In the midst of the passing of one of our own, there is news of a possible alternative to I-95. Our #ThisIsWhere poetry series comes to an end this week, environmentalists tour South Florida, and technology and classical music collide on South Beach.
If you depend on the Venetian Causeway to get to your home or job, you have four to six months to find an alternate route because the historic roadway will be closed for several months so workers can conduct emergency repairs on a 730-foot-long weakened segment of the drawbridge closest to Miami.
More details emerged Wednesday about the coming six- to nine-month closure of the 87-year-old roadway in the aftermath of an official announcement late Tuesday by Miami-Dade County officials during a meeting of the Venetian Way Neighborhood Alliance.
The city of Miami's Metromover system shuttles riders around the downtown and Brickell areas. County Commissioner Bruno Barreiro is advocating for extending the Metromover over the MacArthur rather than building a new light-rail system.
Friends of Israel "Reefa" Hernandez held a news conference in response to his autopsy report released last week, seven months after his death. The teen died in August after being shot with a stun gun by Miami Beach police when he was caught defacing an abandoned building. The autopsy report says Hernandez's death was "accidental through electrical discharge." Now, the State Attorney's office must finish investigating before they can decide whether or not to press charges in the death.
A Miami Beach tech company invited Mayor Philip Levine to their lab for a visit this week in response to comments Levine made at the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting last month. Levine said he could not see Miami Beach becoming a tech hub.
"It's the dumbest idea in the world," Levine said at the Mayors meeting, according to the Washington Post. "People cling on to things that are not the highest and best use for their city. Miami Beach is never going to be a high tech hub. As much as it sounds great, it's sexy, that's not who we are."
After almost two decades a famed South Florida live music venue is no more.
Located on the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Lincoln Road on Miami Beach, in the historic Van Dyke building built in 1924, Van Dyke Cafe had its last call on Sunday, Jan. 26. Patrons were invited for a special celebration and toast at 5 p.m. to commemorate the closing. The venue was well known for hosting live jazz and became a staple of the beach's people-watching haven, Lincoln Road Mall.
On The Florida Roundup: six gay couples in South Florida sue over the state's constitutional provision, passed by referendum in 2008, limiting marriage to a man and woman.
We then look at the American Dream for another national minority group: Latino-Americans. Two new polls examine the outlook and views of Latinos.
And Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine causes a furor with his comment that trying to make his city a high-tech hub is "the dumbest idea in the world." The mayor will join us to explain why he's standing by that assessment.