• Blogs

    August 21, 2014

    Federal Judge Rules Florida's Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional; Immediately Stays Decision

    U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle ruled today that Florida's gay marriage ban violates the Constitution 14th Amendment's guarantees of equal protection and due process. The federal judge's ruling follows similar rulings by state judges in four separate counties. However, like those rulings, Hinkle i ... More >>

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    August 19, 2014

    Same-Sex Marriage Could Give $182.2 Million Boost to Florida's Economy

    Florida's ban on same-sex marriage is chiefly a civil rights issue, but it's also an economic issue. A new analysis by the UCLA School of Law's William Institute estimates Florida could see a $182.2 million boost to its economy if gay marriage were legalized -- and that's just in the first three y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2014

    Florida Has the Second Fewest Native Residents of Any State

    If you live in Florida, there's only a little more than a one-in-three chance you were born in this state. In fact, Florida has the second-lowest rate of population made up by native-born residents of that state in the entire nation. Perhaps it's not necessarily shocking to Miamians, but a series ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2014

    Florida Is the Third Most Expensive State to Own a Car

    Merely owning a car in Florida could cost you $500 extra a year than it would in other states. In fact, according to a new analysis from, Florida is the third most expensive state in the nation to own a car.

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2014

    "Our F-You Stand:" Flush Macro Beer Away at Kush Dissenter Release Party August 13

    It takes a lot to anger craft beer drinkers but when they start flushing mass-produced swill down the toilet, then clearly a line was crossed. With the encroachment of macro beers (Anheuser-Busch, Miller and Coors -- a.k.a. "The Big Three"), Wynwood's Kush is taking a stand against them with a cer ... More >>

  • News

    August 7, 2014
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    August 4, 2014

    Florida's Same-Sex Marriage Ban Continues to Crumble: Broward Judge Rules Against It

    Always a little late to the party, but still ahead of the rest of Florida, Broward County has joined the movement to strike down Florida's ban on same sex marriages. A judge in Broward this afternoon has ruled that Florida's ban is unconstitutional, a judgment that follows two similar opinions out o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2014

    Prost Wurstgrill & Bierhouse Holds a Sausage Fest

    Prost Wurstgrill & Bierhouse had a little shindig yesterday and, what started as a pretty sophisticated evening (a welcome cocktail of sparkling wine and mint was refined and refreshing), turned into a rousing sausage fest. Of course, when you're a restaurant that specializes in house-made tubular ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    Florida Has the Best Kept Roads and Bridges in the Country Thanks to Tolls and Taxes

    The nation's roadway infrastructure is crumbling, but there's one sunny exception: the state of Florida. The Washington Post reports that Florida's roads and bridges are in some of the best shape in the nation. That's in part thanks to favorable weather, but also to a relatively high gasoline tax an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2014

    Buddha Meets Cuba For Beer-Pairing Event at Sergio's in Doral

    Sergio's, the self-styled new American cafe with Latin flavor, is bringing some of Broward County's finest to Doral with a Beer Flights Delights pairing this Friday, July 11. For the price of an entree and a couple of drinks out, the Cuban-American restaurant will offer four different "bites," or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2014

    Floridians Just Keep Getting Older

    The economic downturn had forced several leaders on both the state and local levels to rebrand Florida as some sort of tech- and business-friendly state perfect for young, entrepreneurial professionals. That might give you the impression that Florida is turning into some hip, youth-friendly state. I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2014

    Nineteen Percent of Floridians Think Marlins Will Win World Series

    Not to remind you too much of last night, but if Miami is going to win a major sports championship in the calendar year of 2014, our only hope remains -- gulp -- the Marlins. Oddly, a recent scientific survey by political polling firm Public Policy Polling reveals that a full 19 percent of Florid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2014

    Florida's Tornadoes Are the Deadliest in the Country

    Compared to the miles-wide F5 monsters that roar across the Kansas and Nebraska plains, Florida's tornadoes are usually quaint little dust devils that pop up momentarily and never get the space to grow into city-destroying catastrophes. Yet it's the Sunshine State's mini-twisters that are the deadl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2014

    Study: Florida is the 10th Most Corrupt State

    Is the news here that Florida is one of the most politically corrupt states in the nation or that there are nine other states that are more corrupt than Florida? We're still not really sure. A new study conducted by University of Hong Kong and the Indiana University found that the Sunshine State i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2014

    The Ten Distinct States That Make Up Florida

    Florida has a reputation as America's weirdest state, but there's hardly any national appreciation for the fact that Florida has several culturally distinct regions of weirdness to choose from. In fact, sometimes it seems weird that Florida is considered one state at all. It's high time someone dre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2014

    On Medical Marijuana, Debbie Wasserman Schultz Sounds Like a Republican

    South Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schutlz may be chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, but when it comes to medical marijuana she sure sounds like a Republican. Wasserman Schultz aired her "concerns" today about the ballot initiative that would legalize medical marijuana in Florida by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    Miami Judge Rules Anti-Gay Groups Won't Be Affected By Gay Marriage

    Three anti-gay groups wanted to get involved in a lawsuit that seeks to overturn Florida's gay marriage ban, but have now been shut out by a Miami-Dade Circuit judge who ruled "they will not be directly and immediately affected if others enter into a same-sex marriage." See also: Pam Bondi Would Li ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 29, 2014
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    May 7, 2014

    Florida's 12th Graders Are Really, Really Bad at Math

    Only 20 percent of Florida's 12th graders in public schools are considered proficient at math. For those of you bad at math, that means only 1 out of 5. For those of you really, really bad at math, pick your favorite member of One Direction and pretend he's the only one who is good at math. The rest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2014

    Medical Marijuana Support at 88 Percent Among Florida Voters, New Poll Shows

    Florida wants medical marijuana. Days after the state legislature for the first time sent a bill to the governor's desk legalizing some pot -- namely, a low-THC strain used to help children with epilepsy -- a new poll out this morning makes it crystal clear where voters stand on the full legalizatio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2014

    Craft Beer-Killing Bill Passes in Florida Senate

    The good news first: The Florida Senate passed a bill today that clears the way for craft breweries to sell 64-ounce growlers directly to customers. The bad news: the bill places so many other regulations on Florida's booming craft beer industry it could kill it before it gets a chance to blossom.

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2014

    Florida Sheriffs Association Comes Out Against Medical Marijuana: #DontLetFlGoToPot

    Never expect a cop to be cool about a little bit of pot. The Florida Sheriffs Association has officially taken a stance on medical marijuana. They're against it. Because you know, it's common practice for sheriffs to take stances on what kind of medical treatment people should be allowed to pursue ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 24, 2014
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    April 14, 2014

    Sen. Nelson Says Florida Has Overtaken New York in Population, But That Might Not Be True Yet

    According to estimates, Florida is slated to become the third most populated state in the nation sometime in the next few years. Though, one of our senators seems to think it's already happened. "My state of Florida is now the third-largest state," Sen. Bill Nelson said last week during Senate Arm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    Florida Bill May Put Stop to Spam Texts: No More "Junk Car" Texts

    Remember a few years ago when it seemed everyone in Miami was getting spammed text messages by someone promising to buy their "junk car?" Yeah, well the Florida Senate is looking at a way to make it easier for Floridians to get out of receiving spam by adding text messages to the "Do Not Call" regis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    Florida Charges Children as Adults More Than Any Other State

    Children may be the future, but Florida is putting its future behind bars. A new report from the Human Rights Watch blasts the state for charging children as adults more than any other state in the nation, and says that far too often, the decision is arbitrary. Florida law allows prosecutors sole ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2014

    Kush: Burgers, Beer, and Bacon Brownies in Wynwood (Photos)

    Kush, the beer and burger joint that opened in Wynwood about two weeks ago, can best be described as Lokal's scrappy little brother. Coconut Grove's Lokal is the more polished older sibling, while Kush has a younger, edgier feel. But there's no doubt, whatsoever, that the two restaurants share the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2014

    "Glamping" Bill Hopes to Spur Visits to Florida's Aquatic Preserves

    Is there anything more glamorous than Florida's aquatic preserves? Yes, darling, lots of things, but a new proposed bill hopes to bring a bit of a ritzy touch to the areas by allowing and promoting the idea of "glamping" on islands and "uplands" in the preserves.

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2014

    More Women in Florida Have Concealed Carry Licenses Than Even Before

    Guns are no longer just boy fun in Florida anymore. Woman now make up a higher rate of those who have concealed carry licenses than at any point before. Approximately one out of every four concealed carry permits are issued to women, and that translates to a whole lot of ladies packing heat. Remembe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2014

    New Bill Would Outlaw Child Marriage in Florida

    In Florida you can get married if you're a 13-year-old who accidentally knocks up his girlfriend but not if you're in a committed adult relationship with someone of the same sex. Rep. Cynthia Stafford, a Miami Democrat, wants to change that. No, not the part about allowing gays to marry, just the mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2014

    Florida Has Lost $5 Billion in Ponzi Schemes Since 2008

    The Ponzi scheme epidemic of 2008 kicked off with part-time Palm Beach resident Bernie Madoff, and then hit Florida much harder than most states. That's the consensus of a new Forbes analysis, which found that Florida was second in total number of dollars lost to Ponzis, trailing only New York, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2014

    Florida Moves Towards Medical Marijuana As House Committee Passes "Charlotte's Web" Bill

    After decades of the war on drugs, countless efforts to decriminalize dope, and tens of thousands of drug arrests, Florida has finally reached a turning point. The marijuana movement has reached critical mass. In January, the state supreme court ruled that voters can decide whether or not to legali ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2014

    Miami Democrat Files Bill To Legalize Recreational Marijuana in Florida

    Would you like to be carrying 2.5 ounces of marijuana right now? How about tending your own marijuana garden at home with up to six plants? Or would you rather buy marijuana from a store and have the tax proceeds go to the state? Well, call your state senator and tell them you support SB 1562! Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    Tiny Florida Panther Kitten Rescued from Abandonment Is Adorable

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2014

    Anti-Gay Groups Compare Gay Couples Seeking Marriage to Segregationist Racist

    State bans on the recognition of gay marriage are falling like dominoes across the states, and a new lawsuit brought on by gay couples could lead to Florida following suit. However, a group of social conservative groups announced their intention to fight to uphold Florida's gay marriage ban today. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    Bill Would Ban Release of Mug Shots in Florida

    When you're arrested in Florida your mug shots gets splashed across the internet in a matter of days. That's because Florida police agencies and sheriff's departments release the photos online in compliance with Florida's progressive public record laws. Though, in recent years several commercial web ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2014

    Poll: 63 Percent of Floridians Support Lifting Cuban Embargo

    The Cuban embargo has been in place for well over 50 years now to little effect, and now a new poll claims that a majority of Americans, and an even larger share of Floridians, believe it's time to end it. The poll was presented this morning from D.C.-based think tank the Atlantic Council, but the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2014

    Meet the Three Floridians Competing in the Winter Olympics

    As native Floridians, we've always viewed the Winter Olympics as some sort of weird arctic elf games we'll never truly be able to comprehend. As it turns out, there are not that many Floridians who go on to compete in these frigid competitions compared to northern states. Though, this year there a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2014

    Black Babies Used as Alligator Bait in Florida

    It has been pretty well documented recently that, during slavery and into the 20th century, black babies were used as alligator bait in North and Central Florida. A guy in Sanford, near Orlando, told this story to a researcher. He said he had heard it from his grandfather. The slaves who had bab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2014

    Florida Supreme Court Approves Medical Marijuana Ballot Question

    Despite opposition from Attorney General Pam Bondi, the Supreme Court of Florida officially ruled today that a ballot question that could approve use of medical marijuana is perfectly valid. This means that the question will now all but certainly come before voters in November. Bondi had challenge ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 23, 2014
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    January 21, 2014

    Miami Brew Bus Tour Fulfills Ale Appetites and Craft Beer Queries

    We were invited to take a ride on the Miami Brew Bus for the Hopping to Hops Tour Saturday and got a behind-the-scenes look at two South Florida breweries. The tour, geared towards tourists and locals alike, starts and ends at Lokal Burgers & Beer in Coconut Grove. Attendees meet up around 11 a.m., ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2014

    Same-Sex Couples File Lawsuit to Overturn Florida's Gay Marriage Ban

    Following the lead of successful lawsuits in Utah and Oklahoma in recent months, six same-sex couples in Florida plan to sue the state in order to overturn ban on same-sex marriage. Back in 2008, Florida voters narrowly approved a constitutional amendment that banned not only gay marriage but any ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    Fight To Legalize Beer Growlers and Beer Tastings in Florida Heads Back to Tallahassee

    Last year, an attempt to rewrite Florida law to legalize beer growlers went nowhere fast in the state legislature. But with the craft beer industry continuing to grow in Florida, lawmakers are going to give it another shot. This year, another related bill would also legalize beer tastings, which are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2014

    Big Business Mega-Coalition Decides Florida Should Stop Hating Gays So Much

    Poor Republican legislators are surely going to be in a bind over this. On one hand, they're used to bending to the whims of big business. On the other, they party has gone all in on the "Yeah, LGBT people are kind of icky" front. So what are they to do when a giant coalition of some of Florida's bi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2014

    5.1 Magnitude Earthquake Startles and Confuses Cubans, Floridians

    Prior to yesterday, most Floridians' experience with the Richter scale was limited to the former Universal Studios attraction, Earthquake: The Big One. At around 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon, a rare, 5.1-magnitude earthquake struck outside Cuba leaving residents of the seismically stable country -- and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2014

    15 Steps: We Get a First Bite of Farm-to-Fork at Eden Roc Miami Beach

    Like a phoenix, 15 Steps rose out of 1500 Degrees' hot ashes. The farm-to-table restaurant transitioned quietly from 1500 Degrees in the fall of 2013, with an official opening and name change in early December. Because the restaurant continued serving meals during the process, there was no major ove ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2014

    Miami's 16th Annual Medical Marijuana Benefit: "It's Not Just About Smoking a Joint"

    "Why are we underground right now, sir? Why can't we be out in the open?" asks Private Miller while sitting in a smoky interrogation room during the opening scene of the 2008 movie Pineapple Express. "Why aren't we in a square right now? Why aren't we talkin' to people, lettin' them know that Item ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2013

    Tanning Salons Now Outnumber McDonald's in Florida

    We live in a place called the "Sunshine State" with about 825 miles of beaches, but instead of taking advantage of those natural resources a whole lot of Floridians appear to prefer to get tan inside a salon. In fact, a new study reveals that there are now more tanning salons in Florida than there a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    Florida Set Record for Gun Background Checks This Year

    More Floridians then ever went through the necessary background check to buy a firearm this year. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has conducted 823,653 background checks in 2013, toppling the previous record from last year of 797,610.

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