Miami-Dade County

Al Diaz / Miami Herald

Growing up in Miami, Luis Gazitúa lived through Hurricane Andrew in 1992 – one of the most destructive storms ever to hit South Florida. That’s why the Coconut Grove attorney recognized the awful danger of Hurricane Irma.

Irma was even bigger and stronger than Andrew. So when early forecast models this month showed it heading straight for Miami, Gazitúa and his family decided to evacuate South Florida.

“We had actually booked rooms in Orlando,” Gazitúa says at his law office in Coral Gables. “My father, my brother, our children and our wives and my mother.”

Most Miami-Dade County Public Beaches Open Again

Sep 15, 2017
David Santiago / Miami Herald

With the exception of three beaches, Miami-Dade County announced Friday it’s safe to go back into the water.

“Based on a satisfactory microbial water quality test result,” all public beaches are safe to swim in — except Oleta and Cape Florida state parks and the Key Biscayne Beach Club, the county announced just in time for the weekend. Access to get samples had been for a time hampered to the three questionable beaches, it added, noting that for those an answer should be ready on Saturday.

Eric Gay / AP via Miami Herald

Two days ago – when Hurricane Irma was forecast to hit Miami directly as a Category 5 storm – Miami-Dade County was staring at a potential storm surge of 10 feet. Now that Irma’s path has shifted west to Florida’s Gulf coast, the surge is expected to be half that.

But Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez is warning that’s still enough to cause not just dangerous flooding but drowning – especially since South Florida may well experience the equivalent of Category 1 or 2 hurricane winds when Irma arrives early Sunday.

Share Your Hurricane Irma Story With WLRN

Sep 9, 2017

Thank you for staying with us as we covered Hurricane Irma. Our team spoke with some of you at shelters, on the streets and at your homes. You called in when we were live on the radio for 31 hours, asked us great questions and told us what you saw around you. You tweeted at us and shared your stories on Facebook.

Now, we want to hear from you again: tell us how you're doing and what you're dealing with.

Tim Padgett / WLRN.org

Hurricane Irma is still forecast to hit South Florida Sunday morning as a destructive Category 4 storm. Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez has ordered the largest mandatory evacuation for a hurricane in the county's history – some 660,000 people. And that also means South Florida’s largest-ever hurricane shelter response.

Roberto Koltun / Miami Herald

With the future of a program that protects undocumented young people from deportation in question, leaders of Miami-Dade lined up Wednesday to voice their support for “Dreamers” and reassure scared kids that the community has their back.

Florida New Majority

As Miami-Dade County prepares for public input on its budget, a local non-profit is teaching residents how to advocate for the causes they care about.

Going through Miami-Dade’s $7 billion budget can be a daunting task for the average citizen. 

That is why Florida New Majority says it created a series of workshops to teach the public how to find information in the voluminous budget document.

Patrick Farrell / Miami Herald

An elite urban rescue team from Miami-Dade is heading to Houston to help with search missions through areas flooded by Harvey.

The tropical storm continued pounding Texas with heavy rain on Sunday, and local agencies have responded to thousands of emergency calls from people stranded in cars and homes.

The specially trained 45-person team from South Florida is part of a national effort to come to the aid of Texas. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s Florida Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue Task Force will be joined by 11 other similar teams from across the country.

Pedro Portal / Miami Herald

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions came to Miami-Dade County on Wednesday to thank it for helping the feds deport undocumented immigrants. But experts say his claims about crime in cities that don’t cooperate – so-called “sanctuary cities” – are exaggerated.

This year President Trump ordered local governments to comply with federal requests to detain undocumented immigrants who’ve been arrested. He warned sanctuary cities they would lose federal law enforcement funding if they didn't.

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Allison Light / WLRN

On Wednesday night, District 8 Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava called residents of The Falls area together to discuss the possibility of becoming its own municipality within the county. Or, more specifically, to discuss creating a survey that will ask residents whether it's something they would want.

Miami International Airport

There’s more unrest at Miami International Airport. More than 300 food workers have filed complaints alleging their employers have been underpaying them.

Workers with LSG Sky Chefs and Gate Gourmet said the underpayments date back to 2006. The employees of these companies, contractors of major airlines  - Sky Chef's main client is American Airlines - say their employers are violating the Living Wage Ordinance. 

Courtesy of Mary Fowler

The Penningtons had already sunk $25,000 into a tech company when they found themselves in a luxury suite in the Miami Dolphins’ stadium, taking in the spectacle and listening to the CEO give his time-tested sales pitch.

Douglas Hanks / WLRN News

Therapists in the Miami-Dade suburbs would be banned from trying to change a child’s sexual orientation under a proposed county law that passed a committee vote on Wednesday.

“Just the gall of people thinking you can just change someone because you do not agree with their choices or what happens in their life. When it is not a choice. It is a way of life,” Commissioner Barbara Jordan said before casting one of three Yes votes for the proposal. “I didn’t choose to be born. I was born.”

Miami-Dade County Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida is suing Miami-Dade County and Mayor Carlos Giménez for complying with a federal request to detain inmates who are in the country illegally.

The lawsuit is seeking to overturn the county's new policy after an 18-year-old U.S. citizen — who cannot be deported — was detained.

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