SoHo Beach House: $460,000. Prime Italian restaurant: $280,000. Blockbuster video: $25,000. It reads like a bill for a raging Art Basel party. In fact, it's just a few of the fees that local businesses owe the City of Miami Beach. Because of billing mistakes and lax enforcement, however, officials ... More >>
The idea of closing Ocean Drive off to traffic and turning it into a pedestrian mall similar to Lincoln Road may have hit a snag once commissioners realized that the parking meters along the street bring in over $1 million in revenue a year. Instead, Miami Beach's Land Use and Development Committee ... More >>
At a municipal meeting last month, one Miami Beach commissioner floated a simple idea in response to growing traffic and congestion concerns: permanently banning cars from Ocean Drive. In a city where Lincoln Road, another pedestrianized street, has become one of its biggest tourist draws, you'd thi ... More >>
Miami Beach's starchitect-designed convention center is dead. And we have killed it. Well, technically, it was new mayor Philip Levine and the equally new city commission that killed it. But it was a death foretold last November, when Miami Beach voters overwhelmingly backed opponents of the $1 bil ... More >>
After months of heated arguing, slick production pitches and a last minute curveball from the city manager, Miami Beach has finally chosen a team to redevelop its convention center and spearhead SoBe's biggest project in decades. The winner is ACE, the team fronted by Prinzker Prize-winner Rem Koolh ... More >>
June's Miami Beach commission meeting ended with what seemed like a heartfelt bit of humanity. Commissioners agreed to keep axed City Manager Jorge Gonzalez on the books for another nine months while he burned vacation days so his family could keep its health insurance.But this is Miami Beach, the m ... More >>
Miami Beach residents are happy, the city is a well-oiled machine and -- despite a string of embarrassments by the police and a mass FBI corruption bust last month -- the majority of city employees do good work. That was City Manager Jorge Gonzalez's upbeat message, at least, to an angry, packed roo ... More >>
In Miami Beach, "introducing ethics reform" is really a sneaky way to take down your political rival.
For nine years, Frank Pintado, as the operations manager of Standard Parking's Miami Beach operations, lorded over the city's public garages and several lots. The deal was worth $3 million a year to the publicly traded company. But that all came to an end last year when the city commissio ... More >>
With the election season wrapped up, Banana Republican sifted through federal campaign financial reports, including those of Barack Obama and John McCain, to see who got paid. We begin with the companies that made money working for Mario Diaz-Balart, Lincoln Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the ... More >>
Today the Banana Republican is going to drop some knowledge about the way local government conducts business in south Florida. Tomorrow, April 16, the Miami Beach City Commission will decide whether or not to retain the company that has been operating the municipalityâ€™s public parking garages for ... More >>
Forget the runoff between Matti and Simon. Mayor Alex is the man.
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