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New Florida Law Challenges Federal Ethanol Standards

Jul 8, 2013
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On July 1, close to 200 new Florida laws went into effect, one of which is a direct challenge to Federal fuel regulations.

And one unexpected beneficiary is the recreational boat user.

Florida struck down the following part of its Renewable Fuel Standard Act:

“Each terminal supplier, importer, blender, and wholesaler shall also include in the report to the department the number of gallons of blended and unblended gasoline.”

Patience Haggin

For Miami-Dade residents, fireworks may be illegal, but they are easy to get. At Phantom Fireworks in Key Largo, the week leading up to the Fourth of July is the busiest time of the year.

The pyrotechnics outlet draws customers not only from the Keys, but also from Miami-Dade County, where many of the store’s explosives cannot be sold legally.

The shop has seen about 1,000 customers per day and has stayed open until one AM for the past week, according to store manager Kary Singh.

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If you’re hoping to enjoy a beer on the beach this Fourth of July, you’ll be able to do so in Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood for one day only.

Both cities have announced a one-day exception to their ordinances banning open containers of alcohol on the beach.

The reason for the ban is to keep beach-goers from disrespecting and disrupting the enjoyment of others while visiting the shore, said Fort Lauderdale mayor Jack Seiler. The city lifts the ban for special events.


Two years after Gov. Rick Scott rejected a federal proposal for high-speed rail in Florida, a privately funded project for an express line connecting Orlando and Miami is just one deal away from beginning construction.

All Aboard Florida, a private company based in Coral Gables, has plans to build a line that would connect Orlando to Miami in just under three hours. It would also make stops in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.

In a 5-4 decision announced today, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which required five Florida counties to get pre-clearance from the U.S. Department of Justice before altering their voting procedures.

Reaction was swift across social media platform Twitter:


Going Sockless In South Florida Can Be A Bit Hazardous

May 8, 2013
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nick farnhill


Those wonderful cotton foot huggers which absorb our sweat and decorate our ankles, are taking the day off.

At least for those who observe it, May 8 is No Socks Day.

But living in South Florida should make you think twice:

1. Bugs
We are always at the mercy of insects around us, and some of those insects bite. Two of them, the little fire ant and the red imported fire ant, are prevalent enough that the majority of South Floridians have probably suffered a painful sting if they have lived here for any real length of time.

Miami's eclectic community of artists, local musicians, singers and fans will converge at Sweat Records and Churchill’s Pub on Saturday, April 20, for the 4th annual Sweatstock -- an 18-hour block party of live bands, up and coming DJs, coffee, ticket raffles and Crossfit competition. 

Stages will be set up outside of the two venues.

The Sweat Street Stage will feature local music favorites like Awesome New Republic and Beatmachines.

Jim Mullin

Sean Rowe was hired by Miami New Times in June 1990 by Jim Mullin.  Rowe was the first person we know of who circumnavigated Miami’s canals. We asked Mullin, who is now the publisher and editor of Biscayne Times, what it was like to be his editor on this project over two decades ago.

Q: How did you first learn about Sean’s plan and what was your initial reaction?

Mt. Trashmore: This Place Is A Dump

Oct 9, 2012
Flora Thomson-DeVeaux

Intern Flora Thomson-DeVeaux grew up in a home where there was a lot of trash talk.

Lost and Found

Jul 27, 2012
Hurricane Andrew: Path of Destruction

When Hurricane Andrew hit, Debbie Wehking from Kendall was relieved that the people in her life were okay, but as the years went by, Wehking started to miss some of the things Andrew took away.

It’s only as time has past that I’ve realized that little things can have an important sentimental value.

We asked you what you lost during Hurricane Andrew that was of sentimental value.    WLRN-Miami Herald News intern, Luc Cohen, produced this story about what listeners lost during the storm.