5 August 2015 Brandon Mowry
Episode 88 of the #OnlyinMiami Show featured interviews with local street artists Trek 6 and Diana Contreras who are participating in the Beck’s Urban Canvas event in Miami.
2:46 – Grant began the show by talking about the anniversary of the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, MO. Grant lamented the fact that this tragedy occurred, but argued that this may well be the moment that the public awakened to the fact that police interactions should be monitored and that law enforcement officers should be held accountable for their actions.
7:57 – Grant was joined by Lia Figueredo who talked about the Beck’s Urban Canvas campaign that is sponsoring murals by local street artists throughout the county, including Little Haiti, Little Havana, Wynwood, and the new ‘Leah Arts District. She talked about some of the upcoming events that Beck’s is sponsoring, which include a number of art walk type of events. The next event will be Arts & Drafts event – visit https://www.facebook.com/ArtsDraftsMiami for more information. Another event this week is the Wynwood Art Walk this Saturday and will be a part of the Secret Garden party – for more information, find The Secret Garden on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/EnterTheSecretGarden. For more information about more upcoming events, visit becksurbancanvas.com or follow the hashtag #becksurbancanvas.
10:38 – Grant was joined by Trek 6, who is one of the street artists Beck’s is sponsoring this summer. He talked about his project at the Region’s Bank on NE 36th Street and Biscayne Boulevard. It features hummingbirds as a motif symbolically representing the Little Haiti and Wynwood neighborhoods. He also talked about his personal story and how he came to be involved in art. Trek 6 previewed his upcoming projects, which include a trip to Vietnam. Connect with him online on Facebook (www.facebook.com/trek.six), Twitter (https://twitter.com/treksix), and Instagram (https://instagram.com/trek6).
24:46 – Grant talked with Diana Contreras, another of the artists Beck’s is sponsoring through the Urban Canvas project. She talked about her current projects, including her Urban Canvas project which will be in Little Havana at Futurama on Calle Ocho and 17th Avenue. She will be painting a Cuban girl surveying Calle Ocho. She is also preparing for a solo show in Orlando which is coming up soon. She generally likes to paint portraits of women, and she talked about her artistic inspirations. Connect with her on social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also visit her website at www.dianacontreras.com.
33:11 – Grant talked with Robert William de los Rios, one of the creators of Wynwood Map, a service that is cataloging and mapping street art within the Wynwood neighborhood. He has been heavily involved in the Beck’s Urban Canvas project, and he talked about how the project came to be. He also talked about some of the upcoming events.
44:01 – Grant spoke with JennyLee Molina about the Leah Arts District, an area that the city of Hialeah is hoping to attract local artists to live and work in. It’s located in the southeast corner of the city and already features a few murals by local street artists. JennyLee also spoke about the rest of the artists who will be creating pieces for the Beck’s Urban Canvas.
55:41 – Grant spoke with Johnny Aguiló of the local group Conjunto Progreso. They are a local band who have a more traditional Latin sound. He talked about the group’s origins and blood lines and shared some music from the band. This Friday, the band will be playing at the Afro Roots Festival along with other local bands including Palo!, Nag Champayons, and more.
1:04:41 – J. J. Colagrande spoke with Rio Chavarro, a local spoken word artist. He was one of the founding artists of Theatre de Underground at Churchill’s which is still running today. Rio is currently hosting Words and Wine at The Social Lubricant in Wynwood on Wednesday nights. He lamented the large number of live event venues that have closed throughout Miami in the name of progress. He believes that though many of these places that opened their doors to local artists are gone, the artists will continue to find new places and a way to share their art. Check out his burlesque troupe, Moon River Cabaret, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/moonrivercabaret.
1:16:01 – Surya Fernandez of Hot Hot Hoops joined Grant ant J. J. to discuss the most recent moves by the Miami Heat and the start of training camp which is only a few weeks away. They also talked about the makeup of the team long-term, as many pieces will be free agents after this season.
1:37:03 – J. J. Colagrande welcomed local businessman Mario Silvestri who owns Junior & Hatter, a hair salon and spa in Wynwood. He also hosts Wynwood Radio which focuses on local artists. He talked about the character of the Wynwood neighborhood and how it is a great place to collaborate and work together with other business owners. Check out Junior & Hatter on Instagram and Facebook.
29 July 2015 Brandon Mowry
Episode 87 of the #OnlyinMiami Show featured interviews with Marc Caputo, Elaine de Valle, and Subhash Kateel talking about local, state, and national politics and issues.
2:54 – Grant spoke about Fox’s Sherron Inn, a South Miami landmark that is closing it’s doors after almost 70 years in business. The current owner, who bought the property about five years ago, is planning to raze the building and construct a mixed-use commercial and residential structure. Grant lamented the “sanitizing” of the US-1 corridor and urged local activists to consider pursuing a historic designation for Fox’s.
8:49 – Marc Caputo, political writer for Politico Florida, joined the show to talk about several key races and issues statewide. Marc writes a daily newsletter on Florida politics, the Florida Playbook. To subscribe, visit politico.com/floridaplaybook. Grant and Marc discussed the race to fill the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Marco Rubio. Two Democrats, Patrick Murphy and Alan Grayson have declared their candidacies, and a recent poll by Mason-Dixon shows them fairly even. Alan Grayson is the more outspoken progressive of the two and is gaining some traction, showing a 19% improvement from the last poll. A third candidate, Pam Keith, has also announced, but her lack of political experience and funding mean that she will have a very tough time against more experienced and monied opponents. On the Republican side, the story is much the same. There are a greater number of candidates, and while David Jolly is leading with 16%, there is certainly no consensus within the Republican ranks either. Marc talked about how while the conventional wisdom in Democratic circles believes that hotly contested primaries are bad, the Republicans have had fairly contentious primaries and still end up being very competitive and oftentimes winning the election.
23:09 – Marc and Grant continued discussing politics, turning their attention to the Republican presidential race. Two Floridians, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and current U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, have declared their candidacies for the Republican nomination. A poll out recently indicates that Bush is leading Miami-Dade Republicans by 10 points. More interestingly, however, is that Jeb improved his numbers among Cuban-Americans, now leading Cuban-born Marco Rubio by 12 points. Marc and Grant then spoke about education policy, noting that during Jeb’s tenure as governor, one of his signature actions was taking the FCAT that Lawton Chiles had introduced as a statewide education diagnostic tool and making it into a high-stakes school accountability vehicle. Currently, Jeb’s stance in support of the Common Core curriculum, which seeks to standardize education on a more national basis as well as cut back on the high-stakes testing environment is putting him at odds with many factions within the Republican party.
29:02 – Marc and Grant were joined by Elaine de Valle, a local political writer who can be found writing for the Political Cortadito. They talked about the immigration issue that has largely defined the Republican primary to date and how the rank-and-file’s support for the deportation of undocumented immigrants may affect their outreach to Hispanic voters. Elaine believed that part of the Republican’s desire to not offer amnesty is driven by the fact that the vast majority of those undocumented immigrants will end up voting Democratic in future elections.
40:40 – Grant spoke with Elaine de Valle about issues facing Miami-Dade County, beginning with the proposed SkyRise tower adjacent to Bayside Marketplace. The project has come under fire for applying for public funds for infrastructure improvements while claiming that no public funds would be used for its construction. A lawsuit filed by school board member and mayoral candidate Raquel Regalado would seek for the subsidies to be eliminated or a new referendum held, since the original referendum stated that no public money would be used for construction. The SkyRise project may face another hurdle, as funding may be more scarce than first thought. They also may face stricter FAA limits on the overall height due to a change in regulations.
56:00 – Grant spoke with Subhash Kateel about two issues facing the county, namely, the changes to historic neighborhoods and police brutality. As to the first issue, the historic Overtown neighborhood, which was traditionally populated with African-Americans, has often been the target of projects that have pushed out residents. The construction of I-95 right through the heart of the neighborhood served to separate the two sides of the neighborhood. Today, the Miami WorldCenter project looks to take over a large portion of the Park West and Overtown neighborhoods with little if any benefit to local residents. This will result in more forced emigration among long-time residents of Overtown. Fortunately, local activists have won some concessions that will provide training and potentially jobs for residents. However, locals need to remain vigilant, as some of these concessions could be easily revoked. Subhash also spoke about the state violence by the Miami Beach Police Department against Israel Hernandez, a Colombian-born street artist. Israel was killed when Jorge Mercado fired his Tazer at him after he was approached by police for tagging a shuttered McDonald’s on the beach. Last Thursday, State Attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle declined to indict the officer for misconduct. In fact, it has been more than 25 years since a police officer in the county has been prosecuted for misconduct. Subhash argued that, legally speaking, there is no difference between the officer who loves his job and his community and an officer who commits official misconduct, since neither will be prosecuted (the first shouldn’t be, but as to the second, we’ll let you be the judge).
1:18:43 – Grant was joined by the Drastic Fanatic, Brandon Mowry and Darrin Bentley to talk sports. The guys talked about the Heat’s most recent offseason moves, including waiving Henry Walker, sending Shabazz Napier to the Magic, and sending Zoran Dragic to the Celtics. They also talked free agency around the rest of the NBA.
1:40:47 – Football season is right around the corner, and teams have begun reporting this week for training camp. The guys talked about the upcoming NFL season and expectations for the Miami Dolphins. They also talked about fantasy sports and the upcoming drafts for leagues throughout the country.
14 July 2015 Brandon Mowry
Episode 85 of the #OnlyinMiami Show featured interviews with Miami-Dade mayor Carlos Jimenez, Basil Binns and Robin Porter, and Morris Broad.
3:24 – Grant talked about the need for services like Uber and Lyft, who have both recently announced that they will be ending their operations in Broward County. He said that there is a need for innovative and cost-effective solutions in the transportation marketplace. Read Grant’s article on Uber on onlyinmiami.co for more information.
10:32 – Grant spoke with Miami-Dade mayor Carlos Gimenez about many issues facing the county. They talked about the county budget, the recently christened Dan Paul Park, the proposed Miami Innovation Tower (which would basically be a tall LED billboard), public subsidies for private development, and many other issues.
30:53 – Basil Binns and Robin Porter joined Grant to talk about the proposal to construct the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) in the historic Buena Vista neighborhood just north of the Design District. The project would include indoor gallery space and an outdoor sculpture garden. However, local residents are fighting the proposal because they feel that there will not be a significant benefit to the community. They also want to preserve the historic character of their neighborhood.
43:46 – Morris Broad and Paul C. Savage joined the show to talk about the debate over the Bay Harbor Continental Co-op and whether it should be designated as historic. Part of the issue concerns whether or not an historical designation can be reversed. Morris and Paul talked with Grant about balancing the needs for preservation with progress. Morris believes that the Continental should not be designated historic to allow for future redevelopment.
56:11 – Daniel Ciraldo joined the show to talk about historic preservation. He advocated maintaining the historic buildings in our community, including the Continental. His organization advocated preserving the Miami Modern architecture found on the Bay Harbor Islands in the zoning appeal. UPDATE: The appeal to overturn the historic designation for the Continental was granted.
1:06:50 – Grant was joined by J. J. Colagrande, Brandon Mowry, and Darren Bentley to talk sports. They talked about NBA free agency and about the Miami Heat’s moves to acquire Gerald Green and Amar’e Stoudamire. They also talked about the free agent situation with the rest of the NBA as well.
1:26:22 – J. J. Colagrande spoke with local photographer and filmmaker Tabatha Mudra who talked about the Miami 48 Hour Film Festival and her team’s film, Souvenir, which won Best Film of 2015, qualifying it for the international festival. They talked about the process of the festival and specifically about the film.
1:39:16 – J. J. spoke with comedian and Miami-native J. C. Currais who will be recording a live album at the Comedy Inn this coming Friday night at 9:30. For more information, visit comedyinn.com.
9 July 2015 Brandon Mowry
Episode 84 of the #OnlyinMiami Show featured an interview with Carlos Miller, founder and publisher of PhotographyIsNotACrime.com.
3:27 – Grant expressed his support for the recent resolution passed by the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners condemning Donald Trump’s recent comments on immigration. Trump’s comments created outrage in the Latin American community and have cost him business relationships with Univision, NBC, and Macy’s.
8:35 – Grant welcomed Carlos Miller, founder and publisher of PhotographyIsNotACrime.com to the show. They spoke about a situation in Jacksonville where the acting chief judge for the Jacksonville County Court has issued an order that disallows any protests that are critical of the court or its judges on the courthouse grounds. The order is being challenged by PINAC as being a violation of the First Amendment to the Constitution. UPDATE: The day after the show aired, the judge reconsidered his order and has scaled it back significantly. For ongoing coverage of this situation and other First Amendment violations, visit photographyisnotacrime.com.
12:41 – Local attorney Thomas Cobitz called into the show. He and Grant began by talking about the push to equip Miami-Dade police officers with body-worn cameras. They talked about Sunshine Law requirements for the video footage from these cameras. Thomas expressed concern for tipsters because of the likelihood for retaliation based on those they accused being able to request the footage to know who turned them in. Likewise, concern was expressed for making the inside of a private residence public record. Carlos Miller joined the conversation and talked about the length of time that videos should be preserved. Current legislation indicates that they would be preserved for 90 days. However, some defendants are held for that long or longer and may not be able to submit a records request until after the footage has been deleted. Cobitz argued that a fairer solution might be to preserve the footage until the statute of limitations for the crime has expired.
25:54 – Grant and Carlos were joined by PINAC’s Jacksonville-based reporter Jeffrey Gray, who talked about what he does for the website. He talked about his experience filming the courthouse in Jacksonville from a sidewalk that was not covered in the judge’s order and how he was approached by law enforcement and harassed anyway. Carlos talked about how PINAC will respond, since credentialed media are exempted from the order, but the judge reserves the right to determine who is or is not credentialed media.
41:49 – Grant was joined by Timothy Canova, who talked about the Trans-Pacific Partnership – a trade agreement that many are troubled by. One such aspect is that businesses could challenge U.S. law and have their case decided by a trade arbitrators. This could have implications for environmental law, as corporations could potentially appeal such laws to an arbitrator to avoid compliance or to receive compensation. For more information about this ongoing debate, visit isdscorporateattacks.org or search Twitter for the hashtag #stopTPP.
47:14 – Grant continued his conversation with Carlos Miller talking about a civil action in Jacksonville to protest Chief Judge Mahon’s order. PINAC is sponsoring a meet-up and protest at the Duval County Courthouse on July 20. They also talked about the case of Michale Hoffman, who was arrested for holding a sign critical of the Transportation Security Administration at the Jacksonville airport.
56:15 – Grant welcomed local composer Jim Camacho to the show. He talked about his upcoming show on Saturday, July 11 at 8:30pm at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center that will feature his compositions, including a world premiere. For more information or tickets, visit smdcac.org. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.
1:08:02 – Grant, J.J. Colagrande, and Brandon Mowry talked sports, reveling in the fact that the Heat and Dwyane Wade have come to terms and looking forward to the coming Heat season. They also talked about free agency for the rest of the league, including admiration for what the Spurs were able to achieve in free agency.
1:28:20 – J.J. Colagrande interviewed Forrest Shaw, a comedian in L.A. who grew up here in Miami. They talked about his career and his upcoming show at Gramps in Wynwood. He will be appearing on July 15 with a few other comedians. For more information, follow Forrest on Twitter (@forrestshaw) for information on upcoming shows and links to purchase tickets.
1:39:31 – Grant, J.J., and Brandon continued talking sports. They talked about the U.S. Women’s National Team and their big Women’s World Cup victory this past Sunday. They also lamented losing Giancarlo Stanton for a couple weeks due to his hand injury.
7 July 2015 Brandon Mowry
Episode 83 of the #OnlyinMiami Show featured an interview with Ron Book, chairman of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust.
3:05 – Grant talked about recent comments by real estate developer and presidential candidate Donald Trump that led to NBC Universal severing ties with him. He read from a recent article he penned on OnlyinMiami.co commenting on the top three reasons why NBC fired the Donald.
9:11 – Grant was joined by Alex Fiallo, who shared his #OnlyinMiami story of becoming homeless and living on the streets of Miami. He also talked about how he was able to turn his life around through the help of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust. Through their assistance, he was able to get treatment for his drug addiction and find employment. Today, he supervises almost 90 employees and has been able to rebuild his life.
17:55 – Grant was joined by Ron Book, the chairman of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust. He talked about how, due to the efforts of the Homeless Trust, the homeless population in the county has experienced a 90% decrease, from over 10,000 in 1994 to just over 1,000 today. In fact, the Miami-Dade model has been labelled a best practice by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
23:09– Grant continued his conversation with Ron Book, who talked about how the Trust is funded. The Trust receives approximately $20 million annually from a 1% food and beverage tax, and the federal government kicks in about $35 million annually. Ron also talked about the plan put forward by the Downtown Development Agency (DDA) to shelter some of the homeless. He fears that such a program will simply be an arrest and release program, as police will end up traversing the downtown area, offering homeless persons a bed, and arresting them if they refuse. He feels that it will undermine a proven system to address the root causes of homelessness rather than just the symptoms and that it will merely put a bandaid on the problem instead of working with homeless persons to move them into a permanent housing solution.
34:47 – Grant and Ron spoke about the Housing First model, which has reached national attention recently. The concept is basically a homeless person is first given an apartment and assigned a case manager who will work with him or her to get them the medical and psychological treatments they need. They will also work to provide skills training for stable employment.
42:50 – Grant and Ron continued their conversation about the Homeless Trust budget and about what kind of partnerships the trust works with to do its work. They talked about how it is more cost effective to provide housing than to arrest or to treat in an emergency room. They also talked about the need for mental health services for the homeless as opposed to just treating the symptom.
55:47 – Grant talked with Evelina Galang and Faith Adiele from VONA/Voices, which is a summer workshop for emerging voices of color in all genres. They talked about why they chose to host the event in Miami. They also talked about what the workshop does and how the esteemed faculty will work with the attendees to refine their personal writing style. For updates, follow them on Twitter: @VoicesatVONA
1:09:01 – Grant was joined by the Drastic Fanatic and by Surya Fernandez of Hot Hot Hoops to talk about sports and more specifically about the NBA offseason, including the draft and the free agency period. They discussed the Heat’s acquisition of Justise Winslow and about the status of the negotiations with All-Star guard Dwyane Wade. They also talked about a number of other teams’ selections in the draft.
23 June 2015 Brandon Mowry
Episode 82 of the #OnlyinMiami Show featured an interview with J. J. Colagrande talking with Grant Stern about the launch of the new OnlyinMiami.co news website.
2:51 – Grant began the show by talking with local activist Peter Ehrlich of Scenic Miami about the proposal as part of the Miami Innovation District to construct a 600 foot tall tower whose sole purpose would be displaying advertisements on LED screens. Peter talked about his group and their opposition to the visual pollution that billboards and especially LED billboards provide. He talked about three upcoming meetings about the tower. First, a meeting will be held on June 23 at the Planning, Zoning, and Appeals Board at City Hall. Another meeting, this time with the City of Miami Commission, is scheduled for June 25. A final meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 29 with the Southwest Overtown Park West Community Redevelopment Agency board. For more information, visit Scenic Miami’s website (scenicmiami.org) or find them on Facebook (facebook.com/ScenicMiami).
9:17 – Grant was joined by local writer J. J. Colagrande. They talked about the new OnlyinMiami.co which will launch June 1. It will feature daily Miami-specific news stories, a feature lacking in many local news outlets who have moved operations to Doral or Miramar, despite the center of the South Florida metroplex being the City of Miami.
15:11 – Diana Umpierre from the South Florida chapter of the International Dark Sky Association joined the show to talk about the LED tower that Grant and Peter spoke about and the light pollution it would create. She talked about the impact of light pollution on resident’s quality of life and also on the environment. For more information about the International Dark Sky Association, visit darksky.org. To find out more about the local chapter, visit their website at idasouthflorida.org or find them on Facebook at facebook.com/IDASouthFlorida.
23:30 – J. J. Colagrande and Grant Stern talked about local Miami politics, including the hotly contested campaign for the District 2 seat on the City of Miami Commission. They talked about the upcoming virtual debate between the candidates and about what issues are the most pressing facing Miami. They spent some time talking about the issue of homelessness and what can be done to address the 1,000 homeless persons living in downtown Miami. They also talked about the SkyRise Miami project and what it might mean for the city.
40:36 – J. J. Colagrande talked about what topics the new OnlyinMiami.co will be covering. The big areas will be News, Culture, Sports, People, and Events. He talked about the voice that the site will use, which will not be sarcastic, but a serious but still fun look at Miami from the perspective of Miamians. The website will include a number of writers and a number of different formats, seeking to tie together many different forms of media, like podcast, film, and the written word, into one site.
55:41 – Taylor Hardy, a correspondent with PhotographyIsNotACrime.com, joined the show to talk about his experiences with PINAC, including being charged for wiretapping violations simply for calling a Massachusetts Public Information Officer about an incident. He also talked about a recent case in Miami Gardens where a man was arrested more than 150 times for trespassing at his place of employment. Police needed to fill certain quotas (which are illegal) to achieve funding levels, so they would arrest this man simply for statistics purposes.
1:08:00 – J. J. Colagrande, Grant Stern, Darrin Bentley, and the Drastic Fanatic talked local sports. J. J. offered a wrap-up of the NBA Finals and talked about how Miami Heat fans should have supported LeBron James as a thank you for his four years in Miami. They also talked about NBA free agency and the drama surrounding the contract negotiations between the Heat and Dwyane Wade.
18 June 2015 Brandon Mowry
Episode 81 of the #OnlyinMiami Show featured an interview with local film director Joe Cardona.
Grant Stern began the show with an editorial comment talking about the newly christened (albeit unofficially) Dan Paul Park and the event that was hosted this past Saturday by Emerge Miami and the Urban Environment League of Greater Miami. The park is commonly known as Parcel B, a four acre tract of land between the AmericanAirlines Arena and Biscayne Bay. It was supposed to be developed into a public park by the arena’s main tenant, the Miami Heat, but still remains undeveloped more than a decade after the completion of the AAA. Grant talked about the park’s namesake, a lawyer and civic philanthropist who fought for public green space. He also thanked the many organizers who contributed to the event.
Grant was then joined by local documentary film director Joe Cardona, whose films, including Miami Boheme and The Day It Snowed in Miami, have won several awards. He began by talking about his childhood (during which the day it snow occurred) and about what Miami was like back then. He talked about how the issue of gay rights was very much a hot-button issue, where non-discrimination ordinances were passed, then repealed and not adopted again until twenty years later. Joe and Grant also spoke about how some areas of Miami-Dade (notably, Miami Beach and Coconut Grove) are have lost some of their unique character and charm due to small local businesses being pushed aside in favor of national chains.
Grant was then joined by Dave McDougall and Justin Wales of Emerge Miami who talked about the weekend’s event at Dan Paul Park. They talked briefly about the history of the parcel and how it was supposed to be developed by the Heat to be a park but is now being used as a valet parking lot. They also talked about the conversations they have had with city leaders about how to develop it as a true public space. For more information about Emerge Miami, visit their website at emergemiami.com or follow them on Twitter at @EmergeMiami.
Grant and Joe then continued their conversation, focusing on the Dan Paul Park site and the plan for a Cuban-American history museum for the site. They also talked about his views on the future of the Cuban-American community in Miami and the Little Havana neighborhood.
At the beginning of the second hour, Grant was joined by Bruce Wayne Stanley of the Miami-Dade Green Party who talked about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) which, if ratified, would be the largest international free trade agreement. He said that the TPP would harm workers in this country by making it easier to move their jobs overseas and it could also provide a much greater degree of corporate immunity, making it harder to average citizens to effect change to the regulation of business. The discussions of the terms of the agreement have been so secretive that even some members of Congress do not know the full details of the treaty. For more information, visit stopfasttrack.org or search Twitter using the hashtag #TPPFastTrack
Grant was then joined by the Drastic Fanatic and Darrin Bentley talking about sports. They talked about the Marlins and the return of Jose Fernandez as well as the NBA Finals. They talked about whether the Cavs had reached the end of the road. They also talked about the impending NBA offseason and what moves might be made and what they would mean.
2 June 2015 Brandon Mowry
Grant began the show by updating the audience on the proposed Midtown Walmart development. Oral arguments in the lawsuit regarding the building permit and whether or not Walmart has followed established procedures for its approval have been set for August 20 at the Richard Gerstein Justice Center. Stay tuned to the #OnlyinMiami Show for updates.
Local activist Juan Cuba then joined the show to talk about the proposed Miami WorldCenter project. The project will be the second-largest development project in the country and has sought public funding from the Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency to the tune of $108 million dollars. The City of Miami Commission has voted to approve the funding, but local activists are pressuring the Miami-Dade County Commission to review the plan and see if there is a better deal that can be negotiated to ensure local residents are given priority in hiring. The County Commission will be holding a meeting and a vote on the project on Tuesday morning, June 2 in the commission chambers.
We then heard from Pastor Rhonda Thomas of New Generation Missionary Baptist Church. In addition to being a member of the clergy, she is a community organizer with ties to the historic Overtown neighborhood. She is not necessarily against the project, but expressed her desire that the project would mean a better life for the local community in terms of increased employment opportunities and a better quality of life.
Henry Brown of E-STOPP (Eradicating the School-to-Prison Pipeline) then joined the program to talk about the WorldCenter project. He believes that some of the issues facing the African-American communities today stem from unemployment or underemployment. He cited his background and work that showed that children from families where the parents worked were far more likely to succeed in school. He hopes that guarantees can be secured from the developers that will ensure certain percentages of those employed in the new project will be from the surrounding zip codes.
The three guests then discussed how to address the needs of the Overtown community and how to encourage the residents to return once they have been able to get an education. The group discussed the need for residents of Overtown to receive adequate training to be able to fill the jobs created by the WorldCenter project.
At the beginning of the second hour, Peter Ehrlich talked about the current happenings in the Lemon City neighborhood. He is hoping that the history of the neighborhood, which actually predates the City of Miami, is preserved and passed on to future generations.
Finally, the Drastic Fanatic joined Grant to talk sports, primarily the NBA. They talked about the upcoming NBA Finals featuring the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers. They also talked about the local sports news from the weekend involving the contract negotiations between the Heat and its star guard, Dwyane Wade.