Soon you'll be able to keep your Armani clothes and apply your Armani Code by Giorgio Armani perfume inside your Armani-designed bathroom all within your own Armani-designed condo located in an Armani-designed building named Residences by Armani/Casa. Yes, the fashion house is teaming up with deve ... More >>
For years, Florida's 26th U.S. Congressional District has been defined less by politics than by outright scandal. Two years ago, Republican David Rivera lost the seat amid revelations that he had funded a shadow campaign in the Democratic primary and accepted over $500,000 in secret payments from a ... More >>
Get this: The national engineering firm in the driver's seat to oversee Miami-Dade's $1.6 billion overhaul of the county's monumentally dilapidated sewer system has a history of violating the Clean Water Act, mishandling radioactive waste, billing for phantom work, and paying kickbacks. In most pl ... More >>
For at least three months, John Renfrow, director of the Miami-Dade Water & Sewer Department, knew about the $18.5 million fine CH2M Hill had to pay the federal government to avoid being prosecuted for time card fraud. Yet Renfrow didn't stop the Colorado-based firm from bidding on a lucrative contr ... More >>
A Colorado-based company vying for a lucrative contract to oversee Miami-Dade County's multi-billion dollar sewer system renovation projects admitted it defrauded the federal government earlier this year. Back in March CH2M Hill and one its subsidiaries agreed to pay $18.5 million in civil fines and ... More >>
Mayor Carlos GimenezA possible conflict has forced Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez to sit out the awarding of a $50 million contract to a local construction company that employs his son Julio and uses his other son Carlos Jr. as its lobbyist. Munilla Construction Management submitted the lowest b ... More >>
Banner Supply Company was ordered Tuesday to pay hundreds of Florida homeowners $55 million dollars for selling them Chinese drywall that emitted sulfurous gases, according to Reuters. The gas smells horrible and is believed to have damaged wiring and appliances and caused illnesses in the homes ... More >>
Homeowners look for someone to blame for the material that's wrecking houses.
North Miami Beach residents say mayoral front-runner mixes business with pleasure.
They gave thousands to a commissioner and then won the Marlins stadium contract.
For more than 10 years, Brazilian-based construction firm Odebrecht has made tons of money from Miami-Dade County public works projects. If anything, the company is consistent...at completing jobs behind schedule and charging the county more money to finish. For example, Odebrecht accepted responsib ... More >>
Imagine you hire a contractor to build your house. And that contractor goes over budget, continually misses deadlines, and then tries to charge you more for it. Logic dictates you wouldn't hire that contractor again, unless you're a sucker. Well, Miami-Dade County government is the biggest sucker wh ... More >>
Today there was a minor crane accident on NE 79th street. The crane tipped, but no one was hurt. It was fitting as Miami-Dade's controversial crane ordinance was also tipped over this week in a federal court. The county passed the law in March of last year, the same month a much more serious crane a ... More >>
As the most important election in the 21st Century draws to a close, Banana Republican took a gander at the top campaign contributors in the congressional races pitting Lincoln and Mario Diaz-Balart against Raul Martinez and Joe Garcia, respectively. So far the Republican siblings have out-raised th ... More >>
"Does it intimidate you that a black man from Queens could be compared to musicians such as Bob Dylan?"
As our great Banana Republic of Miami-Dade County gets ready to celebrate Independence Day, I decided to scour the campaign financial reports of Mayor Carlos Alvarez and the seven county commissioners running for reelection. After all, nothing is more patriotic than greasing the wheels of politics. ... More >>
When bad pols get busted, we give you the inside dope
Miami's condo market is in the crapper
My three wishes for 2007: - The construction on Biscayne Boulevard will come to an end; - My local post office will hire extra employees, thus reducing the usual, maddening, 20-minute wait for service; - No more landmark restaurants will be razed for ugly condo projects. What are your Miami ... More >>
Leonard M. Miller family
One thing about Steve Shiver's future as the county's chief executive: It'll never be lonely at the top
Dade's home rehab loan program is more adept at breaking hearts than repairing houses
He just wanted to build a huge condo with his name on it, but all he got was a big stink
In which the professor and his wife share the secrets of low bids, high profits, and your money
The county needs contractors to do its construction work. The contractors need minority subcontractors to satisfy county regulations. And taxpayers need an explanation.
They're parks, all right. The county says so. Never mind that most people can't actually use them.
How many plumbers does it take to unclog a toilet? In Irving Spiegel's case, about ten. One to solve the problem, the rest to charge him thousands of dollars.