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Following national discussion about minimum wages, livable wages, and government assistance, WLRN-Miami Herald News wants to explore just what it takes to live in South Florida.

No one is exempt from paying for things: food, clothing, rent, bills -- the list goes on. Some of us can easily afford life's expenses, while others struggle to make ends meet.

We want to explore your views on these topics through a series called "How Much Is Enough?"

With several mayoral races underway, WLRN-Miami Herald News wants to know what you would do if you were in charge of your town. The project is called "If I Were Mayor."

Send us your ideas on how you'd improve your community and why.  Make sure to tell us how that issue affects you personally.

We'll be posting your ideas and stories online and sharing some of them on-air.  You can also tweet us #IfIWereMayor.

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.

Why all the attention?

What Would You Do If You Were Mayor? Tell Us

Oct 16, 2013
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WLRN-Miami Herald News wants to amplify your views on the issues affecting your community through a series entitled, If I Were Mayor.

How would you improve your town? Give us your ideas and tell us why this issue matters to you.

In addition to publishing your ideas and stories, we're taking them to the mayors themselves. 

Use the form below to tell us:

 

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.

If I Were Mayor: 'Miami Lakes Against The World!'

Oct 1, 2013
Elaine Chen

As part of our If I Were Mayor project, we asked Miami Lakes residents what they would do if they were in charge of their town.

Miami Lakes is holding a special election today to choose a new mayor after the suspension of Mayor Michael Pizzi. Pizzi was one of three mayors arrested last month on corruption charges.

Winners Of Our 'That's So Miami' Poetry Contest

May 1, 2013
Robert Zuckerman

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

Thanksgiving in Miami

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For more than a hundred thousand electronic dance music fans from across the world, Ultra Music Festival is heaven on earth. But tell that to the people who live and work close by.

Climate Change Signs Abound, Locals Say

Nov 30, 2012
James Lowry

With its low-level waterfront communities, South Florida is particularly vulnerable to climate change. 

But perhaps no area is more vulnerable than the Florida Keys.

James from Cudjoe Key tells us that a nature trail he has walked for 10 years is now regularly flooded, even at low tide.  Here is a photo he sent us:

While much has been written about the danger to South Florida caused by rising water levels, Pamela from Miami points out that Miami should pay attention to its air:   

The Nine Best Blocks In South Florida

Oct 10, 2012
Albert Harum-Alvarez

For the first time since the 1920’s, young people across the United States are migrating back to the urban cores, and leaving the suburbs behind, according to U.S. Census data.

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