My choices for the top 10 Miami Stories of 2016
1/ Zika zones cut up Miami, affecting tourism and business for months. It also showed the lack of preparation, protocol, and knowledge we have to protect ourselves against future situations similar to this one.
2/ The Death of Fidel Castro gave generations of Cubans the closure they needed, after being forced to flee their homeland.
3/ Miami has the most to lose from Sea Level Rise, based on a study of global coastal cities. Trillions in real estate value could be lost in Miami and Miami Beach in this century.
4/ The Marlin’s Jose Fernandez dies in a tragic boat crash, shaking his fans and the city of Miami.
5/ Mayor Carlos Gimenez is reelected Mayor of Miami, giving him a mandate to work on public transit and sea level rise.
6/ Luxury residential home and condo sales take a beating, remaining stagnant for most of the year.
7/ Dwayne Wade shocks fans, leaving the Miami Heat for his hometown of Chicago.
8/ Brickell City Center opens, showing the success of Miami’s downtown after decades of planning and development.
9/ The Dolphins rally from a 1-4 start to make the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
10/ Hurricane Matthew batters the Florida Coast, barely missing Miami.
Happy New Year!