Miami-Dade County


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strengthened its Zika guidance Wednesday, recommending that pregnant women consider postponing travel to all parts of Miami-Dade County and reiterating a recommendation that pregnant county residents take steps to prevent the virus's spread.

The updated guidance reflects concerns that the virus may be spreading in areas throughout the county, not just in the two "Zika zones" on Miami Beach and near Little River.

Village of Palmetto Bay

The village of Palmetto Bay unanimously passed a resolution this week asking Miami-Dade County to reinstall two stop signs that were removed from the intersection of Southwest 148th Drive and Southwest 82nd Avenue.


Residents in the area near Coral Reef Elementary School say they feel the intersection has become dangerous to pedestrians since the signs were removed. County leaders say based on traffic flows, the intersection doesn't need a four-way stop.


Hillary Clinton is far outpacing Donald Trump by historic margins among likely Miami-Dade County voters, according to a new WLRN/Univision 23 poll released today.

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President Obama’s policy of normalizing relations with communist Cuba enjoys larger than expected support among Cubans in Miami-Dade County, according to a new poll.

Florida International University’s biannual Cuba Poll shows almost two-thirds, or 64 percent, of Miami-Dade’s Cuban cohort back normalization, which Obama announced in December 2014. Sixty-nine percent back last year’s re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba.


The Republican Party of Miami-Dade County announced its executive committee of six members will hold a straw vote for the GOP candidates in the race for Florida’s U.S. Senate seat.


Local leaders will cast an unofficial ballot for who they want to represent the party in the general election in November.   The primary election is Aug. 30.


Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Miami-Dade County has a new partnership in the fight against traffic woes.

The smartphone navigation app Waze has just added the county to its growing list of governments that are connected to its traffic data system. When users report traffic accidents, Miami-Dade will now know about it.

“My goal is that on any day, whether it’s a weekday or a weekend, people get in the habit of using the app to plan their trip, 'cause that just helps everybody,” said Alice Bravo, the director of transportation and public works for the county.

New route and schedule changes for Miami Dade buses will take effect starting this Sunday. Among the changes:  32 stops will have alterations to their current departure times and or pickup and drop off locations.

The new routes will also affect those who use the 95 express busses to reach downtown Miami via the Golden Glades stop in Broward.  

The Biscayne Boulevard and Brickell legs will no longer be in service with altering pickup locations at the Jackson Hospital stops for the morning and evening hours


Amanda Rabines

Tails wagged and ribbons were cut at Miami-Dade’s new $15 million dollar Animal Services shelter in Doral, on Monday.


The opening ceremony featured political heads alongside furry companions --some waiting to be adopted.


Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez led efforts to open the pet protection and adoption center. He received a round of applause after declaring that the center may be “the largest air-conditioned animal shelter in the United States.”


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Ernest Bellamy is an architectural designer and native Miamian. At 32-years-old, he decided to go back to school to get his master's degree, but decided that even with a full ride to the University of Miami opportunities looked better outside of Miami.

He is one of the many individuals who have been affected by the prosperity gap that has grown in Miami-Dade County since 2000. That’s the overarching finding of a study we reported on when it came out from the Florida International University Metropolitan Center.

Nancy Klingener / WLRN

  Indian Key at first appears like a typical South Florida island — mangroves on the shore, buttonwoods inland.

  But Brad Bertelli sees a different place. He sees Indian Key from almost two centuries back.

"In its heyday, the island was home to as many as 150 people," Bertelli said. "There were 45 buildings. There was a hotel with a nine-pin bowling alley. Billiards tables, restaurant, saloon."

bar graph of median household incomes in Miami-Dade
U.S. Census Bureau and the FIU Metropolitan Center / WLRN

How to raise wealth in poor areas? That’s a question a group of representatives from Miami-Dade County, Citibank's Community Development unit and Florida International University researchers tried to answer during a meeting Monday at the Miami Herald editorial board.

The team came up with five solutions under a two-year pilot program called "The Prosperity Initiative".


FIU Metropolitan Center

  Poverty is up in Miami-Dade County and wages are about the same as they were back in 2010 when adjusted for inflation.

Those are just a few of the findings of a new comprehensive study of prosperity in the county coming out Wednesday from the Florida International University Metropolitan Center that paints a picture of the region that in many ways looks worse than during the height of the last recession.

Marsha Halper / Miami Herald

Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Jean Monestime recently hosted a summit called “The State of Black Miami”

The summit addressed economic opportunities and quality-of-life issues. 

Here is an edited excerpt of his conversation with WLRN's Nadege Green about the state of black Miami:

What is the state of black Miami as you see it in 2016?

FIU Panel Offers Reassurance On Zika

Feb 3, 2016
Cynthia Goldsmith / Centers for Disease Control via Wikimedia Commons

There's no need to panic about zika, experts told concerned South Florida residents at a panel discussion at Florida International University on Wednesday.


Although nine cases of the virus had been confirmed in Florida as of Wednesday morning, all of those cases were contracted outside the United States, said Matthew DeGennaro, an FIU mosquito researcher.

Tasty E-Cigs Popular, Scientifically Uncertain

Aug 12, 2015

Juan Uranga smoked menthol cigarettes for 15 years. Five months ago, the Doral resident started vaping.

“Now that I switched to this, I just can’t stop smoking it, he said while shopping at the Vapor Shark smoke shop in South Florida, where he buys his ‘go to’ e-juice – a tobacco-free liquid that serves as a replacement for nicotine. His favorite flavor: custard.