Posts Tagged ‘Miami Beach’

Donors violate Miami Beach’s campaign finance laws, but face no discipline

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Former Miami Beach Commissioner Michael Grieco derailed his political ascent by getting involved with a committee secretly raising money for his failed mayoral bid. Yet, lobbyists and vendors that built up the PAC’s $200,000 war chest have not faced any consequences despite a city ban designed to stop them from contributing to local candidates and political action committees if they do business with Miami Beach government.
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Without admitting wrongdoing, Miami Beach settles Taser death of teen street artist

Friday, October 6th, 2017

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Miami Beach officials have settled a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of Israel Hernandez-Llach, the 18-year-old street artist who died on Aug. 6, 2013 after he was shot in the chest with a Taser fired by a city cop who was chasing him for scrawling graffiti on a wall.
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Andrew Gillum, Philip Levine talk governor runs, give campaign speeches

Friday, February 24th, 2017
Democratic Tallahassee Mayor  Andrew  Gillum and Miami Beach Mayor  Philip Levine both talked about their interest in running for  governor and gave what  were  essentially campaign speeches in Orlando Friday but both stopped short of  declaring anything.
Gillum and Levine were joined by Florida House Speaker  Richard Corcoran in addressing the Central Florida Urban League’s annual  awards  breakfast in Orlando. While no one declared any formal intentions to run for governor, the two Democratic probable rivals said they were  exploring the prospect for 2018.
“I am strongly considering a run for  governor,” Gillum said. “I  will admit at the very beginning

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Immigrant-rich Miami-Dade split over sanctuary city order

Friday, February 17th, 2017
The mayor is an immigrant, and more than half its residents are foreign born.
But unlike many cities with large numbers of immigrants, there’s no sanctuary for people living illegally in Miami-Dade County, Florida. A recent decision by Mayor Carlos Gimenez requires local authorities to cooperate with federal officials to enforce immigration law.
The decree by Cuban-born Gimenez has roiled the area, drawing criticism from the mayors of the cities of Miami and Miami Beach. The county’s commissioners have called for a special meeting Friday to confront the mayor on the issue.
They’re not the only ones who are unhappy with the

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Miami-Dade judge sent Shelborne Hotel case to judge with similar conflict

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
The Miami-Dade Circuit judge who chose to quit presiding over the high-profile Shelborne Hotel case due to an apparent conflict of interest, funneled the case directly to a second judge with a similar conflict in a way that avoided the case being randomly reassigned.
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Miami’s Little Havana placed on list of ‘national treasures’

Sunday, January 29th, 2017
Historic preservation groups announced a partnership Friday with city officials to save Miami’s Little Havana, bidding to safeguard its heritage as the famed epicenter of the Cuban diaspora was placed on a list of “national treasures.”
The nonprofit National Trust for Historic Preservation said awarding its special designation for the Spanish-speaking enclave is just one step of the partnership to protect Little Havana from large-scale developers who are transforming much of downtown Miami.
Home to a vibrant community of Cuban heritage and many others from around Latin America, Little Havana is under multiple threats: Demolition of historic buildings, displacement of its

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Philip Levine announces final term as Miami Beach mayor, to launch statewide listening tour

Thursday, January 12th, 2017
Philip Levine will not be seeking another term as mayor of Miami Beach.
In a video “state of the city” address released Thursday, Levine talked about how he “rolled up his sleeves and got to work” on such issues as sea level rise, traffic congestion, the Zika virus and lower property taxes.
With that, Levine adds that this will be his last term as mayor.
“Now I look forward to ways of how best to serve my community and my state,” he says in the nearly 3-minute video. “How to make Florida a 21st-century leader in the world economy.”
Levine, an entrepreneur in

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Owners at South Beach’s Shelborne fight $30 million assessments, foreclosure

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
For the past four years, about 40 investors and snowbirds who own 42 rooms in a landmark oceanfront art deco hotel have been locked in a pitched court battle with one of Miami Beach’s most politically connected families to keep their units.
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Owners at South Beach’s Shelborne fight $30 million assessments, foreclosure

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
For the past four years, about 40 investors and snowbirds who own 42 rooms in a landmark oceanfront art deco hotel have been locked in a pitched court battle with one of Miami Beach’s most politically connected families to keep their units.
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Owners at South Beach’s Shelborne fight $30 million assessments, foreclosure

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
For the past four years, about 40 investors and snowbirds who own 42 rooms in a landmark oceanfront art deco hotel have been locked in a pitched court battle with one of Miami Beach’s most politically connected families to keep their units.
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Owners at South Beach’s Shelborne fight $30 million assessments, foreclosure

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
For the past four years, about 40 investors and snowbirds who own 42 rooms in a landmark oceanfront art deco hotel have been locked in a pitched court battle with one of Miami Beach’s most politically connected families to keep their units.
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Aerial spraying for Zika virus begins in Miami Beach

Sunday, September 11th, 2016
Aerial insecticide spraying to combat mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus is underway in Miami Beach.
A plane carrying the insecticide naled released the spray over the targeted area before dawn Friday. The next round is scheduled for 6 a.m. Sunday.
Some residents oppose the spraying, citing the potential for harmful effects. But county officials say the low concentration of naled won’t harm them.
“We are concerned that the naled actually has more of a potential risk of creating the problems we are trying to avert than the actual concern with Zika,” area resident Brik Viera said.
Local television stations reported that some parents

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