Before he was tapped to serve as a bodyguard for then Miami Beach mayoral candidate Philip Levine in 2013, Eric Kolbinsky was a longtime police detective and special agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration. He was based in Atlanta, according to an online bio, and led a team "that traveled arou ... More >>
Sure, with local tourism breaking records in 2013 maybe we shouldn't be too concerned with what some random list says. Yet the fact that Trip Advisor says places like Branson, Missouri, and Phoenix, Arizona, are better travel destinations than Miami Beach just doesn't sit well with us.
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 >>
In December, we broke the news that the Miami Beach Community Church was strongly considering leasing its courtyard to commercial developers. Church leaders called the $100 million offer a "miracle from God." Meanwhile, locals -- and even some church members -- said the church was selling its sanctu ... More >>
Because apparently Miami is always in desperate need of another gigantic skyscraper meant to house the 1 percent, developers Related and Crescent Heights have teamed up to bring a code-breaking new vision to a piece of primo South Beach real estate at 500 Alton Rd. Today they unveiled plans for what ... More >>
Losing hope that Isaac Brock and Modest Mouse might ever deliver another collection of yawping indie rock tunes? Well, "Be Brave." Because, as Brock and band have repeatedly insisted: "We look forward to sharing our new music with the world." Yeah, they haven't released any new material since 2007 ... More >>
It's the constant dilemma of Miami Beach. On one hand its tourism economy relies on it being on the world's undeniable party hot spots. On the other it's also supposed to be a relaxing subtropical paradise where one should not be bothered by the tikitiki music coming from the Gatsby-wannabe party be ... More >>
Only five years ago, the Head and the Heart were playing the Seattle pub circuit. But within 12 months, founders Josiah Johnson, Jonathan Russell, and mates found themselves signed to legendary indie-rock label Sub Pop while being buzzed over by critics declaring H&H to be the Emerald City's next b ... More >>
Top Chef mentor/judge Tom Colicchio will officially join the roster of celebrity chefs with Miami Beach restaurants when his new restaurant opens at the 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach in fall 2014. The chef co-founded Gramercy Tavern with Danny Meyer in 1994, then opened Craft in 2001. He also owns s ... More >>
Dear punk-ass Miami Beach Parking Authority: Last week, you towed my 2013 Jetta sitting outside my house at 14th Street and Meridian Avenue and then scuttled into the night, leaving neither trace of my vehicle nor your chicanery. So when I set out on foot in search of my car the next morning, I nat ... More >>
Move over Coppertone and Hawaiian Tropic. There's a new sunscreen brand in town, and it's literally named after the town. After the City of Miami Beach negotiated a contract last year to license its name out to a sunscreen line, Miami Beach™ Suncare has now officially hit the shelves.
The Eden Roc Miami Beach is one of the most iconic hotels in South Florida, if not the world. Designed by famed architect Morris Lapidus, the cruise ship-shaped hotel has been an ocean side jewel for over 50 years. In her heyday in the glamorous '50s and '60s, the Eden Roc was the favorite playgro ... More >>
Even for Miami Beach, 2,500 pounds of pure cocaine is a lot to be in any one place at one time. The U.S. Coast Guard is unloading the loot, worth an estimated $35 million on the street, at its Miami Beach station today after a historic raid just south of the Dominican Republic.
As far as newly elected Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine is concerned, the city will continue to be known more for its silicone implants than silicon start-ups. While attending the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Levine straight-up told the Washington Post that the idea of turning Miami Beach into some so ... More >>
Miami Beach's starchitect-designed convention center is dead. And we have killed it. Well, technically, it was new mayor Philip Levine and the equally new city commission that killed it. But it was a death foretold last November, when Miami Beach voters overwhelmingly backed opponents of the $1 bil ... More >>
Star Island's most notorious residents have won the latest battle in their war to tear down a mansion they own on the island in order to build the dream home. The Miami Beach City Commission voted today not to designated the 1925 home as historic. See also: Real Housewife Made Rosie O'Donnell Flee ... More >>
A proper New Year's Eve bash requires some advanced preparation. Before the ball drops, you've got to make dinner reservations so you can enjoy a great meal on the last night of the year. We've compiled long list of dining possibilities, broken down by neighborhood and island. So figure out your da ... More >>
For 92 years, Miami Beach Community Church's courtyard has been a sanctuary. The small, shaded square was one of the only clean spots back in the '80s as South Beach spiraled downwards. And in the past 10 years, as Lincoln Road has roared back to life, the courtyard has remained a tranquil corner am ... More >>
Tomorrow afternoon, two rivals in the fast food world will get together for one day in a battle that pits greedy corporate giants against the workers of America. For one day only, Ronald McDonald and Burger King will team up in a rap battle against two of their own employees. At stake: a fair worki ... More >>
Michelle Bernstein will be very busy during this year's Art Basel. The James Beard Award-winning chef will not only operate two pop-ups at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens, she will also be the official caterer for Art Basel events. See also: Michael Schwartz to Open Pop-Up Café at Design Miami
It's true that a famous surname draws a lot of attention. Now imagine being the son or daughter of not one, but two famous parents. Double the benefits? Perhaps. But double the pressure? Most assuredly. No one knows that better than Michele Coltrane. The only daughter of jazz giants John and Alic ... More >>
Good morning Miami Beach. Are you feeling sore and tired from swilling too many flutes of celebratory champagne last night? Are you surprised to find yourself wearing a campaign T-shirt altered to say "Philip Levine Latrine"? Is your living room floor littered with more flyers than a Free Tibet rall ... More >>
We've already told you about plans to bring a college football bowl game to Marlins Park. Well, the plans were officially announced today with one major surprise. The name of the game: the Miami Beach Bowl. Now for those of you not familiar with local geography, Marlins Park is located in the Litt ... More >>
Something is rotten in Miami Beach. Construction is soaring in Sunset Harbour. Lincoln Road is log-jammed with tourists. And Art Basel once again approaches like a billion-dollar beast ready to take a platinum piss all over SoBe. But underneath all of this commerce is the cloying odor of corruption ... More >>
Miami Beach might be underwater in 100 years, but good things never last long. Livability.com has ranked Miami Beach fifth in America on its 2014 list of 100 best places to live.
So, as you might have heard, Miami Beach is probably going to be underwater someday -- possibly within your lifetime. Of course, as giant portion the Netherlands knows, just because you're living below sea level that doesn't mean you have to necessarily be living underwater. So it's smart thinking ... More >>
The 13th annual South Beach Wine and Food Festival, presented by Food Network, has announced part of its lineup for the 2014 event, which takes place on Miami Beach and all around town February 20 to 23. The event draws nearly every major celebrity chef in America to our city for a little fun and ... More >>
Last year, Miami Beach police popped just 492 people for driving under the influence. This year, they're on track to arrest 442, with only 221 in the first six months. In 2009, they arrested just fewer than 1,300 people for DUI. The plunge comes not because people in Miami Beach appear to be drink ... More >>
Apparently if you fail in Miami Beach, you just make your way a little up the island to one of those fancy little towns. Former Miami Beach police chief Donald DeLucca ended up in Golden Beaches, and now former Miami Beach city manager Jorge Gonzalez is set to serve that same role in Bal Harbour. S ... More >>
As if the current development boom already didn't feel like the pre-bust early 2000s, news that famed director Baz Luhrmann has joined the creative team of mid-Miami Beach's Faena District development should be the clearest signal yet that the local real estate market is officially back to its over- ... More >>
Taking out your iPhone to snap an Instagram pic or send a booty text late at night on Miami Beach may not be worth it. Miami Beach Police are warning residents and tourists to be careful with their smart phones after a rash of brazen armed robberies have struck the town.
Reefer common sense is taking over Miami Beach. When voters go to the polls in November to elect a new mayor, they will also get the chance to answer a non-binding straw ballot question on whether the city commission should adopt a resolution urging the federal government and the Florida Legislature ... More >>
Living or visiting Miami Beach, tow trucks prowling for cars illegally parked on the streets and lots of the city is a common sight. No motorist who dares test Miami Beach's parking laws is safe from the hooks of Beach Towing and Tremont Towing (which has its own faux reality show on TruTV called So ... More >>
Do you consider yourself slightly better at performing basic communicative tasks on the internet and have convinced yourself that such remedial skills could actually lead to some sort of career? Well then, the Social Media Stars web-based reality show might be for you. Yes, this exists, and, yes, ... More >>
Taste of the Nation, the annual event to end childhood hunger in America took place last night in the grand Americana ballroom at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. It was an evening filled with lots of food, drinks, chefs, and prizes. The event was followed by a Chef After Party where chefs and VIP tic ... More >>
YOLO (you only live once) has become the motto and tagline sprawled across muscle tees and booty shorts of neon-clad tourists throughout Miami Beach. Little do they know that a stroll up Collins to North Beach offers a sandwich that must be devoured if one is to live a truly rich life. The "Werewol ... More >>
Yesterday's rainfall was not normal. In fact, Miami Beach got so much rain yesterday that it shattered three separate records: the most rainfall for July 18th in recorded weather history, the most rainfall for any single day in July ever, and helped push the month to the wettest July on record for t ... More >>