Wynwood

At the Give Good Works Thrift Store in Wynwood, a wall facing North Miami Avenue turned for two days into a canvas for people to write or paint their thoughts about Fidel Castro.

Large black letters read, “Fidel, may you rot in hell.”

In a sign posted outside, the store encouraged passers-by to stop and write on the wall. "Ask for a marker inside," it said. 

Someone wrote, "Viva Cuba Libre," and another "Praying for a free Cuba."

courtsey: Donald Goldberg

An adult aedes aegypti mosquito measures about six millimeters. That’s roughly a quarter of an inch. Yet for weeks this summer, it looked to threaten a $26 billion a year industry that underpins the South Florida economy -- tourism.

The bug remains a big public health worry -- so much so the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still recommends that pregnant women stay away from all of Miami-Dade County -- but it in its early months, hasn’t hurt tourism.

Brutal

But try telling that to Donald Goldberg, manager of the Wynwood Diner.

Associated Press

When San Francisco backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick started his protest against racial inequality and police brutality by taking a knee during the national anthem, he set off a firestorm. 

Since then, players from around the NFL and in other sports have joined in. Four Miami Dolphin players began protesting by taking a knee during the national anthem, led by running back Arian Foster. And it's even made its way to some high school football fields here in South Florida. 

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This week on The Florida Roundup: 

How much or how little the state of Florida is  telling the public about the spread of the Zika virus has come under scrutiny. So why are some saying the Florida Department of Health's daily Zika update may not be providing the complete picture? 

Diego Orlandini

Street art is by nature ephemeral. But a coloring book, of all things, is preserving some of the murals in Wynwood by asking the rest of us to add our own interpretations of the work with crayon, pencil or marker.

The pages are black and white versions of murals - both abstract and figurative. Some of the pages feature an entire mural,  others just a detailed section of a wall.

The coloring book’s creator, Diego Orlandini, said the first mention of a coloring book came from an ex-girlfriend.

Mana Wynwood

Negotiations for a long-planned development in Miami continued Wednesday, as representatives of the Mana Wynwood team met with members of the Wynwood Business Improvement District. The development would occupy as much as 24 acres and include art galleries, a new fire station, residences and a public open space called the Wynwood Commons.

Miami Herald

  This week on The Florida Roundup...

We bring you the latest information on the developing weather in the Caribbean with Meteorologist Jeff Huffman.

Next, a week after Miami Beach is declared a Zika zone, the virus has infected local politics as new cases are found along the Gulf Coast of Florida. Who exactly is in-charge of getting timely information out to the public? Is it the Governor? Is it the Department of Health? WLRN's Sammy Mack and Jenny Staletovich with the Miami Herald join for this segment. 

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Students returned to school on Monday in Miami amid a new concern: the threat of Zika. Nine schools in Miami-Dade County are in or near a zone where nearly a month ago health officials confirmed that mosquitoes are spreading the virus.

One of them, Jose de Diego Middle School, is in Miami's Wynwood neighborhood, an area known for its restaurants, cafes and street art. It's also home to middle-class and low-income families, many newly arrived from Venezuela, Cuba and Haiti.

Miami Herald

 According to the Governor’s office, five cases of the Zika virus have been identified in Miami Beach. This as the tally of locally transmitted cases hits 36. So, what's new in the effort to find and stop it?

Also, from the U.S. Senate to county hall, early voting has begun for the August 30th primaries. A third party presidential candidate comes to town. And how truthful is this political season?

Wilson Sayre

Art and social justice. For centuries artists have been combining the two and a show opening Friday in Miami once again hopes to harness this form of human creativity to get people to talk about human rights.

One piece at the show at Art Bastion Gallery in Wynwood features two panels full of rubber duckies: one yellow, the other blue. But, there’s an exception. One duckie from each color have been switched.

  And those two duckies “stick out like a sore thumb,” says Courtney Levine, a volunteer with Amnesty International.

Amanda Rabines

Elected officials and city representatives gathered on Friday at Miami-Dade’s Emergency Management Center to support Florida Sen. Bill Nelson in his request for Congress to increase funding to fight Zika.

Sen. Nelson called the need for a Zika vaccine "urgent and necessary."

“Trying to get that message across to these other senators and House members that are in other parts in the country, it’s out of sight out of mind for them,” said Nelson. 

He says he’s looking into the likely possibility that there are more cases of Zika unreported in Florida.

Sen. Marco Rubio Worried About Wynwood; Talks Trump

Aug 3, 2016
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Sen. Marco Rubio held a press conference for the second time in two months - to plead with Congress and the Obama administration for funding to combat the Zika virus.

 

Rubio spoke about the impact of local cases for Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood. “Up until this week with the Zika news, Wynwood offered this incredible story of revitalization,” he said.

 

Kate Stein / WLRN

The key to avoiding Zika is avoiding contact with the mosquitoes that carry Zika. The official advice is to wear bug repellent, avoid affected areas, and stay indoors. But for people who spend extended periods of time on Wynwood's streets, following that advice is difficult.

Caitie Switalski / WLRN

News of four recent cases of Zika acquired by mosquito bites in neighborhoods north of downtown Miami was not received with concern by owners and patrons of restaurants and bars in the popular area of Wynwood. 

 

 

The streets in and around the Wynwood area were busy and crowded this Friday with people too shy to talk about the virus.

Spencer Parts

Hillary Clinton’s first Miami campaign office is in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami. It’s a choice that says something about what her campaign is trying to do and about what the neighborhood looks like today.

The converted warehouse that will be the new office is around the corner from the neighborhood's Northwest 2nd Avenue hub.  When I got there an hour before speakers took to the stage to mark the opening it was already booming with the sounds of the preparations of volunteers and staffers.

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