Restroom in downtown Miami improving lives for homeless

Business owners, residents, and people without a permanent home in Miami say that the public bathroom that opened last month has been very convenient for all who are in the area. Miami officials unveiled the facility, the first of its kind, on Sept. 19 at 101 W. Flagler St. The new public bathroom, which

2018-10-26T16:32:23+00:00 October 26th, 2018|Business, Enviroment, News|

The little understood, but powerful job of Agriculture Commissioner

Despite the immense amount of power that the Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services holds, not many voters are aware what the position entails. The job description is extensive and requires the commissioner to oversee 19 offices and about 3,600 employees. Ana Gomez, a student at Florida International University,

2018-10-26T14:54:51+00:00 October 26th, 2018|Enviroment, News, Politics|

Overtown’s Beautification Team improves both sidewalks and people

A program funded by the city of Miami employs members of the community to maintain and landscape the historic Overtown area, improving both the lives of those involved and the neighborhood as a whole, say officials. Also known as “Blue Shirts,” members of the Beatification Team can be seen around the Northwest Third Avenue

2018-10-26T14:24:20+00:00 October 18th, 2018|Business, Enviroment, News|

Trust counselor gives students opportunity to explore Florida’s backyard

At Hialeah Gardens High School, a high school trust counselor inspires adolescents to do more for the environment through the Florida parks program.  In addition to his day job, Tom Binder is also a sponsor of National Park Ambassadors club at the school -- a program which gives students the

2018-10-17T13:11:32+00:00 October 16th, 2018|Education, Enviroment|

Where did the sand go?

Florida's main attraction -- its beaches -- are in danger of disappearing. In February 2017, Sen. Marco Rubio introduced the "Sand Acquisition, Nourishment and Development Act" or SAND Act in attempt to reverse the erosion issues on the Sunshine State's coastline. It would allow for the purchase of foreign sand, which is currently prohibited.

2018-08-24T11:55:16+00:00 August 24th, 2018|Business, Enviroment, News, Politics, Potential Award Entries|

Recycling changes affecting Broward County

On July 6th, residents Sunrise learned that their recycling program is changing. All recyclables will no longer be processed as usual, but rather sent to a waste-to-energy incineration plant called Wheelabrator in South Broward where it will be converted to electricity. The city rejected the contract renewal with Waste Management that was set to

2018-08-10T12:16:13+00:00 August 5th, 2018|Enviroment, News, Politics|

Proposed overlay district by FIU BBC could allow for further housing development

North Miami city officials are currently awaiting approval from the state for an overlay district that would allow further housing development on land across from the Sole Mia project and near FIU's Biscayne Bay Campus. The proposed area, known as the Special Development and Transit Overlay District, would be bounded by Northeast 151 Street to the north,

2018-08-05T17:52:45+00:00 July 19th, 2018|Business, Enviroment, News, Politics|

Government and nonprofits provide public water quality status of Miami beaches and Biscayne Bay

Both government agencies and nonprofit organizations are working together this summer to test local beaches to ensure the water is safe for tourists and residents. Miami-Dade County currently has two types of water quality programs. The first one focuses on the Atlantic Ocean and the health of its beaches. The other tests water quality in

2018-06-20T21:09:24+00:00 June 20th, 2018|Enviroment, News|

Large turnout in Hollywood for march focusing on ocean conservation

Thousands of citizens and visitors participated in the March for the Ocean in Hollywood Beach Boardwalk, marching alongside a marching band for approximately 2 miles. The march focused on creating environmental awareness through music, art and education.  Several non-profit organizations participated, including Surfrider Foundation, whose Broward chapter helped organize the event along with Free Our

2018-06-12T12:17:20+00:00 June 12th, 2018|Enviroment, News|