Friday, March 20 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 22 @ 12:00 PM
Commissioner Esteban Bovo, Jr. on Fixing Transit Woes
South Florida residents are all too familiar with daily, traffic congestion. A decade ago, residents of Miami-Dade County were hopeful a half penny tax would help traffic by funding upgrades to public transportation - but that has not been the case. As our communities continue to grow, what is the real solution?
Esteban Bovo, Jr., Miami-Dade County Commission, Dist. 13
High-Speed Rail & Tourism
Whether it’s for the arts, the weather or the shopping, there is always a reason to visit Miami Beach. Traveling to this iconic city, and elsewhere in South Florida, may become easier for tourists and residents alike, with the arrival of high-speed rail service to the area. Our guest shares his views on the benefits the arrival of All Aboard Florida and the impact it will have on the tourism industry.
William Talbert, III, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
Friday, March 6 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 8 @ 12:00 PM
Last week, the second round of high level talks between the U.S. government and Cuba were held, this time in Washington D.C. While the U.S. has held firm to its stance against relations with Cuba for 50 years, Canada has had a special relationship with the island nation -- as both investors and tourists. The former Canadian Ambassador to Cuba shares his unique insight into what could come of a stronger relationship between Cuba and the U.S.
Mark Entwistle, Former Canadian Ambassador to Cuba
Miami – Future Tech Hub of The Americas?
Touted as the "organization dedicated to securing Miami's future in technology", eMerge Americas looks to continue its mission in May by holding its second annual 5-day tech conference in Miami Beach. Founder Manny Medina sees Miami as being the tech hub of the Americas, but says there's still a lot of work to be done including education and building the employment base to keep the jobs here.
Manny Medina, eMerge Americas
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, February 20 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, February 22 @ 12:00 PM
Commissioner Rebeca Sosa – Former Chairwoman Looks Towards Future
For the last two years, Rebeca Sosa has chaired the Miami-Dade County Commission, during which important debates relating to infrastructure needs, stadium deals and contracting issues have been debated and/or resolved. The commissioner joins Helen to discuss what’s next on her agenda including sea level rise, jobs and transportation – is a run for mayor in her future?
Rebeca Sosa, Miami-Dade County Commission, Dist. 6
Raquel Regalado – Skyrise Miami Lawsuit & Mayoral Run
Raquel Regalado is suing the City of Miami, with the help of businessman Norman Braman, because public dollars are being slated for Skyrise Miami. Critics say this and other lawsuits are a public relations ploy to pave the way for other political aspirations.
Raquel Regalado, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Dist. 6
Friday, February 13 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, February 15 @ 12:00 PM
Raquel Regalado’s Political Future & More County News
It's no secret that Miami-Dade County School Board member Raquel Regalado is seriously considering a run for county mayor in 2016, challenging current Mayor Carlos Gimenez. She was involved in derailing a courthouse ballot initiative last year and is now suing to block the Skyrise Miami subsidy with the help of prominent businessman Norman Braman. We discuss this and more county news including the Uber and Lyft lawsuit and Donald Trump’s interest in the public golf course in Crandon Park.
Jorge Luis Lopez, Esq., Jorge Luis Lopez Law Firm
Brian May, Floridian Partners
State Budget Woes, Jeb Bush on Education & Immigration
State lawmakers have discovered a potential billion dollar problem for Florida involving coverage of Medicaid costs. Our guests discuss the potential impact of such a deficit on other areas of the budget and Jeb Bush’s education summit including his views on Common Core and immigration.
Sean Foreman, Ph.D., Barry University
Charles Zelden, Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University
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