Ommy Irizarry and his nine-year-old daughter Oceana were strolling along the sand just outside the surf in Venice, Florida yesterday afternoon when a small aircraft plummeted from the sky. The Piper, which had lost power mid-flight, slammed to a stop on the sand without seriously injuring the pilot ... More >>
It's not uncommon for people to toss their relatives' ashes in the Atlantic during a Florida sunset. Some rabid football boosters even request to have their remains be scattered in the Swamp. Others who are fans of neither metaphors nor SEC sports sometimes seek eternal rest in shopping malls. At 1 ... More >>
A Florida condo association that had recently rewritten their bylines in a way that effectively banned non-married couples from buying or leasing in their neighborhood has retracted the policy after an uproar from gay rights groups. The Casa Di Amici Condominium Association near Sarasota now claim ... More >>
Federal prosecutors are not charging Buju Banton's jury forewoman with contempt of court, even though Terri Wright's admitted misconduct revealed in a New Times story forced them to drop a firearms charge against the reggae singer. According to the Miami Herald, the decision not to punish Wright st ... More >>
There are few descriptors more woebegone than "44-year-old Sarasota grandma," and yet this tale is sadder than that even suggests.Michelle Sears, the 44-year-old Sarasota grandmother in question, was stopped on Monday by a local sheriff's deputy for driving with a suspended license. Sears' six-year- ... More >>
When a man in Sarasota repeatedly took Obama signs off his neighbor's lawn, he wanted to let her know it wasn't just vandalism. See, he was looking out for everyone's safety by not letting burglars know that weak-kneed, Second Amendment-hating liberals lived there. He even sent her a postcard helpfu ... More >>
According to an ad running today in The Sarasota Tribune-Herald, Barack Obama is basically going to come down to your place of work and fire you, and then give it to an illegal immigrant. He's then going to reach into your pocket and steal all your cash to pay for gay babies and abortions. Go ahead ... More >>
"Local" import Haitian beer Prestige won a gold medal yesterday for Best American-Style Cream of Ale. It took category #42 at the winners banquet for the World Beer Cup competition in San Diego.Miami is not considered part of the Caribbean, but Prestige was as close Florida got to receiving any awar ... More >>
Two Sarasota grandparents found themselves behind bars after hitching their 7-year-old granddaughter's plastic Hot Wheels car to the back of their SUV and taking her for a ride. We could totally understand how, to a 7-year-old, this would seem like an awesome idea. But two adults probably should hav ... More >>
Miami has a ton of public art eyesores, notably a
There are only a handful of jobs where working under the influence of alcohol may be a benefit: stripper, news blogger, game show host. High school teacher certainly isn't one of them, as Bayshore High School's Anne Wampole has found out the hard way.
Fear, loathing, and boiled peanuts in Sarasota, Florida.Alligator Alley, the artery connecting lower Southwest Florida with the Gulf Coast b/w The Everglades, is so flat, straight and strikingly unremarkable that it takes on the vertiginous qualities of the most hypnogogic labyrinths. That is to ... More >>
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement spent $330 back in October on Jim Beam whiskey, mixers and some Doritos. Fifteen employees then proceeded to get drunk on company time. Sounds like the makings of an office party, no? Not so much. The ill advised plan was part of a makeshift study to ... More >>
George W. Bush has remained relatively quiet throughout the Republican primary race. That's not unusual for former presidents, and, perhaps, most candidates may not have been rushing for his support anyway. But it seems that none of the current candidates were Bush's favorites. He much would have ... More >>
An unidentified homeless man knocked over a grill and ended up losing his head early Tuesday morning in Sarasota.Ricky L. Leer, 48, another homeless resident of Sarasota, now stands charged of second-degree murder after allegedly lopping off the man's head with a machete-like knife.
Fashion Breakdown: Feather vest from Sarasota boutique Simply Spoiled; dress -- "no idea"; BCBG boots; Anthropologie necklace; earrings a Christmas gift from her boyfriend.
FacebookWhen a Sarasota daily newspaper went looking for Florida's dirtiest cop, they landed in our very own Middle Eastern-themed, bullet-riddled, corruption-crazy backyard. The most surprising aspect of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune's epic exposé of Opa-Locka Sgt. German Bosque's history on th ... More >>
In Florida we're used to things like whales, cocaine and various human body parts washing up on our beaches, but sun seekers on Siesta Key were in for something of a surprise this morning when they discovered an eight-foot-tall Lego man had mysteriously wound up sitting in the sand.
Remember when the University of Miami and Florida International University football teams got into a giant brawl? Yeah, well, at least everyone involved was an adult and they all managed to keep the punches directed at just players.It's nothing compared to the shocking video that has emerged ... More >>
Remember Dr. George Kenney, the hypnosis enthusiast/principal of North Port High School in Sarasota, who was suspended after a student he hypnotized suffered a fatal drug overdose the next day? Well turns out that isn't the only student Kenney hypnotized who later turned up dead. An investigation fo ... More >>
Sure, saying you're taking your talents to Cape Florida State Park Beach doesn't have much of a ring to it, but the stretch of sand on Key Biscayne is apparently the best Miami-Dade has to offer, and one of the best in the country. The annual list put out by Stephen Leatherman, director of Florid ... More >>
James Cooper and James Kouzaris were found dead in a public housing project near Sarasota.Residents of "Knifecrime Island" might become increasingly wary of traveling to the "Gunshine State." The brutal murder of two British tourists in Sarasota has shocked the United Kingdom, and now the country ... More >>
The thing about really good journalists is that they aren't like normal people. They're slightly touched in the head. They're generally well educated, clever and capable people who could be making a lot more in some other industry, but for whatever reason don't. While most of us would respond to ... More >>
It takes a lot to scare Stephen King, the master of horror fiction, but apparently the author is plain old terrified of our new governor, Rick Scott. King, who spends his winters in Casey Key near Sarasota, spoke at an "Awake the State" rally yesterday and joked, "Maybe my next horror novel will ... More >>
Malcolm Riddell, a 58-year-old married resident of Sarasota, never got around to password protecting his wireless router. That led to the FBI knocking on his door, holding him up against a wall, and searching his computer for images of child porn according to The Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Riddell ... More >>
Print's death rattle has birthed a new online start-up based here in Florida. The Florida Independent launched earlier this week with a focus on original, daily reporting on state and local issues. But what's notable about the start-up is its place in a growing list of news organizations that ar ... More >>
iLA MawanaPurdy Lounge, Miami BeachThursday, May 20, 2010Better Than: Another predictable round of classics with The Wailers. Yea, I said it. The Review: A city drenched in dubstep could always use a breather. Thursday night, Lance O. and the kids from Kulcha Shok welcomed Boston-based reggae oct ... More >>
Last year in a slightly controversial cover story, New Times delved into the world of bestiality. We introduced you, whether you were prepared or not, to Malcolm Brenner, a Sarasota man who claims that a dolphin, named Ruby, was the love of his life. Now he's completed work on a semi-autobiograph ... More >>
Photo by Jeremy HarrisIn this 21st century world where even your grandmother's getting busy with the Facebooks, MySpacies, and Ashley Madisons, there's something mysterious and exotic and enticing about a young lady who can't be found anywhere on the interweb. So when a fanboy asks Google, Who is ... More >>
West Miami Mayor Ceasar Carasa has been suspended for racking up a $70,000 cell phone bill on the City's dime. Carasa is not believed to be an actual teenage girl. [NBCMiami]The Miami Art Museum has named John Wetenhall as its interim director. Previously he's worked in museums in such cultural hotb ... More >>
photo via Miamism's FlickrEvery year divers start off lobster mini-season with the same thought in their head, "Let's have some fun. Their meat is sick. I wanna take a dive with my tickle stick." Unfortunately things always seem to take a turn for the deadly. Two divers have turned up d ... More >>
VancityallieMiami-Dade Homicide Detectives are investigating the death of a wealthy Sarasota building contractor found dead on the ocean floor this morning. Daniel Robert Pochedley went missing while diving for lobster near Haulover Beach just before 11 a.m. After a caller reported an abandon ... More >>
Gay penguin dads from a book called "And Tango Makes Three" Miami-Dade Judge Cindy Lederman's ruling that overturned the gay adoption ban in Florida is still working its way through the court system, but yesterday another Florida judge handed down another ruling in favor of gay adoptive parents ... More >>
(sturgeon: It's what's for dinner)The Slow Foods Glades to Coast Chapter, which covers roughly the Palm Beach and Broward areas, is hosting a 5-course Growers' Discovery gourmet dinner at Cafe Boulud in Palm Beach this Thursday, December 11, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The dinner, overseen by chef Zach B ... More >>
The best thing about NBC's American version of Kath & Kim is its cast. Molly Shannon, Selma Blair and John Michael Higgins have all had flashes of brilliance in their careers, and occasionally have them here. The second best thing about it is that it comes on right before The Office, so it's pretty ... More >>
Yes, there will be a bunch of Republican Governors in town this week, but will they be able to accomplish anything? [Time] Oh sugar, sugar. A new deal with US Sugar was announced yesterday. It would put their lands in public hands and theoretically would be beneficial to the Everglade, the company a ... More >>
"Any officer who deserts [his] soldiers is a coward"
After Hurricane Andrew destroyed Susan Alberti's home, county bureaucrats stepped in to finish off what was left of her life
John Eugene Yoder arrived in Miami 30 days after the Big One. Three stray dogs, 48 pairs of tennis shoes, one girlfriend's college degree, seven hammers, 300 condos, and four years later, he's riding off into the sunset.