It's no secret that Miami is experiencing another condo boom. Construction cranes once again screech and pivot over downtown. Towers that were stalled in 2009 are now complete. We are quickly running out of vacant lots to build on. So it's little wonder that lawmakers are looking for solutions. Tod ... More >>
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 commends elected officials who support police body cameras. Local politicians and union bosses opposed to putting body cameras o ... 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 >>
Patrons of Miami's only nudist beach are worried they'll be getting an eyeful of Miami-Dade's newest erection -- a big ol' boat house right in the middle of their parking lot. Nudists are headed to Tuesday's county commission to protest plans sponsored by Councilwoman Sally Heyman for a large boat s ... More >>
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 >>
Forget about absentee ballot brokers stealing elections! Forget about county officials stealing from the public till! Forget about the Miami Marlins ball park boondoggle! Irresponsible dog owners are clearly the greatest menace facing our community.A pair of Miami-Dade County commissioners are pushi ... More >>
Well, it's better than Brett Ratner Day.Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman has issued a proclamation officially recognizing June 5 as "Michael Bay Day." Yes, Michael Bay the director of Bad Boys, Transformers, and the upcoming Pain and Gain.Unfortunately, the day will probably not be celebr ... More >>
Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel is a go, and tickets for the two one-day event went on sale about an hour ago. Update: The event has sold out its first batch of tickets. But rather than going down on the sands of South Beach as it did last year (or the nude paradise that is Haulover Beach ... More >>
A Tallahassee proposal to force Miami-Dade to end its 23-year ban on pit bulls took a major hit last night when a group of county commissioners supported giving Dade voters a say in whether to keep the prohibition. The House bill's sponsor said he'd withdraw his legislation if the ban went to a c ... More >>
The Swedish House Mafia may be the top family in organized dance music. But they've got very little clout when it comes to striking deals with city officials. The Miami Herald reports that Miami-Dade County has "pulled the plug" on the Funkshion festival, a four-day, WMC party that would wrap w ... More >>
If we showed up late or not at all for one of every three workdays, we'd be writing for the Winn-Dixie coupon book by next week. But Bruno Barreiro -- one of the 13 Miami-Dade commissioners charged with keeping this rickety skiff of a county afloat -- has somehow held office for 13 years despite spe ... More >>
A Malaysian gambling conglomerate's plans to convert the Miami Herald headquarters and surrounding properties into a luxury resort casino has prompted one county commissioner to seek more control over redevelopment of the Omni neighborhood.Under a proposal by Sally Heyman, one of the 13 county co ... More >>
Laine Doss Dim Ssäm à GoGo and Sakaya Kitchen's Richard Hales spoke on behalf of food trucks at today's commission meeting.Earlier today, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners passed a new food truck ordinance by a vote of 7-1. It will affect about half the truck gatherings, inclu ... More >>
Laine Doss Sugar Yummy Mama's Giselle PintoThe Thursdays on the Bay Food Truck Roundup at the American Legion Post #29 will not return to business as usual tomorrow, according to Jack Garabedian, owner of Jefe's Original Taco and organizer of the roundup. In a notice sent t ... More >>
Laine Doss Food Trucks Tonight? Maybe not.Tonight's Tamiami Truckers Food Court at Lexus of West Kendall may be nixed and other local food trucks face big problems with city and county officials. Yesterday, the Thursdays on The Bay Food Truck Roundup at American Legion Post #29 was abruptl ... More >>
One of the largest food truck meet-ups in the state will find a new home this week due to complaints from neighbors of the 109th Street and Biscayne Boulevard location. The Biscayne Triangle Truck Round-up, which meets every Tuesday evening from 5:30 to 10 p.m., will take a week off to work with ... More >>
Before the New Year, Riptide reported that Miami-Dade Commissioner Sally Heyman had by far the worst meeting attendance record of any of her colleagues, missing 26 percent of the county's 65 legislative sessions. Miami Shores resident Richard Mason writes in to defend his commish:
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 >>
The great money maker for cash-strapped local governmentsLooking for ways to screw taxpayers even more, county commissioners Joe Martinez and Sally Heyman want to introduce red light cameras for unincorporated Miami-Dade. Several cities, including Miami Beach, Hialeah and Miami Gardens, have alre ... More >>
Bill CookeWhen it comes to campaign donations, Al Maloof drops it like it's hot.Raising cash for county commission and school board races in Miami-Dade is like making it rain at the strip club. The more loot you fling, the more popular you are! As voters start going to the polls for early voting, ... More >>
via Just NewsJaniel PerezJaniel M. Perez, 26, is charged with murdering a man over the weekend. The victim was found Saturday at 650 SW 65th Ave. with multiple stab wounds, a knife sticking out of his neck, and his left ear and nose hacked by the hands of his killer. Perez was also found on the ... More >>
Jacob KatelCommissioner Sally Heyman drinking someone else's coffee just for this picture. Now that's a politician. We first told you about Miami-Dade Commissioner Sally Heyman's Coffee Brake coffee truck in June. Well, yesterday we ran into the commish outside the Kelley Roy Gallery (50 NE ... More >>
Jacob Katel Powered By Java What do you get when you cross a politician and a dream? No, the answer isn't a sleeping liar. If you're talking Sally Heyman, you get Coffee Brake, a motorized coffee shop on wheels. Sally says "I've been talking about doing this since I was in the legislature. I ... More >>
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 >>
Hey Glenn Straub. I WANT to watch baseball downtown,. I WANT to TAKE the Metromover to games,But I wish you would just shut up.Straub penned a letter to the public (which you can find on the jump) defending his idea for a downtown stadium. But we've moved too far with the Little Havana stadium and I ... More >>
Dennis Moss is done putting together the new make-up of the county commission's committees and I'm impressed with most of his selections. In case you don't know, the commissioners use the committee system to hammer out decisions that ultimately impact our tax dollars, from formulating new ways to ta ... More >>
Today, the last day of 2008, Banana Republican highlights his ten favorite news stories of the year, the tales that truly capture life in a sun-drenched, third-world dimension. 10. Marc Sarnoff's Memo to Himself. The Coconut Grove loving city commissioner has a super secret meeting with Joe Arriol ... More >>
The guy who turned Crandon Park around gets canned. It makes no cents.
"As the chair, you had the power to say something, and you didnt"
A former security guard says fraudulent time sheets cost you big
My wife and I were heading for divorce from all this chaos"
"If you did it in Iraq, either a Sunni or Shiite would car-bomb you!"
Political icon and saint Carrie Meek is a lobbyist juggernaut
Let's see Mister Ed mount one of these!
Junkie, jailbird, cat burglar, widow, bride, entrepreneur Laurie Lichtman keeps on truckin'.
Miami-Dade's most coveted political prize is the chairman's Throne of Power. Those who dare to seek it must navigate the Swamp of Secrecy, endure the Guild of the Greased Palm, and avoid exposure by the Orb of Light
Where your humble state legislators work hard by day and play hard by night
Think financing a Marlins ballpark is tricky? Just try finding a place to put it
Miami-Dade's Democratic Party is a shambles. Blame Joe Geller, candidate and chairman.
Federal agents probe a local neighborhood's recent vote to install barricades and guardhouses