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The Best of the #OnlyinMiami Show – Episode 78 – 5/25/2015

26 May 2015

The Best of the #OnlyinMiami Show – Episode 78 – 5/25/2015

Episode 78 of the #OnlyinMiami Show featured the best clips from interviews from the beginning of the year.

Grant began this special Memorial Day show by talking about the only U.S. Navy airman stationed at the Richmond Naval Air Station to die during World War II. The airship, on patrol with a crew of 10, encountered and was shot down by a German U-boat submarine. While 9 of the crew were rescued, bombardier Isadore Stessel was attacked by a shark moments before rescue.

The remainder of the show featured clips from the first part of 2015.

  • Al Sunshine spoke about a lead early in his career that led to a big story, exposing ties between the CIA and the Mafia.
  • School board member and local activist Raquel Regalado spoke about the proposed SkyRise Miami project adjacent to Bayfront and their application, despite their assurances to the contrary, for public funding for infrastructure improvements.
  • Yeshi Milner from the Power U Center in Miami spoke about the #BlackLivesMatter campaign and the protests held in Miami during Art Basel following the non-indictments of the police officers involved in the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO and Eric Garner in Staten Island, NY.
  • Jag Davies from the Drug Policy Alliance spoke about civil asset forfeiture, an enforcement tool that law enforcement agencies have been abusing, confiscating billions of dollars in money and assets with little oversight.
  • DJ Andres Fresko talked about getting his start in electronic music and about life on tour.
  • Local poet Antonia Wright talked about some events of the O, Miami poetry festival that was held this past April. She shared some of her original poetry as well.
  • Philip Stoddart, mayor of South Miami, spoke about FPL and their plans to expand the nuclear power generation facilities at Turkey Point and about their plan to construct transmission lines along US-1 through Cutler Bay, Pinecrest, South Miami, Coral Gables, and into Brickell.
  • Cindy Lerner, mayor of Pinecrest, spoke about the need to protect the endangered pine rockland habitat adjacent to Zoo Miami and lamented plans by developers to raze a significant portion to construct housing and retail spaces.
  • Finally, in a clip from May 2014, several members of the Miami Heat Wheels organization joined the show for an extended feature on their wheelchair basketball team. The team was recently crowned champions of their competitive division, beating a team sponsored by the San Antonio Spurs.

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Miami-Dade County declares Pine Rocklands blighted, Al Sunshine calls Shame on Them

8 January 2015

Miami-Dade County declares Pine Rocklands blighted, Al Sunshine calls Shame on Them

Pine RocklandOn Episode 58 of the Only In Miami Show, longtime local journalist Al Sunshine joined Grant Stern to discuss plans created by real estate developers to build a commercial center, apartments, and a theme park on the environmentally-sensitive pine rockland tracts adjacent to Zoo Miami in southern Miami-Dade County. Recently, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Dennis Moss put out a proposal that would declare the area a “blighted slum” and establish a community redevelopment agency to oversee future plans for the area. This appears to be an plan to make an end-run around environmental regulations that would protect an area like this. A rally is planned for Saturday, January 17 at 2pm – for more details, visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1518501615081294/?fref=ts.

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Commissioner Dennis Moss Declares Environmentally-Sensitive Native Pine Rockland “Blighted”

17 December 2014

Commissioner Dennis Moss Declares Environmentally-Sensitive Native Pine Rockland “Blighted”

Miami-Dade County
Board of County Commissioners
District 9
Commissioner Dennis Moss
DennisMoss@miamidade.gov

Downtown Office
305-375-4832 Phone
305-372-6011 Fax

District Office
305-234-4938 Phone
305-232-28920 Fax

Florida City Office
305-245-4420 Phone
305-245-5008 Fax

In an ongoing demonstration of how the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners believe the exist only to serve big business, Commissioner Dennis Moss, whose district includes the environmentally-sensitive tract of pine rockland habitat adjacent to Zoo Miami, has drafted a resolution to declare that area “blighted slum” in an effort to circumvent environmental protection laws. The area in question, whose rich biodiversity provides a habitat for many unique organisms, including the Miami tiger beetle once thought to be extinct, was recently sold by the University of Miami to a developer who intends to construct apartments and retail spaces, including a Walmart. A full hearing will be held in January; stay connected to the Only In Miami Show for ongoing updates. In the meantime, feel free to let Commissioner Moss know how you feel about the project. His contact information appears to the right.

 

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