Leisure Industries

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    October 17, 2014

    Is Miami To Blame For the Adult Film Industry's Latest HIV Scare?

    Could Miami's porn industry be responsible for the adult film industry's latest HIV scare? On Wednesday, the American adult film industry ground to a halt after reports that an actor may have contracted the virus. The Free Speech Coalition, an industry trade association based in California, announc ... More >>

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    July 7, 2014

    Could David Beckham Be Taking His Team to Broward?

    Last time Miami got a Major League Soccer team, it actually played in Fort Lauderdale. Could history be repeating itself? The Miami Herald reports David Beckham and his Miami Beckham United partners are set to talk to Broward County commissioners about the possibility of building a stadium there. ... More >>

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    June 10, 2014

    David Beckham's Boat Slip Stadium Plan Is Dead

    Another plan bites the dust. According to several reports, Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and city manager Daniel J. Alfonso have decided against the idea of filling in the FEC boat slip to allow the construction of a stadium for David Beckham's MLS team. See also: Here's What Beckham's New Miami MLS S ... More >>

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    May 28, 2014

    David Beckham's Stadium Spot Already Home to Artificial Coral Reef, Says Marine Biologist

    Less than a week after David Beckham unveiled his ambitious plan for a Major League Soccer stadium atop the FEC boat slip downtown, the location was back in the headlines yesterday. One politician was angry with other politicians for slipping the slip stuff past him, or something. There is real new ... More >>

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    March 24, 2014

    Beckham's Miami Stadium: First Renderings Released of Waterfront Park

    David Beckham's Miami soccer group has already made it clear that the southern tip of PortMiami is their preferred location for a new soccer stadium, and with the release of the first batch of artistic renderings this morning, it's clear why. The stadium, as they envision it at least, would have spe ... More >>

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    January 16, 2014

    Beckham's MLS Announcement Expected in Early February

    Soccer fans in Miami shouldn't have to wait much longer. Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber announced today that he expects an official announcement to be made on David Beckham's plans to bring the league back to Miami sometime in the next 30 days.

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    October 10, 2013
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    October 9, 2013

    Is Filming Porn Illegal in Florida? Some Experts Say Yes

    What's the difference between porn -- where people hump for money -- and prostitution, where one person pays another for sexual services? Nothing, claims Michael Weinstein. As president and founder of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), Weinstein has been a pain in the bare ass of the porn indust ... More >>

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    September 10, 2013

    Aboard the Bimini SuperFast Evening Cruise

    South Florida is no stranger to casino cruises and party boats. They leave from Port Everglades and Bayside Marketplace, taking people to the open waters to party. In the case of casino cruises, boats actually head out three miles out to international waters, where U.S. law no longer applies. But t ... More >>

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    September 4, 2013

    AHF, Group That Mandated Condoms in Porn in LA, Turns Its Eyes to Florida's Porn Industry

    The group that successfully pushed for an ordinance in Los Angeles that required all adult productions to use condoms on set has now set its eyes on Florida's less regulated porn industry. If they're successful, they may have to start packing condoms on the Bang Bus.

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    August 14, 2013

    Florida Tourism Numbers Set Record

    Despite its never-ending supply of bad PR in the national press, Florida's tourism business is booming. The state's tourism officials claim that 23.4 million people visited the Sunshine State in the second quarter of 2013. That's the largest amount of people to visit Florida during the second quarte ... More >>

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    July 17, 2013

    Miami Casino Might Kill 40 Percent of Local Restaurants, Group Says

    GentingWould a casino help or harm local restaurants?It's been nearly two years since Genting, the Malaysian gambling giant, revealed its grandiose plans for building a 10 million square foot casino and entertainment complex right in the middle of downtown Miami. Since then, the plans have gone from ... More >>

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    July 15, 2013

    The Local Craft Food & Drink Hosts Cigar City/Widmer Gentlemen's Club Ale Launch Party

    When is a cocktail not a cocktail? When it's an ale based on a classic cocktail. Or, to be more precise, a collection of ales produced by two of the United States' most unique craft brewers in a special bi-coastal collaboration. The ales in question are the Gentlemen's Club Old-Fashioned Style ale ... More >>

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    April 6, 2013

    Dream South Beach Owner, Vikram Chatwal, Arrested For Drug Possession

    Hotelier Vikram Chatwal was arrested and charged with eight counts of possession of various substances, including cocaine and marijuana, earlier this week at a checkpoint at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Chatwal was flagged by behavior detection officers and was searched on April ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2013

    Miami Dolphins Would Allow County to Back Out of Stadium Deal If They're Not Awarded a Super Bowl

    The Miami Dolphins are so confident the NFL is going to hand them a Super Bowl in May they've announced today that they'd let the county back out of any stadium renovation deal if Miami isn't picked as a host.

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    February 5, 2013

    Dolphins Stadium Upgrade Bill Passes First State Senate Committee Unanimously

    The Miami Dolphins won their first legislative battle in a war to secure taxpayer money to cover half of the planned $400 million upgrades to Sun Life Stadium this morning as the bill passed its first Senate committee unanimously. 

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    December 21, 2012

    Raleigh Hotel Sold for $55 Million, Huge Expansion Planned

    South Beach's famous Raleigh Hotel has been sold for $55 million, and the new owners are already quite familiar with the area's hospitality industry. They own some of the Raleigh's rivals. Sam Nazarian, who just opened the SLS Hotel on the same block, and David Edelstein, owner of the W South Beach, ... More >>

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    December 19, 2012

    Easy-Bake Oven: Hasbro to Release Gender-Neutral Version

    In news that's bound to make the budding Mario Batalis of the world giddy with anticipation, Hasbro announced yesterday that they're planning to release a gender neutral version of their Easy-Bake Oven. The changes to the classic toy were prompted by 13-year-old McKenna Pope's petition. ... More >>

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    December 3, 2012

    Submit Your Photos of Miami! Upcoming b2 Hotel Downtown Launches Contest

    Back in June, Short Order told you about the new progressive B Hotel brand's plans to open two new hotels in Miami in 2013. The first will carry the b2 moniker, offering what B Hotel calls "value full-service" access to amenities, but at a more affordable price. In an attempt to draw from the commun ... More >>

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    November 27, 2012

    Carnival Cruises Apologizes, Reverses Drag Ban on Drag Queen Cruise

    Facing a growing backlash after telling passengers who were set to sail on a themed cruise featuring cast members from RuPaul's Drag Race that they themselves could not wear drag, Carnival Cruise Lines has now relented and dropped the drag ban.

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    November 15, 2012
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    November 12, 2012

    California's New Condom Law Could Move Porn Jobs From L.A. to Miami

    Miami's economy might soon get a deep injection of revenue from an unlikely source: the adult-film industry. Because amid all the hoopla of last week's presidential election, a new law passed in California that might shift hundreds of porn jobs to the Sunshine State. Last Tuesday, Los Angeles reside ... More >>

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    September 6, 2012
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    August 15, 2012

    Delano Hotels Opening in Moscow and Las Vegas

    One day, all the big cities and luxury destinations of the world will have all the same hotels, outposts of the same five-star restaurants, and versions of the same clubs and boutiques. In fact, they practically do now. It's like a McDonald's and Starbucks for the high-end jet set.The Delano, now ma ... More >>

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    July 24, 2012

    Sarah Palin's Porn Doppelganger Will Be in Tampa for Republican National Convention

    All of Tampa is preparing for the Republican National Convention in late August, but no industry seems as excited for the conservative conference as the Tampa Bay area's strip clubs. Several titty bars are undergoing renovations and trying to outdo themselves to lure GOP fat cats' fat wallets, but o ... More >>

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    July 12, 2012
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    June 29, 2012

    Geoffrey Zakarian To Create Restaurants Onboard NCL's Breakaway

    Chef Geoffrey Zakarian's Tudor House was named Best Hotel Restaurant in New Times' 2012 Best of Miami. Read our interview with Geoffrey Zakarian.When Geoffrey Zakarian announced the closing of Tudor House, he left us with a hint that new projects were on the horizon...and out to sea.Miami-based Norw ... More >>

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    January 24, 2012

    Mickey Mouse vs. Micky Arison: Disney Bringing Cruises to Port of Miami

    ​Micky Arison's Carnival Cruise Lines has another Mickey with a cruise empire about to encroach on its turf. Mickey Mouse that is. Disney Cruise Line has announced that beginning later this year, it will be sail ships out of the Port of Miami for the first time.

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    January 5, 2012

    Greater Miami Chamber Of Commerce Endorses Destination Casino Resorts

    ​Yesterday, Miami's largest business organization put its support behind destination casino resorts, which should please its new landlord. The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce passed a resolution to back the proposed state casino bill that might allow Malaysian-based Genting to turn the site of t ... More >>

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    December 16, 2011

    Ships Ahoy! Celebrity Cruises Culinary Boat Rides to Set Sail

    The Millennium's Grand Buffet​Foodies, rejoice! Miami-based Celebrity Cruises is rolling out a series of culinary-inspired boat rides set to begin in March.Celebrity Cruises' lifestyle cookbook, Excite the Senses, was the inspiration for the new food-and-wine-themed luxury cruise series aptly name ... More >>

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    November 14, 2011

    Sorry Heat Fans: NBA Season on Verge of Cancellation, Big Three's Contracts Could Become Void

    ​Will we have to wait until 2013 to see if LeBron James can make good on his promise of bringing back the NBA Championship to Miami? It's looking more and more like that may be the case.Today, the NBA Players Union have rejected NBA Commissioner David Stern's latest offering and have made plans to ... More >>

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    October 6, 2011

    Bill Would Allow Three New Mega-Casinos in South Florida

    Genting's Resorts World Miami may have the most concrete and eye popping plans, but if the Florida legislature approves resort-style casinos don't expect it to be the only mega gambling venue to pop up in our community. Two South Florida Republicans are preparing to unveil their gambling b ... More >>

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    September 29, 2011
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    September 22, 2011
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    September 15, 2011
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    September 14, 2011

    Miami Marlins to Host 2012 MLB Season Opener at New Stadium

    ​This year's Major League Baseball season isn't over, but for the Florida Marlins, it pretty much is.In fact, the Florida Marlins are technically pretty much over. Next year, they'll be in that new stadium with a new name, and the MLB has announced that the team will play the very first game of th ... More >>

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    September 1, 2011

    HIV Porn Scandal: Brazzers' Parent Company Responds

    ​The American porn industry has voluntarily shut itself down after a male performer working in Florida tested positive for HIV. Yesterday, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which fights for the use of condoms in adult movies, issued a press release claiming the performer worked for ... More >>

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    July 26, 2011

    Raleigh Hotel to Undergo $20-Million Makeover

    ​The Raleigh Hotel already has an air of unfussy chic that's unique in South Beach, but in this town everyone needs an occasional nip and tuck to stay looking good. Signaling yet another financial move to indicate tourism is back in business after a recession-blamed bump, the hotel has secured a $ ... More >>

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    July 12, 2011

    Marlins Close Upper Deck For Remainder of Season

    No word yet whether the new stadium will have a late-construction redesign that includes a field but no seats.​Well, you've finally done it Florida. You've beaten the Marlins into submission. The team with the worst attendance in the major leagues has given up: They have closed the upper deck of i ... More >>

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    June 10, 2011

    Free Cookies at Cocowalk: Check out the DoubleTree Cookie CAREavan

    Courtesy DoubleTree by Hilton​Move over Ben & Jerry's: there's a new dessert truck tour in town (if only for a day).The Hilton's DoubleTree Hotel is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its signature chocolate chip cookie by going on the road with the DoubleTree by Hilton Cookie CAREavan.  ... More >>

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    May 5, 2011
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    February 11, 2011

    Non-Shocker: Porn Being Filmed in Semi-Public All Over Miami-Dade

    Captain Stabbin himself, apparently. ​This morning, readers of The Miami Herald awoke to learn what any guy with an internet connection has known for years: sometimes people make porno movies in semi-public spots in South Florida. Though, this specific porn was shot on Monument Island near the Fla ... More >>

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    December 8, 2010

    Derrick Burts, Model at Center of HIV Porn Scare, Says He Was Infected During Gay Shoot in Florida

    ​Twenty-four-year-old Derrick Burts has revealed himself as "patient Zeta" -- the porn actor who tested positive for HIV and set of a scare earlier this year in California's adult entertainment industry. Burts, who was only active in porn for a few months, occupied an interesting place in the ind ... More >>

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    March 24, 2009

    Stadium Approved, Good Friggin' Riddance

    My favorite moment in yesterday's nine-hour discussion of the new $2 billion Marlins Stadium came at 9:27 p.m., when Commissioner "Space Cowboy" Javier Souto began defending himself from concerns that Mayor Carlos Alvarez runs him like an Italian train: "My vote is not for sale, rent, or lease," Sou ... More >>

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    March 10, 2009

    You Know What The World Needs More Of? Luxury Hotels!

    We know Paris Hilton doesn't have anything to do with the management of the hotel company that bears her family name, but sometimes you have to wonder. In the midst of the latest, greatest depression and economic free fall you might expect any new hotel plans to include cots, a soup kitchen, and gro ... More >>

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    February 11, 2009

    PeteRocc Interview - Presents Community Vibes IV

    Video Games and Hip Hop are worldwide phenomenon's of the past 30 or so years. is bringing you both, free, in a big and underground way. Find out what Godfree and PeteRocc got in store for you....

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    January 15, 2009

    Miami's MLS Bid Looking Better All the Time

    Today the group pushing for an MLS team in Atlanta announced it's dropping out of the running. That leaves five cities to compete for two new franchises that will begin play in 2011. Atlanta was never seen as a strong contender, and Montreal withdrew its bid in November. Meanwhile, Miami and Vancouv ... More >>

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    October 29, 2007

    Marlins Win World Series!

    OK so now I'm pissed. On the same day, the Marlins -- oop, I mean Red Sox -- win the World Series and the New York Times reports that former Marlins manager of the year Joe Girardi is the leading candidate to take over the Yankees. Oh yeah and did I mention that Miami's own Mike Lowell was the Wor ... More >>

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    October 5, 2007

    Florida: All Kinds of Available Whores

    Adult Video News, the nation's premier trade publication for the adult industry, has a big cover story on Florida in the latest edition. It's the "new porn hot spot," according to the story: "Believe it or not, what we do here is accepted," says Craig Valentine, whose New Porn Order company is work ... More >>

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    March 15, 2007

    Look Who's Third World Now

    Someone else is throwing around the "third world" moniker in relation to Miami - and this time, it's a businessman who has extensive dealings with the city. According to Miami Today, Carnival Cruise Lines CEO Bob Dickinson said Miami's port facilities are "third world" and that construction of t ... More >>

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