Miami-Dade County

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.
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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

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  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

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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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Local Government
11:13 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Police Arrest Homestead Mayor For Ethics Violations

Miami-Dade state attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle speaks at a press conference Wednesday announcing the arrest of Homestead Mayor Steve Bateman. Investigator Robert Fielder (center) and other officials concerned with ethics enforcement stand next to him.
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Homestead Mayor Steve Bateman was arrested on Wednesday morning for allegedly using his position as mayor to obtain private employment.

According to the charges, Bateman had a deal with the nonprofit Community Health of South Florida (CHI) to be paid $125 an hour for consulting services. Authorities also believe CHI set aside a total of $120,000 to pay him and hired an assistant for him.

Bateman was arrested at his home.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Miami-Dade’s Public/Private Partnerships

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08/20/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at what are termed “P3s” which are public/private partnerships for construction or remodeling public works projects. In Miami-Dade, examples of “P3s” include downtown’s Museum Park, the massive Port Tunnel project, the Arsht Center and the proposed redevelopment of the Miami Beach Convention Center. Private entities finance and construct public facilities, then run and collect revenues for a specific period of time. Guests include: Gillian Thomas, Pres.

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4th of July
9:00 am
Thu July 4, 2013

These Fireworks Might Be Illegal, But They Are Easy To Buy

Assortment packages, which bundle many different types of fireworks, are some of Phantom's most popular items.
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For Miami-Dade residents, fireworks may be illegal, but they are easy to get. At Phantom Fireworks in Key Largo, the week leading up to the Fourth of July is the busiest time of the year.

The pyrotechnics outlet draws customers not only from the Keys, but also from Miami-Dade County, where many of the store’s explosives cannot be sold legally.

The shop has seen about 1,000 customers per day and has stayed open until one AM for the past week, according to store manager Kary Singh.

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Environment
6:30 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Future Of South Florida Conservation Lands In Limbo; Public Asked To Weigh In

South Florida residents can sound off on the future of public conservation lands in Miami-Dade County, through July 8.
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How valuable are state-managed conservation lands? It's a question the South Florida Water Management District has put to the public in a multi-month assessment of fee-owned lands throughout the state.

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Social Services
8:58 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Miami-Dade Taps Faith-Based Groups For A Bigger, Better Social Safety Net

GREAT NEED: A homeless man in Miami Beach sleeps in public. Programs for the needy would be part of Miami Dade County's Engage305, a cooperative project with service providers from faith-based organizations.
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Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez is reaching  out to religious groups to forge a social safety net that would be bigger and better than public or private sectors could achieve on their own.

Plans for the Engage305 project were announced Wednesday at a conference at Miami Dade College.

The main infrastructure of Engage305, according to Gimenez aide Lisa Martinez, will be a soon-to-launch county website where religious groups can create an on-line, faith-based network to deal cooperatively with social issues.

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