Chris Mazzella

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2013

    Miami Beach Corruption Troubles Deepen With Apparent FBI Leak

    Yesterday, Riptide reported on Rick Falls, a Miami Beach code enforcement officer who claims he was retaliated against for wearing a wire for the F.B.I. One thing that remains unclear, however, is how Falls's supervisors became aware of his involvement in the first place.The FBI was brought in to he ... More >>

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    March 6, 2013

    Miami Beach Must Face Corruption Problems On Its Own, Says Inspector General

    Last summer -- fresh off a corruption raid by the FBI -- the City of Miami Beach asked Miami-Dade Inspector General Chris Mazzella to help investigate its shady deals. This week, Mazzella gave the city an answer: Thanks, but no thanks. Mazzella tells New Times that his office simply doesn't have the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2013

    Homestead Nonprofit's Leader Disputes County Audit Claiming He Misused Taxpayer Funds

    Joseph Louis, executive director of Galata Inc., a Homestead social services agency, is challenging the findings of an audit that accuses his nonprofit organization of misspending part of a $500,000 Miami-Dade County grant. In January, Miami-Dade's inspector general claimed Galata took $77,307 to se ... More >>

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    February 7, 2013

    A Homestead Non-Profit Used Taxpayer Funds To Pay Off IRS Debts, Auditor Says

    Back in 2008, Galata Inc., a social service agency that assists minorities and low income residents in Homestead, was one of 37 local non-profit organizations that received a no-questions-asked Miami-Dade County grant. Galata got $500,000 from a $30 million pot that was part of the county's Building ... More >>

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    December 27, 2012

    Miami-Dade Inspector General: County Built Two Projects With No Permits

    Building permit? Miami-Dade County doesn't need any stinkin' building permit!In fact, officials for the county's internal services department got away with completing two construction projects in downtown Miami without obtaining permits for either one, according to Miami-Dade Inspector General Chris ... More >>

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    May 31, 2012

    Miami Heat Getting a Free Ride From Miami-Dade, County Inspector General Finds

    The long-awaited audit of the Miami Heat's contract with Miami-Dade County for the operation of American Airlines Arena is finally out. Last week, Banana Republican reported that Miami-Dade Inspector General Chris Mazzella's most critical finding was that the Miami Heat owes the county $3.1 million ... More >>

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    May 22, 2012

    Miami Heat Owe Taxpayers Millions, Dade County Inspector General Finds

    The Miami Heat owe Miami taxpayers millions in cost overruns to capital improvement projects on the American Airlines Arena. So says Miami-Dade Inspector General Chris Mazzella, in an audit report that hasn't been publicly released yet but which sources close to the review have confirmed to Riptide. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    Micky Arison and Miami Heat Get Audited by Miami-Dade Inspector General

    Following multiple stories from Riptide about the Miami Heat refusing to share profits from the American Airlines Arena with county taxpayers who subsidize the place, Miami-Dade Inspector General Christopher Mazzella has apparently decided that someone should try to verify how much the team is actua ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    Marlins Stadium Whistleblower Questions Safety As Inspector General Probes Welding

    ​Sure, the new Marlins Stadium is a taxpayer-draining succubus approved through wholesale lies and deceit -- but is the retractable-roofed ballpark also unsafe? That's what a whistleblowing former contractor says today, with the ominous warning: "I won't go to that stadium. I won't take my kids to ... More >>

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    September 19, 2011

    Charles Hankerson, Former Miami Northwestern High Principal, Embroiled In Grade Changing Scandal

    ​A Miami-Dade Public Schools principal credited with turning around a storied inner city high school's academic performance is under investigation for illegally changing student grades. The allegation against Charles Hankerson is the latest black eye for Miami Northwestern High School, which earli ... More >>

  • News

    March 19, 2009

    That's a Wrap

    A fight brews over Secure Wrap's county contract at MIA.

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    March 12, 2009

    Inspect no commissioners or the mayor

    This past March 4, the Miami-Dade County Inspector General's Office announced it had nailed a county vendor falsifying his insurance paperwork in order to get a county contract. Thanks to the inspector general's investigation, the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office was able to charge Eddy Joe Allen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2009

    Secure Monopoly

    Owing to the laziness of Transportation Security Administration and Miami-Dade County Aviation Department bureacrats, a company with a lucrative venture at Miami International Airport won't be getting any competition anytime soon. For the past eight years, Secure Wrap of Miami has held the exclusive ... More >>

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    January 27, 2009

    Secure No More?

    Turns out Miami International Airport bureaucrats aren't so lazy, just a bit slow at fostering competition. Earlier today, I wrote about the Miami-Dade Aviation Department's reluctance to competitively bid the baggage-wrapping concession operated by Secure Wrap of Miami, which has held on to the luc ... More >>

  • News

    September 11, 2008

    Letters from the Issue of September 11, 2008

    "Does it intimidate you that a black man from Queens could be compared to musicians such as Bob Dylan?"

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2006

    Three agencies against a Star Destroyer?

    Who's gonna grease my palm? The Downtown Bay Forum couldn't have known that their October 25 meeting — "Corruption & Scandals in Miami-Dade County: what are we going to do about it?" — would fall on the same day that former county commissioner Miriam Alonso would plead guilty to 2 ... More >>

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    January 13, 2005
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    November 11, 2004

    The Bitch

    Rave Robbers