Lynda Bell

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2014

    Miami-Dade Adopting New, Tougher Dog Sale Regulations

    Fido may live in your home now, but do you have any idea where your dog was born and spent her first few months of life? A new ordinance passed by the Miami-Dade County Commission aims to educate prospective owners about where their dog came from, and to place tougher regulations on dog and cat sell ... More >>

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    September 16, 2014

    Miami-Dade County Commission Likely To Advance Transgender Protections Today

    In Miami-Dade, transgender residents today have zero legal protection against being fired or discriminated against by their county government. That incredible fact remains true in 2014 largely because of one county commissioner and one conservative group hell-bent on keeping that basic human protect ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2014

    No Miami-Dade Police Cuts, Mayor Gimenez Announces

    First it was 228 Miami-Dade police officers facing layoffs, then it was 110. Now, apparently, it's zero. At a press conference yesterday, Miami-Dade County mayor Carlos Gimenez said that no officer job cuts were now on the table for next year's budget after he had come to new agreements with vario ... More >>

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    August 26, 2014

    Miami-Dade Primary Election Results: Live-Blog

    Do you feel that excitement? The excitement only a midterm primary election can bring? OK, sure, both of the top-of-the-ticket races for each party's gubernatorial nominee may be foregone conclusions, but there were lots of interesting races going on elsewhere on the ballot in Miami-Dade. That incl ... More >>

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    August 21, 2014

    People Still Hate the Marlins Stadium So Much It's Being Used To Smear a Commission Candidate

    More than five years after Miami-Dade county commissioners approved taxpayer funding for Marlins Park, the stadium's still so unpopular it's inspiring political attack ads. Earlier this month Miami-Dade residents started receiving colorful fliers plastered with the stadium and the smiling face o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    Miami-Dade County Commission Wants To Crack Down on Puppy Mills

    The "puppy mill" regulation wave continues. Last week, in a move that mirrors several other recent initiatives, Miami-Dade County commissioners unanimously approved an ordinance aimed at cracking down on unethical commercial pet sales. "We're going as far as we legally can to regulate an industry ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2014

    County Commission Approves Dolphins "Finder's Fee" Deal

    Well, Miami will soon be back in the running to host the Super Bowl, and next time they do the Miami Dolphins will get a big fat bonus from Miami-Dade County. The county commission approved a deal today that would see the county paying up to $5 million a year in "finder's fees" for big events host ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2013

    The Shiny, Happy Faces of Transgender Discrimination in Miami-Dade County

    The Christian Family Council, a group whose name distracts from the fact that their main mission is battling against LGBT right in Miami-Dade County, recently released something of an infomercial for their Citizen Leadership Institution in which a wide array of local citizens testify that they feel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    Animal Activists Looking to Recall a County Commissioner Will Pick a Name Out of a Hat

    A group of animal rights activists want to send a big message to the Miami-Dade County Commission for not passing an animal welfare plan. They plan on recalling one of the commissioners who voted against the plan. They're just not sure which one, so they are literally going to put the names in the h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2013

    Steve Bateman Filed for Reelection Two Days After Arrest

    So Francis Suarez called off his run for City of Miami mayor after a few minor (well, by Miami-Dade standards at least) "scandals," but most politicians in Miami aren't as easily shook. Blind ambition rarely finds its bounds down here. So it's not really all that surprising that just two days afte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    Homestead Mayor Steven Bateman Arrested for Unlawful Compensation

    Another city mayor in Miami-Dade has been busted this morning. Less than a month after the arrests of Sweetwater Mayor Manuel Maroño and Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi on federal bribery charges, the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office is accusing Homestead Mayor Steven Bateman of unlawful compensa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2013

    Palmetto Bay Vice-Mayor Spooked by Helicopter and Boat Near His House

    John DuBois is one freaked-out Palmetto Bay Village vice-mayor. In an odd twist to the millionaire security systems entrepreneur's ongoing legal war with the Miami-Dade County Department of Environmental Resources & Management, Dubois thought he was being spied on by unknown individuals in a helicop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2013

    Homestead Mayor Steve Bateman Gets Put in His Place

    At last week's May 15 Homestead City Council meeting, Mayor Steve Bateman got testy with local business owner Michelle Pederson, prompting her husband Kevin to call hizzoner out. The back and forth occurred during the citizen's comments portion of the council meeting after Homestead resident Mark Be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2012

    Got Jury Duty? Miami-Dade May Soon Actually Let You Park for Free

    Jury duty in Miami-Dade is the worst. You have to get there at nine am. and sit in a crowded room while being subjected to an endless display of nothing but Sandra Bullock movies, then, if you're picked for a jury pool, you're shepherded around the courthouse all day like cattle.But before all of th ... More >>

  • News

    June 28, 2012

    Surfside's Dirty Little (Political) Secret

    A harrowing journey into the dark heart of small-town Florida politics.

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2012

    Pit Bull Ban Could Go to a County Vote, Undercutting Tally Move To Kill It

    ​A Tallahassee proposal to force Miami-Dade to end its 23-year ban on pit bulls took a major hit last night when a group of county commissioners supported giving Dade voters a say in whether to keep the prohibition. The House bill's sponsor said he'd withdraw his legislation if the ban went to a c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2012

    Miami's Top 10 Political Bloggers Rank Dade's Worst Politicians

    Miche Ratto​This week, Miami New Times profiled the ten hardest-hitting blogs that make life miserable for public officials in South Florida. At a time when the Miami Herald and other media outlets are shaving back coverage of civic and public affairs, bloggers are filling the void to investigate ... More >>

  • News

    July 28, 2011
  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    Lynda Bell's Broken Vow To Voters

    Miami-Dade County​When Lynda Bell narrowly won her county commission seat last November, the Homestead politician promised she would reform the way Miami-Dade County government operates. "I want to bring the public sector to reality, face-to-face with what the private sector deals with," she said. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    Burger Beast Responds To Miami-Dade Cease and Desist

    Sef Gonzalez is an eater, not a fighter.​Last week, Short Order reported that blogger Sef Gonzalez (better known as The Burger Beast) had received a cease-and-desist email from Miami-Dade Assistant County Attorney, Thomas Logue. In the email, Logue stated Burger Beast's Miami Food Truck logo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011

    Commission Passes Food Truck Ordinance, What Happens Now?

    Laine Doss Dim Ssäm à GoGo and Sakaya Kitchen's Richard Hales spoke on behalf of food trucks at today's commission meeting.​Earlier today, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners passed a new food truck ordinance by a vote of 7-1. It will affect about half the truck gatherings, inclu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    Commissioner Carlos Gimenez Purposely Delayed Recall Meeting

    Carlos Gimenez​Today the Miami-Dade County Commission was supposed to meet to set a date for the election to recall Mayor Carlos Alvarez. Problem was only six commissioners showed up, because Commissioners apparently find it OK to act like school skipping children. Which means the commission fell ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2010

    Annette Taddeo To Run For Katy Sorenson's Seat

    During the 2008 presidential election, Annette Taddeo set her sights on a big target: Annette Taddeo joins a crowded field to represent South Dade.​Congresswoman Ilena Ros-Lehtinen. The Colombian-American businesswoman, who loaned her campaign $350,000, lost, but she established herself as a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2010

    After Leaving the County, Steve Shiver Made A Killing In Homestead

    Via Steve Shiver's Facebook Former county manager and Homestead Mayor Steve Shiver lobbied city officials despite rules barring from doing so.​On July 23, 2004, Steve Shiver plunked down $1.5 million for 4.2 acres in a severely depressed neighborhood of Homestead. The city's former mayor and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2008

    The Ultimate Driving Experience

    Marco Kornfeld Click here to see a slide show of the driving school. BMW launched its performance driving school program yesterday on a mild April morning at the Homestead International Speedway. I was invited to take photos and join this very exclusive opportunity -- $1,495 for the one-day sch ... More >>

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    September 20, 2007

    Homestead Boards the Butt-Crack Ban Bandwagon

    It looks like some Homestead City Council members also saw that homeless guy we mentioned walking across the Causeway Monday morning. According to the Herald , they are joining the uproar of other saggy-pants protestors across the country and considering a similar butt crack ban in Homestead. Counc ... More >>

  • News

    February 3, 2005

    Strike Three, You're Out

    Homestead balks at plans to sell its failed baseball complex