Did Jeffrey Bartel's vicious public beef with his former employer, Florida Power & Light, cost him a seat on the host committee for the 14th Annual Mayor's Ball this Saturday? Sources tell Banana Republican Bartel was thrown off the illustrious gala's board about a week ago when FPL representatives ... More >>
Miami-Dade County Public Schools have a security problem -- and we're not talking bad locks on the local elementary school's front door.Student information has fallen repeatedly into thieving hands, and the latest lapse comes from an especially embarrassing accused perp: Tizrah Ingram-Johnson, da ... More >>
Sure we've already had local police officers driving 120 mph to get to their second jobs and passing out drunk and half-naked in their squad cars. Now we've got a City of Miami officer who somehow managed to drive his police car up a pole this morning. No, literally, up a pole.Update: The officer ... More >>
This week, Miami New Times is publishing a guide to the eight of the worst public works projects in Miami-Dade, where bureaucrats and elected officials take pride in wasting millions in taxpayer dollars on crap residents have little-to-no use for. As we reveal each one of these boondoggles on Riptid ... More >>
Update: Here's kind of a creepy correction: FPL spokesperson Robbins emailed us to say, "The NRC report states: 'The employee's access to the plant has been terminated.' It does not say that the employee was fired. As to whether or not the employee was fired, that is a personnel matter that we c ... More >>
"We are the most vulnerable metropolitan area in the world when it comes to sea level rise," says University of Miami professor Harold Wanless. Sitting in his office, the avuncular geologist paints a bleak picture. Global warming is a fact, and the results are already visible: hurricanes are gett ... More >>
With Japan on the brink of a devastating meltdown, nuclear power is coming under increased scrutiny around the globe. We talked to Jupiter-based Thomas Saporito, a former instrument control technician and safety whistleblower at nuclear power plants in Florida, Arizona, and Texas. Saporito now wo ... More >>
FPL "hid" a document to avoid liability in a serious accident, according to a Miami-Dade judgeFor a company that's in the business of providing light, FPL apparently likes to keep some things in the dark.Last month a jury found Florida Power & Light partly responsible for an accident at the P ... More >>
Print's death rattle has birthed a new online start-up based here in Florida. The Florida Independent launched earlier this week with a focus on original, daily reporting on state and local issues. But what's notable about the start-up is its place in a growing list of news organizations that ar ... More >>
A (drunk) artist's interpretation of this story.Since publishing an exposé about illegal slaughterhouses in northwest Miami-Dade's C-9 basin last year, Riptide has chronicled other strange offenses: killed horses, brazen cockfighting, endangered wood storks used for target practice, illega ... More >>
Alex IzaguirreCould there have been a more ruthless, diabolical, state utility monopolizer to receive $200 million in federal stimulus money than Florida Power & Light? I'm not the only one questioning the federal government's decision either.President Barack Obama announced FPL's stimulus bo ... More >>
Pastor Vincent Spann will save Liberty City's soul one addict at a time if he can stay out of jail.
The Republican brothers are headed for defeat, and Cuban-American politics will change forever.
Paranormal activity? Storm-related atmospheric dramatics? Alien invasion? While we're not so sure calling in the feds for help with Fay is the greatest idea, maybe Gov. Crist should call in whatever organization Mulder and Scully worked for to check out a reported mysterious light show that occurred ... More >>
This afternoon, Miami City Commissioners decided not to give a slice of Liberty City land to a group of housing activists – even though the commission supported the idea “in principle” last week.
Florida is starved for electricity. Some eco-renegades are growing their own.
These folks want to stay, but soon they'll have no choice
Hydroponic marijuana production is growing up
This plains posse shoots straight from the hip
The Bitch detects tragedy, deflects an army of skanks, and parses FPL-speak
From hear to eternity, Miami is hell on your aural health
Relish in a Thanksgiving cornucopia
Miami's business leaders vowed to yank MIA from the clutches of politicians, but the politicians yanked back
Looking out for number one, what's in this for Miami?
Exelon plans to build a new nuclear power plant. Ho-hum.
Mid-Beach endures a blackout
Forget the bunny. Robin Parker has a battery that might save the world.
Authorities are in a pickle over where to dump the toxic sludge soon to be scraped from the Miami River
Officials insist the Lake Belt created by limestone mining in Northwest Miami-Dade will be an eco-panacea. Critics say that's all wet.
January 1, 2000: County officials are hoping for the best but preparing for the worst. What about you?
The feds want to know: Is a proposed airport too close to Turkey Point?
More than 50 years ago, five daring young men put on police uniforms and began patrolling Miami's "Colored Town." A couple of them are still looking for justice.
Despite the risks, local pot farmers have taken homegrown high-tech
Unlucky SW Thirteenth Street is the squeaky wheel that never got greased
Hurricane Andrew and a protracted legal brawl uncorked The Forge's world-class wine list
Eleven cents a month doesn't seem like much when you consider that it's helping to keep dogs out of Dade's open manholes
City bureaucrats move into FPL's posh Miami River digs with only a milligauss or two of apprehension
FPL wants no part of a power struggle between the City of Miami and a Coconut Grove cafe
A requiem for some heavyweights that have tussled with the wrecking ball and lost