Miami-Dade County

Emily Michot / Miami Herald

In an effort to bring Airbnb under some of the same regulations its competitors in the hotel industry face, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez has reached an agreement with the popular home-sharing platform to collect county resort taxes.

Under the agreement, Airbnb will collect the 6 percent Miami-Dade resort tax from its hosts and remit that money to the county every month. If trends continue, that would amount to at least $8 million a year for the county, said Benjamin Breit, an Airbnb spokesman.

Miami-Dade County Commission Rejects 'Sanctuary' County Stance

Feb 17, 2017
C.M. Guerrero / MIAMI HERALD

Miami-Dade commissioners on Friday backed Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s controversial decision to detain jailed inmates sought for deportation by the federal government, citing funding threats by President Donald Trump and ignoring hours of emotional testimony from residents who implored the board to stand up to the mayor.

With a 9-3 vote, commissioners stood behind Gimenez despite listening to scores of residents who spent the day at County Hall hoping to persuade them to protect Miami-Dade’s immigrant identity.

Miami Herald

Fearing a loss of millions of dollars for defying immigration authorities, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez on Thursday ordered county jails to comply with federal immigration detention requests — effectively gutting the county’s position as a “sanctuary” for immigrants in the country illegally.

C.M. Guerrero / El Nuevo Herald

If you commute to work, you probably pick your route based on what's fastest. You might try to take roads with the least traffic or the highest travel speed. But that can be hard when traffic is bad and speeds are slow. Should you stick with your original route or look for alternatives?

 

Wilson Sayre / WLRN

  Between air conditioning, lights and appliances, buildings consume a lot of energy. That high energy consumption requires high energy production --  from sources like coal and oil, which contribute to global warming and sea-level rise.

 

All of which threatens the future livability of Miami-Dade County. 

 

CDC

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.

Tim Padget / WLRN.org

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.

GOP / WLRN

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.

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