Although the position of Miami Beach mayor pays only $10,000 a year and carries no veto power -- or any executive power, really -- the race is one of the few competitive elections in South Florida. It's been an active battle among candidates Steve Berke, Michael Gongora and Philip Levine, even garnering unofficial endorsements from national influencers.
Former president Bill Clinton, Virgin CEO Richard Branson, billionaire Norman Braman and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson have weighed in on who they think should win.
Local governments handle many issues that affect people on a regular basis, like trash collection, property taxes and zoning. But odd-year elections, which are primarily local races, usually receive little media attention.
That's a shame given that many of us have views about the cleanliness of our neighborhoods, the traffic on our streets and the state of our parks, for example.
WLRN-Miami Herald News wants to amplify your views on these topics and initiate a discussion through a series entitled,If I Were Mayor.
We focus on the Affordable Care Act and hear the latest on the new health insurance exchange rolling out in Florida, where GOP lawmakers and the governor continue to oppose the federal health plan known as Obamacare.
Love or hate Miami, the subject inspired so many beautiful, thoughtful and sometimes even funny verses for our "That's So Miami" project. It was impossible for us to pick the best. So we asked you to do it!
Based on your online votes, here are the five category winners and their poems:
Best Ode to Miami Spanglish - Lauren Fernandez, Miami
Exciting and Extravagant. Guajiros in Bentleys. Tostones and Champagne. That’s so Miami.
Best Ode to Miami Food - Cristina Rodriguez, Miami
Shaded area indicates the reach of Ultra's sounds. This is not a scientific map, but rather one based on observations. We drew the lines from the point where ambient sounds from the urban environment become louder than the music itself.
We received several hundred responses when we called out to our audience for stories about Hurricane Andrew. As we learned while doing the “Remembering Andrew” project, people who experienced Hurricane Andrew still have vivid memories they are eager to share.