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Douglas Hanks


Miami, FL, United States

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Past articles by Douglas:

Miami-Dade Passes $9B Budget, Warns of Difficulty Next Year

In 2021, there will be a new mayor, up to seven new commissioners and there won’t be a $1 billion boost to the Miami-Dade budget from the CARES Act. Many are worried about impending budget cuts. → Read More

Restaurants, gyms closing again in Miami-Dade under new order targeting COVID surge

Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced he will make the emergency order. → Read More

Miami-Dade Reopening Gyms, Fitness Studios On June 8 After Months Of COVID-19 Closures

Gyms and fitness studios across Miami-Dade may reopen June 8 after 12 weeks of closures ordered by Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez in March as an emergency → Read More

Facing A Seaweed ‘Crisis’ On The Beach, Miami-Dade’s Preparing To Haul Away Sea Grass

A cloudless sky greeted Shannon Waddell and friends in Miami Beach for their weekend getaway from Atlanta, and the day might have qualified as postcard → Read More

Mayor’s budget has more cash for tutors, libraries and seaweed cleanup on beaches

County Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s proposed $8.9 billion Miami-Dade budget keeps most tax rates flat, raises water and garbage fees, and boosts spending at libraries, parks, and on beaches to deal with seaweed. → Read More

Lobbyist behind Genting’s monorail bid helped mayor block South Dade Metrorail plan

Ralph Garcia-Toledo helped Mayor Carlos Gimenez secure votes for a bus plan in private meetings last year with members of a county transportation board. Now the lobbyist is behind Genting’s pitch for a Miami Beach monorail. → Read More

Miami fireworks show cut short after bomb scare

The scare prompted police to clear out a nearby road, briefly sending pedestrians fleeing before the situation calmed down. → Read More

‘Major disappointment.’ Downtown Miami fireworks show cut short after bomb scare

A suspicious package prompted Miami police to order an early halt to downtown Miami’s Fourth of July fireworks show at Bayfront Park. The show ended about halfway through, and people briefly fled the scene. → Read More

Homestead on guard after black bear strolls through subdivision on Fourth of July

Homestead police spent the early morning hours of July 4 tracking a black bear through a residential neighborhood in the heart of Miami farming country. “We’ve had snakes and alligator calls. I can’t remember a bear.” → Read More

In Hialeah, police suspect a man killed himself after trying to murder his wife

Hialeah police offered few details on the suspected suicide and attempted murder. → Read More

Miami Beach mayor to county: My city doesn’t want a monorail linked to a casino

Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber complained about a vote in Miami-Dade County to entertain Genting’s proposal for a Chinese monorail between Miami and Miami Beach. He also warned against a casino transit link. → Read More

The end of Miami-Dade’s toll board? DeSantis signs law dissolving the MDX

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signs bill dissolving the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority, replacing it with the Greater Miami Expressway Agency — but the switch from MDX to GMX is still being fought in court. → Read More

Casino giant Genting and Chinese firm propose monorail linking Miami with Miami Beach

Casino giant Genting and a Chinese firm are hoping to win a Miami-Dade contract to build a monorail between Miami and Miami Beach. First, the county has to decide whether to pursue the proposal and find the money to pay for it. → Read More

Norbert Seals, lobbyist and political consultant in Miami-Dade, dies at age 60

Norbert Seals was an early aide to Alex Penelas and had a successful career as a campaign manager, consultant and Miami-Dade lobbyist. He died June 18 at age 60. → Read More

Unable to expand Metrorail, Miami leaders hope China can fix their transit woes

The heads of Broward’s and Miami-Dade’s transportation boards are flying to China, Hong Kong and Japan to tour maglev trains and other options. Casino giant Genting is proposing a transit line between Miami and Miami Beach. → Read More

How cut-rate SoBe hostel launched Jerry Falwell Jr. ‘pool boy’ saga, naked picture hunt

The pool boy saga that has roiled the lives of an evangelical leader and his wife began with a chance meeting at the Fontainebleau Hilton pool → Read More

Trump finally returns to his Doral resort, has most of it to himself. A peek inside.

Donald Trump was a regular at his Doral resort until he became president. A $250,000-a-plate fundraiser brought his first visit as the commander-in-chief. → Read More

In the Miami suburbs, trash days will be a bit more expensive this fall

Trash fees will go up in the fall in Miami-Dade’s unincorporated areas. The county said the 4 percent boost is needed to cover increased payroll costs. A one-time fee to cover 2017’s Hurricane Irma arrives in 2020. → Read More

‘It cracked like hell.’ Feds say engineers didn’t heed alarms before FIU bridge collapse.

A report from OSHA is the latest indication that engineers ignored disturbing signs before failing to close Tamiami Trail in the hours before Florida International University bridge came crashing down, killing six. → Read More

County scrambling to find new land as Beckham prepares to buy a rejected stadium site

It has been two years since David Beckham and partners won a $9 million land deal for a county-owned site the group no longer wants for soccer. The partners are ready to buy, and Miami-Dade is shopping for a replacement. → Read More