The Sublime Passion of Duende

Courtesy of Broward County

Courtesy of Broward County

Broward’s yearlong 100th anniversary celebration ends with Duende, a three-day celebration organizers hope will become an annual party.

Last June, it had been over a month of brainstorming for the creative minds behind Broward’s 100’s culminating event, more than a month of wracking their brains to come up with a name for the finale that would close out Broward County’s yearlong 100th anniversary celebration. The five artists chosen by the county had met outside of county meetings, by the riverfront, restaurants on Las Olas, and at bars to get the juice flowing.

But nothing seemed to have “it.”

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Broward Supervisor Of Elections Finds 963 Uncounted Ballots Sunday

In what staff says is a “common occurrence,” the Broward Supervisor of Elections’ office found 963 misplaced ballots five days after the election.

“They weren’t lost. They were in our possession,” Mary Cooney, public services director, told HuffPost Miami. “They were just in a area where they weren’t supposed to be. They were creatively put somewhere else.”

Read more at HuffPost Miami.

Operation Sacred Trust Combats Veteran Homelessness In South Florida With $1 Million Grant

While the nation thanks its veterans this weekend for their service to the country, many of those veterans are struggling on the streets of South Florida.

Cedric Halyard was one of them but he has gone from a homeless drug user to the outreach director of Operation Sacred Trust, which works to get homeless veterans off the streets of Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

An effort by Carrfour Supportive Housing, PAIRS Foundation, Henderson Behavioral Health, and Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida, Operation Sacred Trust allows the four nonprofits use their expertise to help homeless veterans like Halyard.

Read the rest at HuffPost Miami.

Fort Lauderdale: A Golden Beach Paradise

Although there’s much to see and do along the Gold Coast, you haven’t truly been here until you’ve slathered on tanning lotion and laid out a towel on the miles of beaches. From Palm Beach down to Miami-Dade, there are miles and miles of soft sand that have lured both residents and tourists to take a swim in the Atlantic Ocean. In the Greater Fort Lauderdale area, stretching from Deerfield Beach down south to Hollywood, there are 23 miles of beaches and plenty of affordable places for families or Spring Break partygoers to enjoy the sun. With so many activities, it’s a one-stop shop for a day of fun:  tanning, swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving, wave-running and more. The beaches are also a walk away from a litany of restaurants and bars, so anyone could truly spend their entire day here.

Read more at Where Fort Lauderdale.