This morning, Miami Beach commissioners will recognize Digna Abello as the first female firefighter to rise to the rank of division chief. Normally, her promotion would be a milestone for a force with a history of discrimination against women and minorities. Moments before Abello is honored, however ... More >>
A 12-year-old boy in Miami Beach might have been the happiest person ever to spot Jehovah's Witnesses. They found him tied to a pole after his dad decided to try out some unorthodox parenting techniques and left him there while he went shopping.
Marlenis Smart describes her seven years as a firefighter as a nightmare. In a lawsuit filed in 2010, she claimed she was sexually harassed by co-workers from her first day on the job. Male firefighters told her "women belong in the kitchen," accused her of being a slut, and walked in on her in the ... More >>
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 >>
On Friday, New Times published a three-month investigation into Miami Beach Fire Rescue (MBFR). It showed that MBFR leaders and other city officials ignored evidence of corruption. Millions of dollars in permit fees mysteriously went missing. And the two employees who did complain were forced o ... More >>
Two months ago, New Times broke news of Miami Beach Fire Department recruit Brian Gentles's allegations that fellow firemen had sexually and racially harassed him. He accused another recruit of tea-bagging him and superiors of covering up the abuse.But a report released yesterday by an outside inves ... More >>
Last month we reported on claims that Brian Gentles had been racially and sexually harassed while training to become a Miami Beach firefighter. Gentles claimed a white recruit had tea-bagged him several times, but that when the African-American complained, he was the one that was fired.Gentles now s ... More >>
Brian Gentles wanted to be a firefighter even before he arrived in America from Jamaica at age 12. There was something simple and noble about solving other people's problems, not to mention saving their lives. "I was fascinated by putting water on a fire," he says.Now, however, it's the City of Miam ... More >>
Tales of the great South Beach Shark Attack of 2012 are already swimming around social media, but there's actually no proof yet that the thing involved was necessarily a shark. The incident happened earlier this afternoon in the waters behind the W Hotel on 23rd and Collins. A man who was at th ... More >>
Well, Norman Braman's quest to unseat incumbent Miami-Dade County Commissioners was far from a smashing success, but one of his candidates will live to see another electoral day. Incumbent Bruno Barreiro barely missed the 50 percent threshold to avoid a runoff by just nine votes. So now he'll face o ... 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.
Steven Martonffy, a member of the Miami Beach Fire Department, sits behind bars today after allegedly driving a city vehicle while drunk and then crashing it into a parked car early this morning.
Officials believe they've caught the South Beach arsonist, but the Miami Beach Fire Department was still feeling the heat this weekend when an unrelated fire sparked up in the ArtCenter South Florida on Lincoln Road. The fire destroyed one artist's studio completely, while two other studios were ... More >>
Adrien Cegora stood outside Miami Beach City Hall yesterday with a crease in his brow. The fit firefighter wore a red Metro-Dade T-shirt, along with about 50 of his co-workers. They hoped to send city commissioners a message: Indian Creek and Surfside? That's our territory. "Miami Beach is trying t ... More >>
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Embrace the Nightmare: And while we're at it, let's pray for really,really bad weather
Chris Paciello, the dangerous darling of the SoBe nightlife set, has a reputation for fisticuffs. And mob ties.
Owing to bureaucratic bad judgment, Miami Beach taxpayers will have to pay (and pay, and pay) for the city's vaunted new parking garage
Just in time for the Fourth of July, Miami Beach's surfside chair mogul watches $100,000 worth of cushions go up in smoke