The Miami Times 2013 Year in Review
Carla St.Louis | 1/1/2014, 9 a.m.
M-DC unemployment rate nears double digits: Miami-Dade County, the largest county in South Florida, saw its jobless rate rise to 9.9 percent, the highest since 2011. The numbers indicated that while MD-C employers added approximately 10,500 new payroll positions in March 2013, the boost equated to only half of the job growth recorded last summer. According to data released from Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity, it was the smallest number of jobs added by MD-C since October 2010. In MD-C fewer new hires were reported in healthcare, hospitality and the cargo industry while construction hiring remained flat.
NBA player Jason Collins comes out: Jason Collins is the first active male athlete in a major American sport team to identify himself as a homosexual. The 12-year NBA veteran made the announcement in a first-person essay for Sports Illustrated magazine that appeared online. “I’m a 34-year old NBA center. I’m Black. And I’m gay,” Collins wrote in the first paragraph of the story. The article ran in Sports Illustrated’s May issue, and was co-written by Franz Lidz.
St. John CDC cuts ribbon on Overtown housing projects: Last fall, new housing projects opened their doors to anxious residents in several Black communities including Opa-locka. The housing projects stemmed from a $20 million federal grant from the Department of Housing & Urban Development Neighborhood Stabilization Program and Liberty City. Elected officials like City Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones and Congresswoman Frederica Wilson and members of the community like Bishop James Adams were on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony for the St. John Village apartments located at 1410 NW 1st Avenue and 1731/41 NW 1st Court.
LeBron James wins 4th MVP: Lebron James of the Miami Heat closed this year with the ultimate honor in basketball: He was awarded the 2012-2013 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player of the Year at the American Airlines Arena. It’s the fourth time in his career, that James received such recognition. Later in the year, he married his longtime high school sweetheart and mother of his children, Savannah Brinson.
Cops choke teen over “dehumanizing stares”: After 14-year-old Tremaine McMillian is caught by police officers rough-housing at the beach with a friend, his mother--along with the world--witnessed Miami-Dade county police officers choking him. The incident was caught on camera by McMillian’s mother, Maurissa Holmes and shows the youth being held on the ground by force with the arm of one officer aorund the boy’s neck. After the footage went viral on the Internet, millions of people were outraged calling the incident an overreaction. McMillan was charged with a felony for resisting arrest with violence and disorderly conduct.
North Miami elects first female Haitian-American Mayor: In a city plagued with racial tension that often dominates the political landscape, Lucy Tondreau defeated her opponents with good, ole’ fashion credibility. She made history as the City of North Miami’s first female Haitian-American mayor defeating her opponents with a whooping 55.7 percent of the votes. After entering office, her first call of action was meeting with the City’s various homeowners association to identify the different issues and sources of dissension.