South Miami

Environment
12:18 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Mosquitoes In Miami: Is It Safe To Spray?

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Miami-Dade's Mosquito Control operation is the oldest in Florida. Operations manager Chalmers Vasquez says it started in 1935.

"There are two reasons that Florida became a state," says Vasquez. "Mosquito control and air conditioning."

The concept of mosquito control is two-fold: Spray to protect from diseases spread by mosquitoes like dengue fever, and now chikungunya, and to make a bug-infested swampland actually livable for people.

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Swimming
4:37 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

How A New Swimming Pool Has Closed The Gap Between Rich And Poor In South Miami

Jalen Brown, 8 enjoys the new pool at the Murray Park Aquatic Center in South Miami. More than 100 people turned out for the grand opening of the park.
Credit Daniel Bock for the Miami Herald

At least once a week for about five months, Jalen Brown and other children from South Miami boarded a bus and took the 15-minute drive to Ransom Everglades School in Coconut Grove for swimming lessons.

Along the way the children, many of whom live in low-income housing, saw “mansions” they dreamed of living in and cars they hoped to afford one day.

The bus ride bridged a gap from their small, historically black community in South Miami to the affluent private school where swimming is part of the routine and not a privilege.

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News
6:53 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

After 46 Years, South Miami Gets Its First Pool

The pool in South Miami will be open from 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Saturdays through Wednesdays.
Credit Wilson Sayre / WLRN

After more than four decades, the City of South Miami now has its own public pool.

A long-time resident named Simon Codrington Jr. had been trying to get a pool built in his city since the 1970s.

Now, after several emotional speeches about the challenges of getting the pool built and the drownings that occurred in the interim, community members in South Miami quickly made themselves comfortable in the water.

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South Miami
9:13 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Ransom Everglades Offers Swim Lessons To Kids Without Pools

The partnership between Ransom Everglades School and South Miami hopes to teach life-saving swim skills.
Credit Wilson Sayre

  A few kids in South Miami, a city with no public pool, are getting the opportunity to take free swim lessons at Ransom Everglades School in Coconut Grove.

Tina Scott, a pediatrician in South Miami, arranged the partnership between the city and private school to address the lack of swimming skills she regularly saw in her patients.

“One of the things that I do when I see patients is to ask about water: Do you live near water? Do you have a pool in your backyard? A canal? To make sure that the kids actually know how to swim,” she says.

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Swimming
12:28 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Research Shows Some Black Kids At A Higher Risk Of Drowning

Drowning is the number one killer of children under the age of four.
Credit Wilson Sayre

Florida has the highest rate of drowning in the country and for those younger than 4, water is the No. 1 killer aside from birth defects. But the danger is not spread equally among all children.

Overall, black kids drown at a much higher rate than other children. But among the youngest group of kids — younger than school age — whites and Hispanics fare worse. It’s around the 4 or 5 years old when those tides turn and black kids drown at about three times the rate of other children.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

South Miami Cultural Arts Center, Hollywood ArtWalk, Chef Norman Van Aken & Miami Arts Calendar

South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center
http://www.smdcac.org/

04/26/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Eric Fliss has all of the exciting details about events coming to the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center in Cutler Bay. Hollywood’s urban redevelopment continues with its Mural Project, their Downtown ArtWalk and their Live Music Initiative. Manny Pila tells us more.

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Arts
6:30 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Poet Richard Blanco Reads Tonight In Miami

Richard Blanco says this handshake gave him a lot of confidence on inauguration day.
Credit richard-blanco.com

When Richard Blanco got the call that he'd been chosen to write a poem for President Obama's second inauguration, at first he thought it was a prank. He still has no idea how he ended up on the President's radar.

"I would dream actually that the President has actually read my work and was so moved by it," says Blanco, laughing, "that he said, 'I want this guy to read a poem at the inaugural.'"

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