Continuing the parade of high-ranking Miami Beach officials who have left City Hall since November's incumbent-bouncing election, City Attorney Jose Smith announced to that he's resigning. He's leaving to take over the same job in North Miami Beach.
The super developers behind 500 Alton, an ambitious development plan that focuses on what would become Miami Beach's tallest building, knew their plan didn't meet city codes. But, hey, it's only local government and they're super developers. There's ways of getting around those things, but it's quit ... 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 >>
Club Madonna Leroy Griffith's favorite past time is ruffling the feathers of the inhabitants of Miami Beach City Hall. A long standing city ordinance forbids the sale of alcohol at strip clubs, and as a result Griffith's Club Madonna is the only strip club in South Beach. Sure, it keeps competiti ... More >>
Despite 9,000 Miami Beach citizens signing a petition to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, the city's attorney said that creating such a law is an impossibility. The attorney claims that such an action would conflict with state law.
photo by Michael McElroyA triumphant group of pot activists presented the Miami Beach Commission yesterday with more than 9,000 signatures in favor of decriminalizing small amounts of weed -- but damned if city attorney Jose Smith didn't do his best to harsh their mellow.Smith, despite admitting ... More >>
Back on March 16, Riptide broke the news that South Beach-based author Gerald Posner's latest book, Miami Babylon, had stolen eight passages from Frank Owen's 2003 work Clubland. photo by Bill Cooke New Times and a doctoral student have found more than a dozen new instances of plagi ... More >>
Last night, the Miami-Dade Ethics Commission voted 4-0 to send a letter to Miami Beach City officials with a simple message: No shady business behind closed doors in regard to local strip joint Club Madonna. Club Madonna owner Leroy Griffith has a long-simmering feud wi ... More >>
Miami Beach officials tried to extort $30,000 in legal fees out of a strip club owner in exchange for a liquor license -- so says Leroy Griffith, owner of Club Madonna. Griffith, whose club is the only nudie joint in SoBe, made his claims in a lawsuit filed against city officials last week in U.S. D ... More >>
Money and ethnicity narrow the race for Miami Beach City Commission to two men
Giant bronze dolphins and Miccosukees in the golf zone
From nightclubs to culture wars to defending the defenders
The attorneys who represented Elian's Miami relatives may have a political future
Bar some: What's fueling SoBe's underage-drinking crackdown?
Beach commissioners have avoided deciding whether to honor Jorge Mas Canosa. Now, time's up.
The friendly folks in Miami Beach who tow away your car and charge you big bucks to get it back will do anything to preserve their monopoly. Absolutely anything.
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