The Florida Grand Opera has gone digital for National Opera Week.
The week celebrates the vibrance and culture of the art form in America today. But as the FGO's approach to participating in the week illustrates, there is a marked difference in how they are working to reach new audiences, as compared to the past.
An interview with Jonathan Rodrigues from the Brazilian Community Center in Deerfield Beach.
During election season, we tend to hear a lot about the Cuban vote or the Jewish vote. Both are powerful voting blocs that attract the attention—and promises—of politicians.
A young Brazilian community organizer has his eye on what he hopes will become another voting bloc.
Jonathan Rodrigues lives in Pompano Beach and volunteers at the Brazilian Community Center in Deerfield Beach. He got his undergraduate degree at the University of Chicago and spent much of his time there thinking about home—studying South Florida's Brazilian population and considering his own role in that communtity .
Rodrigues is a first-generation Brazilian American. “Historically that first generation is the generation that propels the community forward into civic engagement,” he said.
According to the American Community Survey by the U.S. Census, there are an estimated 21,000 Brazilians living in Broward County and another 12,000 in Miami-Dade. Rodrigues suspects that number is actually a lot higher.
“All you have to do is drive down Sample Road or North Federal Highway in Deerfield Beach and Pompano and you’ll see the proliferation of Brazilian small businesses.”
State election officials say they have received just over 1 million early votes and more than 1.5 million absentee ballots. Meanwhile, election officials are visiting Palm Beach County again. The county's election office has been plagued with printing problems on its absentee ballots.
If you're lucky enough to live within a 10-minute drive of a Burger King, your life is about to get even sweeter.
BK is rolling out a home delivery program. It starts this week with six urban restaurants in Miami and will expand gradually to about three dozen other stores in Miami-Dade and Broward counties by the end of the year.
It's a compressed early voting period in Florida this year and that's one reason the lines at the polling places are so long.
But it's not the only reason.
Eleven constitutional amendments are on the ballot and each is printed in its entirety. In previous elections, voters would have to deal only with a concise 75-word summary of each proposed amendment, each rigorously vetted by the Florida Supreme Court for clarity.
Dan Christensen of Browardbulldog.org reported last week on some of the interesting characters that were (sort of) part of a privatization deal between the Department of Children and Families and a company in Broward.
DCF put out a bid several months ago to privatize the management of mental health and substance abuse services in Broward County.
A non-profit group called Broward Behavioral Health Coalition eventually won the $45 million deal from DCF.
In the spirit of today's festivities, here is a video from Florida New Majority (they have an office here in Miami) that warns Floridians that the only way to avoid a "Romney Zombie Apocalypse" is to vote.
The group says:
In a state plagued by natural disasters, exploding pythons, and the strangest politics on the planet, Florida voters are bracing for the latest horror -- zombie apocalypse!
Over 70,000 people in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe counties voted yesterday, bringing the total to over a quarter-million in the region that have cast ballots at the polls early since Saturday.
Tonight the NBA's reigning kings will finally be crowned.
After knocking the Oklahoma City Thunder out of the box in June, the Miami Heat will receive their championship rings tonight in Miami's American Airlines Arena. The celebration comes before the season opening game between the Heat and the Boston Celtics.
While Lebron James has been waiting a lifetime for this moment, it's going to put new teammate Ray Allen in an awkward position.
This weekend, thousands of early voters in Miami stood through some very long lines.
And it looks like the line hasn't let up.
On Monday afternoon, a workday, lines where still up to four hours in Miami Dade.
At North Dade Regional Library the wait was three-and-a-half hours. At Coral Reef and West Dade Regional Library it was about three hours, as well. However, the longest lines in the county were at North Dade Regional Library, where the wait time there was a grueling four hours.
The numbers suggest a lot of people are really anxious to get this voting business behind them. According to an AP report this morning, 1.9 million Floridians, about 16 percent of the electorate, have voted already.
Most of those have cast absentee ballots but about a half million have done it in person, often waiting for hours at early voting sites.
Even though Hurricane Sandy has moved past South Florida, the region's airports continue to feel the storm's effects.
Director of Operations at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Mike Monnemacher, said 152 flights have been canceled at his airport.
"One of our larger markets for this airport is to the Northeast," Monnemacher said. " So, when we're not having any operations into the Washington all the up through Boston area, that's a significant number of aircraft. So, right now we have 35 aircraft that really don't have any place to go."
Under new federal dietary rules, kids in school cafeteria lunch lines will be required to accept a serving of fruit or vegetables. But since there is no corresponding federal power to make them eat it, it’s likely many students will soon be defying their government at lunchtime.
Besides the 11 proposed amendments to the state Constitution, Miami-Dade dwellers will also be deciding the fate of 8 proposed charter amendments.
These charter amendments are significantly shorter than the state-level changes, but there are quite a few of them-- and like most ballot measures, they can be kind of confusing. However, here is our breakdown created with the help of The Florida League of Women Voters' 2012 Voting Guide.