Francis Suarez

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    October 3, 2014

    Ex-Miami Mayor Xavier Suarez Considering Bid Against Gimenez For County Mayor

    The last time Xavier Suarez occupied a mayor's office, it didn't end so well. His second term as Miami mayor lasted just 111 days in 1997 before an absentee ballot scandal cost him his seat and a spate of bizarre behavior earned him the lasting nickname "Mayor Loco." But Suarez is now pondering ano ... More >>

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    September 29, 2014

    Miami Commission Unanimously Passes Six-Month Puppy Sales Ban

    The dog sales day could soon be over in Miami. The city commission unanimously voted this morning to pass a six-month moratorium on any new stores selling dogs and cats in the city. The temporary ban will serve as a test run for a possible permanent ordinance. No existing pet stores will be affecte ... More >>

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    September 18, 2014

    Miami Renews Push for Streetcar System in Urban Core

    Miami may be looking to the past for its public transportation future. In the '20s and '30s, streetcars zoomed through the city of Miami, and now city commissioners have renewed a push to bring them back. According to Miami Today, the plan had gained steam back in 2006 but lost priority after the ... More >>

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    June 26, 2014

    Here's What Beckham's Soccer Stadium Next To Marlins Park Would Look Like

    Sure, most of us are paying attention to what's going on in an existing soccer stadium an entire continent away as of this writing, but the future of a brand new soccer stadium right here in Miami is still very much a floating issue. Yesterday, County Commissioner Xavier L. Suarez released his own ... More >>

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    June 5, 2014
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    June 3, 2014

    Miami Politicians Push ShotSpotter Even Though Some Local Cops Say It Doesn't Work

    Nothing is scarier than a city commission that's all smiles. Politicians are preternaturally disposed to disagreement, so voters should be skeptical whenever commissioners suddenly go full kumbaya. On the scale of suspicious love-fests, this past April 10 was a doozy. City of Miami commissioners li ... More >>

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    April 3, 2014

    Miami To Ban Ugly Metal Security Shutters and Screens in Downtown

    Anyone walking in downtown after business hours is greeted with the unwelcoming sight of several storefronts closed off with shutters or metal-barred screens. It's not perhaps the most aesthetically pleasing sight. Well, a new ordinance would ban such screens in an attempt to make downtown more visu ... More >>

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    February 6, 2014
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    February 4, 2014

    Keon Hardemon Saves Charles Hadley Park

    Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke gives props to Miami's rookie city commissioner. Three months ago, a long-delayed plan to add a youth center and make other muc ... More >>

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    November 6, 2013

    Tomas Regalado and Francis Suarez are Surprisingly Polite About Twitter Snark

    So last night I was live blogging and Tweeting up a storm about election results, but I sort of had a personal chip on my shoulder. See, I like voting, and after having previously lived in Coral Gables this was my first time casting a ballot in a City of Miami mayoral race. Except, as we all know, t ... More >>

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    October 29, 2013

    Meet the Candidates for Mayor of Miami Who Aren't Tomas Regalado

    City of Miami residents won't be given much of a choice when it comes to exercising their right to democracy during the November 5th mayoral elections. Despite an early fund-raising lead, commissioner Francis Suarez dropped out due to some minor campaign hickups and his wife's pregnancy, leaving the ... More >>

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    August 30, 2013

    Steve Bateman Filed for Reelection Two Days After Arrest

    So Francis Suarez called off his run for City of Miami mayor after a few minor (well, by Miami-Dade standards at least) "scandals," but most politicians in Miami aren't as easily shook. Blind ambition rarely finds its bounds down here. So it's not really all that surprising that just two days afte ... More >>

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    August 26, 2013

    Reports: Francis Suarez Dropping Out of Mayor's Race

    Well, Tomas Regalado is now all but certain to be Miami's mayor again for the next four years. According to reports from both The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald, his main competitor, commissioner Francis Suarez, is expected to drop out of the race after a turbulent period in his campaign.

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    August 19, 2013

    Occupy Miami Member Arrested For Defacing Francis "Fraud" Suarez Campaign Sign

    Remember Occupy Miami? The movement has mostly petered out, but some of its members are keeping its shit-stirring spirit alive. On Friday night, veteran protester Kevin Young was arrested for allegedly defacing one of Francis Suarez's ubiquitous campaign posters. Young apparently changed the mayora ... More >>

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    August 15, 2013

    Miami Police Union Prez: "No One Can Take Responsibility for Israel's Death Except Himself"

    Miami Fraternal Order of Police President Sgt. Javier Ortiz has come out roaring against those who are criticizing police in the wake of the death of teenager Israel Hernandez. After City of Miami commissioner and mayoral candidate Francis Suarez released a flyer condemning police violence, Ortiz ... More >>

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    August 14, 2013

    Why Does the Herald Care So Much About a Francis Suarez Aide's Dumb Twitter Account?

    BREAKING NEWS: Someone in Miami sort of hates their job and tweets about it. The Miami Herald has been all over the story of Christina Haramboure's Twitter complaints about constituents. She's the 24-year-old administrative assistant who sits at the bottom rung of Miami commissioner and mayoral c ... More >>

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    June 14, 2013

    Francis Suarez Campaign Caught in Absentee Ballot Fraud Probe

    Since winning a seat on the Miami City Commission in 2009, Francis Suarez worked hard to forge his own political identity and avoid the type of absentee ballot voter fraud scandal that derailed his father's mayoral run in 1997. But now the young Cuban American Republican is in full damage control af ... More >>

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    June 12, 2013

    Norman Braman, Magic City Casino Among Top Donors in Miami Mayor's Race

    The Miami Mayor's race is still five months away, but a majority of the city's politically influential power brokers are lining up behind Commissioner Francis Suarez, who is looking to take out popular incumbent Tomas Regalado with more than one million bucks in his campaign war chest. Regalado has ... More >>

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    May 29, 2013

    Carlos Gimenez and Most City Commissioners Supporting Tomas Regalado's Opponent in Miami Mayor's Race

    Even though both were elected into their respective mayorships thanks in large part to their opposition to the Marlins Park deal, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez and City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado aren't on the same page on much else. As Regalado's reelection efforts heat up, Gimenez now ... More >>

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    May 7, 2013

    An Open Letter To Francis X. Suarez: For God's Sake, Hire a Speechwriter

    Dear Francis X. Suarez, It was with great optimism and endearing faith in the potential of our elected politicians that I clicked on your recent "Open Letter to Miami" in the Huffington Post. Then I read this sentence: "With our magical coast and most enviable weather, a patch work of cultures that ... More >>

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    April 12, 2013

    Miami Heads To Federal Court To Get Permission To Arrest Homeless People

    The City of Miami has taken to federal court to undo a 15-year-old legal agreement that protected homeless people from undue arrest and harassment by the authorities. The city is concerned the homeless population is stunting downtown's growth, and want the courts to alter a 1988 settlement that bars ... More >>

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    January 15, 2013

    Francis Suarez Will Challenge Tomas Regalado in Miami's Mayor Race

    After weeks of speculation, City of Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez officially announced today that he will challenge Mayor Tomas Regalado. Suarez is only 35, and has spent barely three years on the commission, but his family connections have given him a boost to the top of the city's political la ... More >>

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    February 7, 2012

    Miami's Five Worst City and County Managers Who Prove Merrett Stierheim Wrong

    Over the weekend, Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez revealed he is entertaining the idea of eliminating the city manager's position in favor of the strong mayor form of government. His proposal, which would require voter approval to change the city charter, makes sense because it gives residents one ... More >>

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    January 31, 2012

    Julie Bru Sneaks Through Vote To Give Marc Sarnoff A Lawyer on the Taxpayer's Dime

    ​Miami City Attorney Julie Bru pulled a sneaky maneuver to ensure City Commissioner Marc Sarnoff continues to receive free legal representation from her office. Near the end of last Thursday's city commission meeting, Bru requested approval for a "pocket item" -- so-called because it was not incl ... More >>

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    October 13, 2011

    Marc Sarnoff is the Top Rain Maker in Miami

    ​​Miami city commissioner Marc Sarnoff has collected nearly half a million dollars in his reelection bid, leading all candidates in the money raising front for the upcoming November election. Of the three incumbents on the ballot, Sarnoff faces the stiffest competition with four opponents who ha ... More >>

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    September 28, 2011

    Sleepy Miami Commissioners Pass Budget Deal at 3 a.m., Don't Really Know What's Inside

    ​Faced with a massive $62 million gap in city finances, angry unions and an increasingly hostile commission, Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado did what any good leader would do: He kept commissioners up so late they didn't know what they were voting on.It worked! Just after 3:30 this morning, they voted ... More >>

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    September 12, 2011

    Miguel Exposito Fired by City Commission UPDATED

    ​See ya, Expo! Miami's finest reality-show filming, mayor-baiting police chief catastrophe is officially looking for a new job thanks to Michelle Spence-Jones's vote.MSJ evidently decided her district's outrage over the Miami Police Department's wave of seven fatal cop-involved shootings this past ... More >>

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    September 8, 2011

    Miguel Exposito's Lawsuit Tossed, Leaving Chief's Job In Michelle Spence-Jones' Hands

    ​This morning Miami-Dade Judge Barbara Areces threw out suspended Miami Police Chief Miguel Exposito's lawsuit against the city, putting his fate back into the hands of the commission.In case you've forgotten that we live in a very strange city, Areces decision essentially means that Michelle Spen ... More >>

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    September 7, 2011

    Miguel Exposito Sues to Keep Two Commissioners From Deciding His Fate

    ​Yesterday's suspension of Miami Police Chief Miguel Exposito is certainly a Miami political saga for the ages, and in the grand tradition of 305 political saga we should only expect bitterness and some last minute lawsuits. Exposito has now filed suit against two city commissioner -- Wifredo "Wil ... More >>

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    March 25, 2011

    Families of Shooting Victims to City Commission: "Exposito Must Go"

    photo by Tim ElfrinkThe message in black and white at Thursday's commission meeting.​Police Chief Miguel Exposito slumped silently against a wall, his hands clasped tight behind his back, as a parade of family members of men killed by his department petitioned the City Commission last night for on ... More >>

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    February 1, 2011

    Are Americans Addicted to Political Dynasties? Jeb Bush for President Boosters Hope So

    ​Name recognition and family connections seems to go along in politics. Salon's Steve Kornacki points out that "there have been 15 presidential elections since 1952, and in all but two -- 1964 and 2008 -- the Republican ticket has included someone named 'Nixon,' 'Dole,' or 'Bush,'" and w ... More >>

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    November 11, 2010

    Tonight: Food Truck Meet Up on Bird and 65th

    Trina Sargalski​You can get your tasty treats in "La Souwesera" once again tonight from 5:30 to 9 at SW 65th Avenue and Bird Road.  You will see a vacant lot, illuminated only by the food trucks.  Tonight, Nacho Mama's Grill from Key Largo will sling their Mexican fare.  According ... More >>

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    April 23, 2010

    Marc Sarnoff, Richard Dunn Want Midnight Curfew on Alcohol Sale

    City commissioners love curfews. No issue has pissed off as many of Marc Sarnoff's constituents as his approval of Coconut Grove's 3 a.m. last call. ​And horrible driver Richard Dunn has recently urged cops to cite teenagers and fine parents who violate the 11 p.m. teen curfew that's been in the b ... More >>

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    April 7, 2010

    Miami City Commission Should Expand African Square Park

    This past September 16, Miami's planning advisory board recommended the city expand African Square Park on NW 14th Avenue and 61st Street. The board recognized the need for more public green space in one of Miami's poorest neighborhoods, but the city commission apparently didn't get the hint.View La ... More >>

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    February 17, 2010

    Commissioner Richard Dunn: Natty Dresser, Colorful Orator, Almost Felon

    ​Three weeks on the Miami City Commission, and already the Rev. Richard Dunn has figured out Miami politics. Contacted Tuesday to comment on a story about his driving record, the newly appointed replacement for Michelle Spence-Jones went on the offensive, attacking District 2's Marc Sarn ... More >>

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    January 12, 2010

    Michelle Spence-Jones and Willy Gort Prevail in Special Elections

    Today's special election to fill two vacant city commission seats resulted with two familiar names returning to City Hall. Voters in District 1 returned Willy Gort to office. He previously held the seat until 2001 when he made an unsuccesful bid at the Mayor's office. He raplces the man who suc ... More >>

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    December 24, 2009

    New Miami City Commission Fails First Green Test

    Miami's Planning Advisory Board member Paul Mann is calling out the city commission. This past December 17, commissioners Frank Carrollo, Marc Sarnoff and Francis Suarez signed off on a plan to convert vacant city-owned park land at NW 14th Ave and 61st Street into residential units.The property is ... More >>

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    November 25, 2009

    New Miami Commissioner Denies Breaking Sunshine Law

    Miami City Commissioner Francis SuarezLast night, Banana Republican spoke with a political consultant who worked on Francis Suarez's campaign who insisted the new commissioner did not have private discussions with his new colleagues about who to pick to replace Angel Gonzalez.The city commission -- ... More >>

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    November 24, 2009

    No Appointment For Angel Gonzalez's Seat?

    City Commissioner Francis SuarezNewly elected Miami City Commissioner Francis Suarez may have unwittingly scuttled plans to appoint a replacement for Angel Gonzalez, who last week resigned from the commission as part of his guilty plea deal with prosecutors.Commission Chairman Marc Sarnoff has calle ... More >>

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    November 18, 2009

    News Roundup: Runoff Winners; Heat Losers

    Michael "Drunk Driving Godzilla" Gongora and Jorge Exposito have won the run-off elections for the Miami Beach Commission. [Herald]And Francis Suarez, son of former mayor Xavier Suarez, has won the run-off in Miami. In 5 days, when he's sworn in, the city will have 3 out of 5 commission seats filled ... More >>

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    November 17, 2009

    Charlie Don't Appoint

    Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado​Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado's insistence that Gov. Charlie Crist appoint a replacement for suspended commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones is getting ugly.Over the weekend, Regalado and Commission Chairman Marc Sarnoff were pressuring Angel Gonzalez -- who resigned yesterday ... More >>

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    November 17, 2009

    Michelle Spence-Jones May Run in Special Election

    So, Miami will hold a special election to fill the seat that Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones was booted from after turning herself in for grand theft charges a day after she was sworn in for her second term. And you'll never guess who's considering a run: Michelle Spence-Jones! Spence-Jones ... More >>

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    November 4, 2009

    City of Miami Voters: Yes To Name Recognition And Cash! No to Messages!

    The handful of City of Miami voters who bothered to roll by the polls yesterday sent an age-old but always cringe-inducing message: Cash and name recognition wins elections.via Tomas Regalado for MayorYour next mayor's real campaign slogan: NO!​Actual plans for the city? Meh. Not so important.In t ... More >>

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    November 3, 2009

    Miami Election Results: Regalado Landslide

    Tomas Regalado will be Miami's next mayor, winning with about 72% of the vote. Joe Sanchez, his competitor and fellow City Commissioner, netted a disappointing 28%. We'll do more thinking about this tomorrow, I'm sure, but for now the results. Miami Mayor: Tomas RegaladoMiami Commissioner - Dis ... More >>