We here at Riptide are staunch supporters of the South Florida secessionist movement. So when the New York Times put together a map of college football team fandom based on Facebook likes across the country, most probably saw it as a welcome excuse to click on something for five minutes while their ... More >>
One of the hazards of having a governor who financed his way into office with his own immense fortune is that he probably has money stashed in all kinds of places that conflict with his political decisions. That certainly applies to our own magnate-turned-leader. New disclosures this morning show ... More >>
If you're wondering why Walmart was so desperate to build its first store within the City of Miami limits at Midtown, it's probably because its stores in other parts of the county are so damn popular. In fact, the Doral Walmart has the highest sales of any store in the entire country. See also: Wal ... More >>
Are you 305 till you die? Because that might mean you'll be 305 for a long, long time. According to a new study, Miami-Dade is one of the healthiest counties not only in Florida but also in all of America. It's in the top 10 percent of healthiest counties overall across the United States and the fif ... More >>
A Florida panther kitten has only been alive for one month but has already had quite an eventful life. The kitten was found in late January in Collier County while biologists were conduction field research. The one-pound kitten was found curled into a ball and suffering from dehydration and low bo ... More >>
While his colleagues in DC have remained quiet, two major voices in Florida have now called for Rep. Trey Radel to resign after his arrest for cocaine possession. Last night both Lenny Curry, the chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, and the Collier County Republican Executive Committee calle ... More >>
Two Miami-Dade brothers are behind bars on $2 million bail after a botched drug deal left two young men dead over in Naples. According to the Naples Daily News, Jacob and Nickolas Mislow allegedly shot Keegan Leon, 21, and Eric Riley Jr., 23, to death on Saturday night around 9:30 p.m. before takin ... More >>
El Nuevo Herald's jefe is abandoning the city he recently described as "the candy store of American journalism" for a town world-famous for, uh, being the seat of Collier County. Nuevo executive editor Manny Garcia told the newsroom yesterday he's leaving to take the top job at the Naples Daily New ... More >>
In Miami's restaurant industry, Eddie Santana is infamous. A handsome waiter with a love for litigation, Santana slapped 30 local restaurants with lawsuits in less than a decade. Some suits were serious. Others seemed frivolous. Either way, they netted him nearly $150,000 in settlements. When New T ... More >>
Unless Veronica Doctor also had some bad beef with a certain tree, her attempt at vehicular revenge was a failure. Police in Collier County say that the Hollywood woman tried to run over her ex-boyfriend near a casino, but instead hit a tree. Her .259 blood alcohol level might have had something t ... More >>
There's only one person who is supposed to eat your cookies without explicit permission during the Christmas season and that's Santa. Not Shuwana.Shuwana Horne, a Homestead woman who worked at a UPS warehouse in Islamaroda, has been arrested for opening and eating an undelivered tin of cookies and p ... More >>
Vernon D. Jones, 21, and Jacques Saintil, 19, of East Naples were recently arrested on suspicion of a home burglary, and didn't seem too upset once they found themselves in the back of a police car. The two lit up some marijuana in the cruiser and discussed the robbery while passing the joint around ... More >>
Plans to erect a giant Walmart smack dab in the middle of the Wynwood/Midtown area have garnered headlines, but that's just the tip of the iceberg for Walmart's plans for Miami-Dade. The controversial big-box chain is looking to add six more stores in Miami-Dade in the next two years.
The 14,000-person, Miami-Dade town of Sweetwater doesn't find itself in the news often, but it did get some headlines for being the first city in the entire nation to ban "fake marijuana," and boy do they love to brag about. In fact, apparently Miami-Dade is mulling over the possibility of a county- ... More >>
The average life expectancy of Miami-Dade citizens has skyrocketed in the past 20 years according to new data from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. While, Miami women are expected to live six years longer than their male counterparts, men in the county have actually seen their life e ... More >>
Increasingly distant third place candidate Rick Santorum is desperately trying to jump start his campaign, so he's come out with a bold new attack on the Obama administration: college is evil."It's no wonder President Obama wants every kid to go college," Santorum told an audience in Naples, Flor ... More >>
With news this morning that Penn State coach Joe Paterno has died of lung cancer, I am reposting this column from last November. The scandal, it's now clear, killed the master at age 85.Enough already. This lunacy is past crazy.Joe Paterno, an icon of sport, was fired as coach of the Penn State foot ... More >>
U.S. News and World Reports has unleashed a top ten list of America's drunkest cities. Florida dominates the list with whopping three cities on the top ten. Surely, Miami, America's nightlife capital, would make the list? Or perhaps Fort Liquordale or Ernest Hemingway's favorite booze-drenched is ... More >>
Rivera's taxpayer funded flierOne of the perks in Congress is the right of "franking" -- no, it has nothing to do with Barney Frank, tequila shots and a dark alley. It's the ancient right to send constituents heaps of unwanted glossy fliers plastered with your grinning face at taxpayer expense. F ... More >>
Alligator Alley may be one of the country's most boring drives, unless, of course, you happen to be joy riding in a stolen BMW while drunk. That's what Miami resident Richard Jouel Abraham allegedly did yesterday, but now he's sitting in the slammer.
Manuel Galan and Cirildo Soliz -- both young, gay and living in rural Collier County -- were walking in the center of Immokalee recently when a car pulled up and someone yelled, "Fucking fags!" Five or six young men jumped out and beat Galan and Soliz bloody while yelling homophobic slurs, police ... More >>
Ninety-year-old Margaret Webb was walking in her front yard in the sleepy, southern Collier County town of Copeland when an eight-foot alligator jumped out of a canal and tried to drag her into the water. She survived thanks to a good Samaritan, but one of Webb's legs was amputated as a result.
Because the race for Florida's Republican Senate nomination is wide open, there's room for just about anyone to get in the race. Heck, according to the latest Q poll, some guy named Mike McCallister is leading the pack. Anything is possible. So meet the latest entrant into the fray: Marielena Mon ... More >>
The Federal Bureau of Economic Analysis has released its county-level estimates of per capita personal income (total personal income divided by population) for 2009, and apparently the people of Miami-Dade brought in $36,357 each on average. That's a much smaller figure than most of our neighbori ... More >>
Those prim and proper old folks over in Naples are always worried about those cretins from Miami-Dade traveling over Alligator Alley and coming to take their valuables. But apparently all Miami thieves want from Collier County is their precious, bountiful supply of cardboard. Yes, two Miami men h ... More >>
Here's a staggering statistic from the continued fallout of Florida's real estate bust: 18 percent of homes in Florida, or nearly one in five, sit empty. That's a 62 percent increase in empty homes in the past ten years, and the surplus of inventory on the market ensures that home prices are ... More >>
Republican Rep. David Rivera is now under investigation by three separate agencies who are all looking into ethics charges involving his campaign finances. Perhaps no one told him, because he sure doesn't have anything to say about it. Since his district includes part of Collier County, Rivera de ... More >>
Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission photo by Dave OnoratoFlorida panthers, the state animal of Florida and one of the most endangered mammals living in the United States, even by the largest estimates don't have a population of much more than 100 individuals. This weekend three breading-age big ... More >>
Well, here's something slightly counter-intuitive. Miami-Dade county is apparently the 11th healthiest out of Florida's 67 counties. What's more is that we ranked the healthiest in the state in "Health Behaviors," a category that takes into account smoking, binge drinking and risky sex.CountyHeal ... More >>
It's not exactly uncommon to hear someone floating around the political fantasy of South Florida becoming its own state. Not to say it'd ever actually happen, but c'mon, we all know the rest of Florida is holding us back. Well, a new political map that redraws the United States with the idea ... More >>
Let's hope none of the vehicles had this tag.At this point, it's probably optimistic to say there are more than 100 Florida panthers left in the wild. Especially considering as many as 17 of them were killed by drivers last year, according to the Defenders of Wildlife. That eclipses 2007's r ... More >>
Everglades Correctional Officer Shamel Watson thought he was negotiating with an inmate's family member to smuggle in 1 lb of marijuana, 4 ounce of cocaine, and two cellphones to the inmate. Everglades Correctional Officer Shamel Watson is apparently stupid. When he went to go collect the contr ... More >>
A Deerhunter album cover, yeah.For some hunters, it is never really about the catch. It's about being one with nature, trekking through the wilderness, the thrill of the hunt, and the bond formed with your fellow hunters. For others, it really is just about killing things. So much so, that driving u ... More >>
When Rep. Ron Klein isn't twiddling his thumbs wondering if he should enter the Senate race, he's already looking toward the likely redistricting ruckus set to take place after the 2010 census. "Mario Diaz-Balart has already told me he and Lincoln will be all over the state legislature to make sur ... More >>
Riptide was preparing to cross the Alligator Alley this past Wednesday to go and visit the familia in a horrible, horrible place known as Collier County. On the way we stopped to get gas somewhere way out in west Broward. We don't remember the name of the town - Weston? Miramar? Bumfuck? Baghdad? La ... More >>
A haywire hunting trip in the Everglades for an elusive oinker.
We ask questions and a historic land battle is won
Three kids from suburban Miami found a clever way to relieve their boredom: They launched an attack on a police station
How to campaign in the new House District 25? There's always Cuba.
The cover story is conservation, but the Bush boys have their hands in the taxpayers' pockets again
Big dead cats in the middle of the road -- lots of them
One of South Florida's oldest families is nearing a come-from-behind victory in the battle for the Homestead Air Base
Golfers and fishermen beware! The endangered reptile is making a comeback.
Members of the Collier family want to explore for oil in the nature preserve they helped create
Behold the swamp buggy races, South Florida's oddest racing tradition, where the engines roar, the muck flies, and the vehicles sometimes sink
Scaling Mount Trashmore, sorting through the clues to the mystery of everyday life