Miami-Dade County

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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.

Carlos Barria

South Florida is seeing little rain during its rainy season this year.

Eastern Miami-Dade and Broward counties are drying up and are now considered to be in extreme drought conditions, according to water managers.

So far this year, Miami-Dade was 7 inches below average rainfall and Broward was down more than 8 inches.

Miami-Dade To Consider Issuing County ID

Jul 13, 2015
Gerald Herbert / AP via Miami Herald

New York. Los Angeles. Aventura, Miami-Dade?

The county may soon be joining a dozen cities and counties around the country that offer residents a local ID to help them access public services.

Commissioner Juan C. Zapata sponsored a resolution to study the feasibility and benefits of a county ID, and to develop a plan for adoption within 180 days. The resolution was approved in committee last week and could head to the Board of County Commissioners for a vote as early as Tuesday.

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