The world woke up Sunday morning to find out that an Orlando gay nightclub filled with people had been sprayed with bullets from an automatic rifle. First, the death toll was 20. By midday Sunday, that number leaped to 50 people, with as many injured, many barely clinging to life. The unspeakable crime has been labeled the worst mass shooting in American history. Ongoing investigations have revealed that the gunman visited the club many times; had contacted gay men through a gay app; had been investigated by the FBI twice
Last week, Miami Gardens made a giant leap toward having control related to land use and permitting at the new Dolphins Stadium. It is about time. It should have happened sooner so that Miami Gardens could have had some say in the ongoing $450 million renovation to the stadium. However, in future, Miami Gardens will issue zoning permits with the county able to hear appeals from developers if needed.
On Thursday, May 26, Miami City Commissioners designated the boundaries of Little Haiti. For the Haitians, it was the culmination of 16 years of waiting to have a slice of Miami. For the historic preservationists and descendants of Miami’s pioneers, it was a loss and a slap in the face. Both groups had valid arguments. The Haitians wanted to create an enclave that they could call home, much like the Cubans did in Little Havana. And they did. The new immigrants say they built up a blighted area and made it livable. Miami natives say, no such thing.
Christian Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, Inc. in partnership with the Florida Summer Food Program, will be offering free meals for children from infancy to 18 during the summer. Call 305- 693-1301. St. Mary First Missionary Baptist Church in Coconut Grove will host an Alcohol Literacy Challenge Training Workshop on June 20 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 305-790-58936. Persons interested in traveling to Tampa to attend the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education (NBCC) June 20-24 contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 305-858-4347. Ebenezer United Methodist Church will host a women’s empowerment conference themed ~ “Women Empowered through Prayer for this Generation,” on June 24 – 26. Call 786-295-8764 or 305-635-6413. Norland United Methodist Preschool will provide free meals and snacks for students enrolled during the school year. Call 305-510-6173.
One thing is clear: Black people love coming to South Florida. Every year, for the last 10 years, thousands of Black young visitors come from all over to converge and party on Miami Beach. The crowds have dwindled and surged -- depending on who you ask -- but still it is clear that Black people want to be in Miami during Memorial Day weekend. Another event that draws Black people – mostly of Caribbean descent – is the Best of the Best concert. It too has a 10-year history in Miami. Finally in 2016, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau sanctioned and supported the event. It was about time.
Opa-locka Commissioner Terence Pinder died last week after his city-owned SUV crashed into a tree at Opa-locka Airport. The news of the early morning crash rippled through the city that is already hurting from news of FBI investigations into corruption and an unresolvable financial crisis by the city. Pinder’s untimely death has added a layer of chaos to an already turbulent situation. Indeed it is tragic since with him are explanations to malfeasance that will never be told. However, city leaders must not slow down in clearing the financial hurdles over which they need to climb.
Last week a Republican who is seeking U.S Sen. Marco Rubio’s post called President Obama an “animal” during a speech. Republicans and Democrats have called on Carlos Beruff to apologize for calling the Commander in Chief such a derogatory term. He refuses. He defends his vitriolic diatribe by saying it was taken out of context. It is hard to say how his comments, said on tape, could be taken out of context. He discounts the president’s military policies, saying that they have hurt the nation. The White House has not commented on Beruff’s inexcusably bad choice of words.
On May 11, Miami Beach made a bold move. Its commission voted to raise the minimum wage to $10.31 per hour, starting July 2017. A rate increase of $1 per year would raise the rate to $13.31 by 2020. The final vote is expected to be June 8.
Opa-locka officials knew late last year that they needed a recovery plan in order to request help from Gov. Rick Scott. So it’s no surprise, that residents are angry by the memo from Chief Inspector General Melinda Miguel demanding that City Manager David Chiverton submit the necessary paperwork.
The Miami-Dade National Pan Hellenic Council (NPHC) holds a Miami Greek Picnic on Saturday, April 30 from 12 to 5 p.m. at the Historic Virginia Key Beach. Visit MiamiGreekPicnic.EventBrite.com. Miami Northwester Class of 1966 will have their 50th reunion dance on Saturday, May 7 from 8 to 1 at Miami Firefighters Benevolent Hall. Call 305-338539. Lincoln Memorial Cemetery and Evergreen Cemetery will be open for Mother’s Day. Call 786-520-0552 or 305-758-2292.