Fifteen thousand people are leaving Puerto Rico every year, and half of them are coming Florida. Many are leaving because of an explosion of violence on the island. Over the last several years, the murder rate has been between five and seven times the national average.
Miami New Times reporter Michael E. Miller traveled to Puerto Rico to find out how things got so bad. The answer? Drugs and police, says Miller. Here's what he found out.
Inside Jose Moreno's Judaica shop in Aventura, there's an entire wall lined with Hebrew books. Other shelves hold glistening menorahs and there's a rack filled with special Passover games and toys for children.
An elderly customer enters the shop wearing a yarmulke and Moreno greets him in Spanish.
Moreno, 71, was raised in Venezuela and for many years owned a similar store in Caracas.
"Most of the Jewish people had good businesses and [a] good living standard,” Moreno said. “We had a lot of synagogues, temples, schools.”
Over the weekend, public transit advocates in Miami built a temporary train station along an imaginary transit line. They called it the Purple Line, sticking with the theme of Miami’s other two commuter rail lines, the Orange and the Green. Organizers of the project say this mock train station is going to help improve public transit in the city.
All Tuesday night, we listened to South Floridians react to the death of Hugo Chavez. Many (most) of the reactions were celebratory. Those celebrations took the form of songs, drive-by shoutings and apparently an accordion death ballad.
Below is a roundup of the most colorful reactions to the death of Venezuela's oft-beloved and perhaps equally hated leader.
For tourists visiting Fort Lauderdale, a stroll across the massive 17th Street Causeway Bridge affords a rare panorama of bustling Port Everglades and the city-block-sized cruise ships that navigate the waters leading out to the Atlantic Ocean. For Jen Klaassens, it's an invaluable training ground.
"I go up and down the 17th Street Causeway Bridge and back and forth," Klaassens said.