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Thousands of swimmers are celebrating the 4th of July weekend by jumping in the water in Miami Beach. But if you want to know how clean the water has been, the answer could cost you nearly $73 thousand.

That’s what Miami Beach officials wanted to charge Jenny Staletovich, who covers environmental issues for the Miami Herald.

Earlier this month, she reported on a study that found high levels of human waste and bacteria related to storm water pumps.

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As law enforcement agencies try to piece together  what happened Sunday morning at a gay nightclub in Orlando, when at least 50 people were gunned down, many in South Florida wonder about security and how to protect themselves and those they love from similar attacks. 

  "Every time there is a pride event, there is that fear that exists, especially since we have seen the passage of marriage equality," says Cindy Brown, Miami-Dade development officer for Equality Florida, the largest LGBTQ rights advocacy group in the state. 

 

Miami Beach Bans Conversion Therapy For Minors

Jun 9, 2016
Nick Swyter / the Miami Herald

Miami Beach is the latest city in the country to ban a controversial form of therapy that professes to change someone's sexual orientation or gender identity. The city commission voted unanimously Wednesday night to ban conversion therapy for minors under the age of 18.  And from now on, anyone caught practicing it might be slapped with a fine of two-hundred dollars a day. Miami Beach Commissioner John Elizabeth Alemàn sponsored the ban.

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I never watched a Muhammad Ali fight live. I was too young, having been born in 1972. I really didn't get into boxing until a brash, violent, and menacing kid named Mike Tyson showed up. But, like most people, I knew the name Ali. Who didn't? His name was iconic.

Like a lot of people, I didn't get to know much about Muhammad until much later in life. And I also didn't know that a young boxer known as Cassius Clay arrived in Miami in the early 60s, trained in our streets, won here one of the biggest upset victories in boxing history and soon changed his name to Ali.

Hector Gabino / El Nuevo Herald

A recent study found that all that pumping being done to protect Miami Beach from flood waters is actually sending waste, especially human waste, into Biscayne Bay.  

Is Floatopia Aftermath To Blame For Beach Litter?

Apr 20, 2016
Barbara Corbellini Duarte

Floatopia is a biannual Miami Beach floaty party that's now causing trouble with Beach officials who say the event leaves behind too much of a mess.

 

The event, which was brought to Miami in 2012 by a group of anonymous volunteers, is organized through social media. Floatopia began in California in 2004 and also takes place in Palm Beach County.

 

MARSHA HALPER / Miami Herald

Different groups have different predictions for how much the sea levels will rise in the coming century.  The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts seas will rise by more than three feet by the end of this century, the United States Army Corps of Engineers says five feet and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts up to six and a half feet.  So what do we do about it?

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What is life like for housekeepers who work the hotels of Miami Beach? Michelle Chen opens the curtains to what's hidden behind all the sun and fun of spring break in Miami Beach.

How did you find some of these folks who were willing to talk considering the fear they must feel speaking up?

ALEXIA FODERE / MIami Herald

The cities of Miami Beach and Hialeah will settle four lawsuits that stemmed from a controversial 2011 Memorial Day shooting.

Raymond Herisse was killed in South Beach when officers from Hialeah and Miami Beach shot at him 116 times on May 30, 2011.

According to police, Herisse was speeding down Collins Avenue ignoring orders to stop and nearly hitting officers.

The Future Of North Beach Is Up For Grabs

Mar 24, 2016
James Teeple

The future of Miami Beach’s North Beach neighborhood is up for grabs. People who like the sleepy, low-rise neighborhood that stretches from 63rd Street to 87th Street call it funky, but those who want change call it faded. 

In February, North Beach residents, city officials, town planners and even some developers met at a “charrette” or design workshop to hash out ideas for a future North Beach. The workshop was organized by Dover Kohl and Associates, the town planning firm that’s been selected by the city of Miami Beach to develop a master plan for North Beach. 

Noted Civil Rights-Era Photographer Bob Adelman Found Dead At Miami Beach Home

Mar 20, 2016
Patrick Farrell / Miami Herald

  Bob Adelman, a photographer considered one of the foremost chroniclers of the civil rights movement, was found dead in his Miami Beach home Saturday by a friend who called police.

Miami Beach police would not confirm the identity of the elderly man whose body was in the house, saying they had not yet notified the family, but the county's medical examiner's website identified the dead man as Adelman, misspelled as Adelman.

A Miami Beach official with knowledge of the investigation said Adelman, 85, was found with a head wound.

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Voters in Miami Beach are deciding more who may run for the White House.

They also will decide if a new hotel should be built next to a renovated convention center.

The hotel would serve as headquarters for conventions. Supporters say it would bring more dollars to the city but opponents believe it would further overcrowd the city.

Plans for the hotel boast a modern 288-foot tall, 800-room building.

If voters approve the plan on March 15, the land would be leased to Portman Holdings. The developer says it will privately finance the $400 million project.

Art For Your Ears: Subtropics Marathon Airs Experimental Music

Mar 4, 2016
Diego Saldaña-Rojas / For WLRN

  On Saturday, 20 sound art pieces will be performed and displayed at the 24th annual Subtropics Marathon, a six-hour sound art and experimental music event.

"We don't try to pin down exactly the kinds of things these are. We're interested in experimental music, meaning music that is being made today, no matter what it is," said Gustavo Matamoros.

Riders, Runners Celebrate Re-opening Of Venetian Causeway

Mar 1, 2016
Diego Saldaña-Rojas / For WLRN

After months of being closed for repair, the Venetian Causeway opened for all vehicle traffic at midday Monday.

The causeway linking downtown Miami, the Venetian islands and Miami Beach is popular among cyclists and pedestrians for its reduced speed limit and views.

  "The Venetian, it's just a much safer route — and it's the only one," said Laura Parsons, a cyclist and employee of the Miami Bicycle and Pro Shop.

James Teeple / WLRN

The tourists keep coming, but many locals stay away from Ocean Drive.

People living in Miami Beach will tell you that Ocean Drive has turned into a carnival of rowdy crowds, petty crime and non-stop noise from cruising cars and bars along the street.

Mitch Novick, a longtime preservationist and owner of the Sherbrooke Hotel, just around the corner from Ocean Drive, says the street has become a “free-for-all for bad behavior.”

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