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11:00 am
Mon April 28, 2014

What Everyone Is Reading This Week

Credit Rui Dias-Aidos

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.

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Transportation
3:40 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Venetian Causeway To Close Down For Months

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  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.

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Transportation
5:22 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

The Venetian Causeway Is Falling Apart

The westernmost section of the historic Venetian Causeway is proving the most problematic.
Credit PATRICK FARRELL/MIAMI HERALD STAFF

The Venetian Causeway is falling down. Crumbling, at least. 

As the Miami Herald reports, structural deficiencies were uncovered last month when the weight of a bus knocked a hole out of the westernmost section of the causeway.

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Transportation
6:08 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Planners Reveal The Pricetag On Light Rail From Miami To The Beach

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.
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The numbers are in. The estimated cost of building a light rail line from mainland Miami to the beach is $532 million. And three key players are lining up in support of the proposal.

The mayors of Miami-Dade County, the city of Miami and the city of Miami Beach are backing the proposal to build a light rail line along the MacArthur Causeway.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez has said previously that if traffic between Miami and Miami Beach gets worse it will kill the tourism industry.

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Miami Beach
7:07 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Friends Of Israel "Reefa" Hernandez Respond To Autopsy Report

Estomba speaks in front of Rundle's office.
Credit Hillary Lindwall/WLRN

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. 

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Tech Startups
5:47 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Miami Beach Tech Hub Responds To Mayor With Invitation

Levine addresses Rokk3r Labs, accompanied by his dog, Earl.
Credit Hillary Lindwall/WLRN

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."

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They Loved Us, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah
8:11 am
Fri February 14, 2014

How The Beatles Stole Miami's Heart (And Vice Versa)

The Beatles came to Florida in 1964.
Credit State Archives of Florida / floridamemory.com

Suffice it to say, almost everyone tries to score a trip to South Florida in February.

And, in February of 1964, that was true of the band almost everyone wanted to see: The Beatles.

Trade Liverpool for the swimming pool -- that's what John, Paul, George and Ringo did.

Fresh off their record-setting performance on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Beatles made one more stop in Washington, D.C. for their first public U.S. concert.

But Sullivan the showman knew what he had. And he wasn't letting it go so quick.

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Digital Currency
7:00 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

North American Bitcoin Conference Comes To Miami

Finance Professor Charles Evans speaks at the North American Bitcoin Conference
Credit Hillary Lindwall/WLRN

Bitcoin users from around the world attended this year's North American Bitcoin Conference this past weekend at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Moe Levin, who organized the conference, says attendance exceeded his expectations.

"I was expecting 800 people and now there are 1,200," Levin said. "It [was] a hugely successful Bitcoin conference."

Conference goers attended workshops held by Bitcoin-accepting and facilitating merchant vendors, like bitpay and 3DCart.  

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Miami Beach Arts
6:53 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Van Dyke, Lincoln Road's Legendary Jazz Venue, Plays Last Tune

The band Oriente at the Van Dyke Sunday night
Credit Alicia Zuckerman / WLRN

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.

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Links
2:53 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

WLRN's Top Five Stories Jan. 20-24

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Among the stories you liked most this past week are a race between a car and a bus and a debate on the state of Miami Beach as a tech hub.

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Community Contributor
8:46 am
Mon January 27, 2014

'Pretty Silicon Beach': Tech Entrepreneur Responds To Phillip Levine

Miami Beach Mayor Phillip Levine was quoted Jan. 22 in the Washington Post saying "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."
Credit Daniel DiMassa

Editor's Note: This is a community contributor post that has been edited for clarity.  The views expressed here are those of the author and not WLRN or WLRN-Miami Herald News.

My name is Daniel DiMassa and tech start-ups are more of a religion than passion to me.

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Bunches of Bitcoins
7:54 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Digital Currency Conference Hits Miami Beach

Latin House Burger & Taco Bar customer pays in Bitcoin.
Credit Hillary Lindwall/WLRN

Hundreds of Bitcoin users flocked to Miami Beach this weekend for the North American Bitcoin Conference

Bitcoin is a form of digital currency that Florida Atlantic University finance professor Charles Evans says will change the way international business is conducted.

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The Florida Roundup
12:59 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

A Ban On Same-Sex Marriage, And A Miami Beach Tech Hub Is "The Dumbest Idea"

Above, the six couples and their attorneys at a press conference announcing the lawsuit challenging the state's same sex marriage ban.
Credit WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

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.

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Community Contributor
10:09 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Tech CEO To Phillip Levine: Miami And Miami Beach Are One

Miami Beach Mayor Phillip Levine was quoted Jan. 22 in the Washington Post saying "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."
Credit ANDREW ULOZA / Miami Herald

Editor's Note: This is a community contributor post.  The views expressed here are those of the author and not WLRN or WLRN-Miami Herald News.

Mayor Levine,

Congratulations on your installation as the Mayor of Miami Beach. When I first moved to Miami I lived on Ocean Drive, and it still holds a warm place in my heart.

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LGBT Rights
1:12 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Six Same-Sex Couples Sue For The Right To Marry In Florida

Credit Arianna Prothero / WLRN

Six couples from South Florida are legally challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

Same-sex couples have never been allowed to marry in Florida. But six years ago a majority of voters chose to amend the state constitution to ban gay marriage.

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, attorney Shannon Minter argued minority rights should never be put up to a popular vote.

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