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Miami Beach considers bats to fight Zika

In a response to the Zika-fighting pesticides that have caused so much controversy in Miami Beach, one public official is floating a safe, if spooky, option: bats. “The rationale was to show the residents and city of Miami Beach that we are looking for alternative options,” Commissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez said of using the winged creatures. She called the resolution, ...

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Margaret Kurtzman on a mission to make Pinecrest squeaky clean

Similar to dozens of Pinecrest residents, Margaret Kurtzman makes routine of walking along the canal on Red Road. But instead of two-pound weights and Beats headphones, she grips a white plastic trash bag, pausing every few paces to reach for empty bottles scattered across the damp grass. “When I was in England, they were advertising for people not to litter ...

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The Deering Estate in Palmetto Bay. (Image via Wikicommons)

Palmetto Bay residents to vote on annexation, charter amendments

When the residents of Palmetto Bay head to the polls Nov. 8 they will not just be voting for a member of the Village Council and vice mayor, but also on four charter amendment questions and a proposed annexation of West Perrine. John DuBois, the village’s vice mayor who is running for reelection, said the village’s attorney asked Palmetto Bay ...

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Ronald Williams, 42, a recent Haitian immigrant, searches for crop-destroying pests at First Foliage, a wholesale plant nursery in Homestead. (Photo by Abischai Joseph / SFNS)

South Florida Haitians push for immigration rule changes in wake of Hurricane Matthew

Gillesandres Noel had just arrived in Puerto Rico from Haiti. It was 2013, and his brother Greg expected it would be a just matter of heartbeats until he would be reunited with his older sibling. But after a short stint on American soil, the older Noel was returned to that island-nation then – as it is still – recovering from the ...

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A row of colorful, new houses built in Haiti by Food For The Poor donors, taken before Hurricane Matthew. Most of the buildings still standing after the storm were structures built by the charity. (Photo courtesy of Food For The Poor)

Haitians shy away from cash donations in wake of hurricane, wary of waste

For South Florida Haitians, desire to help rebuild their island nation following Hurricane Matthew has been compounded by concerns about whether the donations will be used for its intended purposes. People have been far more generous with supplies than cash, according to local charity officials, who say money is more badly needed for vital infrastructure and construction projects. Jeff Lozama, executive ...

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Fulford by the Sea entrance in North Miami Beach. (Image via Wikicommons.)

North Miami Beach voters face slew of ballot measures

North Miami Beach voters are being asked to say yes or no to 10 ballot measures on Nov. 8— a rewritten city charter and nine amendments to the charter that include changing how the city manager is hired and reducing the number of required City Council meetings. City Clerk Pamela Latimore said the measures are designed to make governing the ...

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Tim Schaffer (l) and David Singer compete for the District 2 seat on the Palmetto Bay Village Council. (Images courtesy of the candidates.)

Tim Schaffer, David Singer compete for Palmetto Bay Village Council seat

In contrast to the vice mayor position, the race for the District 2 council seat in Palmetto Bay has been relatively devoid of drama. The candidates are Tim Schaffer, the incumbent and owner of a financial services firm and David Singer, CFO and CEO of Berkowitz Development Group. In the main dust-up of the campaign, Palmetto Bay filed a lawsuit against ...

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John DuBois (l), David Zisman and Erica Watts are vying for the Palmetto Bay vice mayor seat. (Images courtesy of the candidates.)

Palmetto Bay vice mayor candidate trade barbs, plans

With less than a month before election day, candidates for vice mayor in Palmetto Bay have engaged in a war of words over fitness for office, potentially overshadowing their relatively similar policy differences. The candidates include: John E. DuBois, the incumbent and head of a telecommunications company, Erica Watts, the PTA president of Coral Reef Elementary and a member of ...

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Live coverage of the third and final presidential debate [Archive]

[Editor’s note: This is an archive of a piece that run during the third presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. The debate was held on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus.] [View the story “Final Thoughts On The Final Debate” on Storify]

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US Representative Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla),left, responds to questions from moderator from ABC News anchor and correspondent, Tom Llamas during a debate against Democrat challenger Jose Garcia at their alma mater Belen Jesuit Preparatory School in Miami on Thursday, October 13, 2016. (Pool photo by David Santiago, Miami Herald)

Belen Jesuit alumni Curbelo, Garcia debate at alma mater for congressional seat

A raucous Thursday night congressional debate focused on deep policy differences included a striking note of similarity: both candidates and the moderator were alumni of the venue, Belen Jesuit Preparatory in southwest Miami. Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo, class of 1998, and Democratic challenger Joe Garcia, class of 1982, went head-to-head at the Belen Roca Theater about issues facing the nation ...

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