Brittany Shammas is a staff writer at Miami New Times. She was born in Orlando and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, after her family decided to trade the Sunshine State for the frozen Midwest. Upon graduating from Michigan State University, where she was a writer and editor for the school paper, she promptly moved back to Florida. She covered education in Naples before taking a job at the South Florida Sun Sentinel, where she wrote about crime, general assignment, and education. She joined New Times in 2016.
3 days ago | Environmental
Alex Martinez was surveying sea turtle nests in Miami Beach early Monday morning when a beachgoer flagged him down. On the shoreline at 10th Street and Collins Avenue was a 300-pound loggerhead turtle, dead in the sand near a freshly laid nest. A ...
10 days ago | News
In case he hasn't already done enough to ruin your 2017, President Donald Trump is coming to Miami today to personally make your brutal morning commute worse than it already is. Trump is taking a break from yelling at Democrats and Hillary Clinton...
12 days ago | Flotsam
Dr. Michael Salzhauer is many things — a famous plastic surgeon, a prolific Snapchatter, a shameless self-promoter — but subtle isn't one of them. So when Bay Harbor Islands cited his medical office for a code violation, he showed up at a council ...
14 days ago | News
A few weeks ago, Tatiana Arcia parked her car in what she thought was a public lot near McFarlane Road and South Bayshore Drive in Coconut Grove. When she returned less than ten minutes later, boots were locked on three of her wheels. A Premier Bo...
17 days ago | Environmental
South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard has somewhat of a love-hate relationship with the peacocks that roam his city. On the one hand, they're beautiful and act as a kind of traffic control as drivers slow down to gawk at them or allow them to cross th...
18 days ago | News
Most types of grapes need a few things to thrive: limited humidity, high elevation, and dry summers. In other words, they need pretty much the exact opposite of what Miami offers. So why do Miami-Dade County officials think the area is prime for w...