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Each week a panel of journalists from South Florida and around the state discuss the week in news.

Each week a panel of journalists from South Florida and around the state discuss the week in news.
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Each week a panel of journalists from South Florida and around the state discuss the week in news.




The Trouble With Traffic In South Florida

South Floridians complain a lot about traffic. Jammed expressways, reckless drivers and unreliable public transportation contribute to a perennial dissatisfaction about the state of the region’s roadways – which sometimes not even the best Waze-like app can mitigate. “Traveling from South Dade to North Broward is a pain on I-95. The lanes are so narrow, it feels downright dangerous,” says Jeziel Garcia, who lives in Parkland. Miami-Dade County is responding. Next week, commissioners will...


Drivers Not Living In Miami Could Be Paying More For City Parking

The city of Miami could be hiking the price to park for nonresidents. City commissioners are considering increasing the hourly rate to $3.25 an hour in some neighborhoods. Rates would increase for public parking lots, garages and curbside spots. According to The Miami Herald, Miami residents who register with the city would be spared the extra cost. (They can currently apply for a 20 percent discount through the PayByPhone app .) Read More: Miami's Parking Obesession Has Unforseen...


A Year Later, Hurricane Irma Leaves Lasting Impact In South Florida

A year ago, South Florida was bracing for Hurricane Irma. The Category 4 storm made landfall in the Lower Keys. Irma ripped through islands, damaging thousands of homes and businesses. The storm effectively closed the Keys for a week and scattered lives in its wake. Residents who followed the warnings and evacuated weren’t allowed back in for days. The rest of South Florida was mostly spared from the brunt of Irma’s winds, rain and storm surge. Yet the storm revealed shortcomings in how...


Miami Voters Approve Ballot Questions Concerning Parrots, Shopping Mall

Politicians and property taxes weren’t the only questions on some ballots this primary season . Voters in the cities of Miami and South Miami approved opening the way for the redevelopment of two high-profile properties. In Miami, it’s a 13-story hotel at what used to be called Parrot Jungle — now Jungle Island. In South Miami, it’s a rule change that could mean big changes at The Shops at Sunset Place mall . Brian Bandell , a reporter with the South Florida Business Journal, and Kyra Gurney...


The Environmental Issues Facing Florida This Election Season

The algae-choked waters of Lake Okeechobee and the deadly red tide along the Gulf Coast have dominated the political debate over Florida’s environment. The Republican gubernatorial candidates have focused their environmental positions on the pollution-fueled algae blooms. Earlier this month, during a televised debate on Fox , Congressman Ron DeSantis placed much of the blame for the state’s water woes on the sugar industry, accusing his opponent Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam of...


Mobile Showers For Homeless Turned Off In Fort Lauderdale

Mobile showers for the homeless in Fort Lauderdale have been shut down for violating city code. According to the Sun Sentinel , the charity Hope South Florida received a notice from the city at the beginning of this month, saying the use of a portable shower outside of a structure is not permitted. Since last year, Hope South Florida , a homeless services organization, had been offering weekly showers at two locations in Fort Lauderdale and one in Pompano Beach. To continue offering...


How Is Florida's New 'Red Flag' Gun Law Working?

The gun legislation passed after the Parkland mass shooting was historic for many reasons, not the least of which was that it represented the first gun restrictions passed in Florida in more than 20 years. One of the provisions of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, signed into law by Governor Rick Scott on March 9, allows police officers to ask a judge for permission to temporarily take away the guns of someone they believe poses a threat to themselves or others....


The Florida Roundup: Life At The Edge In The Florida Keys

Living in the Florida Keys is life in paradise, but it comes at a cost. Day-to-day life in the Keys can be a struggle despite the natural beauty of the archipelago. Still, the affordability challenges, threast from hurrianes and risk of higher seas can't dilute the Conch spirit of independence, self-resilency and individualism. This week, we head down the 7 Mile Bridge for a special edition of The Florida Roundup: Life at the Edge in the Florida Keys . WLRN's Tom Hudson will be speaking with...


Lawsuit Challenges Miami-Dade Immigration Detention Policy

Two undocumented immigrants who were arrested for driving without a license and face deportation are suing Miami-Dade County over its immigration detention policy. The lawsuit was filed in federal court this week, claiming the county’s policy is unconstitutional. Last year, Miami-Dade reversed a county policy and started to honor federal immigration detention requests. The policy switch came days after President Donald Trump was elected and threatened with withholding federal funds if...


Price Of Recycling Skyrockets In Broward County, And One City Isn't Paying

The cost of recycling programs has doubled in some Broward County cities. This month, the price increased when previous contracts with Sun Bergeron expired. Part of that company is now owned by Waste Management, which cities are blaming for the price hike. In response to rising costs, Deerfield Beach suspended its curbside recycling program, and more than a dozen other cities in Broward County have signed new contracts to have their recyclables picked up. Tom Hudson, host of The Florida...


Nursing Homes Not On FPL List To Get Power First After Hurricanes

None of the more than 1,000 nursing homes and assisted living facilities in South Florida are on Florida Power & Light’s highest priority list for power restoration. FPL rejected Broward and Miami-Dade counties’ lists, which included these facilities, according to the Sun Sentinel . The decision comes nine months after a dozen patients at a Hollywood nursing home died when temperatures inside The Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills rose, after it lost its air conditioning, along with...


Investigation Shows How Florida Sparked U.S. Heroin Crisis

A Palm Beach Post investigation has uncovered Florida's role in igniting the country’s heroin epidemic in 2011. The state’s repeated failure to control its own prescription drug problem would eventually lead to more addicts turning to heroin not only on Florida, but in other states around the country. WLRN’s Christine DiMattei fills in for Tom Hudson as host of The Florida Roundup. She sat down with Pat Beall , investigative reporter at The Palm Beach Post, to explore the so-called “ Oxy...


Immigrant Children Will No Longer Be Separated At The Border. What Happens To Them Now?

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump reversed his controversial policy of separating undocumented children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, but questions still remain about what the future holds for immigrant children detained in American facilities, including one located in Homestead. This week, answers about conditions inside that facility were hard to come by. The day before the president’s reversal, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson and Miami...


How Cuba Foreign Policy Fits Into Trump's North Korea Meeting

President Donald Trump came to Miami one year ago, on June 16, 2017, to announce he was rolling back some of the Obama-era changes in America’s Cuban policy. In doing so, Trump went after the communist dictatorship on the island. While working to isolate Cuba, this week, President Trump met with a different communist despot – Kim Jong Un of North Korea. After their summit, the president called this dictator “talented." This week’s The Florida Roundup considers two dictators one year apart....


Higher Seas Pose Threat Beyond The Coast

The threat of sea-level rise stretches well beyond the coastline. Higher seas are pushing into the source of our drinking water . They could increase the cost of insurance across the region, and local governments trying to fund resiliency projects may deal with higher taxes and fees. South Florida residents are trying to catch up, too. Mary Jo Aagerstoun of West Palm Beach says sea-level rise wasn’t on her radar until 2013. “My grandchildren, who are going off to college, are facing a dying...


How Racism Persists In Latin American Communities

Since January, the Teatro Trail in Little Havana has been showing the play, “Tres Viudas en un Crucero” (“Three Widows on a Cruise”), to sold-out crowds. The Spanish-language production featured a blackface character. A fair-skinned actress wore brown face makeup and overdrawn big red lips. The theater recently decided to eliminate blackface from the play after an El Nuevo Herald report denouncing it. Blackface was once popular in racist minstrel shows in the U.S. but has since been regarded...


Trump Effect Takes Hold Of South Florida Politics

Donald Trump is reshaping South Florida politics. Longtime Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen decided not to run for re-election in a district that increasingly leans Democratic. Miami-Dade Commissioner Bruno Barreiro resigned his position on the county commission to run as a Republican in the congressional district. That triggered a special election for his former seat with the county. This week, Barreiro’s wife Zoraida and political newcomer Eileen Higgins were the top two...


Potential 'Traffic Nightmare,' Environmental Damage Loom Over Greenlighted Miami Mega-Mall

Derek Cintron has lived most of his life in Miami Lakes. He says he loved the area so much that he decided to buy a house there five years ago. Now Cintron is considering a move. He lives 10 minutes away from the site of the future American Dream Miami, the $4 billion retail theme park the county voted Thursday to approve. It would be the largest mall in North America at 6.2 million square feet – big enough to house an artificial ski slope and submarine rides. Read More: American Dream...


South Florida News Outlets Collaborate To Tackle Threat Of Sea-Level Rise

The threat of sea level rise affects all of South Florida – from the ocean to the Everglades. The sea has risen nine inches in the past century. It’s predicted to rise another two feet in less than half that time. Evidence of the higher seas can be seen around the region – including increased flooding, raising roads, flood pumps and encroaching saltwater. Read More: Is South Florida Doomed By Sea-Level Rise? Given this scope, The Miami Herald, The Sun-Sentinel and The Palm Beach Post have...


Prison Guard Faces Charges For 'Honey-Bunning' In Juvenile Lock-Up

Antwan Johnson, a guard at the Miami-Dade Regional Juvenile Detention Center, was arrested as he was getting ready to go to work Monday morning. A grand jury charged Johnson with encouraging inmates to beat up other inmates, including 17-year-old Elord Revolte. He died in 2015 when more than a dozen detainees jumped him – allegedly urged by Johnson. The practice is called honey-bunning – bribing teens in juvenile lock-up with sweets or other enticements to carry out physical violence on...