Miami-Dade County Commission

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2014

    Gay Rights Battle Heats Up in Doral With Mysterious Fliers, Public Hearing Tonight

    Last month, when the City Council of Doral unanimously approved a plan to extend benefits to domestic partners of city employees -- becoming the seventh Miami-Dade County to do so -- the move was hailed by activists and city leaders. But the council's decision has also sparked strong opposition. I ... More >>

  • 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 >>

  • News

    September 11, 2014
  • Blogs

    July 10, 2014

    Library Advocates Say Gimenez Budget Would Slash Services For Miamians

    At Pinecrest Branch Library, there are homeschooling groups where children and parents get to sit on rugs and cushions while working together. There's a genealogy group, creative writing sessions, a podiatrist teaching a 'Happy Feet' class and free summer lunches for children. And that's only on a T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2014

    Credit Cards Machines Finally Coming to Miami Taxis

    If you want to hail a cab in Miami, you better make sure you have lots of cash on hand, because there's no guarantee the cab will accept credit cards. Despite most major cities requiring taxis to accept plastic, Miami cab drivers have been a hold out. Until now. The Miami-Dade County Commission ov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2014

    Miami's Most Notoriously Named Places: Raul Martinez City Hall and More

    The Hialeah City Commission Tuesday voted unanimously to take former mayor Raul Martinez's name off city hall. The current mayor, Carlos Hernandez, a longtime critic of the indicted but later cleared politician, pushed the measure, saying, "The building belongs to the people." For good measure, the ... 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

    July 29, 2013

    Taxi Drivers Still Fighting the Idea of Having to Accept Credit Cards

    Frankly, it's almost embarrassing. Miami is one of the few major cities left in America where taxi cab drivers aren't required to take credit cards. Yet, as the Miami-Dade County Commission mulls a proposal that would require some cab drivers to install card readers, drivers are still resisting the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2013

    The Christian Family Coalition Hates Transgender People Too

    While Miami-Dade residents are gearing up to celebrate American Independence, the Christian Family Coalition is making sure one group of people don't get to enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. In response to a proposed amendment to the county's human rights ordinance that would protec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2013

    Miami-Dade Union President Blames Bosses for Water and Sewer System Failures

    Earlier this week, the Miami-Dade County Commission approved an 8 percent rate increase to water and sewer bills, which means homeowners will begin paying about $4 more a month on their average water bill. The funds are meant to cover the cost of issuing $4.2 billion -- yes that's with a b -- in bon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    Miami-Dade Commission Gives Support to Dolphins' Stadium Upgrade Proposal in Non-Binding Vote

    The Miami-Dade County Commission has now officially put its stamp of approval on the Miami Dolphin's plan to seek tax money to provide upgrades to the aging Sun Life Stadium. Only four of the thirteen commissioners voted against the measure.

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2012

    Miami May Start Using Inmates For Cheap Labor

    It's a common scene in prison movies set in the deep South: A line of inmates, chained together and decked out in bright orange jumpsuits, dutifully picking up trash or digging a ditch by the side of a dusty road as a shotgun-toting sheriff watches over them through tinted aviator sunglasses.The cha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2012

    Poisoned: A New Times Investigation Into a Neighborhood's Toxic History and Cancer Scare

    Last month, the Miami-Dade County Commission quietly passed a terrifying-sounding resolution, voting to ask health officials to travel to the small neighborhood of Broadmoor in Northwest Dade to investigate whether a recycling plant had caused a cancer cluster. Residents there made frighte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2012

    Miami-Dade Could Create Online Directory of Dangerous Dogs

    We can all agree that the internet never has enough pictures of dogs, so thankfully the Miami-Dade County Commission is looking to do something about that. No, they are not starting a cute dog blog. Instead they are considering implementing an online directory of dangerous dogs.

  • News

    September 13, 2012
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    July 12, 2012

    Jimmy Morales, Former County Commissioner, Considering Run For Governor Against Rick Scott

    With Rick Scott's dismal approval ratings, Democrats from all corners of the state are salivating over the chance to take him on in 2014. Jimmy Morales, the former chairmen of the Miami-Dade County Commission and the man who lost the mayoral race to Carlos Alvarez in 2004, has announced he's mulling ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    Miami-Dade Takes First Step Toward Banning Synthetic Marijuana

    Well this couldn't have come at a more opportune time. Today, the Miami-Dade County Commission took the first step towards adopting a strict ban on synthetic marijuana products. It comes hot on the heels of news that a North Miami Beach man on some sort of synthetic drug tried to bite a police offic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    Miami-Dade Takes First Step Towards Banning Synthetic Marijuana

    This couldn't have come at a more opportune time. Today, the Miami-Dade County Commission took the first step towards adopting a strict ban on synthetic marijuana products. It comes hot on the heels of news that a North Miami Beach man on synthetic pot tried to bite a police ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2012

    Miami-Dade Could Ban Flavored Tobacco Products like Grape Blunts

    When it comes to the little vices, Miami-Dade is notoriously lax. Depending on where you are in the county, you can order a drink at a bar til 5 a.m. and smoke inside the whole night. You can also stop by a liquor store until 1 a.m. But the Miami-Dade County Commission is now considering an uncharac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    Five Cubans Ozzie Guillen Should Praise at His Press Conference Today

    Poor Ozzie Guillen. Baseball season just got started and already the Miami Marlins skipper has inserted his foot in his mouth.The controversial Venezuelan born manager had the audacity to praise Cuban dictator Fidel Castro in an upcoming issue of Time magazine and all hell has broken loose in Miami' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2012

    Commission Votes to Lift Ban on Incorporating New Cities

    In an 11-0 vote, the Miami-Dade County Commission lifted a five-year-old moratorium on incorporating new cities. The ban will officially be lifted in ten days, unless Mayor Carlos Gimenez vetoes it. Gimenez did send a memo to the commission in which he seemed wary about the potential impact new inco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2012

    Luis Garcia Pulls out of David Rivera Race, and Now Dems Have No Candidate

    Rep. David Rivera is one of the most vulnerable Republican congressman in the entire country. He's under numerous criminal investigations, and his seat in District 25 is quickly seeing its Republican voter advantage fade. It could be a slam dunk for Democrats, assuming, of course, they had anyone to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2011

    Miami-Dade County Commission Unanimously Asks Florida Legislature to Chill Out on Crazy Immigration Laws

    ​It's hard to get the Miami-Dade County Commission to agree on anything, but every single member voted today for a resolution that asks the state legislature to cool it on all those crazy conservative immigration bills they've been trying to pass. The Florida Legislature will, more than likely, to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    Marlins Get Last $42 Million From Miami-Dade County

    Based on what happened at yesterday's Miami-Dade County Commission meeting, there is no way the taxpayers are getting their money back. Let's face it folks, the county is not going to sue or cut off the Marlins at this point, which is why county commissioners approved issuing $42 million in bonds to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2011

    Everyone Running for Miami-Dade Mayor

    ​Candidates running for Miami-Dade Mayor in the special May 24th election to replace recalled Carlos Alvarez had to register by 5:00 pm today. There's very few surprises in the list of candidates (read: no last-minute Alex Penelas filing), but here's a look at who you'll get to chose in a coup ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2011

    Special Election for Mayor Officially Set for May 24

    ​Clear your calendar on May 24 because we're holding an election! The Miami-Dade County Commission meet this morning and, as expected, officially set the day for the election to replace recalled Carlos Alvarez on that Tuesday. Though, the mayoral race won't be the only thing on the ballot. Voters ... More >>

  • News

    December 30, 2010
  • 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

    December 27, 2010

    Sally Heyman Had Miami-Dade Commission's Worst Attendance Record in 2010

    At least she showed up for picture day.​If the Miami-Dade County Commission was a third grade classroom -- and in terms of maturity it often resembles one -- Dennis Moss would get a gold star sticker on his sweater. Sally Heyman would flunk. This year, Heyman, who oversees the sprawling northeast ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2010

    Jeffrey Loria: Dirty Dozen 2010

    ​Each year, New Times puts together a list of the sketchiest politicians and unholiest celebrities and weirdest human beings to call the Magic City home. So who made the filthy cut this year? We're releasing the names one by one ahead of next week's issue, which comes with a full-page illustra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2010

    Florida Primary Election Results Live Blog

    ​Today Florida went to the polls for the 2010 primary election. While tonight's big theme involved controversial, self-funded billionaire outsiders taking on establishment career politicians in both the Republican primary for Governor and Democratic primary for Senate, there's still lots of ballot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2010

    Riptide Presents the All-Asshole Major League Baseball Team

    Historically speaking, he's still in the Asshole Minor Leagues.​So Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez has apologized-- after much coercion--for not running after a kicked ball and then lashing out at his teammates and manager Fredi Gonzalez. He's been reinstated into his God-given spot in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2010

    County Commissioners Admit 'Errors' in Carlos Bertonatti Case; Bikers Protest

    Bart Sherwood passes the grisly photos around the Miami-Dade County Commission chambers.Photo by Tim ElfrinkLycra pants mingled with business suits at the county commission chambers last night.​In the first image, his face is scraped and swollen, his arms are wrapped in plaster, and IVs run into h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2009

    FPL Gets An Obama Stroke Job As Company Sets Out to Destroy National Park

    Alex Izaguirre​Could there have been a more ruthless, diabolical, state utility monopolizer to receive $200 million in federal stimulus money than Florida Power & Light? I'm not the only one questioning the federal government's decision either.President Barack Obama announced FPL's stimulus bo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2009

    Time: Miami-Dade County Commission is "a Feckless, Corruption-Tainted Body"

    via​The sun still shines. The beaches are still some of the best in the world. The weather, unfortunate for this time of year, is still the same as it ever was. All of those stereotypical things that draw people to call Florida home have gone more or less unchanged, so what's to blam ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2009

    Hey George! Who's On First?

    Alex Izaguirre In case you missed it, during the early hours of July 1, the Miami-Dade County Commission approved a revision to the financing plan for the Marlins baseball stadium that is going to end up costing us $2.4 billion - a number that somehow eluded the intellectual prowess of financial gur ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 16, 2009
  • Blogs

    March 24, 2009

    Let me get this straight

    So at around the 7:04 p.m. mark of the Miami-Dade County Commission's nine-hour bull session to approve the Florida Miami Marlins' new stadium, Commissioner Sally Heyman posed a rather simple business question. She asked what would happen to the ballpark's projected $1.9 billion cost if the municipa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2009

    Say No to the Stadium

    Today the Miami-Dade County Commission will vote to build the Florida Marlins a new stadium. Or not. I hope they don't. This deal is such a stinker I don't know how Mayor Carlos Alvarez, the stadium's chief cheerleader, doesn't walk around wearing a gas mask every time he is out promoting it. So her ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2008

    Dennis the Moderate

    Come January, expect to see a new dynamic take shape on the Miami-Dade County Commission when Dennis Moss becomes chairman. For one, Natacha Seijas will no longer have influence over the selection of committee chairs and assignments. Each of the last three commission chairs, from Barbara Carey-Shul ... More >>

  • News

    October 12, 2006

    Douglas Road Goes Off the (Metro) Rails

    This is not the first time Raul Masvidal has tried to snooker the county into a bad deal

  • News

    April 13, 2006

    Vote for Barns

    A plan to acquire public rural land gets plowed

  • City Life

    May 12, 2005


    Carlos Alvarez

  • News

    December 16, 2004
  • City Life

    May 13, 2004


    Stephen P. Clark Government Center

  • Diversions

    May 13, 2004

    Personal Best

    Mario Artecona

  • News

    December 13, 2001

    Multiple District Disorder

    Divide North Miami and you also divide a burgeoning Haitian-American voting bloc. Was that the plan?

  • News

    June 28, 2001

    By the Hour

    It was easy for the county to pass a law requiring workers to earn a living wage. It wasn't so easy making it stick.

  • City Life

    May 11, 2000
  • City Life

    May 11, 2000

    Best Whiners

    Miami-Dade County Commission

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