What issues affect South Dade?

South Dade is on the edge of Miami-Dade, and it’s the agricultural hub of the entire county. It’s filled with people concerned about how we grow and get our food. And with Turkey Point power plant and the Everglades in its backyard, it’s ground zero for a lot of the water issues facing Miami. Priority number one for many, though, is connecting South Dade residents to the opportunities of the Miami metropolis, despite the distance.

Algae blooms are devastating local estuaries and small businesses are suffering… but 400,000 acres of sugar cane fields that line Lake O are a lush, healthy green. So are the pockets of Florida’s politicians.

There are about a million and a half different ways to spend a day in South Dade. Mix and match our faves to create your perfect one.

Here's what you need to know before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission meeting this evening.

This weekend, we took a field trip with about 25 friends and members of The New Tropic to RF Orchids, Fruit and Spice Park, and Andres Fish Farm in the Redland. We had a blast, and we learned about plants that grow in our tropical climate — whether they should grow here or not. Meet the weirdest plants we saw, and find out how to see them yourself.

Daniella Levine Cava is one of only three people in the past 20 years to defeat an incumbent for a spot on the County Commission. Her campaign was well-funded, she knocked on a lot of doors, and her goals were progressive and ambitious. We spent some time with her over the past three months to see how she's shifting from candidate to commissioner, and to find out how she's managing her mission for change.

Bringing the farm-to-table and eat local movement to Miami requires one overall thing: that everyone slow down just a little bit.

Years of mislabeling means Miami-Dade residents don't even know the transit system they're rejecting.

We've got all you need to know about the invasive pests devastating South Florida's ecosystem, and tips on what you can do to help.

You’re not going to grow an extra toe, but that radiation in Biscayne Bay tips us off to something that is a pretty big deal.