Broward http://blog.wlrn.org en Remember That Proposed City Center For Pembroke Pines? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/remember-proposed-city-center-pembroke-pines <p>City Center was supposed to be the start of a new way of life for residents of Pembroke Pines.</p><p>A downtown of sorts with shopping, restaurants and even a new civic center. A way to reign in the urban sprawl that defines so much of West Broward and make it feel more like a cohesive community.</p><p>Also, maybe a bit of a money-maker for the city.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:46:45 +0000 Kelley Mitchell 35145 at http://blog.wlrn.org Remember That Proposed City Center For Pembroke Pines? Broward Prepares To Launch Centennial Celebrations http://blog.wlrn.org/post/broward-prepares-launch-centennial-celebrations <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 1915 parts of Palm Beach County and Miami-Dade County -- then Dade County -- joined to create Broward County.</span></p><p>The county’s year-long centennial celebration, <a href="http://Broward100.org" target="_blank">Broward 100: Celebrating the Art of Community</a>, will play host to art and performance events with the hopes of bringing in more visitors. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 16:53:55 +0000 Diego Saldaña-Rojas 33137 at http://blog.wlrn.org Broward Prepares To Launch Centennial Celebrations Felons, Drop-Outs And The Poor: Broward Wants To Hire You http://blog.wlrn.org/post/felons-drop-outs-and-poor-broward-wants-hire-you <p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.15;">Felons, high-school dropouts and the poor might get a helping hand when looking for a job in Broward County. </span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.15;">The County Commission is considering an ordinance that would require contractors to try and give half of those new contract-related jobs to hard-to-hire people.</span></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 19:46:54 +0000 Wilson Sayre 29187 at http://blog.wlrn.org Felons, Drop-Outs And The Poor: Broward Wants To Hire You PHOTOS: Highway Landscaping May Have Squelched Your Road Rage http://blog.wlrn.org/post/photos-highway-landscaping-may-have-squelched-your-road-rage <p class="p1"><span class="s1">There’s a good chance you’ve seen the work of Elisabeth Hassett and an equally good chance you didn’t really notice it. Hassett is the landscape architect for the Florida Department of Transportation’s District 4, which includes Broward and Palm Beach Counties. When there’s a need for highway-side landscape design, Hassett has almost definitely had a hand in choosing the plants and the layout -- a far more complicated art than you might imagine.</span></p> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 18:26:47 +0000 Kenny Malone 29918 at http://blog.wlrn.org PHOTOS: Highway Landscaping May Have Squelched Your Road Rage No More Long Wait Times For Broward Buses http://blog.wlrn.org/post/no-more-long-wait-times-broward-buses <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Broward transit began installing a $12.6-million bus-locating software on Monday. The application will help Broward residents who take the bus keep track of where their ride is.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 22:27:06 +0000 Lisann Ramos 28739 at http://blog.wlrn.org No More Long Wait Times For Broward Buses Take A Virtual Tour Of Broward County's Main Library http://blog.wlrn.org/post/take-virtual-tour-broward-countys-main-library <p>With its asymmetrical exterior shape, dark, contrasting windows and floating staircases; the Broward County Main Library in Fort Lauderdale separates itself from surrounding buildings.</p><p>The library was recently awarded landmark status by the county despite being currently under several remodeling and construction projects.</p><p>To see what's so cool about the the 29-year-old, eight-story building, click through the photos above to take a virtual tour.</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 16:44:58 +0000 Diego Saldaña-Rojas 27441 at http://blog.wlrn.org Take A Virtual Tour Of Broward County's Main Library E-Cigarette Sales To Minors Now A Crime In Three Broward Cities http://blog.wlrn.org/post/e-cigarette-sales-minors-now-crime-three-broward-cities <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you’re under 18 and try to buy a pack of cigarettes in Florida – well, you can’t.</span></p><p>And three Broward County cities have passed laws to ensure the same thing happens with the trendy new electronic alternative to a pack of “smokes.”</p><p>This week, Weston banned the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.&nbsp; The ordinance makes Weston the third Broward County city to try to regulate the sale of the increasingly popular devices where kids are concerned.&nbsp; Sunrise and Lighthouse Point recently passed similar ordinances.</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 16:55:12 +0000 Christine DiMattei 26901 at http://blog.wlrn.org E-Cigarette Sales To Minors Now A Crime In Three Broward Cities More Mormons? Time For A Temple http://blog.wlrn.org/post/more-mormons-time-temple <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The first Mormon temple in South Florida is scheduled to open this spring in Davie to serve the region’s growing Mormon population.</span></p><p>The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints’ membership in South Florida has almost doubled in the last six years, to around 25,000, according to church officials.</p><p>All those Mormons have had to go to Orlando or farther to hold important religious ceremonies, like marriage, performed in a temple.</p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 22:58:53 +0000 Arianna Prothero 26714 at http://blog.wlrn.org More Mormons? Time For A Temple How Much Is That Puppy In The Shelter Window? Name Your Price This Friday http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-much-puppy-shelter-window-name-your-price-friday <p></p><p>You can get a good deal on a lot of items this Black Friday, including a new pet.</p><p>Broward County’s animal shelter is letting potential adopters name their own price on a dog or cat between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Friday.</p><p>According to Lisa Mendheim, who is the public education coordinator for the shelter, you really can name any price—even a penny.</p><p>“We’ll take it,” Mendheim said with a laugh. “We usually have people a little more generous than that. We’ve had people give hundreds of dollars for a pet and then others give what they can.”</p><p></p> Sun, 01 Dec 2013 00:52:19 +0000 Arianna Prothero 24334 at http://blog.wlrn.org How Much Is That Puppy In The Shelter Window? Name Your Price This Friday Broward Aims For A More Bicycle Friendly Community http://blog.wlrn.org/post/broward-aims-more-bicycle-friendly-community <p></p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman & Paul Leary 23988 at http://blog.wlrn.org Broward Aims For A More Bicycle Friendly Community A Tale Of Two Bike Shares From Miami Beach To Broward http://blog.wlrn.org/post/tale-two-bike-shares-miami-beach-broward <p></p><p></p><p>The city of Miami Beach and Broward County both launched bike shares in 2011 but the two programs have seen vastly different success rates.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">Bike shares have been popping up across the country over the past few years with one of the most recent additions launching in New York City earlier this summer. Despite its reputation for not being bike-friendly, South Florida was an early adopter of the bike share-- an idea, like many things in our region, born in another country.</span></p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 15:17:55 +0000 Arianna Prothero 19826 at http://blog.wlrn.org A Tale Of Two Bike Shares From Miami Beach To Broward Broward Sheriff Has Message For Young People Watching The Zimmerman Trial http://blog.wlrn.org/post/broward-sheriff-has-message-young-people-watching-zimmerman-trial <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the George Zimmerman murder trial continues in Sanford, local law enforcement is planning for possible riots once a verdict is reached.</span></p><p>Zimmerman is facing second-degree murder charges in the shooting death of Miami Gardens teen Trayvon Martin.</p><p>The case sparked protests last year when Zimmerman wasn't immediately arrested, and Broward Sheriff Scott Israel wants to avoid any trouble when the trial ends.&nbsp;</p><p>His office has produced a PSA with the theme raise your voice, not your hands.</p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 15:02:01 +0000 Marva Hinton 17120 at http://blog.wlrn.org Broward Sheriff Has Message For Young People Watching The Zimmerman Trial South Florida Watchdog Report Publisher Dan Ricker http://blog.wlrn.org/post/south-florida-watchdog-report-publisher-dan-ricker <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">05/20/13 - Monday’s&nbsp;</span><a href="https://twitter.com/TopicalCurrents" style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Topical Currents</strong></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is with contributor Dan </span>Ricker<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, publisher of the weekly </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.watchdogreport.net"><em>Watchdog Report</em></a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;Ricker</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> celebrates the </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">14</span><sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> anniversary of his independent internet news publication.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We’ll touch on many issues, including Miami-Dade’s dither over water and sewer infrastructure upgrades, as well as the Miami Dolphin’s loss of millions in the stadium upgrade debacle.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And though proceeds would benefit charity, would you pay to see the middle-aged Mayors of Hialeah and Miami Lakes face-off in a boxing match?&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That’s </span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/TopicalCurrents"><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Topical Currents</strong></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">at&nbsp;1pm on&nbsp;</span><a href="http://wlrn.org/schedule/WLRN" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(62, 72, 122); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><b style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">WLRN-HD1</b></a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;rebroadcast at 7pm on&nbsp;</span><a href="http://wlrn.org/schedule/wlrn-hd2" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(62, 72, 122); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><b style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">WLRN-HD2</b></a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;and audio on-demand after the live program.</span></p><p></p><p> Mon, 20 May 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman & Paul Leary 14309 at http://blog.wlrn.org South Florida Watchdog Report Publisher Dan Ricker Hit Us With Your Best Block http://blog.wlrn.org/post/hit-us-your-best-block <p>WLRN’s search for South Florida’s best block continues.</p><p></p><p>WLRN, the Miami Herald, the Townhouse Center and the Knight Foundation have joined forces to identify and celebrate the most vibrant city streets in South Florida.</p><p></p><p>So what does it take to be a best block?</p><p></p><p>“We’re trying to focus on areas where there’s mixed-use type buildings, where you might have a restaurant at the bottom floor, maybe some living spaces above it,” said Debra Acosta, a multimedia producer for the Miami Herald.</p><p></p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 22:01:39 +0000 Marva Hinton 1091 at http://blog.wlrn.org Hit Us With Your Best Block Drinks For All, And For More Hours, In Oakland Park http://blog.wlrn.org/post/drinks-all-and-more-hours-oakland-park <p></p><p>Yesterday was a big day for bars and restaurants in Oakland Park. After a unanimous commission vote last week, the city lifted its law prohibiting the sale of alcohol between 7 a.m. and noon on Sunday mornings.</p><p>Oakland Park is the latest in a string of cities (including Fort Lauderdale, Margate and Deerfield&nbsp;Beach) to repeal their so called "blue laws.”</p><p><strong>Hooligans Rule!</strong></p><p>You can make an argument that Oakland Park’s blue law repeal started with a group of English hooligans who wanted to watch their European soccer matches.</p> Sun, 27 Jan 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Kenny Malone 8057 at http://blog.wlrn.org Drinks For All, And For More Hours, In Oakland Park