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Miami-Dade County

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    Unemployment in Miami-Dade Down 2.9 Percent From a Year Ago

    Unemployment in Miami-Dade is down 2.9 percent from a year ago, according to the latest number from the Florida Department of Economic Activity, indicating that economic recovery in the county continues. The unemployment rate in the county now sits at 7.3 percent (not seasonally adjusted), and the c ... 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 >>

  • Calendar

    June 19, 2014
  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    Taxi Industry Wants UberX and Lyft Drivers Put in Jail

    First Miami-Dade started ticketing Lyft and UberX drivers. Then they started impounding their cars. Apparently that's not good enough for the local taxi industry. No, they want drivers working for UberX and Lyft put in jail. See also: Miami-Dade County Is Now Impounding Lyft Vehicles

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2014

    Miami-Dade County Is Now Impounding Lyft Vehicles

    Miami-Dade already has enough of a problem with "businesses" operating outside of or in the gray area of the law that when a venture capitalist-backed tech firm comes into town and tries to do it, they're just asking for trouble. The county had earlier started fining app-based ride share Lyft's dr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2014

    You Need to Earn $17.50 an Hour to Afford Rent on a Decent One-Bedroom Apartment in Miami

    Florida's minimum wage is $7.93 an hour, but you'd need to make almost ten dollars more than that an hour if you want to rent a one-bedroom apartment in Miami-Dade. A Washington Post analysis finds that based on average rental price for a one bedroom apartment in Miami-Dade, you'd have to make at le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2014

    Miami-Dade Is One of the Healthiest Counties in America, Somehow

    Are you 305 till you die? Because that might mean you'll be 305 for a long, long time. According to a new study, Miami-Dade is one of the healthiest counties not only in Florida but also in all of America. It's in the top 10 percent of healthiest counties overall across the United States and the fif ... More >>

  • News

    March 13, 2014
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    March 12, 2014

    Dozens of Sex Offenders Are Now Forced to Camp Out in a Hialeah Parking Lot

    Darkness has swallowed the train tracks. It won't be long until the men arrive. At 9:50 p.m., the first pair of headlights punches through the black, and a white Ford pickup rolls into the parking lot of a large warehouse sitting among the nameless structures dominating the Miami-Hialeah border. Wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2014

    Stephen Ross Releases Stadium Statement, Doesn't Address Tax Issues

    Stephen Ross clearly wants to spin his decision to pay for renovations to Sun Life Stadium out of pocket as an act of something akin to charity. The Miami Dolphins owner has now issued his first public statement on the decision, and sidesteps the issue that the deal would see him skipping out on mil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2014

    Mugshots Friday: FTW and Trust No Man

    Every Friday, Riptide brings you the most eye-catching mugshots taken the previous week (or thereabouts) in Miami-Dade County. Yes, there is some mockery of bad neck tattoos, but also adulation directed at perps who just plain look more badass than we ever will. This is the italicized intro to that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2014

    About 25,000 People a Year Move From Miami-Dade to Broward County

    More people from Miami-Dade County to Broward than from any county to any other county in Florida. In fact, that county-to-county migration is the sixth highest in the entire country. According to Census Bureau data from 2011, about 25,000 packed up their U=Haul and moved from the 305 to BroCo. Wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2014

    Meet Carlos Lopez-Cantera, Your New Lieutenant Governor

    Rick Scott has officially picked Miami-Dade property appraiser Carlos Lopez-Cantera as his next lieutenant governor. The office was vacant for nearly ten months. A solid conservative whose main issue throughout his career as both property appraiser and a member of the Florida House has been lower pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2014

    A Sixth of Miami-Dade School Bus Drivers Didn't Show Up to Work Today

    Hundreds of school bus drivers didn't show up to work today in Miami-Dade, leaving some students stranded at their bus stop. About one sixth of drivers decided to skip their duties today in a protest over pay and benefits.

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2014

    Genting's New Plan: Slots-Only Casino at Miami Herald Site

    Ever since Genting Corporation's aggressive plans to bring a full-service casino and mega-resort to the old Miami Herald site went boom the Malaysian conglomerate has been pretty quiet about its next step. We should have figured they were up to something. Today comes news that they've struck a deal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2014

    Hate Crimes Up 22 Percent in Florida

    Hate crimes in Florida were up 22 percent in 2012, according to information just released by Attorney General Pam Bondi's office. In all, there were 170 instances of people being charged with a hate crime in Florida, up from 139 in 2011. That's also the highest number since 2008.

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2013

    One in Five Homes For Sale in Miami-Dade Costs More Than $1 Million

    Having trouble trying to sell your home? Too bad it's not a $1 million mansion. Properties in the seven figure range were selling like hot cakes this year. In fact one out of every five homes sold this year in Miami-Dade county carried a price tag at $1 million or above, according to Miami Today.

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2013

    Miami-Dade Public Schools and WLRN Make Serious Cuts, Supposedly Because of Obamacare

    Miami-Dade Public Schools and WLRN are both making serious cuts to part-time employee hours, supposedly because of Obamacare. The cutback will affect "several hundred" school employees, including substitute teachers, custodians and security guards, according to a MDCPS spokesman. Also seeing their ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2013

    Miami-Dade Unemployment Rate Rises as Florida's Drops

    Complete economic recovery still stubbornly refuses to come to Miami-Dade County. Even as Florida's unemployment rate dropped to the lowest point its been since August 2008, Miami-Dade's rose for the month of October to 8.5 percent.

  • 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

    October 28, 2013

    Kittens Rescued From Miami International Airport Ceiling

    This is about as adorable as airport security breaches get. After workers heard weird noises coming from a ceiling in Terminal J at Miami International Airport, firefighters investigated and found three newborn kittens trapped inside.

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2013

    Salmonella Outbreak Hits Miami-Dade (as Many CDC Workers Are on Furlough)

    The nationwide salmonella outbreak has hit Miami-Dade County. Three cases were reported here in an outbreak that is believed to have started with a chicken producer all the way in California.

  • News

    September 19, 2013
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    September 19, 2013

    Potted Garden in Your Yard? Prepare to Pay a Fine!

    Imagine you live in the burbs, want to build a garden, but don't want to disturb your pristine lawn. So you decide to pot your plants. Sorry, but that's not allowed, according Miami-Dade County zoning officials. Rigo and Eliza De La Portilla were a little shocked to discover this fact recently aft ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2013

    Hey, Carlos Gimenez, Check Out CH2M Hill's Tarnished Past

    Get this: The national engineering firm in the driver's seat to oversee Miami-Dade's $1.6 billion overhaul of the county's monumentally dilapidated sewer system has a history of violating the Clean Water Act, mishandling radioactive waste, billing for phantom work, and paying kickbacks. In most pl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2013

    Parrot-napping Victim Will Respond to "Flaca" and "Que Paso Papo"

    Miami-Dade Police are on the search for a feathered friend who was the victim of a parrot napping. The blue Macaw parrot stolen August 20th from its owner's Coral Gables home.

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    Firm That Scammed Federal Government Vying For Important Miami-Dade Sewage Contract

    A Colorado-based company vying for a lucrative contract to oversee Miami-Dade County's multi-billion dollar sewer system renovation projects admitted it defrauded the federal government earlier this year. Back in March CH2M Hill and one its subsidiaries agreed to pay $18.5 million in civil fines and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2013

    Transgender Rights Amendment Derails at Miami-Dade County Commission

    More than 25 years ago, Anita Bryant led her infamous campaign against Miami-Dade County's gay rights amendments. Now an amendment to that same ordinance granting basic rights to transgender individuals is in danger of being derailed even after it passed on its first reading with an 11-1 vote.

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2013

    Florida's Synthetic Drug Ban Is Actually Working

    Ever since state-wide and municipal level bans on the sale of synthetic drugs went into effect reports of people getting sick from ingesting things like "bath salts" and "K2" are significantly down in South Florida.

  • 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 21, 2013

    Florida Unemployment Down to 7.1 Percent, But Miami-Dade Still Struggling

    Florida's unemployment rate hit another recent record low in May, according to numbers released today. The state's unemployment rate is now down to 7.1 percent. That's the lowest rate since September 2008 and down .1 percent from April. Though, it's not all good news, especially here in Miami-Dade ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2013

    Mugshots Friday: God Forgives, Bad Tattoos Don't

    Every Friday, Riptide brings you the most eye-catching mugshots taken the previous week (or thereabouts) in Miami-Dade County. Yes, there is some mockery of bad neck tattoos, but also adulation directed at perps who just plain look more badass than we ever will. This is the italicized intro to that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    Mugshots Friday: The Ol' Purple Eyebrow

    Every Friday, Riptide brings you the most eye-catching mugshots taken the previous week (or thereabouts) in Miami-Dade County. Yes, there is some mockery of bad neck tattoos, but also adulation directed at perps who just plain look more badass than we ever will. This is the italicized intro to that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2013

    Judge Allows Environmental Group To Join Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Lawsuit

    As Miami-Dade County moves forward with its $12.6 billion plan to fix the aging water and sewer collection system, Federal Chief Judge Frederico Moreno yesterday awarded a significant victory to the Biscayne Bay Waterkeeper, an environmental group that claims the county proposal does not address sea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    Mugshots Friday: Stinko De Mayo

    Every Friday, Riptide brings you the most eye-catching mugshots taken the previous week (or thereabouts) in Miami-Dade County. Yes, there is some mockery of bad neck tattoos, but also adulation directed at perps who just plain look more badass than we ever will. This is the italicized intro to that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    South Florida Only Part of South Not Making Tons of Racist, Homophobic Tweets

    Ever wonder what part of the country all that hateful Twitter trash spews from? Well a new project out of Humboldt State University called "The Hate Map," shows you exactly what parts of the country likes to include negative slurs in their Twitter communiqu├ęs. Interestingly, Miami-Dade is among t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2013

    Miami-Dade County Wants $4.2 Billion in Bonds For Aging Water and Sewer System

    Now that the debate about using public funds to fix up Sun-Life Stadium is over, there is an even much bigger public works project that should have Miami-Dade taxpayers especially concerned. For more than a year, officials for the water and sewer department have been working on a $1.5 billion capita ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    Early Voting on Dolphins Stadium Referendum Begins Today, but Election May Still Be Cancelled

    Polling sites will open today in Miami-Dade for an election that might not actually come to pass. Yes, you can head to several early-voting sites beginning today to cast your ballot on the contentious Dolphin Stadium renovation referendum, but the election might end up just getting cancelled.

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2013

    Ultra Ravers Boost Miami Tourism, Pack Hotels Through March at $238.12 Per Night

    South Floridians owe beat freaks and frat boys a drink. Fueled almost entirely by Red Bull, Molly, and (presumably) a little bit of cocaine, sunburned college students from the Midwest, foreign ravers, and Ultra Music Festival organizers rallied to resurrect South Florida's economy in March. See a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2013

    Miami Eats at Miami Science Museum: The Science of Food

    For most people, dinner appears on the table, as if by magic. But what, exactly, goes on in the process of getting all those fruits, vegetables, and proteins to your family?  Tomorrow, April 20 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., the Miami Science Museum will explore that theme with their totally cool Miami ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2013

    Some Genius Brought a "Grenade-Shaped Lighter" To MIA and Sparked an Evacuation

    There's a new guy to add to the list of airport travelers you hate, right alongside the lady who can't fathom taking off her high heels at the metal detector, the drunk salesman who pushes out into the aisle the second after the plane lands and, of course, shrieking hell-baby. Say hi to the traveler ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2013

    Suspected Bomb Addressed to President Obama Found in Sweetwater

    Miami-Dade county is currently experiencing at least its fifth bomb square this week as police are investigating a suspected bomb found in Sweetwater. In an added odd twist, the bomb was apparently addressed to President Obama, among others. 

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2013

    Homeless Woman Set on Fire in Southwest Miami-Dade

    After finding a woman with burns covering 60 percent of her body, Miami-Dade police are investigating the incident as a possible attack on a homeless person.The Miami-Dade Police Department received a call last night about a small brush fire. When officers arrived, they discovered the woman in the B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    Unemployment in Miami-Dade at Highest Level in 12 Months

    While Gov. Rick Scott was trumpeting the fact that Florida's overall unemployment rate was lower than the national average for the first time in five years, the picture is considerably bleaker here in Miami-Dade. According to local numbers released today, the county's unemployment rate is the highes ... More >>

  • News

    March 14, 2013
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    March 7, 2013

    Environmentalists Sue to Block $1.5 Billion Plan to Fix Miami's Sewers

    This much is clear: Miami's sewers are deteriorating, and millions of gallons of wastewater are polluting Biscayne Bay. The county has proposed a $1.5 billion fix, but one local environmental group has now filed suit in federal court to stop the plan.Key Biscayne resident Judi Koslen and the environ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2013

    Latin Builders Association Academy Lacks Diversity

    Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke probes a new charter school started by a special interest group.The Latin Builders Association is one of the most powerful lobbyi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2013

    Miami-Dade Begins Enforcing 11 p.m. Curfew for Kids 17 and Younger

    Curfew laws targeting minors have been on the books in Miami-Dade for a while, but police actively enforce the ordinance only sporadically. The department announced yesterday that it will enforce the curfew in earnest immediately. Sorry, kids, you've got to be off the streets by 11 p.m. on school ni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2013

    Mugshots Friday: The Sky is Falling

    Every Friday, Riptide brings you the most eye-catching mugshots taken the previous week (or thereabouts) in Miami-Dade County. Yes, there is some mockery of bad neck tattoos, but also adulation directed at perps who just plain look more badass than we ever will. This is the italicized intro to that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2013

    A Map of Miami-Dade According to Google Autocomplete

    So, the Flip Collective folks decided to combine cartography with Google's autocomplete search function to have some fun. Florida is labeled "Crazy," obviously. Because it's a Friday and we had an extra ten minutes, we decided to apply this to Miami-Dade County and see what happened.

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