Drivers queue to get tested for Covid-19 in Miami as US death toll nears 200,000 | AFP

Drivers queue to get into a drive-through coronavirus testing site in Miami Beach, Florida, as the United States edges close to registering 200,000 Covid-19 deaths, the latest grim milestone for the country just weeks before voters decide if President Donald Trump will stay in office.

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Florida residents head to the beach despite virus surge | AFP

Locals soak up the sun and head to Miami Beach as Florida records a surge in new coronavirus infections. On Saturday, the “Sunshine State” notched 9,585 cases in 24 hours, a new daily record. IMAGES

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Miami’s South Beach packed despite Florida COVID-19 surge | AFP

Residents flock to South Beach in Miami Beach, Florida, despite a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases. The state, which decided to slow its reopening, reported 8,942 new cases of COVID-19 on 26 June 2020, as well as 39 new deaths and 212 additional hospitalizations. AERIALS & IMAGESN°1U61IM

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Miami Beach seeks to balance healthy population and healthy economy | AFP

Miami Beach relaunches its vital tourism business, but maintaining a balance between COVID-19 prevention and a healthy economy will be the city’s biggest challenge ahead.

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People enjoy a sunny day at the beach as Miami Beach reopens | AFP

People flock to South Beach, Florida, to enjoy the sun and the water as Miami Beach reopens after weeks of closure to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. IMAGES

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Ocean Drive deserted as Miami Beach mandatory mask rule kicks in | AFP

A few people are seen walking and cycling on Ocean Drive in Miami Beach as authorities issue a mandatory mask rule for anyone entering a public place. IMAGES

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Empty streets after Miami Beach shuts down hotels, enacts curfew | AFP

Miami Beach, a mecca for tourists, is all but empty after officials ordered the closure of all lodging establishments in an effort to fight the coronavirus. The order goes into effect at 11:59 pm on Monday, March 23. A curfew has also been added from midnight to 5 am throughout the city, effective Tuesday, March 24 at midnight, until further notice. IMAGES

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Florida presidential primary carries on despite coronavirus fears | AFP

Polls open for the 2020 presidential primary in Miami Beach, Florida, despite growing concerns over the global coronavirus pandemic. As cities and states across the country implement curfews, shut down bars and encourage other mitigation measures, Florida goes ahead with voting. IMAGES

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Man eats $120,000 piece of art – a banana taped to a wall | AFP

A performance artist shakes up a crowd at the Art Basel fair in Miami Beach, when he grabbed a banana that had been duct-taped to a gallery wall, and ate it. The banana was, in fact, a work of art by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan titled “Comedian” and sold to a French collector for $120,000.

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Sargassum seaweed invading Caribbean and Gulf beaches is “the new norm” | AFP

Sargassum seaweed “invasions” are “the new norm” say experts as a massive clear up operation to remove seaweed gets underway on Miami Beach.

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Miami’s old South Shore hospital imploded

Miami Beach’s old South Shore Hospital was imploded into rubble by a construction crew Tuesday to make way for new construction of a high rise condominium building. (April 16)

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Small plane crashes on a Florida beach; 4 injured

(24 Dec 2018) Florida officials say a small plane crashed on a Miami Beach, injuring 4 people. (Dec. 24)

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Finding The Afterlife In A Coral Reef Cemetery

(7 Aug 2018) Just off Miami Beach, the Neptune Memorial Reef is home to the cremated remains of 1,500 people. As the reef expands, loved ones believe a second life awaits their family in the form of coral. (Aug. 7)

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1 Injured in Building Collapse in Miami Beach

(23 Jul 2018) Police say a 12-story building on Miami Beach that was slated to be torn down has collapsed, injuring one person. (July 23)

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Miami’s Real Estate Market is Benefiting from Rising Sea Levels (HBO)

The latest reports from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predict that sea levels are likely to rise almost three feet by the end of the century. And in South Florida, sea level rise and climate change are already having an effect on roads and drinking water.

But looking at Miami Beach’s real estate market, you wouldn’t know that the city is potentially facing a half a trillion dollars in flood damage. Shane Smith met with two of Miami beach’s top real estate brokers, Jill Hertzberg and Jill Eber, to find out what’s protecting the market. He also speaks with an insurance expert from Wharton who explains how the city’s public funds come predominantly from real estate taxes — meaning that putting more property at risk is also the very thing helping Miami deal with rising seas.

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