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News
9:42 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Florida National Parks Face Millions in Delayed Maintenance Costs

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 9:22 am

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.

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Park fees
10:20 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Key West Aims to Make Commercial Users Pay for Parks

Many couples choose the scenic location of Key West's Smathers Beach for their weddings. The venue is free, but that may change soon.

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.

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Development
4:33 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Miramar Prepares To Build 5,000-Seat Amphitheater

Artist rendering of the Miramar Regional Park Amphitheater.
Credit 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.

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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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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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The Florida Roundup
9:00 am
Fri October 18, 2013

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

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.

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Recreation
9:00 am
Mon July 8, 2013

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

Virginia Key Beach Park
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The largest park in the city of Miami is also its least accessible.

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