When Philip Levine announced last year that he wanted to become mayor of Miami Beach, many people wondered why a multimillionaire would spend a chunk of his fortune in pursuit of a $10,000-per-year position. That question was answered yesterday as Levine held court for more than half an hour to boa ... More >>
Two weeks ago, we wrote about how DecoBike was not turning out to be the win-win we were once promised. Despite extraordinary success for the bike share, a revised deal between DecoBike and Miami Beach meant that the city was only getting half the revenue originally agreed upon. Our article stirred ... More >>
City politics is supposed to be simple. Private companies vie for public projects, with the job going to the best bid. But not in Miami Beach. Here, city officials secretly conspire to award friends with lucrative contracts in exchange for envelopes full of cash (just Google "Gus Lopez"). Government ... More >>
Following the death of teenager Israel Hernandez, the City of Miami Beach has called for an independent review of the case. Hernandez, 18, was caught tagging an abandoned building by police and then chased down. An officer deployed a Taser which lead to Hernandez's death. See also: Teenager Israel ... More >>
Anyone who's followed Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez to campaign events the past couple of months has probably noticed Rafael Garcia-Toledo -- the guy chauffeuring hizzoner from one stop to another in a white Lincoln Navigator. In fact, he'll be ferrying Gimenez around today from precinct to precin ... More >>
Note to Miami's Kerry boosters: All politics is local
Like a modern version of Fritz Lang's Metropolis, well-meaning people battle corrupt mechanisms only to discover that the true enemies of democracy are human.
Xavier Suarez is still a little crazy after all these years, but in Miami politics that can be an advantage
Driven by shameless vanity and enabled by an obliging press, Maurice Ferré, unfortunately, is at it again
The restaurateur and candidate for county mayor has had major money problems
Goings-on in the Grove and the passing of Sheldon's
Civic demons, bad dentistry, and hip-hop culture crash
Unless Manny Diaz tops him, Dexter is the hottest candidate for the 2004 county race
If you were Steve Shiver, why would you meet with one lobbyist when you could meet with a bunch of them?
Corruption investigators are delving into the county commissioner's every financial nook and political cranny
On one side are politicians and influential business interests. On the other are environmentalists and some very wealthy private citizens. In the middle is Homestead Air Force Base. Dead ahead: An explosive confrontation.
The Marlins Had a Party and You Weren't Invited
John Henry, This Is War!
Activist Leroy Jones battled personal demons and has emerged as a radical bent on black empowerment.
Let's say you've got a serious zoning problem. Here's what you do: Show up at county hall with armed with allies and solid arguments. Surely your elected representatives will do the right thing.
Even though my name is Chris Korge and Alex Penelas is my best buddy and all the commissioners are indebted to me and I guarantee you'll get that fat county contract
He managed to leave office without being indicted, which may explain why Miami Beach's former mayor feels free to unload on development, corruption, and the bad boys across the bay