Friday, July 31 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, August 2 @ 12:00 PM
MIAMI BEACH: 100 Years of Making Waves
As the City of Miami Beach celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, a new documentary highlights the ups and downs of its colorful history -- from socialites and movie stars, to gangsters and art deco – the film, which airs on WPBT2 Monday, August 3rd at 9:00 PM, shows just how far Miami Beach has come to be known as one of the hottest tourist meccas in the world.
Charles Kropke, Host, MIAMI BEACH: 100 Years of Making Waves
Seminole Gaming Compact & Redistricting
A five year Seminole gaming compact is set to expire this week, which means the Seminole Tribe of Florida will likely lose Blackjack and other table games, but the Seminoles are prepared to fight it out in federal court if necessary. And the dates are set for a special session to redraw Florida’s 27 congressional district boundaries in response to a recent decision by the Florida Supreme Court. Former Florida Senate minority leader Steven Geller joins Helen to discuss.
Steven A. Geller, Esq., Greenspoon Marder, PA
Friday, May 22 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, May 24 @ 12:00 PM
Florida Legislative Special Session
The recent Florida legislative session came to a rocky end a few weeks ago, under what the Florida Supreme Court ruled was a violation of the state constitution. According to their ruling, the House broke the law when they ended the session three days early, due to an impasse with the Senate over healthcare funding. On Thursday, the federal government indicated the state should expect major reductions in the coming years to help pay for uncompensated care (LIP) and needs to reform its hospital payment system, saying the state may need to justify almost $1 billion in government funding. Now that a special session is set to begin on June 1st, how will this and other issues finally be resolved in order to balance the state budget?
State Rep. Manny Diaz, Jr., (R) Dist. 103
State Rep. Jeanette Nuñez, (R) Dist. 119
Broward News in Review
Sun Sentinel columnist Michael Mayo discusses the latest news making headlines in Broward County including:
- Seminole Tribe of Florida is considering taking the state to federal court if they cannot renegotiate to extend their revenue-sharing agreement and keep their table games running at their casinos
- Former Tamarac Mayor Beth Flansbaum-Talabisco is being retried on corruption charges
- A reformed ex-con is facing 6 years in prison for violating his parole for smoking marijuana – does the punishment fit?
Michael Mayo, Sun Sentinel
Friday, May 8 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, May 10 @ 12:00 PM
LaunchCode & MDC Offer Harvard Tech Course
Tech aficionados from around the world descended upon Miami Beach this week for the second annual eMerge Americas conference. In between networking, discovering new innovations and sharing cutting-edge ideas, a topic that came up frequently was the need for education to prepare for this rapidly growing future in technology. A new program at Miami Dade College, in partnership with Harvard and LaunchCode, aims to do just that, while bridging the tech talent gap in South Florida.
Jim McKelvey, Co-Founder of LaunchCode & Square
Florida Legislature Impasse – What’s The Solution?
The Florida House and Senate are at odds over whether to expand Medicaid -- which has overshadowed other issues --and led to an early end to the session for the house last week.
With LIP funding scheduled to expire June 30th, the senate argues that coverage expansion is vital. Both the house and Governor Rick Scott oppose the senate plan to expand Medicaid - what is the solution?
State Sen. Rene Garcia, (R) Dist. 38
State Rep. Jose Oliva, (R) Dist. 110
Friday, May 1 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, May 3 @ 12:00 PM
Mayor Levine on Reorganizing Miami-Dade’s Transportation Board
A transportation bill passed in the Florida House last week has divided Miami-Dade County's transportation board. The county's Metropolitan Planning Organization, or MPO, strategizes spending priorities for federally funded transportation projects. The majority of this 23-member board is made up of the 13 elected county commissioners. But now, a transportation bill sponsored by Miami Rep. Jeanette Núñez plans to whittle down the board to 14 members -- in the hopes that this reorganization will make the board more effective. As Miami Beach’s representative on the MPO, Mayor Philip Levine explains why he supports this measure.
Philip Levine, Mayor, City of Miami Beach
Uber’s Future in Broward County
On Tuesday, the Broward County Commission announced new regulations that legalize popular app-based ride services such as Uber and Lyft. The law includes new car insurance requirements, higher standards for driver background checks and it also requires drivers to register with the county -- similar to laws in place for taxi cabs. Uber claims the regulations are “onerous” and have threatened to leave the county, much to the disappointment of many residents who favor this option over the traditional cab system. Is this the end for Uber in Broward?
Beam Furr, Broward County Commission, Dist. 6
Friday, February 27 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 1 @ 10:30 AM
Community Redevelopment Agencies
In January, we aired our latest Issues Reports investigation on community redevelopment agencies -- or CRAs. We reported that though the results of some CRAs have been positive, there have been others that left much to be desired. Redevelopment Management Associates were contacted during our investigation, but said they were unable to participate. Since the programs airing, they reached out to us wanting to correct what they feel were inaccuracies on the topic.
Kevin Crowder, CEcD, Redevelopment Management Associates
Lt. Governor on 2015 Legislative Session
March 3rd is the start of the 2015 Florida Legislative Session and there is a lot up for debate. Some of the hot-button issues on the table for discussion range from standardized testing in public schools to reforming the troubled prison system and Medicaid expansion -- not to mention an almost $77 billion state budget. Florida’s Lt. Governor joins Helen to discuss these topics and more state news.
Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, (R) Florida
Friday, January 30 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, February 1 @ 12:00 PM
CRAs: Boon or Bust?
Some of South Florida’s trendiest districts benefit from taxpayer dollars set aside to help the neediest neighborhoods. And it’s all perfectly legal. It happens thanks to decades old legislation and community redevelopment agencies – or CRAs.
CRAs operate under different rules than local governments. They can exist for decades and redefine their original mission. But how are they kept in check, and who is managing the tax payer dollars. Policy makers love CRAs because projects can move on a fast track. Politicians love it because they do not have to justify projects to the public through a vote.
But do CRAs still work to combat slum and blight?
Pastor James Adams, St. John Institutional Missionary Baptist Church
Esteban Bovo. Jr., Commissioner, Miami-Dade County, Dist. 13
Bertha Henry, Administrator, Broward County
Dale V.C. Holness, Commissioner, Broward County, Dist. 9
Frank Rollason , Manager, North Bay Village
Juan C. Zapata, Commissioner, Miami-Dade County, Dist. 11
Marc Sarnoff, Commissioner, City of Miami, Dist. 2/ Chairman, Omni CRA
Frank Schnidman, J.D., LL.M., Professor, FAU’s School of Urban and Regional Planning
Michael Lewis, Miami Today, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher