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The prospect of riding a bike in Miami is somewhere between maddening and dangerous. It's the hot weather. It's the rainy summer afternoons. It's the dangerous roads. Yet, many Miamians do it. Some have no choice. Others do it out of a desire to leave a smaller carbon footprint.

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The land along Key West's western shore was one of the first areas of the island to be developed, when the U.S. Navy established a base there in the 1820s. It eventually became known as Truman Annex, after the president who liked to vacation in Key West. Now it's called the Truman Waterfront, and it's set to become a new park for the city.

Key West Mayor Craig Cates says it's always been an important part of the city.

The National Park Service recently released a list of how much delayed maintenance projects cost for parks around the country.

In Florida, the amount comes to almost $192 million. At Everglades National Park, operators are trying to figure out what to do as that number grows.

For now, if you want to get married on Key West’s Smathers Beach - a two-mile stretch along the Atlantic - all you have to do is show up.

Soon that may change. The city government is working on new guidelines that will require a license and proof of insurance for those who conduct business on the city’s beaches and in its parks.

Courtesy of the City of Miramar

The new theater at Miramar Regional Park is being built on the hopes that it will bring national events and major concerts to the venue. Filling 5,000 seats is a big undertaking.

Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton is smaller -- 3,400 seats. When it opened in 2002, it had trouble booking events. The non-profit that ran the theater then moved its operations to the City of Boca Raton.

The City of Miramar is running the new theater and trying to fill seats by working with the ticket vendor Live Nation.

Miami-Dade Proposes Moving Libraries Into Public Parks

Jun 20, 2014
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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.

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.

Common Core Town Halls Bring Out 'Obama-Ed' Critics

Oct 18, 2013

In public forums on Common Core this week, the education standards were labeled things like “Obama-Ed” and “Communist Core.” We’ll dissect the biggest misconceptions and look at why the standards are prompting such vitriol.

Sunrise police bring an end to their strategy of luring cocaine dealers to the city and then busting them after a Sun-Sentinel newspaper investigation. But there have been only a few reprimands from city leaders. 

And a poisonous park in Coconut Grove exposes Miami’s neglect of other contaminated parks.

Miami Parks Rank 38th of Top 50, But Should Be Worse

Jul 8, 2013
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The largest park in the city of Miami is also its least accessible.