Miami locals' New Year's resolutions

Let's face it. For most of us, keeping a New Year's resolution is as likely as the Miami Dolphins finally finding Dan Marino's successor in the draft. And some locals should look back on the past year with shameful regret. They could use a fresh start, so Riptide came up with some ideas to help them wipe the slate clean in 2012:

Sid Rosenberg: The WQAM shock jock should attend Gamblers Anonymous meetings. The Brooklyn native was reportedly busted for illegally plugging sponsors on-air because he owed money to a gambling site.

Marc Sarnoff: The Miami commissioner should sign up for anger management classes. Days before his re-election this fall, the Coconut Grove politico allegedly tackled and threatened to kill a propane-huffing antagonist who was defacing his campaign signs around town.

Andre Pierre: North Miami's mayor should resign from office. Driving around in a Porsche someone else paid for, handing out police badges to friends who aren't cops, and steering lucrative city contracts and grants to his pals are just some of the scandals dogging the city's leader.

Tomás Regalado: To start his year right, Miami's mayor should make the Marlins pay the $2 million in annual property taxes they're dodging on their new stadium's garages, instead of fighting a bitter, brutal battle with his police chief and landing himself under investigation for accepting illegal contributions.

John Vara: The former chief of staff at the Miami Veterans Affairs Medical Center should relinquish his license to practice medicine. An investigation found his hospital had failed to promptly notify 2,500 local veterans whose colonoscopies had been performed with improperly cleaned equipment. Five veterans later tested positive for HIV, and another nine were diagnosed with hepatitis.

Donna Shalala: The University of Miami prez should run background checks on all of her new boosters. If there was one searing image from the Nevin Shapiro scandal that rocked the Hurricanes, it was the photo of Shalala grinning like Gollum as she stared at a $50,000 check from the since convicted Ponzi schemer.

Shakey Rodriguez: The former Krop Senior High coach should stay retired from high school basketball. Rodriguez was forced out after Krop was busted and subsequently disqualified from tournament play for using ineligible players.

Hank Adorno: This disgraced ex-lawyer should work pro bono for the public defender's office when he gets his license back. In April, the Florida Supreme Court suspended Adorno's law license for three years for orchestrating an unlawful $7 million settlement with Miami over its controversial fire fee.

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Francisco Alvarado was born in Nicaragua and grew up in Miami, giving him unique insight into the Magic City and all its dark corners. An investigative reporter with a knack for uncovering corruption, Alvarado made his bones as a staff writer at Miami New Times and remains in dogged pursuit of the next juicy story.