Facing South Florida
We look back on the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela paying particularly close attention to his controversial visit to South Florida in 1999
We take a closer look at the crime problem in this South Florida city paying particularly close attention to the goings-on at a Miami Gardens convenience store. The store owner has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city, the mayor, and the police department, alleging police harassment. The state’s attorney has just wrapped up its investigation and there is already fallout following that office’s decision to not charge officers with any crime.
Barbara Sharief is the new Mayor of Broward County. Just selected this week by her fellow commissioners, Jim and Mayor Sharief talk about where the county is heading and let people get to know their new Mayor.
Jim sits down for an extended interview with the newest member of the Kennedy family to enter politics. Joe Kennedy is a freshman Congressman from Massachusetts. He is the grandson of Bobby Kennedy. President Kennedy was his Great Uncle.
Jim pays tribute to Annette Eisenberg who recently passed away. Annette founded the Downtown Bay Forum with her husband years ago. The Downtown Bay Forum was where the city’s business and political leaders would converge each month for public discussions.
Just about anyone who’s been inside a cab in South Florida has a complaint of one form or another. In Miami-Dade there have been repeated attempts over the years to reform the industry and make it more consumer friendly. County commissioners just gave approval to a plan that would require cab drivers to accept credit cards, upgrade dress codes and the purchasse of new cars. But is that really the answer?
Miami-Dade fire boats that used to answer emergency calls on the water, are idled and in dry dock for lack of money.
DeFede talks to the Senator about Obamacare and assorted other topics
Should high school athletes be tested for steroid use? Miami-Dade school board member Raquel Regalado joins Jim to talk about the town hall meetings she has been conducting trying to generate support for her proposal that would allow for steroid testing of local high school athletes.
The race for mayor in Miami Beach is getting a lot of attention particularly because of the candidates who are running. Jim introduces you to them as he looks back at the debate he moderated on Oct. 10. Jim also shares the interviews he did with the candidates afterward.