Like the failed Venezuelan Guaidó gambit. I’ve still penciled in a visit to the Miami Bull sculpture next month, because moments like the crypto-craziness are Miami. Impulsive AnticsAndrew Harnik / AP Venezuelan expats cheer President Trump during his visit to Florida International University in Miami in 2019. Because, to paraphrase the South Florida poet-laureate KC, in Miami that’s the way (uh-huh, uh-huh) we like it. And we’re left to observe Jan. 23 as one more Miami scheme day.
Ex-felons are now "afraid to vote" on the back of a series of contentious arrests trumpeted by Governor Ron DeSantis, according to a South Florida social justice reporter. In August, law enforcement officers across Florida rounded up 20 people on charges of voter fraud after they cast ballots in the 2020 election. Washington says that because they had registered to vote and were given voter ID cards, attorneys think these cases will become problematic. DeSantis has stood firm on the arrests, which were driven by his controversial Election Crimes and Security unit. "They believe it's a tool that will intimidate voters — frighten voters — and will reduce turnout in ways that will help Republicans," he said.3 months ago WLRN
He's a shrimper in Fort Myers, Fla."I was a mullet fisherman, [a] commercial fisherman in my younger days," he said. / Octavio Jones for NPR / Octavio Jones for NPR Debris left by Hurricane Ian is seen behind Jimmy and Shirley Driggers' house on Pine Island, Fla., on Oct. 28, 2022. When Ian made landfall in Florida in late September, it hit the shrimp fishing industry particularly hard. For decades, it's been an important part of the economy in Fort Myers — integral to the region's culture and identity. Moran said he finds serenity in the water — and he wants to stay in Fort Myers, where he's lived and worked for 35 years.2 months ago WLRN
Steve Bannon, a longtime ally of former President Donald Trump, was sentenced Friday to serve four months behind bars after defying a subpoena from the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Prosecutors had asked for Bannon to be sent to jail for six months. “In my view, Mr. Bannon has not taken responsibility for his actions,” Nichols said before he imposed the sentence. The onetime presidential adviser said he wanted to have a Trump lawyer in the room, but the committee wouldn’t allow it. Prosecutors had pushed for the maximum fine, saying Bannon refused to answer routine questions about his income and insisted he could pay whatever the judge imposed.3 months ago WLRN
Aging buildings across Miami appear to be increasingly targeted by demolition orders - among these are some of the last bastions of affordable housing. Daniel Rivero / WLRN At a City of Miami Unsafe Structures Panel meeting in early November, City Hall was a full house. In 2019, only seven people were employed in the unsafe structures division of the Miami Building Department, according to organizational charts obtained by WLRN. City of Miami data Each dot represents a property for which the City of Miami has ordered a demolition after the Surfside condo collapse, for which a demolition permit has been issued. The stated purpose of the Historic and Environmental Preservation Board is to protect historic properties at risk of demolition.1 month ago WLRN
Victims and family members sitting in the courtroom wept as the judge read each count and each name, some clasping hands, their faces etched with pain. Some family members have called for legislators to change the provision . She said her hopes for him are that life in prison will be a fate worse than death. But I am ok.”With the legal process behind them, victims and family members said they’ll try to begin this next chapter of the rest of their lives – forever changed by that day. Victoria Gonzalez, the girlfriend of Joaquin Oliver, told the shooter that his fate won’t dictate her life.2 months ago WLRN