Chaos. Gatecrashing. Drug use. Graffiti. Crime. In the wake of Ultra Music Festival 2014, Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado and Commissioner Marc Sarnoff have hyperbolically enumerated the evils of the EDM fest in pursuit of a city-wide ban. There were two undeniable tragedies at this year's fest: the t ... More >>
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 >>
There's no such thing as a free ride. The popularity of the City of Miami's 2-year-old free trolley system has surpassed expectations, but so has its budget. Though the city allocated $2.36 million a year to the system, operating costs are closer to about $3.8 million. So to fill the gap, the city c ... More >>
Get ready, Miami: Your friends, neighbors, and kinfolk are now fair fodder for the blog "People of Walmart." Last night, city commissioners approved a 203,000-square-foot, three-story superstore in midtown. For two years, proponents have argued the project would bring jobs and money to the Magic Cit ... More >>
After over 20 years of sitting in disrepair, the Miami Marine Stadium is now closer than ever to returning to its former glory after the City of Miami Commission voted yesterday to give control of the stadium's renovation to a non-profit group. Now they just need $20 million.
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 >>
Yesterday, Crossfade broke the news that Commissioner Marc Sarnoff had introduced a resolution "disapproving" of the second weekend of Ultra Music Festival.We still don't entirely understand whether the commission could actually force the festival to cancel its second weekend, and repeated messages ... More >>
A City Commissioner calling the chief of police to get out of a traffic ticket is that kind of trite, light public corruption people joke about, but you never actually hear anyone getting punished for it. Well today, the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics & Public Trust found probably cause th ... More >>
Luther Campbell, 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 rips commissioners for the looming parking and traffic problems at the Miami Marlins ballpark.With the Marlins 16 days aw ... More >>
Don't say Miami city commissioner can't get something done if they put their minds to it. Miami City Commissioner Frank Carollo has emerged victorious after a months-long fight to get diaper changing station installed in the men's bathrooms at city buildings.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
photo by Tim ElfrinkJohnny Martinez takes the podium at City Hall.Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado tried to sound a reassuring note this morning while introducing Miami's third city manager in six months. The hiring of Johnny Martinez, previously assistant city manager, should reassure investors that M ... More >>
via Gran Felix HotelThe lobby of Frank Carollo's free hotel in Madrid. Not too shabby!Ever since Miami Beach officials were caught trying to strong-arm tickets from the New World Symphony, public patience has worn thin for politicos taking comped gifts. Last week, via crusading blogger Al Crespo ... More >>
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 >>
via Miami City SquareAfter two hours of discussion, the Miami City Commission this afternoon voted 4-1 to grant final approval for two skyscraper-tall digital billboards to be built atop a new parking garage next to the Arsht Center. Only Frank Carollo voted against the plan after express ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
Michelle Spence-JonesA day after being sworn in for her second term on the Miami city commission, Michelle Spence-Jones has surrendered to police and faces grand theft charges. Prosecutors allege Spence-Jones forged letters, at least one in the name of a former county commissioner, and steered $5 ... More >>
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 >>
DJ Seasunz, a well established local DJ, drove around in his car with the dead body of his 18-year-old girlfriend before turning himself into police. He's being charged with second-degree murder and was denied bond.Miami's best known graffiti crew, MSG, is heading to divorce court as one of the co-f ... More >>
Alex Izaguirre In this year's City of Miami elections, the theme is "Taking It Back to the Old School," considering Frank Carollo, brother of mercurial ex-Mayor Joe Carollo, is running for Joe Sanchez's seat. And then there is Francis Xavier Suarez, who wants to replace Tomas Regalado on th ... More >>
When is it OK to hire the mayor's campaign manager?
So let's say you run a foreign company that wants to win a lucrative multi-million dollar contract at Miami International Airport. As you prepare for your entry into the American market, you realize you need an accountant to help you figure out how to pay taxes to Uncle Sam. And then you hire one ... More >>
Alex Izaguirre In the crowded race to for the city commission seat being vacated by Joe Sanchez, perennial candidate Frank Carollo has amassed $95,275 in campaign . The guy's run before.Vitals: A 39-year-old certified public accountant with a perfectly symmetrical pompadour. Qualifications: Ra ... More >>
Quik Park's Hank Sopher has made a quick buck from garages and vacant lots. Now politicians are wondering if he's selling the public short.