Friday, October 9 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 11 @ 12:00 PM
MIA Luggage Wrap Controversy
This week, Miami-Dade County Commissioners voted 10-2 in favor of a decision that has local aviation officials outraged and Mayor Carlos Gimenez considering a veto. The new rule says that if a checked bag is wrapped by a company other than Safe Wrap -- which is the only company within Miami International Airport (MIA) to hold this concession -- it won't be allowed into the baggage handling system at MIA. Commissioners in favor of the change, argue the new rules would boost revenue-sharing dollars Safe Wrap has to pay the county. Airport executives say the change will just bring delays and higher fees for passengers. Aside from the cost and inconvenience, does this tell us anything about county commission priorities? Who are they serving?
Emilio T. Gonzalez, Ph.D., Miami-Dade Aviation Department
The Future of Financial Tech
Later this month, speakers from around the world will present on the future of banking with a focus on South Florida and the region's role as the financial capital of the Americas. The second annual banking disruption conference, Fintech Americas, is a day and a half conference that bridges the divide between banks and disruptive startups that are primed to change both the U.S. and Latin American financial landscape and ultimately move a giant industry forward -- all while encouraging banks to think and act more innovatively.
Ray Ruga, Fintech Americas
Pot Possession Fine Possible - Broward & Palm Beach
This week, both Broward and Palm Beach County Commissioners gave initial approval of new ordinances that could see those caught with up to 20 grams of marijuana, be given a citation in place of jail time -- similar to measures already passed in Miami-Dade County and the City of West Palm Beach. While both proposals still face final votes, some are concerned this is decriminalizing the drug.
Michael Mayo, Sun Sentinel
Friday, September 11 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, September 13 @ 12:00 PM
A half penny tax approved by voters in 2002 was seen as an opportunity to generate additional funds for the sole purpose of expanding and maintaining public transit - Thirteen years later, one project has been completed. On last week's program, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Xavier Suarez criticized Mayor Carlos Gimenez for transferring these transportation funds to finance other projects -- calling the mass transportation system “inadequate”. The newly appointed director of Miami-Dade Transit says that the half penny tax has brought about “a lot of new service”.
Alice Bravo, Director, Miami-Dade Transit
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez's proposed budget, which will see a final vote September 17th, may have its critics, but it's getting praise as well. In an op-ed in the Miami Herald, The Miami Foundation’s CEO, Javier A. Soto, commended the dedicated $156 million for parks, which is about a $13 million increase. An in-depth breakdown of this budget by The Miami Herald found that three sources are used for this subsidy, one of which is hotel taxes. The foundation’s Stuart Kennedy joins Helen to discuss this and why the budget is a good step in the right direction.
Stuart Kennedy, The Miami Foundation
Friday, August 21 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, August 22 @ 12:00 PM
Guest Host: Henry Mack
Protecting South Florida’s Aging
2015 marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid and the Older Americans Act as well as the 80th anniversary of Social Security. As Florida’s population of 65 and over grows - and is anticipated to nearly double by 2040 - many are asking for improvements to these programs to ensure proper long-term care for the aging. Former State Representative Elaine Bloom discusses how tax deductions and other support systems are inherent in assisting South Florida’s growing elderly population. What should presidential candidates consider when it comes to care for seniors?
Former State Rep. Elaine Bloom, Plaza Health Network
Uber Fans Save App in Palm Beach & Broward
The popular ride-sharing app, Uber, has fought to stay in both Broward and Palm Beach counties -- recently going toe-to-toe with county commissioners over threats of tougher regulations that align them with traditional taxis. In the end, both county commissions stood down from these threats - a main reason was due to a tremendous backlash from Uber users, demanding to keep this beloved service in their areas. Miami-Dade County is next to face-off with Uber. The county has also made it clear that new regulations are needed to keep the service in town, but will commissioners stand strong against them, or listen to the public and back down?
Daniel Vasquez, Sun Sentinel
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