Twelve months ago, Miami Beach seemed on the verge of a very necessary cleanup. On April 11, 2012, FBI agents arrested six city employees -- four code compliance officers and two firefighters -- and an FBI liaison stayed in city hall to look into more corruption. Beach officials urged employees to c ... 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 >>
Jose L. Alberto, the former lead code compliance inspector for Miami Beach, was scheduled to be honored by the city on April 11. Instead, that same day he found himself behind bars on charges that he had extorted a South Beach nightclub. Now, according to the Miami Herald, Alberto will plead guilty ... More >>
Two months after five Miami Beach code inspectors and two members of the Miami Beach Fire Department were arrested on charges of shaking down a Miami Beach nightclub, Chai Footman, a fire inspector, has plead guilty to charges of corruption.
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 >>
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 >>
Seven Miami Beach employees and a Miami-Dade cop found themselves hit with public corruption charges today in two separate cases. In the first, code compliance officers and firefighters allegedly accepted cash payoffs from South Beach nightclubs to ignore code issues that might have closed the estab ... More >>