Friday, November 6 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, November 8 @ 12:00 PM
Guest Host Henry Mack
Ft. Lauderdale CRA Under Fire, Again
Community Redevelopment Agencies, or CRAs, are created to alleviate slum & blight and provide affordable housing by using funds set aside from taxes. The goal is to revitalize neglected communities. But one Fort Lauderdale CRA has come under scrutiny, yet again, for what some are saying is a misuse of these dedicated funds by earmarking this money for transportation projects that were not included in the original plan, and ignoring affordable housing. Is this a manipulation of taxes?
William Gjebre, Florida Bulldog
Transit Options – WHEELS Florida
Last week's Issues Reports’ on South Florida's transit woes underscored the need for better public transportation options. One organization is continuing this conversation by providing alternatives to the daily gridlock. An upcoming 5-day event will highlight the benefits of leaving the personal automobile at home and utilizing cheaper - and more environmentally friendly - transit options.
Mari Chael, WHEELS Florida
Friday, October 30th @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, November 1st @ 12:00 PM
Gridlock: South Florida Transit
Residents and visitors in South Florida face a tangled mess of congestion with few options for reliable transportation. How did we get here...and what are the solutions?
Ric Katz, Communikatz
Friday, October 23 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 25 @ 12:00 PM
Beckham Soccer Stadium in ‘Slum’?
The on-going saga to bring a soccer team and stadium to Miami is heating up yet again. A resolution spearheaded by Miami-Dade County Commissioner Bruno Barreiro, outlines a plan for the creation of a Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) that would include Marlins Park and the surrounding area; using the tax revenue to buy the 10.5 acres just west of the park and include an extension of Metromover from downtown to the proposed site. But, in order to create the CRA, the area must first be deemed as “slum and blighted”. Additionally, David Beckham and company appear to have a new partner in this venture - Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
Michael Lewis, Miami Today
Real Estate Struggle
One aspect of the 'American Dream' remains - and that's the dream to own a home. But, in areas throughout much of Miami-Dade and Broward counties, this dream does not seem attainable for middle class home-buyers, even with good credit and financing. In the past three years alone, home prices in the region are up almost 45%, but wages have stayed the same. Adding to this disparity are the cash investors and foreign buyers who have created tremendous competition in the market. Will we see a weakening of this trend?
Alex D. Zylberglait, Marcus & Millichap
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