Key West Mayor Craig Cates says it's always been an important part of the city.

Levitt Pavilion Awaits Fort Lauderdale's Approval

Jun 17, 2015
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The City of Fort Lauderdale may get a new outdoor concert venue along its riverfront. Levitt Pavilions, a national nonprofit organization, recently selected the city to receive seed funding and technical support to develop a public performing arts space in Esplanade Park.

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