Thousands of laid off workers are shut out of Florida’s meager unemployment system

The layoffs, meanwhile, keep coming. Among the latest: Brightline, South Florida’s high-speed rail service, announced it is suspending operations and plans to lay off 250 people. The venerable Eden Roc hotel in Miami Beach told the state that it would lay off 257. BLT Prime Doral, the signature restaurant at the Trump National Doral, is laying off 98. And in Boca Raton, the Waterstone Resort and Marina is saying goodbye to 111 employees. ... Read More

Broward County orders everyone to stay home to fight coronavirus. But what if you don’t?

The stay-at-home order allows residents to leave their homes for grocery shopping, banking, doctor visits, exercise and trips to gas stations or car repair shops. Workers considered “essential” employees can report to work. Those businesses include medical providers, grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, social services and many others. ... Read More

The Suffering in Suffering

There will come a day when the last tear is shed. Until then, God has made himself present in our affliction. For today’s musical pairing, Der Klang der Offenbarung des Göttlichen by Kjartan Sveinsson. See video below. “Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, ‘Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?’ They replied, ‘Certainly, Your Majesty.’ He said, ‘Look! I see four men... Read More

Get a night out while you shelter in at drive-in movie theater

The Thunderbird Drive-in, 3291 W. Sunrise Blvd., this weekend is showing “Jaws,” “Shrek,” “Onward,” “Shaun of the Dead,” “Queen & Slim,” “Gretel and Hansel,” “The Hunt,” “Bloodshot” and “The Invisible Man,” with early screenings at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $7 for each occupant, ages 5-11 $2, younger free. For screening times and more information, visit 954-791-7927 or visit FloridaSwapShop.com. ... Read More

Mayo: The ‘art of food, art of survival’ and end of a chapter

These last four years of food have been among the most fulfilling of my career. In this realm too, I’ve preferred small and quirky over big and trendy. Places such as Boia De (where we shot video of chef-owners Luciana Giangrandi and Alex Meyer before I could write flattering words), and Oceano Kitchen in Lantana and Escargot Bistro in Oakland Park. I’ve met so many talented chefs and bold restaurateurs, so many dedicated line cooks, servers, bartenders, managers, bussers and... Read More

In a Time of Crisis, We Need Both ‘Sense’ and ‘Sensibility’

The Bible speaks to our rational and emotional needs. But how do we balance them in the midst of fear? We all need a little more “sense and sensibility” in our lives these days. The title of the much-beloved first novel by Jane Austen takes on new significance in the age of COVID-19. We need more of Austen—her wit and wisdom—right now. But we also need the qualities of character that the title of her novel names. There’s nothing quite like a global... Read More