On a Wednesday evening in early October, Congressman Joe Garcia strides through the empty lobby of a Key Largo community center, his black dress shoes clacking against the marble floor. Garcia is both affable and imposing. He has a large body and a broad face, with small dark eyes set above a prom ... More >>
There's nowhere in the U.S. quite like Miami-Dade County. It's larger than Rhode Island, has twice as many people, and is bordered by two national parks. Its 2.5 million residents are among the most diverse in the nation. And they live in a smattering of 34 incorporated cities, which range from 400, ... More >>
With Museum Park out of the equation, the future location of David Beckham's soccer stadium is up in the air. Well, Rep. Joe Garcia has a great idea. He sent a letter to the Beckham team and other local officials this week bringing up the idea of building a stadium in Homestead or Florida City, of ... More >>
Last month, Otis Wallace was once again elected mayor of Florida City. It wasn't close. The reigning mayor won a whopping 71 percent of the votes cast in the small agrarian town south of Miami. Wallace has now been in office for 30 years, surviving hurricanes, the arrest of several of his employees, ... More >>
Here at Riptide we do plenty of joking about mugshots and celebrating the sheer insanity that is life in the Sunshine State. But Miami New Times' staff writers also spend months investigating the kinds of stories that daily newspapers just don't have the time or resources to focus on any more.In 201 ... More >>
As Riptide reported yesterday, Barbara Jordan believes Miami-Dade public employees' salaries shouldn't be available online. She's even introduced a resolution to strip that info from the web.Maybe it was the county commissioner's commanding Aug. 14 re-election that emboldened her to make such a move ... More >>
In any sane world, Democratic congressional candidate Joe Garcia would easily defeat Republican Rep. David Rivera this November. Rivera has been called the most corrupt politician in Washington, and is currently at the center of a bizarre FBI investigation involving a fake Democrat and a female camp ... More >>
For Barbara Jordan, blood is thicker than water. How else can the Miami-Dade County commissioner justify the $5,000 her reelection campaign paid to the company owned by her sister Sandy Walker, a once-powerful lobbyist who five years ago pleaded guilty to defrauding the county?In a recent interview ... More >>
This week's profile of Otis Wallace raises serious questions about corruption in Florida City, from accusations of bribery and secret real estate deals to stolen votes. The article also reveals for the first time FBI and Miami-Dade investigations into the mayor and his administration.To help you ... More >>
When Otis T. Wallace became mayor of dirt-poor Florida City back in 1984, the desegregation hero was one of the first black politicians elected in the entire state. Nearly 30 years later, however, Wallace is still in office but his leadership has lost its luster.A two-month investigation by the N ... More >>
Andre Pierre's got a new police chief.In this week's New Times, we laid out the case for indicting North Miami Mayor Andre Pierre. Now, Pierre's administration has just named Marc Elias Jr. as acting chief.Yes, the one and same Marc Elias Jr. who was fired as chief in Florida City a couple years ... More >>
Can rural Homestead find deliverance from rampaging developer Steve Shiver?
A much ballyhooed petition supporting a commercial airport in Homestead appears to be a sham
If county bureaucrats have their way, the venerable South Dade farmer's market will be forced to change its evil ways: No more milk shakes!
For more than a decade, Otis Wallace has called the shots in tiny Florida City. That seems to be just fine with the locals.
Civics and spirituality. Politics and prayer. In the ongoing battle against inertia, Goulds bares the conflicts at its core.