Brittany Shammas is a staff writer at Miami New Times. She covered education in Naples before taking a job at the South Florida Sun Sentinel. She joined New Times in 2016.
4 days ago | Environmental
El Portal calls itself a modern-day Garden of Eden. The tiny village boasts a canopy of oak trees, a portion of the Little River frequented by manatees, and an official designation as a bird sanctuary. It'd be a fitting nickname, except for one t...
5 days ago | Bikes
Last year, seemingly overnight, hundreds of brightly colored bicycles from companies like Lime and Ofo began popping up everywhere in Miami. Or, as Miami-Dade County Commissioner Javier Souto puts it, the bikes began "descending upon neighborhoods...
6 days ago | Crime
Paul Haynes first heard of the murderer now known as the Golden State Killer through a television special. It was sometime around 2008, and there was little public awareness of the man who had terrorized California for over a decade beginning...
7 days ago | Longform
Donna Kalil steers her forest-green 1998 Ford Expedition down a narrow path through the vast expanse of the Everglades. Leaning far outside the open window, she scans the tall grasses. On the roof, her best friend, Renee Yousefi, perches on a brig...
11 days ago | Food Industry
On the Yelp page for Ocean Drive restaurant La Baguette, there are more pictures of receipts than there are of food. Sometimes they're captioned with crying emojis or all-caps warnings like "STAY AWAY." They're always full of absurdly high prices:...
13 days ago | News
Today is the Fourth of July, and you know what that means here in the 305: barbecues, fireworks, and Pitbull's annual PSA to please, for the love of God, don't shoot your damn gun into the sky. On Tuesday, city and county officials lined up in fro...