Algae blooms that have been making people sick have spread to Martin and St. Lucie Counties in Florida, according to WPTV.
TCPalm reports that officials in both Martin and St. Lucie County have appealed to Florida Department of Environmental Regulation to test the water, determine what type of algae is in it, and see if it’s related to blue green algae linked to Lake Okeechobee’s freshwater discharges.
Tourism could be affected by the algae blooms.
Nerissa Okiye, who is the Marketing and Tourism Director for Martin County, told WPTV that she has been fielding questions from people who had placed trips to Martin County before the algae blooms began.
She told WPTV that “When they’re seeing this, it puts a hesitancy. Do I want to go there?”
The algae has been known to cause rashes and hay fever like symptoms in people that it has come in contact with, and nausea and vomiting in people who ingest it.
In the meantime, signs have been put up advising people not to approach the algae, and affected beaches have put up red flags as to advise swimmers.
Martin County Health Department spokesperson Renay Rouse told WPTV that “It is unusual…As a precaution we wanted to get the signage out there. The big message is if you see algae avoid contact with it.”
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Tomorrow, Saturday May 28th is National Burger Day and the culmination of a month long celebration of the most American of foods, The Burger.
Every restaurant has their own version of a burger; traditional with cheese and maybe lettuce and tomato, Waygu beef, mixture of ground beef, brisket and short ribs, stuffed with foie gras, special sauce, or a Chefs “secret” blend of meats and….?
The James Beard Foundation has launched for the second year a Blended Burger Project Challenge encouraging chefs to combine meat with vegetables like mushrooms to create a healthier alternative. Five winning chefs will get to cook at a special event at the James Beard House in the Fall.
So in honor of The Burger, in addition to the already MIAbites highlightedPincho Factory burgers( http://www.miabites.com/home/2016/5/10/national-burger-month-pincho-factory-miami?rq=pincho ) and the PB Station Burger ( http://www.miabites.com/home/2016/5/16/national-burger-month-pb-station-burger-by-the-pubbelly-boys?rq=PB%20Station).
Here are 10 Top Burgers we like in Miami:
Vagabond Cheeseburger – ($16) Chef Alex Chang pays homage to the west coast classic In & Out Burger. Burger is blend of chuck, brisket, short rib, and a small amount off ground pork fatback. Potato bun is from Martin’s. Classic bread and butter pickle recipe made in house. Caramelized onion and American cheese are on top of the burger. Remoulade spread on the bun. Served with house cut fries and Smoked paprika aioli.
Fooq’s Burger – ($20)- 8 oz. patty (short rib, brisket, skirt steak blend), melting Jarlsberg, special sauce on a toasted brioche bun with house-cut fries.
The Anderson– Patty Melt ($16) – Aged Comte, Caramelized onions and Horseradish Creme Fraiche, served on Marble Rye.
Lil’ BRGs (STK Miami Beach) -($20 for 2 ) bite-sized Lil’ BRGs sliders made with Wagyu beef and STK’s special sauce, served on a sesame seed bun.
db Bistro Moderne Miami – Daniel Boulud’s db Burger ($35)-Credited with launching the gourmet burger movement, the db Burger , filled with red wine braised short ribs and foie gras, with slow roasted tomato confit and freshly grated horseradish sauce on a homemade bun.
Pisco y Nazca – Que Bestia Burger ($14)-Que Bestia Burger – 8 oz. certified angus beef, pretzel bun, tomato-panca chutney, rocoto pepper aioli and shoestring potatoes.
Bulla Gastrobar – ‘Bulla’ Burger ($13) – 45 day dry-aged beef, piquillo peppers, cipollini onions, tetilla
Beaker & Gray– Wagyu Burger ($16) – served with beer-soaked tomatillo, gouda, and pickled cucumber.
The Dutch– Prime Burger ($22), a lunch exclusive topped with cheddar and secret sauce on a classic sesame bun.
Meat Market ($15-19) – Chef Sean Brasel has no less than six rotating specialty burgers on the menu. Miami Smokers BBQ Burger, featuring a Miami smokers blend with roasted pineapple BBQ sauce, bacon, and gruyere cheese. Italian Buffalo Burger – house ground buffalo, crispy fried buffalo mozzarella, grilled marinated radicchio, spicy dried tomato pesto, and fresh basil aioli served on a wood grilled sesame brioche bun; Prime Smoked Short Rib Burger – an 8 oz. short rib delight with 1000 mango island, arugula, purple cabbage slaw, gouda cheese, and fried onions; and the American Wagyu Burger – bacon, jalapeno relish, avocado, gruyere cheese, lettuce, and tomato. Also paying homage to National Burger Month will be Brasel’s Buffalo + Bleu – ground buffalo piled high with roasted radicchio, Napa cabbage, remoulade slaw, bleu cheese, and rosemary cream-smoked pickled jalapenos and the Spicy + Smoky Burger – a house ground buffalo patty sharing the bun with spicy candied bacon, smoked cheddar, pickled chilies, Boston lettuce, and tomato.
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Miami’s Shame: Little Farm Trailer Park Sinks Into Slum As Chinese Land Owners Ignore Resident’s Plight
The closest that most of the world has come to the Little Farm was during the pilot episode of HBO’s original series Ballers.
In the show, retired NFL player Charles Greane works as a salesman at the very real Tropical Chevrolet car dealership (8800 Biscayne Blvd) before Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson swoops in to convince him to get back on the field.
But three blocks away at the Little Farm trailer park in El Portal (8500 Biscayne Blvd), the HBO cameras wouldn’t dream of going. No luxury to be found there. Just unspeakable despair.
There, one of Miami’s former great working class neighborhoods has been turned into a slum by years of bad landlords and poor governmental oversight.
The Little Farm is not talked about much- mostly because few people seem to know about it and even fewer care.
There’s lots of poor people in Miami and the area’s middle class is somewhat used to the idea that poverty is close to home.
Homeless men and women are a ubiquitous site at most I-95 off ramps in the area, meaning that it is near impossible to avoid the thought of abject poverty on your daily commute.
And yet, we ignore it and go home to our comfortable lives filled with Netflix and minor inconveniences.
But the Little Farm is different.
I’ve lived six minutes away my entire life and didn’t know about it until a few months ago when one of our reporters wrote about it.
And even then, I didn’t fully comprehend what was happening there until I got off my ass and drove into the development last week.
“They Didn’t Tell Us Nothing”
Clairmise Blanc is fed up.
A youthful looking Haitian woman in her early 70’s, Blanc is the defacto point person for outsiders to the Little Farm. She also lives right next to a burnt out trailer that stinks to high heavens.
“My husband died on April 22, 2011 and left me here alone,” Blanc said to me, causing me to pause and offer my condolences. “I’d like to live here. But there’s no future in this. Everything is down, especially at the nighttime. Too many people are drug addicts here. I don’t like it no more. I’ve tried to find other places to go.”
Born in Haiti, she moved to the United States in 1981 and has lived at the Little Farm for eight years. She owns her own trailer, but it is poor shape, with holes in the windows and a sagging look to it. She also pays $450 a month for the trailer to sit on her small plot.
At one time, hundreds of trailers dotted the 17 acre property, but after a Chinese company bought the property last year, people started getting evicted. Then came the buy out offers– $2,000 to up and leave.
If you didn’t take the deal, it wouldn’t matter much because you had to leave under the terms of a deal the Village of El Portal signed with the Chinese company- Wealthy Delight.
From a Miami New Times report on Little Farm a few months ago:
“One day last February, everything changed. Little Farm was sold for $14.25 million, and Wealthy Delight, a company based in Coral Gables but whose owners are difficult to trace, took over. Soon it became clear the Village of El Portal had agreed to forgive more than $8 million in liens on the site if the new owners paid $575,000 and razed the mobile home park.”
Many people took the buy outs and soon their trailers were razed.
Legal action has delayed the complete eviction of the remaining residents at Little Farm, but only around 40 people remain according to Blanc. And they will all certainty will be pushed out in the coming months.
“They didn’t tell us nothing,” Blanc said. “They’ve tried to push us away. It’s not fair.”
According to multiple witnesses, a fire broke out in a Little Farm trailer on the evening of February 19th.
“It was a mother, son and a daughter was living in there,” Blanc said.
While no one was hurt, the fire was intense and devastating.
The family living there had to move- one less eviction for Wealthy Delight to conduct.
Blanc’s trailer sits less than 15 feet away from the burnt out trailer. Nearly two months after the blaze, little has been cleaned up and the smell is starting to become unbearable for the remaining residents in the area.
“I’m tired of that smell, it just stinks,” Blanc said. “I want them to clean this thing. It is a mess. People can’t live like this.”
I start to cough after the breeze picks up and I notice how disgusting the burnt out remnants really are.
“That’s the office right there,” Blanc said while pointing towards the land lord management building across the road.
The burnt out unit is directly in front of the office, which means that the land lord would have to see it everyday as they arrive for work.
“They don’t care,” Blanc said of Wealthy Delight. “You think if they cared, they would have cleaned it a long time ago. But it’s been two months now. If they cared, they would have cleaned it because people are living here.
I ask her if she thinks the trailer hasn’t been cleaned up as a way to get her to move.
She demurs and says that in order for her to leave they are going to have to fork out more money.
El Portal Village Manager Jason Walker told RISE NEWS that he had not been aware of the fire but that it was the landlord’s responsibility to clean it up.
A representative for Wealthy Delight refused to answer questions on the phone and asked for questions via email, which they have also not answered.
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-The first weekly Miami Shores Farmers Market was deemed a success by the organizer.
-Over 1,000 people attended the four-hour event.
-Over 20 booths were filled with local vendors and businesses.
-The event organizer hopes to extend the hours of the market by three hours starting next week, although no official announcement has been made.
The Miami Shores Farmers Market opened Sunday to strong community support, a sign that the village may be able to maintain a successful weekly open-air market for the long haul.
According to Claire Tomlin, the organizer of the market, the event drew more than 1,000 people to Optimist Park (NE 94th Street & NE 2nd Avenue) in Miami Shores.
Tomlin runs The Market Company, a South Florida based organization that runs 15 markets across South Florida.
Tomlin has had her eye on Miami Shores for over a decade.
She said at one point in the mid 2000s, she approached the Miami Shores Village Council for approval to start a market on NE 2nd Ave, but was turned down.
But she said that the new Village Council has been much more welcoming towards her ambitions.
“The town manager and the council are aware that the Village has changed and that young families want a place to come together,” Tomlin said. “The reception has been phenomenal. It’s been such a successful day.”
Over 20 different vendors had booths set up around Optimist Park, including those selling fresh fruits, vegetables, hot foods, soaps, jams, plants and flowers.
The Miami Shores Farmers Market will run each Sunday at the Miami Shores Optimist Park (at the corner of NE 94th St and NE 2nd Ave).
While the market is officially set to be open between 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM, Tomlin told RISE NEWS that she hopes to extend the hours to 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM for next week.
She also said that there would be live music next week.
Photos: Scenes from the first weekly Miami Shores Farmers Market. (Credit: The Market Company)
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