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Director Joe Cardona Tells His #OnlyInMiami Story – #OnlyinMiami Show, Ep. 81

18 June 2015

Director Joe Cardona Tells His #OnlyInMiami Story – #OnlyinMiami Show, Ep. 81


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how the issue of gay rights was very much a hot-button issue, where non-discrimination ordinances were passed, then repealed and not adopted again until twenty years later.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.

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Wyncode Academy and #MiamiTech – #OnlyinMiami Show, Ep. 80

9 June 2015

Wyncode Academy and #MiamiTech – #OnlyinMiami Show, Ep. 80

Episode 80 of the #OnlyInMiami Show featured interviews with some of the participants of the recent WynCode pitch night.

Grant began the show by commenting about multiple issues facing the Miami-Dade County government. He talked about the nine-month shutdown of the Venetian Causeway and the impact that it will have upon annual events like Art Basel. Grant urged the county to release more funding to be able to speed up construction to finish in time for the winter season. Grant also talked about the three projects proposed for the Park West neighborhood. One project would include a 600 foot tower whose sole purpose would be LED advertising. He encouraged the project developers to create affordable housing first rather than advertising so that the technopark they want to create will have people to work there. Finally, Grant talked about the Miami WorldCenter project whose application for funding had its first reading in front of the  Miami-Dade Commission this past week. He mentioned that there is a lawsuit that has been filed claiming a lack of adequate public notice for some of the hearings.

Grant was then joined by members of Outnix, a cadre of developers from WynCode Academy who won the recent Cincode pitch night. They are building an app that will allow local bars to post the games they will be showing so that sports fans can find the game they want to see at the bar they want to go to. The team talked about how they came together and about the WynCode Academy, a nine-week intensive bootcamp that teaches people from all experience levels how to code using current technology like Javascript and Ruby on Rails. For more information on WynCode Academy, visit their website at http://wyncode.co/ or follow them on Twitter at @wyncode.

Grant continued talking about Wyncode Academy by speaking with another development team from Wyncode Academy. Their app, Coffee Break, saves user preferences and places orders automatically to speed the time from when you feel the need for a caffeine fix to when you actually get it. The app’s developers spoke about their experiences at Wyncode Academy as well.

At the beginning of the second hour, Grant spoke with Mark Hart, the Executive and Artistic Director of the Community Arts Program, which consists of two basic components. The Summer Concert Series hosts renowned classical and jazz artists every other Thursday night at Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ. Mark talked about this summer’s series and the artists who are coming up. The other component is a community outreach that provides musical education to area middle and high school students in both the classical and jazz arenas. They are the recipients of a recent Knight Arts Challenge grant to develop a Jazz Institute to offer instruction in this uniquely American art form. For more information about the Community Arts Program, visit their website at http://www.communityartsprogram.org or follow them on Twitter at @CommArtsProgram.

Finally, Grant, Darrin, Brandon, and the Drastic Fanatic talked sports, specifically the NBA Finals. The guys talked about the past two games and their expectations for the rest of the series.

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Juan Cuba Talks About the Miami WorldCenter Project – #OnlyinMiami Show, Ep. 79

2 June 2015

Juan Cuba Talks About the Miami WorldCenter Project – #OnlyinMiami Show, Ep. 79

JuanCubaEpisode 79 of the #OnlyInMiami Show featured an interview with Juan Cuba talking about the Miami WorldCenter development project.

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.

 

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