The whitewall rubber tires, which until recently had been on the bottom of the ocean floor off the coast of Broward County, now look like deflated, salt-encrusted life preservers, and reek of the decayed smell of barnacles mixed with sea spray.
They are the stars of an art exhibit called “The Eclipse,” open now in Miami’s Wynwood district, a tribute to a failed plan to create an artificial reef and mankind’s attempts to remove the tires and save the ocean from even more destruction.
It used to be that Key West, Victoria Park and South Beach were the centers of gay life in South Florida. Over the last decade, this tiny town of about 12,000 people, just outside of Fort Lauderdale – has taken over. Wilton Manors has more same-sex couples per capita than anyplace but Provincetown, Massachusetts. The latest census numbers got screwed up, but by some estimates, 40% of the population is gay.
Every school district in Florida is dealing with layoffs and budget cuts. But Broward County in South Florida is facing the largest budget deficit in the state—more than $140 million. And its forced teachers and students in the nation’s 6th largest school district to get creative about spending money.
Students at South Broward High in Hollywood waited in the rain during the first week of school to get inside what used to be the video production classroom. Only, the video production program was cut last school year.
After January’s massive earthquake, thousands of Haitians fled to the United States. More than 2,500 of them were school-aged kids who were quickly placed in classrooms across South Florida.
The new students were suddenly immersed in a foreign language, culture, and school system. It could have been a bewildering experience. But at Boyd Anderson High School in Lauderdale Lakes, the Haitian students who lived in South Florida before the quake took the recent arrivals under their wings.
When Under the Sun heard about a cat retirement home in Broward County, our interest was more than a little bit piqued. So, we sent Under the Sun’s resident retiree, Robert Lyle, over for a visit.
He met with Steve Kilmer and Ella Schutt, owners of Palm Meow in Hollywood. The many amenities of this retirement community include daily brushing and cat massage, videos of mice and other furry creatures, relaxing classical music, and individualized play sessions. Sorry, cats only.