Friday, January 29 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, January 31 @ 12:00 PM
Guest Host: Henry Mack
Transportation & Frost Bailout
Earlier this week, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez gave his annual ‘State of the County’ address, praising accomplishments of the last year. Commissioner Esteban Bovo shares his take on the state of the county including the road to legitimacy for Uber, funding for transportation and a potential $45 million bailout for the Frost Museum.
Esteban Bovo, Jr., Miami-Dade County Commission, Dist. 13
Fight to Ban Fracking
In response to a landowners request to drill an exploratory well, this week the Broward County Commission unanimously passed an ordinance banning the controversial practice of drilling for oil using chemicals, or fracking, in the Everglades. Now, a bill passed by the state legislature looks to supersede all South Florida counties’ control over fracking.
Matthew Schwartz, South Florida Wildlands Association
Friday, January 15 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, January 17 @ 12:00 PM
Guest Host: Henry Mack
Eye on Broward Sea Level Rise
According to global warming experts and scientists, Miami is considered "ground zero" for sea-level rise and continues to be the focal point to witness the affects in action. But what about counties to the north, that also have low-lying areas prone to flooding? These residents could be underestimating their vulnerability.
Keren Prize Bolter, Ph.D., Coastal Risk Consulting, LLC
Florida Death Penalty “Unconstitutional”
This week, in a nearly unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court declared Florida's death penalty system unconstitutional – essentially changing a 40 year judicial process. The state is one of only three that grants judges' the right to impose a death sentence - as opposed to juries, which is stated in the U.S. Constitution. Having the second highest number of inmates on death row in the country, how will this affect the hundreds of Florida’s inmates awaiting execution?
Nancy Abudu, J.D., ACLU of Florida
Charles Zelden, Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University
Friday, January 8 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, January 10 @ 12:00 PM
2016 Florida Legislative Preview
It’s an election year which means the Florida Legislature gets an early start arguing a litany of items in this session. Aside from expected budget negotiations, lawmakers will be addressing a few contentious issues, including bills allowing guns on college campuses, Medicaid expansion and changes to the state’s testing system for students – prompting one panelist to call Florida a “laboratory for high-stakes testing”.
Dan Gelber, Former State Senator
Genaro “Chip” Iglesias, Ballard Partners
Jose Mallea, JM Global Consulting, Inc.
Alejandro Miyar, Esq., Fox Rothschild, LLP
Friday, October 31 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, November 2 @ 12:00 PM
Opposition to FIU Expansion Referendum
The Miami-Dade County Youth Fair and Exposition, has had a good relationship with Florida International University in the past, even donating $3.2 million towards the construction of the university's football stadium -- but this relationship now seems strained. The Youth Fair is challenging an initiative on the ballot looking to expand FIU onto the fair’s current location at Tamiami Park and subsequently moving the Youth Fair. But, the fair’s president and CEO claims that even if this referendum does pass, it will not force a relocation due to the terms of its lease with the county.
Robert Hohenstein, Miami-Dade County Youth Fair
Amendment 1 – Land & Water Conservation
Championed by both republicans and democrats, Amendment 1 to the Florida Constitution looks to ensure land and water conservation projects are adequately financed by committing one third of Florida’s real estate documentary stamp tax revenues to protecting the state's environment. But, will it tie the hands of the legislature in the event of a future economic downturn?
Eric Eikenberg, Everglades Foundation
Friday, October 10 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 12 @ 12:00 PM
Miami-Dade Courthouse Referendum
On the November 4th ballot, Miami-Dade County voters will be asked to approve a $393 million bond referendum, allowing the construction of a new courthouse. The current courthouse, which is on the National Register of Historical Places, has been in disrepair for decades, with mold, termites and flooding listed as just a few of the many problems. But will voters agree to this new construction if it means raising property taxes?
Chief Judge Bertila Soto, 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida
King Tide: FIU Students Study Sea Level Rise
Researchers believe tidal flooding in Miami and Key West will increase dramatically over the next fifteen years. This week’s annual “King Tide” was seen by many as a preview of this flooding. Taking advantage of this unusually high rise in sea level, students from Florida International University's Biscayne Bay Campus were on hand to measure and study the flooding in the hopes the data collected will help coastal cities in the future.
Juliet Pinto, Ph.D., FIU School of Journalism & Mass Communication
Renè Price, Ph.D., FIU School of Environment, Arts and Society