Hundreds Of Hollywood Beachgoers Clean Up Trash In Honor Of Earth Day
More than 300 beachgoers in Hollywood spent their Saturday morning cleaning up trash from the sand as a part of the second annual Free Our Seas And Beyond Environmental Art Festival. Hosted by Nova Southeastern University and the nonprofit Free Our Seas , the festival hoped to get people out to celebrate Earth Day a few days early and learn more about threats to marine ecosystems in South Florida. "A lot of plastic bottles, a lot of plastic bags - bicycles are a big portion of [the trash] this morning," Vince Bolocofsky said. He's cleaning up with the Broward County chapter of the Surfrider Foundation . This is not his first beach clean up but he admits he's never seen five bikes pulled out of dunes in one morning before. "What you're not seeing just looking at it, is all the microplastic and stuff that people are picking up: those little pieces of plastic that have been broken up and broken down and wash up on the beaches every day," Bolocofsky said. Next door to the clean-up, 50
South Florida Mobile Home Parks Face Real Estate Crunch
In the hunt for housing affordability, mobile home parks have been an oasis. But developers are eyeing them, increasing rents and forcing some residents to leave. Mobile home parks – from Homestead to Hialeah to the Keys – are caught in the squeeze between rising real estate values and housing that has remained affordable, especially for those living on smaller paychecks or fixed incomes. On the South Florida Roundup, host Tom Hudson heard from some residents of these parks and a panel of WLRN reporters: Nadege Green, Nancy Klingener and Danny Rivero. Nejla Calvo, an attorney with Legal Services of Greater Miami , also joined the conversation. She works on behalf of residents who want to take legal action to try to stay in their homes. Here's an excerpt of the show: WLRN: So what's important about a mobile home park to understand that relationship oftentimes people who are living in the homes own the trailer – own everything from the rubber up but they don't own the ground underneath
Legislation Banning 'Sanctuary Cities' In Florida Heads To Final Vote
In a move that’s ignited fierce debate, Florida lawmakers appear set to approve controversial legislation that aims to ban so-called "sanctuary cities" in the state. Bills in the House and Senate both passed their final committees last week and are making their way to discussion. The legislation would require local police to honor requests from federal immigration authorities to detain people who are thought to be in the United States illegally. The House version would fine local governments that don’t cooperate with federal requests. Critics say the legislation is an attempt to incite fear in immigrant communities and would have a negative effect on local law enforcement efforts by chipping away at trust and community relations between officers and crime victims. On The Florida Roundup Friday, Republican Sen. Joe Gruters, who filed the Senate proposal, said the legislation seeks to remove “bad criminal illegal aliens” who’ve previously broken the law. “If they want to stay here they
CBD Is In A Grey Zone In Florida, But That Could Soon Change
Gummy bears, oils, cocktails, ice cream ... Products with CBD in them have practically become ubiquitous in South Florida. The chemical CBD comes from the cannabis plant and that fact is leaving business owners in a kind of grey zone. But increasingly the federal government is taking notice, while regulations from the state are forthcoming.