development

Commercial Fishing
8:56 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Lobster Season Ends With Good Catch, Great Prices But Looming Challenges

George Niles, left, and Daniel Padron fix lobster traps on Stock Island. The lobster fishing season ended March 31.
Credit Nancy Klingener / WLRN

The spiny lobster season ended March 31. State biologists say it looks like the total catch will be slightly lower than last year — but the seafood that came to the market fetched record-high prices.

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Facebook
4:32 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Miami-Dade Mega-Mall Draws Criticism

If completed, American dream Miami would be the largest mall in the nation.
Credit Triple Five

The Miami-Dade County Commission recently voted to approve a land deal that will clear the way for the development of what would be America’s largest mall. (By the way, the Miami-Dade school board voted Wednesday to give up a lease on public land wanted for the project.)

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Development
4:09 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Miami-Dade Commission Votes Overwhelmingly In Favor Of Mega-Mall

American Dream Miami, the proposed mega-mall.
Credit Triple Five

The Miami-Dade County Commission voted Tuesday to approve a land deal for the development of what would be the nation's largest mall.

The proposed mega-mall, American Dream Miami, would cost approximately $4 billion to build and would occupy 200 acres of west Miami-Dade. The park would contain aquatic attractions such as an indoor ski slope, a water park and a submarine ride.

The land deal allows Triple Five -- the mall's developer -- to purchase the 82 acres of Miami-Dade property owned by the state.

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State of Downtown
3:53 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

WATCH: Commissioner Sarnoff Says Downtown Miami Is "Best It's Ever Been"

Jorge Cantero, with MS International Real Estate has a taste of Mediterranean quinoa salad from Chef Alex Rodil, who has a new catering business in Miami called On the Fly. Samples of Miami area food and beverages were on hand during the first State of Downtown event hosted by the Miami Downtown Development Authority at the MDC Museum of Art Design at the Freedom Tower Friday evening, Feb. 27, 2015.
Credit Emily Michot / Miami Herald

Miami’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) held its first ever “State of Downtown” event Friday evening to showcase the growth of Miami’s urban core. Miami Commissioner and DDA Chairman Marc Sarnoff says downtown is on the upswing. 

"We’re about to make leaps and bounds, progress that we haven’t made in years and years," Sarnoff said. "Miami is putting the pieces together that it needs for a vibrant economic engine."

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Development
4:21 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Some Rich And Powerful Would Benefit From Little Havana Upzoning

The notices for public hearings on the proposed zoning changes posted around East Little Havana are in English -- even though many of the neighborhood's residents speak only Spanish.
Credit Daniel Ducassi

An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the owner of Cantelop Property Investment, Inc., as Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera. The property owner is the lieutenant governor's father, Carlos C. Lopez-Cantera Sr. Friday, Feb. 27, 4:01 p.m.

A zoning proposal meant to spur redevelopment in Little Havana would benefit some well-heeled, well-connected men.

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Agricultural Reserve
1:33 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Palm Beach County Farmers Want To Sell Land To Developers

Credit Palm Beach County

Palm Beach County held its second roundtable Tuesday, discussing development options for the county’s Agricultural Reserve -- a 22,000-acre piece of land west of Boynton Beach and Delray Beach, just between Florida’s Turnpike and the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. Farmers want to sell their land to developers because business is bad.

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Sports
7:50 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Ball's In Your Court, Mr. Beckham

David Beckham (center) with MLS Commissioner Don Garber (left) and Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez (right) announcing the possibility of an expansion team for Miami. This was February 4th, 2014. Beckham was named one of the principal owners of the team outside of the Perez Art Museum.
Credit Hector Gabino / El Nuevo Herald Staff

It was almost a year ago when international soccer star David Beckham stood before a crowd of Miami leaders and fans to announce he chose Miami as the home to his new expansion franchise for Major League Soccer.

Beckham retired in 2013, but part of his contract with the MLS was a $25 million option to start a franchise. On the day of the announcement there was a lot of excitement. A year later, that excitement has become somewhat deflated. (Super Bowl pun intended.)

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Miami Worldcenter
11:33 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Church Meeting About Overtown Development Ends With Activist In Chokehold

Activist Renita Holmes started shouting during a community meeting in Overtown about the multimillion-dollar Miami Worldcenter deal. Other attendees tried to hold her back, a scuffle broke out and the meeting ended with Holmes filing a police report.
Credit Daniel Ducassi / WLRN

About 100 people gathered inside the fellowship hall at the historic St. John’s Baptist Church in Miami’s Overtown community to discuss the Miami Worldcenter, a multimillion-dollar development project.

The meeting opened with a prayer and some ground rules. First, stay on topic.

And second, “Be mindful where you are. Tempers can flare, passion can run high, [but] first of all, this is the Lord’s house,” said Bishop Dean Adams.

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Culture
4:41 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Opa-Locka: A City Reenvisioned Through Art

Opa-locka's first art and recreation center.
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

In the city of Opa-locka, a colorful park stands where liquor bottles and trash once collected in an empty lot.

New and chic affordable housing is popping up. Bright murals decorate buildings downtown.

Three years into a citywide arts transformation, Opa-locka is challenging how outsiders perceive the north Miami-Dade enclave, once better known for its prolific drug trade and gun violence.

Much of this transformation involves collaborations with artists. Artists and their ideas infused are in affordable housing development, urban planning and landscaping.

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Transportation
4:40 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

How All Aboard Florida Could Remake Downtown Miami On Its Way To Orlando

MIAMI STATION: "Floating" and "shimmering" are two of the adjectives in All Aboard Florida's description of its Miami station and commercial complex. The tracks and terminal would be 50 feet in the air.
Credit All Aboard Florida/Courtesy

All Aboard Florida will be all about connections, hopeful developers of the high-speed passenger rail system told the city this week, and not just about the link from Miami to Orlando. Its Miami infrastructure, they said, would also become the glue binding downtown Miami to its special-purpose districts across today's barriers of blight and no-man's-land.

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Urban Planning
8:35 am
Tue April 1, 2014

West Grove Trolley Garage Unearths Vulnerabilities Of Low-Income Neighborhoods

West Grove resident Dorothy Henry's house backs up against the trolley garage property.
Arianna ProtheroWLRN

Miami’s West Grove residents, unhappy a trolley garage servicing Coral Gables was built in their neighborhood, may soon be able to claim a small victory. After a series of legal battles including a civil-rights investigation, Coral Gables and the garage's developer are now looking to pull out of the West Grove.

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Commentary
10:59 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Here's What The Tequesta Site Downtown Will Look Like, And Why It's Great For Miami

Credit MDM

Barring any drastic moves by the Miami city commissioners Thursday, the controversial Tequesta site unearthed downtown will have a marquee showcase from the sidewalk and numerous interpretation options for visitors.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

South Florida's Condo Market Is Thriving

Marina Palms website
http://marinapalms.com/

08/28/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents examines the status of the South Florida housing market and mortgage rates.  After the meltdown of 2008, banks say they’re issuing loans to only experienced and well-capitalized developers.  The South Florida condo market is thriving, and residential properties have increased in value.  Most property sells for close to asking prices.

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Technology
7:30 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Satellite Images Show South Florida's Building Boom Since 1984

A satellite image of South Florida, courtesy of NASA, showing a large chunk of Miami-Dade County and parts of Broward County.
Credit NASA

A recently unveiled project between NASA, the U.S. Geological Survey, TIME, Internet search giant Google and the CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon University offers a rare glimpse of human life on Earth.

Over the last few decades, NASA and the USGS have been compiling satellite images of every part of our planet as part of the Landsat program, the world's longest running enterprise for gathering satellite imagery.

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Archaeology
6:00 am
Mon April 29, 2013

More Evidence Of Tequesta Civilization Unearthed Near Miami River

The Third Avenue Circle, pictured with archeologist Ray Skinner and FIU archeology student Adrian Espinoza
Credit Nathaniel Sandler

Two months ago, twelve dump trucks bursting with dirt and fill from a downtown Miami construction site made their way to the Everglades Outpost, an animal rescue facility in Florida City.

Barbara Tansey, the facility’s owner and overseer is slowly sifting through the remnants looking for clues. Though volunteers occasionally come to help, at some moments the elderly Tansey is entirely on her own, tirelessly sifting in hopes of revealing any artifact.

It should be mentioned that twelve truckloads is an insane amount of dirt.

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