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A Lobbyist's Wife Gets Her Way at Miami CRA

9 years ago by Francisco Alvarado
Man, we knew Miami City Commissioner Marc Sarnoff could be a prickly son of gun, but his meddling in a billing issue shows he can be both petty and vindictive as well.According to a June 1 memo by former CRA Executive Director James Villacorta, Sarnoff tried to speed up a...
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State Audit Finds Insanely Huge List of Problems With Opa-locka Government

4 months ago by Jerry Iannelli
Opa-locka is a city that pretty much shouldn't exist. The FBI raided City Hall in 2016. City services are broken to the point that straight-up human feces recently flooded city streets. To fix the mess, officials brought in ex-County Manager Merrett Stierheim, a man who's seen his fair share of political shenanigans, but Stierheim quit and said the place wasn't fixable. Some of the city's own residents in 2017 tried to mount a (failed) campaign to dissolve Opa-locka entirely.
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CRA Executive Director is Fluent in Dutch, Which Will Come in Handy in Overtown

9 years ago by Francisco Alvarado
Today, the Miami city commission has a number of special public hearings to decide the fate of the city's budget and how to spend a whole lot of millions of dollars meant to alleviate slum and blight in Overtown and the Omni neighborhood, including a $220,000 salary and benefits package...
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Marc Sarnoff's Miami CRA Film Studio Stalls, Pisses Off Industry Locals

8 years ago by Gus Garcia-Roberts
Don't worry, Marc Sarnoff. We're just not all cut out for show business. The City of Miami's most frenetically incompetent commissioner -- he of the pop-up pedophile-thwarting parks, a personal arsenal of firearms, and lies about his family lineage -- noticed that South Florida is finally becoming a top-flight film...
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Overtown’s Black Lounge Film Series Is Making Moves Through Movies

9 months ago by Bause Mason
Overtown has long been a mecca for culture. The deeply rooted community in the historic heart of Miami was a center of entertainment in the 1940s and ‘50s, comparable to Miami Beach. Some of most iconic black artists of the time performed in the neighborhood. But Overtown’s cultural significance is...
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Ten Galleries and Art Spaces to Visit During Miami Art Week

11 months ago by Taylor Estape
The arrival of the international art dealing behemoth known as Basel draws many Magic City residents to a slew of festivals, fairs, and public art displays in early December. And while much of Miami Art Week is geared toward billions of dollars of spending, we plebeians can still enjoy the...
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Pastor Says Miami Police Stopped Him From Feeding Homeless in Overtown

2 years ago by Jessica Lipscomb
For almost ten years, Pastor Frank Diaz has been feeding the homeless in Overtown. But beginning last year, he says, he and his volunteers have been repeatedly stopped by Miami Police officers and told they're no longer allowed to hand out food.
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It's Time for Miami-Dade to Elect a Black Mayor

2 years ago by Luther Campbell
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez still has two years left of his final term, but now is the time to start identifying the best candidate to replace him in 2020. For my money, it's Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert.
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North Miami Beach Creates a Brewery District

2 years ago by David Minsky
The craft beer industry is so popular in Miami that many of the surrounding cities want to get a slice of the action. Among those is North Miami Beach, which announced January 18 it created the state's "first" brewery district.
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Many of Last Affordable Apartments in West Grove Demolished After Years of Neglect

2 years ago by Jessica Lipscomb
In 2016, the City of Miami sued the owners of several neglected apartment buildings in the West Grove. For years, tenants had lived in squalid conditions, forced to reckon with mold, raw sewage backups, caved-in ceilings, and other code violations that were never fixed. The city hoped to force the landlords to pay to relocate their renters to alternative housing that was affordable and safe.

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