George Burgess

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    November 26, 2013

    Florida Fisherman Nabs 800-Pound Stingray Off Miami Beach

    Mark Quartiano has drawn many comparisons to famous fishermen throughout history. In August 1991, Life magazine called him a modern Captain Ahab. Exactly 20 years later, author Juliet Eilperin coined the name Captain Quint (from Jaws) for him. But Quartiano didn't make waves this weekend over a shar ... 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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    March 23, 2011

    Does Bouygues, Contractor on the $1 Billion Port of Miami Tunnel, Have a $1 Million Yacht?

    According to a tipster, this is Bouygues's $1 million boat​These are dangerous times for the conspicuously wealthy. Overtaxed voters just threw out BMW-driving county mayor Carlos Alvarez. The outrage over George Burgess's $500,000 severance package is still palatable.But nothing brings out the pi ... More >>

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    March 16, 2011

    County Manager George Burgess Is Resigning

    ​Hours after voters tossed out the bums (ahem, Carlos Alvarez and the vile Natacha Seijas), County Manager George Burgess got the hint as well. Burgess is set to resign his post today at a 2 p.m. news conference.In memorium, we'll just toss out two things about Burgess: $422,118 (yu ... More >>

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    March 16, 2011

    Burgess and Alvarez Bid Dade Voters Adieu With Teary Farewell Speeches

    Photo by Tim ElfrinkGeorge Burgess watches Carlos Alvarez's farewell speech.​The 29th floor of County Hall had all the ambiance of a funeral procession on Wednesday afternoon. Staffers with puffy eyes hid in cubicles, and an uncomfortable silence reigned until County Mayor Carlos Alvarez and Manag ... More >>

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    March 10, 2011

    Setting The County Record Straight

    Courtesy Genius of Despair from Eye On Miami​With the news that Miami-Dade County Manager George Burgess is using county resources to help "set the record straight" about all the great and wonderful things he and his clan of bureaucrats do for us ungrateful residents, Banana Republican thought we' ... More >>

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    February 3, 2011
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    January 27, 2011

    Natacha Seijas Takes Donation From Businessman Once Banned By Miami-Dade County

    ​The top individual donor to the political action committee seeking to block Miami-Dade Commissioner Natacha Seijas' recall is a Hialeah businessman who was barred from getting county work. The campaign treasurer's report for Abre Los Brazos shows that Zitro Inc., a company owned by Hector P. Orti ... More >>

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    November 30, 2010

    Miami Art Museum's New Building Breaks Ground and Into Barcelona's "Cool"

    Michael MillerCounty mayor Carlos Alvarez (center) helps break ground for the new Miami Art Museum​Miami may not produce delicious paella, world-class wine, or soccer teams so good an entire nation has an orgasm every time its scores.But we will soon have an art museum to rival classy Barcelona's ... More >>

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    November 8, 2010

    Here's A List of All 3,301 Miami-Dade Employees Who Make Six Figures

    ​At last glance, more than one in ten Miamians are unemployed and a solid chunk of the rest are proud pledging members of Broke Phi Broke. That's why County Mayor Carlos Alvarez is in serious danger of getting recalled -- and the rest of the County Commission shouldn't be feeling too comfortable e ... More >>

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    August 25, 2010

    It's Official: Florida Marlins Screwed Miami-Dade Taxpayers

    ​Florida Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria and team president Dave Samson have been exposed for the treacherous, no good, low down, lying dogs they are. Sports blog Deadspin got a hold of the Marlins' financial information which shows the team turned a profit the last two years and that the team could h ... More >>

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    May 31, 2010

    Small Step Forward For Miami Art Museum, $69 Million Left To Raise

    Miami-Dade is finally ready to give the blighted Miami Art Museum $100 million to begin construction of its long-in-the-works home at Bicentennial Park. While the museum has suffered a number of setbacks in the last decade, county manager George Burgess wrote last week he's satisfied with the $31 mi ... More >>

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    May 20, 2010

    Marlins Ballpark is On Time and Under Budget

    ​Almost everyone who opposed the new Marlins ballpark balked at the price ("yeah, just wait until it goes over budget") and the time line ("They'll be lucky if they're open for the 2015 season"), but surprisingly a year after breaking ground the thing is actually on time and even slightly under bu ... More >>

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    January 22, 2010

    County Commissioners Admit 'Errors' in Carlos Bertonatti Case; Bikers Protest

    Bart Sherwood passes the grisly photos around the Miami-Dade County Commission chambers.Photo by Tim ElfrinkLycra pants mingled with business suits at the county commission chambers last night.​In the first image, his face is scraped and swollen, his arms are wrapped in plaster, and IVs run into h ... More >>

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    September 16, 2009

    Millions in Car Allowances and Other Perks Safe From Budget Cuts

    Alex Izaguirre​Tomorrow evening, Miami-Dade County Commissioners will finally set the budget for the upcoming year. We already know that Mayor Carlos Alvarez is proposing some seriously draconian cuts and will make good on his promise to lay of 1,700 employees, which does not bode well for south F ... More >>

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    August 20, 2009

    Ridin' Dirty

    Miami-Dade County execs drive expensive cars on the taxpayers' dime.

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    August 17, 2009

    County Execs Drive Expen$ive Car$ on the Taxpayers' Dime

    ​The more Riptide dissects Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez's proposed budget cuts in order to make up a $427 million shortfall, the more we realize el alcalde fuerte is not gonna mess with his executive staff's perks. The mayor's spokeswoman, Vicki Mallette, confirmed Alvarez will not ax the ... More >>

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    August 14, 2009

    Most County Executives Safe from Budget Cuts

    Alex Izaguirre​UPDATE: Earlier this week, Miami-Dade County spokeswoman Vicki Mallette responded to my earlier report regarding executive salaries. I apologize to my readers for not posting her response sooner.She insisted that Alvarez is proposing in the budget a ten percent reduction to the coun ... More >>

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    August 13, 2009

    Big Money on Top at Miami-Dade County Hall

    When in doubt, pay the chiefs and forget the workers.

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    July 14, 2009

    Hey George! Who's On First?

    Alex Izaguirre In case you missed it, during the early hours of July 1, the Miami-Dade County Commission approved a revision to the financing plan for the Marlins baseball stadium that is going to end up costing us $2.4 billion - a number that somehow eluded the intellectual prowess of financial gur ... More >>

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    July 1, 2009

    Slot Machines at Our Airport?

    via Iotea's flickrSometimes Miami-Dade County Hall reminds me of that guy who's always dreaming up wacky get-rich-quick schemes and shady money-making ideas ("Dude, I just bought that book from the guy who wears question-mark-print suits..." "If I hit up every sperm bank in the tri-county area once ... More >>

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    May 7, 2009

    Wackenhut Stands up to Miami-Dade

    Security firm denies ripping off the county and fires back with a $20 million lawsuit.

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    April 10, 2009

    A Miami-Dade Marina Deal Gets Nasty

    With millions of dollars at stake, two private marina operators are duking it out to win a Miami-Dade County contract to build and manage a dry dock boat storage facility at Matheson Hammock Park in Coral Gables. Earlier this year, an evaluation committee of Miami-Dade County employees selected Aven ... More >>

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    March 24, 2009

    Let me get this straight

    So at around the 7:04 p.m. mark of the Miami-Dade County Commission's nine-hour bull session to approve the Florida Miami Marlins' new stadium, Commissioner Sally Heyman posed a rather simple business question. She asked what would happen to the ballpark's projected $1.9 billion cost if the municipa ... More >>

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    March 13, 2009

    Glenn Straub: Too little too late

    Hey Glenn Straub. I WANT to watch baseball downtown,. I WANT to TAKE the Metromover to games,But I wish you would just shut up.Straub penned a letter to the public (which you can find on the jump) defending his idea for a downtown stadium. But we've moved too far with the Little Havana stadium and I ... More >>

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    March 10, 2009

    George Burgess needs another vacay - a permanent one

    Okay I just finished reading the Miami Herald's latest report on the Florida Marlins stadium boondoggle and Miami-Dade County Manager George Burgess needs to call it quits. Seriously. There comes a point when a top executive just has to come clean and tell his shareholders - in this case Miami-Dade ... More >>

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    March 5, 2009
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    January 8, 2009

    Bike the Rickenbacker, Get Ready to Two-Wheel in downtown and on the Beach

    Let's face it. Miami is one of America's worst places to ride a bicycle.Guys on two wheels get whacked on Brickell, nailed in the Redland, and steamrollered on US 1. Bicycling magazine placed us at the bottom along with Dallas and Memphis not long ago. And Florida is clearly the worst in the nation ... More >>

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    December 16, 2008

    From Miami Journalist to White House Aide

    We were so very, very angry when former Miami Herald county reporter Matt Pinzur took a $115,000-per-year job as a special assistant to county manager George Burgess. So, if only out of consistency, we should be very, very angry that former Time magazine's Washington bureau chief Jay Carney ditched ... More >>

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    October 9, 2008

    Letters from the Issue of October 9, 2008

    "The whole situation makes me sick. I have no doubt Pinzur will be Burgess's loyal lap dog"

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    September 26, 2008
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    September 25, 2008

    Selling Out at the Miami Herald

    The newspaper's county hall reporter takes a six-figure job with the very people he was supposed to cover.

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    January 4, 2008

    Coconuts, Delicious or Deadly?

    When I first arrived in Miami, I was happy about all the coconuts. I bought a machete and looked forward to lavish coconut-splitting parties, involving rivers of rum and armies of women. The day never came. And now I hate the coconuts. They’re everywhere. And frankly, I’m beginning to thi ... More >>

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    December 27, 2007

    On the MMAP

    The key to understanding the new corruption charges? Look at the old ones.

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    November 15, 2007

    High Rollers on the High Seas

    Sports geeks set sail on the Aquasino

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    July 24, 2007

    Masvidal et al Get Paid, Again

    Nine years ago, Miami-Dade County awarded a no-bid contract to a group of politically connected businessmen to develop an office building on county-owned land at 2525 NW 62 Street, adjacent to the Martin Luther King Jr. Metrorail Station. The development team was headed by the BAC Funding Corporat ... More >>

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    August 10, 2006

    Water Fight

    The Biscayne Aquifer is pristine no more

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    January 26, 2006

    Death by the Pound

    Hidden from the public and cloaked in euphemism, regulated execution of dogs and cats is a routine horror. Can a new animal services director make a difference?

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    January 5, 2006

    Civil $ervice

    Who says it doesn't pay?

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    May 5, 2005
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    December 9, 2004

    If Signs are Outlawed

    Then Only Outlaws Will Have Signs

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    November 18, 2004

    Vote for Culture

    What exactly does that mean? Today we know it means that two museums will receive hundreds of millions of dollars to build hulking structures in a waterfront park. But on November 2, most people had no clue

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    November 18, 2004

    Trouble at Home

    Note to Miami's Kerry boosters: All politics is local

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    September 30, 2004
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    July 15, 2004
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    June 24, 2004

    Politically Tone Deaf

    George Burgess, the county manager, hits a sour note

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    May 6, 2004

    Junk Bonds

    Giant bronze dolphins and Miccosukees in the golf zone

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    January 15, 2004

    The Bobble Boy

    Another athlete achieves plastic immortality

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    January 15, 2004

    A Deal to Dial For

    A tenacious entrepreneur and county commissioners are hung up on the repercussions of a prepaid phone card bid

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    August 16, 2001

    Swimming with the Sharks

    An eight-year-old's severed arm and a broker's chewed-off leg aren't enough to convince Florida to ban interactive diving

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