Super Wealthy Flock To South Florida Lured By The Appeal Of More Sunshine And Fewer Taxes
The pull of sunshine, designer living and lower taxes are attracting more home buyers to South Florida's high-end real estate market. And Michael Goldstein, President of the Acqualina Brand, says the buyers are coming from one place in particular. “Sixty-five percent of my buyers are coming from the northeast,” Goldstein says. "Most of the buyers that are coming in, they are not buying my small units, they are buying combination units, penthouses, single-family homes.” At a time when affordability has become a major problem for South Florida residents, New York City hedge-fund managers and Silicon Valley CEOs are the new “foreign buyers” driving prices and property values further away from the average salary. “We are seeing the early stages of migration of homeowners that are in the northeast or in California. They [are] really focused on lower tax situations,” says Jonathan Miller, chief executive of the real estate appraisal firm Miller Samuel and author of the Douglas Elliman report
In North Miami, New Netflix Series Hits Home And Sparks Conversations About Change
While barbers swept fallen hair from the floor of Fweago Cutz barber shop, guests and volunteers set up folding chairs and a projector. After the lights were off and the crowd was seated, Jefferson Noel pressed play. The community organizer rented out the barbershop to screen the new Netflix series, "When They See Us." More importantly, he set up a candid panel discussion with former public defendants and activists in the community to discuss the issues that come up in the story. The show tells the true story of five black and latino teenagers in New York who in 1989 were wrongfully accused and convicted of beating and raping a white woman jogging in Central Park. The group were coerced into giving false confessions and spent years in the prison system before being exonerated in 2002. “I’m not an emotional guy but I almost cried. Everyone knows Jefferson Noel does not cry, I do not. But I was in the bed watching the film and I saw myself,” Noel said. After watching the movie, Noel
Can't Call At Cuba? Some Cruises Stopping At Key West Instead
The recent U.S. ban on cruise ships traveling to Cuba has had a ripple effect on South Florida's cruise industry. Yet not all of it is bad news. In fact, it's bringing more attention to the southernmost port of call for these big ships in the continental U.S.
Could Florida Become A 'Beacon Of Hope' For The LGBTQ Community?
Three years after the deadliest act of violence against LGBTQ people in the history of the country, at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, activists across the state are encouraged by what they say are positive steps forward for Florida’s LGBTQ community. In spite of significant challenges, including from conservative lawmakers who hold the majority of seats in the statehouse, a federal memorial is in the works at the site of the shooting in Orlando. And this week, Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis voiced his support for the gay community. Pulse survivor Brandon Wolf, who is now an advocate and media director with the group Equality Florida , said Friday on The Florida Roundup that he is optimistic about the future. “My hope and my thought is that as we get into the next legislative session, Florida will turn the tide and the South will be a beacon of hope for everyone about what’s possible in terms of protecting folks,” he said. A bill to federally recognize a Pulse memorial at
South Florida Emergency Officials Turn To Drones, Mapping Data For 2019 Hurricane Season
Two years ago, it looked as if Hurricane Irma would make a direct hit to South Florida. Hundreds of thousands of people were ordered to leave their homes. Many did and found emergency shelters with no room and gridlocked traffic. Even when storms come and go within a day, recouping costs for local governments can take months and years. Last month, Miami-Dade County learned it would be getting $119 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It’s money the county already spent cleaning up debris left over from the storm. (Add in state funds, and Dade County should get about $150 million.) This year, forecasters are predicting a near-normal Atlantic hurricane season: they’re expecting up to 15 named storms – with at least two major hurricanes. On the South Florida Roundup, host Tom Hudson spoke with South Florida’s emergency management bosses: Tracy Jackson of Broward County; Bill Johnson of Palm Beach County; Martin Senterfitt of Monroe County; and Frank Rollason of Miami-Dade