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Miami may soon have a large pot of money to pay for infrastructure reinforcements in the face of rising seas.

Thursday, in a narrow vote, the city of Miami decided to put a $400 million bond question to the voters in November.

Last year, the City Commission voted down Mayor Tomas Regalado’s proposed bond plan. Commissioner Ken Russell was one of those no votes.

He told the mayor to get more public input on how to use the money generated through the bonds.

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Miami Swim Week has brought big-name models and designers to South Florida for over a decade, but last weekend a different kind of fashion show was happening at the same time. It was the first edition of Miami Curves Week+, a two-day event giving fuller-figured women a chance to celebrate their bodies. 

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Warm weather, bad traffic, store-bought tits, the beach, diversity, rudeness and the women.

Miami in a nutshell according to the people we talked at our VoxPop recording booth during RadioFest at the Wolfsonian on Miami Beach.

It was Spring Break, parking was bad, music was bumping and people were more than willing to spout off the things they love and hate about Miami. (Especially when we were plying them with free coffee in exchange for the conversation.)

Take a listen:

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COMMENTARY

President Trump's speech in Little Havana last Friday wasn’t about remaking America’s Cuba policy. It was about reliving the Cuban-American past.

It was an exile Woodstock reunion, a nostalgic return to a time when Miami Cubans (and their impressive voter turnout) convinced Washington to isolate communist Cuba. Back to the years when they tightened the economic and diplomatic screws until the head slots stripped – certain it would drive the Castro dictatorship from their mother island.

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What does heartbreak look like?

 

That’s what the organizers of “Love Lost, Miami” want to know.  It’s an art exhibit that launched during last year’s Miami Art Week and is scheduled for a reprise this year.

 

 

 

The idea started as a conversation among girlfriends talking about the prospect of finding love in Miami.

 

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COMMENTARY

I don’t usually feel sorry for Central American heads of state. Too many of them, right-wing or left-wing, have done their damnedest to perpetuate the image of the corrupt, tin-pot strongman.

Human Rights Advocates Voice Concerns About Central America Conference

Jun 14, 2017
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Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Vice President Mike Pence are all expected to visit Miami this week for the Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America.

 

But some civil society organizations say they’re concerned human rights aren’t a big enough part of the discussion. More than 100 organizations have signed an open letter to Tillerson asking him to consider human rights.

 

The family of a Florida autistic man has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit over a 2016 police shooting in which the man's caretaker was wounded.

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The Miami Foundation announced a round of grants to five organizations Friday. The grants were part of the foundation's 50th anniversary celebration. It's investing $1 million over the course of the year to various organizations.

Xavier de Souza Briggs works with the Ford Foundation to promote economic fairness. He was the featured guest at the Miami Foundation's breakfast on Friday. He said Miami is diverse, but not necessarily inclusive. 

"Inclusion requires more than coexisting. It’s about respect, fairness, acts of opportunity generation," he said.

South Florida Marks Memorial Day By Honoring Fallen Heroes

May 29, 2017
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Not all South Florida residents spent Memorial Day lounging by the pool or the beach. For many, this was a day of remembrance, dedicated to brave soldiers who gave their lives for our country. 

About 150 people gathered for a ceremony at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Miami. Volunteers and Boy Scouts had spent hours the previous day placing miniature American flags in front of more than 2,000 veterans’ graves.

Sergio Bendixen, Pioneer Pollster Of Hispanics, Dies At 68

May 27, 2017
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Sergio Bendixen, the first Hispanic to run a U.S. presidential campaign who later pioneered public-opinion polling among Latinos, died late Friday in Miami. He was 68.

No cause of death was immediately available. Bendixen had been suffering from a bad cold in recent days, according to his friend and business partner, Fernand Amandi. The two ran the Coconut Grove-based Bendixen & Amandi International polling firm, though Bendixen was semi-retired.

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Earlier this year the National Trust for Historic Preservation designated Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood a national treasure. Now Little Havana is getting its own museum, on – where else? – Calle Ocho.

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It's official: Coral Gables is the first city in Florida to enact a ban on plastic bags. Retailers are no longer allowed to supply them or they could be fined up to $500. This is just one of the new local government prohibitions on carrying containers.

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