The Miami area hasn't held a presidential nominating convention since both the Democratic and Republican parties held their conventions in the Miami Beach convention center back in 1972. Despite Florida's transition into one of the most crucial swing states over the past two decades neither have ret ... More >>
Most of Miami-Dade is already built on fake land created by draining swamps or dredging up dirt, so maybe it's not ridiculous to think the next step for expansion is building a floating city on completely synthetic terrain. That's what one Dutch company has in mind, and execs have already had talks ... More >>
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez has proposed a plan to close 22 of the county's 49 library branches, and if you're living either west of the Palmetto Expressway or in a poorer neighborhood, you're a lot more likely to see your local library branch shuttered.
Feds have subpeoned Carlisle CEO Matthew Greer's records.In early May, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez and the County Commission delayed the certification of 11 affordable-housing developers because one of the firms, Carlisle Development Group, is under investigation by a federal grand jury. ... More >>
The company that won a hotly contested contract at Miami International Airport worth tens of millions of dollars a year is already in the doghouse with MIami-Dade County's Aviation Department. On Tuesday, department director Emilio T. Gonzalez fired off a letter to Radames Villalon, general manager ... More >>
When the House spiked a bill two weeks ago to let the Miami Dolphins raise bed taxes to fund a stadium renovation, team owner Stephen Ross went ballastic, lashing out at Speaker Will Weatherford for taking away Miami voters' chance to have a say on the project. He shouldn't have bothered. Results r ... More >>
As the county commission meets today to consider a proposed deal to renovate Sun Life Stadium, news comes that the NFL has decided to chip in $150 million of the estimated $480 million it would cost to Flip This House, leaving the county and the Dolphins with $350 million to cover. The deal als ... More >>
For weeks, the Miami Dolphins have been promising that the team won't move forward with the $390 million renovation of Sun Life Stadium if the NFL doesn't award the city a Super Bowl in 2015 or 2016. Well, the Dolphins caught a break.A couple of hours ago, during deliberations by the Miami-Dade Coun ... More >>
Things have gone sour for Banah Sugar. The fledgling, troubled Hialeah-based sugar company has filed for bankruptcy protection less than a year after city and county leaders renamed a local roadway "Banah Sweet Way" and promised to give the firm $400,000 in tax breaks if it hired 300 people. On Jul ... More >>
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke makes his predictions for the new year. What will happen in 2013 to capture people's attention? Who will do something to make us s ... More >>
Original Real Housewives of Miami cast member Alexia Echevarria, the self proclaimed "Cuban Barbie," and her Hialeah powerbroker husband Herman have had a whirlwind year that has now been capped off by having a lien placed on their house for failing to pay nearly $100,000 in back taxes from 2009.
A Hialeah sugar making company owned by an ex-cocaine trafficker who wooed Hialeah and Miami-Dade elected officials into naming a street after his firm and approving $400,000 in tax breaks has been ordered to pay up a $208,000 debt. On Oct. 25, All-American Containers won a default final judgment ag ... More >>
On July 13, Alexander I. Perez stood underneath a new street sign christening a portion of SE 10th Avenue in front of his Hialeah warehouse as "Banah Sweet Way." A gaggle of local politicos -- including Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, his Hialeah counterpart Carlos Hernandez, and County Commissione ... More >>
James Loftus, the director of the Miami-Dade Police Department, the largest police force in the southern United States, has announced his early retirement. The news comes just two days after Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez was re-elected, and might or might not reflect tension between the department ... More >>
Miami-Dade voters went to the polls today to vote on a long ballot filled with primary battles for both federal and state level legislative races, and the first (and in some cases, possibly final) rounds of the county mayor race, and several county commission seats. Longtime Miami-Dade State Attorne ... More >>
Last year, Homestead City Councilman Rev. Jimmie Williams III wanted to open his own fried fish restaurant. So he turned to a generous land owner who helped him and three other candidates, including current Mayor Steve Bateman, win in 2009. Real estate developer Wayne Rosen -- who bankrolled a poli ... More >>
Poor Ozzie Guillen. Baseball season just got started and already the Miami Marlins skipper has inserted his foot in his mouth.The controversial Venezuelan born manager had the audacity to praise Cuban dictator Fidel Castro in an upcoming issue of Time magazine and all hell has broken loose in Miami' ... More >>
County Commissioner Barbara Jordan must be feeling really lonely these days. She's not getting any attention from her fellow commissioners, so she's resorting to sending them messages via prepared statements to the media.Jordan is upset with a component of Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez's propos ... More >>
Not-so-breaking news: This guy's a hateful prick.The Miami-based Christian Family Coalition is standing strong in support of Oakland Park Commissioner Jed Shank, who voted against a proclamation last month to recognize Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride & Equality Month because, he ... More >>
Wikimedia Commons user Tony HudsonNo books for you!Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez yesterday proposed cutting the county's operating budget by $350 million. That includes whacking the library system's $50 million budget to $24.5 million.It seems 13 libraries will be shut down.Riptide co ... More >>
Luther Campbell No surprise, blogs backing Carlos Gimenez attacked Luther Campbell for going with Julio Robaina in the Miami-Dade mayoral run-off on June 28. Even the Miami Herald, which has also endorsed Gimenez, took issue with Campbell's shocking unexpected backing of Robaina, whom he dubbed " ... More >>
Jacob KatelRobaina and Campbell at the NAACP debate.Former Miami-Dade mayoral candidate Luther Campbell has endorsed Julio Robaina for the June 28 runoff election.Robaina's campaign called a press conference in Liberty City for 12:30 today. After arriving an hour and a half late, Campbell said he ha ... More >>
Will Julio Robaina live up to his word? History shows he hasn't.As soon as Luther Campbell made his endorsement of Julio Robaina for mayor official, I received text messages from a couple of Carlos Gimenez supporters asserting Uncle Luke had surely been bought off -- the same accusation our colum ... More >>
Luther Campbell, his wife Kristin, and their son Blake on election day. Hey, it sucks to lose, but Luther Campbell has nothing to be ashamed of. With only 45 days to court voters with a $12,000 campaign war chest, the former 2 Live Crew front man and current New Times columnist convinced 20,000 M ... More >>
via Mega TVRicardo CoronaWant to know who will replace mayoral candidate Carlos Gimenez on the County Commission? Too bad! The results will be secret thanks to a bizarre ruling last night by a judge who wants more time to decide whether candidates had enough time to file for the race. Even strang ... More >>
Big night in Miami tonight. On one side, the Miami Heat hosting the Chicago Bulls in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals. On the other, the Miami-Dade elections. What's a good Miamian to do? Watch the game? Check on the election results?Well, don't fret, good citizen. Just stay with us t ... More >>
It's 2011, and the only candidate running for Miami-Dade mayor who is polling in the double digits to get perfect marks from Equality Florida's voting guide on GLBT issues happens to be former-2 Live Crew leader Luther Campbell. It's odd indeed. The leading candidates Julio Robaina and Carlos Gim ... More >>
Jacob KatelHey, don't I know you from somewhere?If Carlos Gimenez, Roosevelt Bradley, Marcelo Llorente, or Jose "Pepe" Cancio hit the streets of downtown Miami at 2 a.m. and went to a couple of clubs they'd probably get looked at like police, creeps, narcs, drunk lawyers, or weirdos.A real mayor ... More >>
Candidates running for Miami-Dade Mayor in the special May 24th election to replace recalled Carlos Alvarez had to register by 5:00 pm today. There's very few surprises in the list of candidates (read: no last-minute Alex Penelas filing), but here's a look at who you'll get to chose in a coup ... More >>
Julio Robaina changes positions faster than a Reality Kings porn movie.Looks like Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina wants to rewrite history when it comes to his support for the Marlins' stadium sweetheart deal. At last week's Latin Builders Association sponsored mayoral debate, Robaina claimed the st ... More >>
Michael McElroyLuther Campbell wants to debate, so why won't the LBA invite him?With the Miami-Dade County Commission likely to set a special election for a new mayor today, the Latin Builders Association has already made plans to hold the first debate on March 25 with only a select group of cand ... More >>
photo by Tim ElfrinkBraman issues his marching orders.When Norman Braman launched his campaign to oust Mayor Carlos Alvarez, he made it clear that charter reform -- including term limits -- was his real goal. Braman inched a step closer to making that happen today as three of the front-runners to ... More >>
Bart Sherwood passes the grisly photos around the Miami-Dade County Commission chambers.Photo by Tim ElfrinkLycra pants mingled with business suits at the county commission chambers last night.In the first image, his face is scraped and swollen, his arms are wrapped in plaster, and IVs run into h ... More >>
Fish, listen up! Your new neighbors don't trust you.
Luis Montealegre poured a café Cubano on Tuesday, paid a delivery guy for croquetas, and peered east a few blocks from his corner cafeteria. There was only blue sky where a $634 million Marlins baseball stadium will soon rise. "This is the poorest part of the city, the one that needs the most h ... More >>
Hey Glenn Straub. I WANT to watch baseball downtown,. I WANT to TAKE the Metromover to games,But I wish you would just shut up.Straub penned a letter to the public (which you can find on the jump) defending his idea for a downtown stadium. But we've moved too far with the Little Havana stadium and I ... More >>
Dennis Moss is done putting together the new make-up of the county commission's committees and I'm impressed with most of his selections. In case you don't know, the commissioners use the committee system to hammer out decisions that ultimately impact our tax dollars, from formulating new ways to ta ... More >>
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A county firefighter lights a fuse by accusing his superiors of racially tinged arrogance
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A pair of firefighters' unions waging a turf war in Key Biscayne and the Port of Miami? Gee, times really are tough.