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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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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 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 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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Commission falls short in attempt to fire Sweetwater public works director

Sweetwater’s public works director dodged an attempt by the City’s Commission to fire him earlier this month, beating back claims that he allowed work on numerous internal city projects to begin without proper permits. Alan Abolila argued the city had no procedures in place for the projects in question, and that he is being used as a pawn in the ...

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) waves prior to making a speech in February 2016. Photo courtesy of RedState.com

Cuban-American millennials turning backs on GOP

As younger Cuban-Americans head to the polls Tuesday, their allegiance is moving away from the Republican Party at a faster clip than their parents, a trend that may make it harder for Miami-born Marco Rubio to win in South Florida, and perhaps impossible statewide. Fernand Amandi of Bendixen and Amandi, a communications consulting firm that regularly polls Cuban-Americans, said that ...

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Book cover of "Dying Words: The AIDS Reporting of Jeff Schmalz and How It Transformed the New York Times" (Image courtesy Samuel Freedman)

How a New York Times reporter humanized the AIDS crisis

Two Columbia University professors spoke this week to a packed FIU auditorium about the life and work of a New York Times reporter and editor who gave a human face to the AIDS crisis in the 1990s, before dying of the disease three years later. Samuel G. Freedman, who formerly worked at the New York Times and authored “Letters to a Young ...

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Ivan Echemendia, 15, is surrounded by his mom, grandparents and members of the Little Havana Nutrition and Activities Center, on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. (Photo by Karen Noa, South Florida News Service)

Student receives certification of appreciation from Hialeah City Mayor

The Hialeah City Council meeting last Tuesday included more than just purchase orders, bids and zoning permits. Mayor Carlos Hernández presented a certificate of appreciation to Ivan Echemendia, 15, in recognition of his volunteer work with the Little Havana Activities and Nutrition Centers. “He is a young man who serves his community from his heart. He is very special,” said ...

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