Last summer -- fresh off a corruption raid by the FBI -- the City of Miami Beach asked Miami-Dade Inspector General Chris Mazzella to help investigate its shady deals. This week, Mazzella gave the city an answer: Thanks, but no thanks. Mazzella tells New Times that his office simply doesn't have the ... More >>
Jorge Gonzalez hasn't been seen or heard from in nearly seven months. That was July 8, when the then Miami Beach city manager stepped down amid public outrage over seemingly rampant corruption on the island.Now, however, Gonzalez is mulling a remarkable return to Miami Beach politics."I may run for ... More >>
When Henry Bryant and Daniel Mack were caught last year trying to transport a few kilos of cocaine, the arrest sent shock waves well beyond the usual coke bust. That's because Bryant was a Miami Beach firefighter and Mack was a Miami-Dade cop. Their arrest came in a public corruption smackdown that ... More >>
For more than a decade, Gus Lopez ran Miami Beach's procurement department, directing bids for multimillion projects. It's a vital job in a development hub like South Beach -- and a job rife with opportunities for collusion and corruption. Earlier this year, Lopez was investigated for allegedly givi ... 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 >>
Life with Miami indie crew Plains is just a big bag of giggles and kibble. Proof: The band's new music video for single "Stains," a short cinematic road diary that shows the guys having pillow fights in hotel rooms, hanging out in the woods with wild dogs, and playing music for people. But what's ... More >>
See also "Memorial Day 2012: Six Best Electronic Music Parties Around Miami." The Beach is about to get flooded, son. At this very moment, there are 250,000 rappers, DJs, celebs, porn stars, strippers, and regular people packing the Hummer full of champagne, cash money, and 12 changes of clothes. ... 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 >>
The Miami Beach Police Department's brass probably winces anytime they hear the words "You Tube" these days. After this past year -- when their cops were caught on tape killing a Memorial Day Weekend visitor and speeding recklessly around South Beach -- amateur video is a recipe for MBPD heartburn.T ... More >>
When the FBI swooped into Miami Beach last week to arrest seven city workers for extorting thousands from a South Beach club, the higher-ups in City Hall shouldn't have been shocked. The Miami Herald got their hands on the personnel records of the five code officers and two fire inspectors busted by ... More >>
Congrats, South Beach residents! You've survived the beer-bonging, glowstick-waving trafficpocalypse of spring break and Miami Music Week. Now enjoy the fresh air and (semi)abundant parking while it lasts, because you're only a few weeks away from the massive crowds of Memorial Day weekend.Even w ... More >>
See the full 30-photo Sebadoh at Grand Central slideshow. Sebadoh With Jacuzzi Boys and Plains Grand Central, Miami Wednesday, January 18, 2012 Better Than: "Brand New Love" on a boat. Less than 24 hours before setting sail aboard the first-ever Weezer Cruise, totally essential alternative t ... More >>
Just in time for Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami Dade Police have taken Jorge Gonzalez, an alleged art thief, out of the galleries and into the slammer. Police believe more of Gonzalez's victims may be out there, however, and that the total amount of his fraud and theft could have cost victims more ... More >>
The reign of Miami Beach Police Chief Carlos Noriega is all but officially over. The chief was scheduled to retire on December 31st, but City Manager Jorge Gonzalez has announced that the chief will use his leftover vacation days, and has now officially relinquished control of the department. As ... More >>
Derick Kuilan, right, on the night of the crashFor weeks after a joyriding Miami Beach cop crashed his ATV following a night of on-duty drinking on Ocean Drive, some in the department have argued that a couple rogue cops were to blame. That argument won't hold water today with the release of ... More >>
Miami Beach Commissioner Jerry Libbin says a curfew imposed for next year's South Beach Memorial Day festivities may be in order.Libbin, in response to two police shootings that left seven injured and one dead early Monday, wrote on his Facebook page that the "mayhem on the streets of Miami Beach ... More >>
Newer-ish outfit Plains is poised to release a brand new 7" single this Friday at Bar and here at Crossfade we're pleased to share with you the B-side to that effort, "Stuck in the Night." This band comes with a pretty good pedigree. Technically the brainchild of Honor Roll's Michael McGinnis, he's ... More >>
The announcement came in October with much ado and a "wire cutting" outside Miami Beach City Hall.Image via Flickr / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0The free wi-fi works great here on Lincoln Road, but good luck logging in at your condo."We are the first in the country to have a free citywide hotspot," City Manag ... More >>
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