White canes, guide dogs and a beacon for the blind

Each year on Oct. 15, White Cane Awareness Day spotlights the blind and visually impaired and their all-important navigation tool, the white cane. The white cane is an essential tool that enables those who are blind or visually impaired to traverse independently despite their disability. The cane effectively extends their hands and arms, so that … Read more

Victory in North Bay Village for billionaire Ansin family’s Sunbeam Properties – The Real Deal South Florida

Andy Ansin and renderings of project in North Bay Village (Sunbeam) The billionaire Ansin family’s Sunbeam Properties secured the final vote needed to build a taller 7.3 million-square-foot development on 13 acres it owns in North Bay Village. Despite residents’ opposition to the height increases, North Bay Village commissioners voted in favor of three ordinances, … Read more

20 Facts About the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival

Jamaican cuisine stands side-by-side with the nation’s other cultural pillars, such as reggae, dancehall, and athletics. When it comes to Jamaican food, of course, jerk is king. And, when it comes to the celebration of all things jerk, the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival tops the list. This year’s festival, which will be held Sunday, November … Read more

Rising rent prices are finally easing in South Florida

Rents have finally started to slow down in South Florida after a year of record growth, but whether the trend continues is up in the air. Various reports indicate that renters might have a small breather after seeing stark increases in their rents. The Waller, Weeks and Johnson Rental Index, conducted by researchers at various … Read more

Florida Law Enforcement Agencies Fail to Submit Data for FBI Crime Report

The FBI has released its highly anticipated annual Crime in the Nation report to inform the public and policymakers about the current state of crime in the United States. But because of inadequate law enforcement participation, this year’s data paints an incomplete picture of crime trends, especially in the Sunshine State. The lack of hard … Read more

Broward town official says she fears for safety after mayor texts her ‘homophobic’ video

PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – Pembroke Park’s town attorney says she fears for her safety after the mayor texted her a video she called “homophobic” and “misogynistic.” It’s the latest development in an ongoing and highly-public feud between two top officials in the south Broward town of about 7,000 people. Mayor Geoffrey Jacobs insists he sent … Read more

South Florida man shoots ex’s boyfriend, himself, cops say

Archive Getty Images/iStockphoto A man shot his ex’s boyfriend in the hand in a Kendall apartment Tuesday, then drove to his Pinecrest home and shot himself in the head before SWAT officers stormed the property, police said. The alleged shooter was still alive once police got inside his Pinecrest home, and he was transported to … Read more

Fort Lauderdale, seen through a different lens

After reading the Sun Sentinel Editorial Board’s endorsements for the Fort Lauderdale City Commission’s upcoming special election, I am struck by the disconnect between the city and its hometown newspaper. The editorial page paints a Chicken Little picture of doom and gloom. You would think the population was exiting in droves. I see a sustainable … Read more

Related building 45-story luxury condo tower on Las Olas

This real-estate feature from the South Florida Sun Sentinel highlights the latest plans for new construction as demand rises for more housing, offices and stores across the region. You can submit questions through this form or by emailing buildings@sunsentinel.com, if you’re wondering about “what’s being built there?” in your community. Here’s one of the latest … Read more