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6:25 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Virginia Key Beach Park Works To Restore Swimming

A restoration project is underway for Virginia Key Beach Park.
Credit Guy Forchion

Just a few miles away from downtown Miami lies a natural beach in the city’s largest park.

The 82-acre Virginia Key Beach Park remains a bit of a hidden gem. The historic beach still attracts those looking for a quiet place to relax despite one drawback.

In season, about 2,000 people visit Virginia Key Beach Park every weekend even though swimming isn’t permitted.

“It’s a disadvantage - one we’re overcoming," said Guy Forchion, head of the Virginia Key Beach Park Trust.

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The Year That Was
3:30 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

South Florida's Notable Deaths Of 2012

Hundreds of cyclists showed up for a memorial bike ride on the Rickenbacker Causeway following the hit-and-run death of cyclist Aaron Cohen, 36.
Credit ImageMD

South Florida lost a number of notable figures in 2012.

Bee Gees singer and former Miami resident Robin Gibb died at 62 after a battle with cancer.

Tony Goldman, the developer credited with turning South Beach and Wynwood into thriving destinations, died at 68 from heart failure.

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Coccothrinax barbadensis
6:58 am
Fri December 21, 2012

The Not-So-Little Palm Tree That Couldn't

The not-so-little Barbados silver palm that can't.
Photo by Patrick Griffith

This is the sad story of a very tall tree.

"This one right here," says Patrick Griffith, slapping his hand on a rough, grayish trunk, "coccothrinax barbadensis."

Griffith is executive director at the Montgomery Botanical Center, a 120-acre horticultural haven less than two miles from the more famous – yet 50 percent smaller – Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.

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Voting Law
2:31 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Miami-Dade Grand Jury Cites 'Gaping Holes' In Florida's Absentee Voting System

VOTING ABSENTEE: On Election Day, voters found it easier to vote absentee in person at the Supervisor of Elections office in Doral.
Credit Rick Stone

"Gaping holes" in Florida's absentee voting process have undermined public faith in election outcomes, according to the Miami-Dade County grand jury in its concluding report. The grand jury also concluded those holes need to be plugged immediately.

At the top of the list of the grand jury's 23 urgent recommendations:

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Installation Art
9:20 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Theaster Gates' Design District Project Explores The Meaning Of The Hand-Made

The artist's view: making things like these clay bowls is a 'very human, very spiritual act.'
Elaine Chen WLRN

The Locust Projects exhibition space in Miami's Design District is a showcase for experimental, contemporary art, and this week, it's featuring an installation by Theaster Gates called Soul Manufacturing Corporation.  The piece asks us to consider the value of things made by hand.  

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News
8:05 am
Fri December 14, 2012

NEWSCAST: State Gives Green Light To FPL Rate Increase

J.R. Kelly heads up the Office of Public Counsel and opposes the settlement agreement between the state and the utility company.
Credit Office of Public Counsel

 

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Tom Wolfe in Miami
11:46 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Seven Observations About Miami From Author Tom Wolfe

Credit Mark Seliger

More than a quarter of a century after Tom Wolfe's novel The Bonfire of the Vanities looked at race relations, class divisions, greed and ambition in New York City, the influential writer has shifted his focus to the Magic City.

On his recent trip to Miami, Wolfe sat down to chat with WLRN-Miami Herald News features editor Alicia Zuckerman about his new novel, Back to Blood.

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Art Basel
10:10 am
Sun December 9, 2012

Art Basel Takeaway: It Was Art Over Glitter

BASELING IN WYNWOOD: Gritty Miami neighborhood was transformed by art and Tony Goldman.
Credit Aubrey Swanson on Twitter

We're taking a look this morning at the parting shots of the world's journalists as Art Basel reaches its opulent and glittery conclusion in Miami.

It was great, most of them say: Bigger and more lucrative than ever and ultimately a testament to the supremacy of art over glitter.

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News
5:28 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

NEWSCAST: Casino Giant Drops Gambling Ballot Bid

Genting Highlands in Malaysia.
Credit Jay Zhang

The casino giant that bought the Miami Herald site has put a hold on its plans to petition for a casino amendment on the twenty-fourteen ballot.  Halting the petition effort means state lawmakers will drive the decision over whether to bring Las Vegas- style gaming to Florida. The Malaysian-based casino giant -- Genting Group -- has spent close to a million dollars on a campaign to let voters decide. That campaign started after a casino amendment died in the Florida legislature last year.  But now the group is taking a less aggressive strategy, in part perhaps because gaming regulations ar

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Art Basel
11:45 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Miami Photographer Captures Changing Canvas Of Iconic Marine Stadium

Jay Koenigsberg

Anyone visiting the National Hotel on South Beach during Art Basel this week will get a rare peek inside the Miami Marine Stadium.

The Marine Stadium was built off the Miami mainland on Virginia Key in the 1960s. It was originally used for boat racing and then later for concerts and even religious services.

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Art Basel
10:36 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Street Art Brings Life To A Miami Neighborhood

Greek artist B. calls his mural "a sea of objects." It was added to Wynwood Walls in 2011.
Greg Allen NPR

Originally published on Mon December 3, 2012 6:08 pm

One of the nation's largest art fairs, Art Basel, opens this week in Miami. But days before the fair launches in Miami Beach, the party had already started across the bridge, in Miami's Wynwood neighborhood.

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End of the Line
7:22 am
Tue December 4, 2012

End of the Line: Velvet Rope

Kenny Malone with Alan T in front of the Club Space VIP door. Kenny wears the questionable outfit mentioned in the piece.
Trina Sargalski

Love it or hate it, nightlife is huge here.  And one person determines whether you go home in shame or spend the night in glory.  The doorman.

We asked Under the Sun’s assistant producers, Trina Sargalski and Kenny Malone, to capture the drama of the Velvet Rope.  Little did they know, they’d get roped in, themselves.

Look here for an animated version of their adventure.

Under the Sun
7:20 am
Tue December 4, 2012

The Velvet Rope – Animated Version

Kenny Malone shows Nicole Chipi his prized Florentine leather jacket.
Trina Sargalski

 

Editor Dan Grech assigned Assistant Producers Kenny Malone and Trina Sargalski to report a story about getting past the doorman at nightclubs.  With the detachment appropriate to their position, Kenny and Trina arrived at Club Space in downtown Miami ready to report on the velvet rope.

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Art Basel
12:01 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

What Art Basel Has Done For Miami

Credit ianbart

Art Basel begins this week, and WLRN will be your guide.  In a special hour hosted by WLRN's arts editor, Alicia Zuckerman, we give you tips on what to see, and how.  Plus we look at the fair's history and how it's shaped Miami. 

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Beautifully Destroying Miami
4:22 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Pre-Art Basel: Overlooked Area Of Downtown Miami Transformed Into Street Art Gallery

Shepard Fairey wall under construction
Daniel Rivero

The Omni Parkwest Redevelopment Association (O.P.R.A.) is collaborating with Kelly "RISK" Graval of Risk Rock Studios, Los Angeles to transform ten buildings in a blighted section of downtown Miami into a street art gallery.

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