Homestead

Bond Money
1:42 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Homestead Earns $26 Million In Voter Trust

Former Homestead mayor Steve Bateman was one of three South Florida mayors arrested on corruption charges last August.

UPDATE 8 a.m., May 14: The City of Homestead reports voters overwhelmingly approved bond referendums Tuesday.

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If I Were Mayor
9:23 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

What Does Homestead Mayor Jeff Porter Need To Know?

Mayor Jeff Porter of Homestead (right) says he "can't undo the past" but is trying to make government processes as open as possible.
Credit Daniel Bock / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Our If I Were Mayor project continues as we bring your ideas to the mayors in office.

Homestead's mayor Jeff Porter, a former councilman and vice mayor, took office last fall. He follows Steve Bateman, one of the three mayors arrested in August of 2013 for corruption charges.    

 

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If I Were Mayor
6:12 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

'I Can't Undo The Past': Interview With Homestead Mayor Jeff Porter

Mayor Jeff Porter of Homestead says the media given people the wrong idea about the role of the mayor: "I'm not the guy in charge of everything."

Our If I Were Mayor project continues as we bring your ideas to the mayors. We spoke with Homestead's new mayor, Jeff Porter. Mayor Porter, a former councilman and vice mayor, took office last fall. He follows Steve Bateman, one of the three mayors arrested in August of 2013 for corruption charges.   

The position of Homestead mayor pays $6,000. It is intended to be a part-time position.

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Links
7:53 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

WLRN's Five Most Popular Stories For Jan. 6-10

Locals embark on the first Homestead national parks trolley ride.
Credit Jessica Meszaros / WLRN

This week's top attention-grabbing  stories include:  A proposal to add a Satanic statue in the Oklahoma Capitol, a Vero Beach company employing all-day surveillance of company smartphones and computers,  a free trolley giving locals access to Biscayne and Everglades national parks, and more.

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Transit And Tours
9:17 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Homestead Launches Free National Parks Trolley

Homestead's trolley goes to and from Everglades National Park three times, and Biscayne National Park twice on Saturdays and Sundays.
Jessica Meszaros WLRN

  

About a year ago, the city of Homestead was designated "The Gateway To Biscayne and Everglades National Parks." This past weekend the city launched its first free, guided trolley ride into the parks, which the city hopes will see more local visitors with the start of the new service.

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Science
2:11 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Robots Are Invading Homestead

Yong Lin works on RoboSimian, the entry of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Labs, before the Robotics Challenge Trials begin at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Credit CAMMY CLARK / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

The qualifying trials for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Robotics Challenge start Friday. The robot races are sponsored by the Pentagon’s research unit.

Teams of engineers from all over the world are vying for a chance to compete for a $2 million prize. But sponsors hope much more will come of the event.

Here’s the challenge: Create a robot that can walk on rocky terrain, open doors, remove debris, close a valve. Basically, do all the things a first responder would do.

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News
3:57 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Homestead Aims High With Observation-Tower Plan

A rendering of the kind of observation tower Homestead officials are considering building to lure tourists to the city's downtown.
Credit LARC, Inc.

Imagine this: You’re heading down the Florida Turnpike on your way to the Keys and spot this interesting-looking steel tower.  It’s got an observation deck that corkscrews from the ground all the way to a height of about 560 feet.

You’re gonna stop the car, right?

That’s what Homestead officials are counting on.  The city is considering building such a tower to attract tourists to its downtown.

Homestead director of community redevelopment Rick Ammirato says the city is perfectly situated to offer visitors an extraordinary view.

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Local Government
11:13 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Police Arrest Homestead Mayor For Ethics Violations

Miami-Dade state attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle speaks at a press conference Wednesday announcing the arrest of Homestead Mayor Steve Bateman. Investigator Robert Fielder (center) and other officials concerned with ethics enforcement stand next to him.
Credit Patience Haggin

Homestead Mayor Steve Bateman was arrested on Wednesday morning for allegedly using his position as mayor to obtain private employment.

According to the charges, Bateman had a deal with the nonprofit Community Health of South Florida (CHI) to be paid $125 an hour for consulting services. Authorities also believe CHI set aside a total of $120,000 to pay him and hired an assistant for him.

Bateman was arrested at his home.

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End of the Line
6:34 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

End Of The Line: Postcard From Alabama Jack’s

Betty Whitten is a regular at Alabama Jack’s. She clogs to the music of the Card Sound Machine Band.
Robert Lyle

If you follow U.S. 1 to the very end of the Florida peninsula, veer onto Card Sound Road, and make your way through the mangrove swamps, you’ll find it.  A wooden shanty with a roof but no walls: an open-air bar and restaurant.  It’s the very last place on the U.S. mainland.  And it’s called Alabama Jack’s.

Under the Sun
4:27 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Human Hair Is Farmers’ Friend

A circular hairmat is placed around a plant.
Dan Grech

That’s according to Blair Blacker, and he should know.  In this story, host Dan Grech visits a warehouse in Florida City with Blacker to have a look at a novel product– mats made from human hair.  Blacker says the mats fertilize plants better than most herbicides, plus they prevent weeds and conserve water.  The circular mats, made by SmartGrow, fit snugly around a plant’s base and biodegrade over time.

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