Miami-Dade County

Transportation
6:59 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

What The County's Vote On Lyft And UberX Actually Means Right Now

After more than a month of car impounds, citations and dense political squabbles, ride-sharing companies Lyft and UberX may finally be able to function legally in Miami-Dade County.

But probably not anytime soon.

A preliminary vote to legalize the services was made during a county commission meeting, where 10 out of 12 commissioners voted "yes" to legislation proposed by Commissioner Esteban "Steve" Bovo.  

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Newscast
6:33 am
Fri July 11, 2014

July 11, 2014: Miami-Dade Prison Warden Suspended, Mayor Defends Budget

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

    

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Budget
2:15 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Police, Libraries And Parks Among County Departments To See Cuts In 2015

Mayor Carlos Gimenez answers questions after his State of the County address in February.
Credit Douglas Hanks / Miami Herald

Fewer police officers, higher public transportation fares and cuts to organizations that provide social services. That's what would happen under Miami-Dade's proposed budget for next year.

Mayor Carlos Gimenez unveiled the plans for the 2015 county budget on Tuesday.

The proposal attempts to close a $64 million budget gap without raising property taxes. To do so, hundreds of jobs will be eliminated across the county government.

The police will receive the biggest cut, with a projected loss of at least 300 jobs. 

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Transportation
6:53 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

How The Taxi Industry Became Legit In Miami

Credit Patrick Farrell / Miami Herald

About 56 years ago, in a county devoid of apps, smartphones and cars with pink fluffy mustaches, there lived a taxi industry that didn't rely on Miami-Dade County regulations.

That taxi industry without regulations is long gone, but ride-sharing apps Lyft and UberX are here -- and they're trying their best to stay. The smartphone-based companies connect users with drivers, and like Miami's old taxis, they don't rely on county regulations.

The taxi industry isn't too happy about this. 

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Libraries
11:46 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Miami-Dade Library Funding Is In Jeopardy

A child looks at books in the West Kendall Library.
Credit Patrick Farrell / Miami Herald

Last summer, the budget for Miami-Dade County libraries was in jeopardy until the county commission decided at last minute to tap into a reserve fund.

This year, funding for the libraries is in danger again. 

Library operations supervisor Sue Cvejanovich and Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Library president John Quick appeared on WLRN's Topical Currents on Tuesday.

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Health
11:39 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Get Tested For HIV And Win A Vespa

Curtis Mccray, 26, got tested and participated in the contest.
Constanza Gallardo WLRN

The Aids Healthcare Foundation is hosting a contest to motivate HIV testing in South Florida.

Every day, people can walk in to one of the four Out of the Closet thrift stores in Miami-Dade and Broward County, get tested for free and become eligible to win a Vespa.

“I think that is pretty exciting,” says William Lacey, 38. “I’d love to win a Vespa. It’s better than a $5 gift card.”  

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Libraries
3:21 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Miami-Dade Proposes Moving Libraries Into Public Parks

Tamiami Park and Norman and Jean Reach Park are potential spaces for libraries to move into.
Credit Constanza Gallardo / WLRN

Miami-Dade officials are having meetings across the county to discuss a proposal to move some libraries into public parks.

Small branch libraries lease space from private entities. If the proposal passes, some of those libraries would be closed and reopened in existing park facilities.   

Voters will decide on the proposal in a referendum on November’s ballot.

The idea came from Commissioner Esteban Bovo from District 13.

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Sports
4:19 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Miami-Dade County Approves Deal To Subsidize Stadium Renovations

Hosting a college football championship game, like the 2013 game between Alabama and Notre Dame, will mean $3 million in hotel tax money for the Miami Dolphins. It's part of a deal between the team and Miami-Dade County to renovate Sun Life Stadium.
Credit Matt McGee / Flickr

The Miami Dolphins can earn millions in tourism tax dollars each year for luring high-profile sports and entertainment events to Sun Life Stadium, according to a deal approved by the Miami-Dade County Commission Tuesday.

As part of the deal, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has agreed to spend $350 million to upgrade the Miami Gardens stadium.

The commission voted 7-4 in favor of the deal.

The Dolphins would get a share of the 3 percent tax charged for local hotel stays.

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Local Politics
11:07 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Doral Council Fires City Manager Joe Carrollo

Former Doral City Manager Joe Carollo leaves the city council meeting after been fired on Monday, April 28, 2014.
Credit Hector Gabino / El Nuevo Herald

As television cameras, heckling residents and bickering council members packed Doral City Hall on Monday, Joe Carollo sat quietly on the dais in the city manager’s seat.

On Friday, he had predicted he would lose his job.

Thirty minutes later, his prediction came true.

Council members voted 3-2 to fire the outspoken manager, during a meeting that erupted at times into shouting, name-calling, spontaneous boos and applause. Carollo had been on the job for 15 months.

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Transportation
6:13 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

How Miami's Cute New Trolleys Led To A Civil-Rights Investigation

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In recent years, snazzy trolleys painted like old-timey street cars have been rolling on Miami-Dade streets. They're free to ride and hit hotspots from Miami’s Midtown to Coral Gables.

But what's gotten the county, and some of its cities, in trouble with the federal government is where the trolleys don’t go: the West Grove, a predominately black neighborhood in the city of Miami.

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State of the County
11:15 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Except For Budget Gap And Pending Layoffs, State Of Miami-Dade Is 'Strong'

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez speaks to reporters after his State of the County address.
Credit Doug Hanks / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez declared the state of the county "strong" in his annual address on Wednesday, save for one $200-million detail.  

Miami-Dade County is the nation's seventh-largest county. It has an international profile; a hot real estate market and a thriving arts, sports and entertainment culture. And all of that, Mayor Gimenez said in his address, enables his government to serve the people through the lens of economic opportunity.

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News
11:21 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Miami Closes Two More Parks Over Potential Soil Contamination

Credit Christine DiMattei

  Two more public parks in Miami are closing after potential contamination was found in the parks' soil.

The city announced Monday that it will close Billy Rolle Domino Park at 3400 Grand Ave. in Coconut Grove, and Southside Park at 100 SW 11th St. near Brickell.

The Department of Environmental Resource Management will collect more samples to determine what's next for the parks.

For the past few months, several Miami-Dade parks have closed because of soil contamination.

In September, Miami-Dade County ordered that all 112 of its parks be inspected.

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Budgets
10:46 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Mayor Gimenez's Veto Prevails In County-Worker Pay Dispute

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The healthcare deduction for Miami-Dade County employees stays put. Commissioners failed by one vote to overturn Mayor Carlos Gimenez's veto on union workers' pay.

That means most county employees will continue to contribute 5 percent of their base pay toward group healthcare instead of getting that money restored as of Jan. 1, as commissioners had supported two weeks ago.

Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa switched her vote, saying she could not endorse eliminating the healthcare contribution if it could lead to employee layoffs.

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Salaries
5:32 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

MIAMI HERALD: Miami-Dade Commissioners Scheduled To Take Up Mayor’s Veto On Workers’ Pay

Credit Facebook.com/MayorGimenez

The first order of business for the Miami-Dade County Commission’s last meeting of the year Tuesday will be to uphold or override a veto by Mayor Carlos Gimenez.

On Saturday, Gimenez rejected the commission’s decision two weeks ago to restore most county workers’ pay by ending a requirement that they contribute 5 percent of their base pay toward group healthcare costs.

The mayor offered a compromise: keeping the healthcare contribution but giving the lowest-paid employees a one-time bonus to alleviate some of their economic hardship.

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Infrastructure
12:15 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Miami's Decrepit Sewage System In Desperate Need Of Repair

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 6:32 pm

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From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

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And I'm Melissa Block.

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