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Campaign signs in Wynwood on Aug. 30, 2016. (Photo by Dan Evans / South Florida News Service)

Miami-Dade voters explain their choices

South Florida News Service reporters, in partnership with the Miami Herald, spread out around Miami-Dade County on primary Election Day, asking voters to explain their choices. Here are a few reactions: [Posted 12:02 pm] Republican Charles Stuart voted at the Homestead Branch Library Tuesday morning. He said voting was a smooth process, noting there were more ducks than people at ...

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A view of Miami Beach. (Photo by Eddy via Flickr)

Florida Primary Coverage

Good morning! Today is Tuesday, Aug. 30. It is election day in Florida. Reporters from the South Florida News Service will be providing profiles of voters throughout the day both on SFNS.online and the Miami Herald, so check back frequently. Here’s some basic election day news and information to get you started: Polls are open from 7 am to 7 ...

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Dania Beach City Commission candidate Tamara James at a May fundraiser. (Image via Facebook)

Former WNBA player seeks Dania Beach commission seat

Following a nine-year professional basketball career in the WNBA as well as in Israel and Europe, lifelong Dania Beach resident Tamara James is now taking a shot for a seat on the City Commission, squaring off against four other candidates for three open seats. Though she has not held elected office before, James, 32, is hardly an unknown in the ...

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One of the sculptures under construction on the Segovia Traffic Circles in Coral Gables (Photo by Leslie Ovalle / South Florida News Service)

Passion flower sculptures about to bloom in Coral Gables

Two flower-like sculptures on Segovia Street, one more than 30-feet high, are scheduled to be unveiled this summer, the first public artwork commissioned by Coral Gables since the 1920s. The majority of the funding for the art installation, or $1 million, was provided by the city’s Neighborhood Renaissance Program. Another $40,000 was given by the National Endowment for the Arts ...

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An overhead view of Miami International Airport. The approved hotels are all off Northwest 36th Street in Miami Springs, across the street from MIA. (Image via Wikimedia)

Miami Springs approves four hotels on Northwest 36th Street, sparking concerns about traffic, development

Miami Springs officials recently approved four hotel projects – all within a mile of one another and adjacent to Miami International Airport – causing some residents to complain the City Council is ignoring traffic and development concerns in this 3-square-mile town. Residents lined up during the June 13 meeting to urge the Council to shut down its approval of all projects – large ...

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An AR-15 (Image via Wikimedia)

South Miami calls for gun restrictions in wake of Orlando shooting

In the wake of the Pulse nightclub shooting, the South Miami City Commission unanimously passed a resolution calling on the Florida state legislature to prohibit the sale and possession of “rapid fire and high power” weapons. Prior to the June 21 vote, Commissioner Gabriel Edmond referenced the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut that killed 20 children. “Initially leaders ...

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Construction in downtown Coral Gables has begun (Leslie Ovalle / South Florida News Service)

Construction in downtown Coral Gables brings mixed feelings

Though city leaders tout the significant downtown development plans in progress for this Mediterranean-style city – a decade in the making – Coral Gables business owners worry about what a protracted construction period will do for their bottom lines. Officials say the project will transform the Miracle Mile and Giralda Avenue, the city’s most vibrant streets. The project aims to ...

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Coral Gables City Hall (Image via Wikimedia)

Coral Gables Police Department steps up recruiting process

A month after announcing over 15 vacancies in its force, the Coral Gables Police Department organized an open house in an effort to fill the empty slots. The process to become an officer is lengthy and success is far from assured. City Manager Cathy Swanson-Rivenbark said the fact more people will fail than pass is simply the nature of police ...

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Dania Beach Pier (Photo by Sara Bossana via Flickr)

Dania Beach Commission approves 105-unit Comfort Inn

The Dania Beach City Commission has approved a new hotel project on Federal Highway over the objections of some residents worried about traffic, noise and construction debris. The property is located on the east side of North Federal Highway, south of NE 3rd Street, and adjacent to a residential community. Corrine Lajoie, the city’s planning and zoning manager, presented the ...

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Sweetwater Police patrol car. (Image courtesy NBC6)

Sweetwater Commission rejects third nomination for chief

Sweetwater’s City Commission has rejected the mayor’s third nomination for police chief — for the third time in the last year — underscoring tensions between the board and the city’s chief executive. Earlier this month, the Commission rejected Mayor Orlando Lopez’ third nomination for permanent chief of police, Manny Saavedra, by a 7-0 vote, claiming they were given no information ...

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