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Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival Announces Phase Two of 2018 Lineup | Miami New Times Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival Announces Phase Two of 2018 Lineup
Following the debut of their initial lineup in late November, Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival has just announced several artists who will be joining the festival in the Sunshine Grove next March.
Miami New Times | December 13, 2017
Miami Chefs Shine at the Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival | Miami New Times Miami Chefs Shine at the Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival
The 11th annual Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival (PBFWF) starts tomorrow, December 14, and Danny Serfer wants you to know it's worth the drive. "If there is any food festival that you are going to go to and you’re just going to go to one throughout the year this is the one."
Miami New Times | December 13, 2017
Ten Best Miami Restaurants That Closed in 2017 | Miami New Times Ten Best Miami Restaurants That Closed in 2017
In 2017, Miami gained some fine eateries, but also lost some of its most beloved — including three markets that were iconic institutions for people who like to eat outside the box.The reasons behind the closures ranged from retirement to Hurricane Irma to rising rent in a city where the real estate market is relentless.
Miami New Times | December 13, 2017
Katy Perry Is Making the Same Saccharine Pop She's Always Made | Miami New Times Katy Perry Is Making the Same Saccharine Pop She's Always Made
Katy Perry has had a rough 2017. Her latest album, Witness, debuted at number one but ultimately sputtered. Its songs were largely ignored by radio, her music videos barely registered a blip around the pop-culture water cooler, and the album failed her mission statement to make "purposeful pop." Truth be told, her bleach-blond...
Miami New Times | December 13, 2017
How the mayor of Miami-Dade might end up earning more than the mayor of New York | Miami Herald How the mayor of Miami-Dade might end up earning more than the mayor of New York
The mayor of New York, America’s largest and most expensive city to run, earns about $225,000 a year to serve as the municipal government’s top administrative officer. A proposal to … Click to Continue »
Miami Herald | December 13, 2017
The 21 Best Things to Do in Miami This Week | Miami New Times The 21 Best Things to Do in Miami This Week
Thursday Break out your favorite ugly holiday sweater and get creative with themed props in the photo booth at New Times' Sips and Sweets. Rock out to your favorite songs spun by DJs inside the Miami Auto Museum at the Dezer Collection after it's been transformed into a winter wonderland...
Miami New Times | December 13, 2017
Miami's Only Christmas Themed Pop-Up Bar Takes Over Fado Irish Pub | Miami New Times Miami's Only Christmas Themed Pop-Up Bar Takes Over Fado Irish Pub
Christmas just came to Brickell with a pop-up holiday-themed bar at Fado Irish Pub.Christmas on 10th St. turns Fado Irish Pub into a festive holiday fete complete with floor to ceiling decor, lights, trees, and plenty of mistletoe, according to Fado's event manager, Ley Zapata.
Miami New Times | December 13, 2017
The Five Most Popular Miami Concert Reviews of 2017 | Miami New Times The Five Most Popular Miami Concert Reviews of 2017
The year 2017 may have been a political and social dumpster fire, but at least Miami got to see some decent shows. The most-read New Times concert reviews of the past year represent a diverse mix of genres, personalities, and venues, but they have one thing in common: they kept South...
Miami New Times | December 13, 2017
Florida Men Who Filmed Themselves Abusing Sharks Finally Charged With Crimes | Miami New Times Florida Men Who Filmed Themselves Abusing Sharks Finally Charged With Crimes
Way back in July, a group of young Florida bros filmed themselves dragging a live shark behind a boat until the poor thing disintegrated into a bloody pulp. The crew of numbskulls then sent their clip to Miami's infamous shark-hunter, Mark "the Shark" Quartiano, thinking that the famed fisherman would...
Miami New Times | December 13, 2017
Sexual harassment is common, Miami Beach hotel workers say. Would panic buttons help? | Miami Herald Sexual harassment is common, Miami Beach hotel workers say. Would panic buttons help?
The wave of opposition to sexual harassment — at least in the workplace — is crashing over Miami Beach. The tourism town, where the majority of Miami-Dade’s estimated 11,500 housekeepers … Click to Continue »
Miami Herald | December 13, 2017
Days before deaths, inspectors found problems at daycare center in meningitis case | Miami Herald Days before deaths, inspectors found problems at daycare center in meningitis case
Two days before the first of two children at a downtown Miami childcare center died of suspected meningitis, state health inspectors made an ominous finding: The daycare had no place … Click to Continue »
Miami Herald | December 13, 2017
Knight Foundation Pays for Awful Report Demanding Feds Defund All Public Media | Miami New Times Knight Foundation Pays for Awful Report Demanding Feds Defund All Public Media
Miami's Knight Foundation has millions of dollars at its disposal, a holdover from its eponymous family's former media empire (which included the Miami Herald during its glory days). Now, a sizable piece of that cash is devoted to "advancing journalistic excellence in the digital age." How exactly does the nonprofit...
Miami New Times | December 13, 2017
Miami Man in Jail for Weed Wins $730K After Losing Kidney | Miami New Times Miami Man in Jail for Weed Wins $730K After Losing Kidney
Pascual Diaz-Plasencia was arrested on misdemeanor drug possession charges June 29, 2012, after police caught him with less than 20 grams of marijuana. Diaz-Plasencia had recently undergone a kidney transplant and had to take a set of pills twice daily to ensure his body didn't reject the organ.
Miami New Times | December 13, 2017
Ten Movies to Look Forward to in Early 2018 | Miami New Times Ten Movies to Look Forward to in Early 2018
The first few months of the year are notorious for being a period of drought at the movies, but the January–March 2018 release calendar offers a surprising deluge of highly anticipated films
Miami New Times | December 13, 2017
Miami Native Jennifer Marcus Is Cirque du Soleil's Local Star | Miami New Times Miami Native Jennifer Marcus Is Cirque du Soleil's Local Star
World champion baton twirler Jennifer Marcus has returned to Miami this winter, but not because she’s spending the holiday season at her childhood home in Kendall. Instead, Marcus is back in South Florida to dazzle audiences as a baton twirler with the Cirque du Soleil show Volta. Marcus began baton...
Miami New Times | December 13, 2017
Five Reasons Being a Miami Marlins Fan Totally Sucks | Miami New Times Five Reasons Being a Miami Marlins Fan Totally Sucks
Being a Miami Marlins fan sucks. It sucks bad. It's legitimately painful and likely terrible for your health. This week, however, it has especially sucked to root for the hometown baseball team. With Derek Jeter's new ownership group selling off Giancarlo Stanton to the New York Yankees and trading Dee Gordon to...
Miami New Times | December 13, 2017
Art, Beats and Lyrics, a Free Show, Will Fuse Street Art with Music at Soho Studios | Miami New Times Art, Beats and Lyrics, a Free Show, Will Fuse Street Art with Music at Soho Studios
How did the origins of the traveling urban art exhibition, Arts, Beats and Lyrics, get its name? "Back in 2004 street art wasn't as represented as it is now," explains artist Dwayne Wright, who signs his work with the name, Dubelyoo. "My partner,Jabari Graham, came up with the idea after...
Miami New Times | December 13, 2017
Tania El Khoury’s Gardens Speak Brought the Voices of Syria to Miami | Miami New Times Tania El Khoury’s Gardens Speak Brought the Voices of Syria to Miami
Gardens Speak aims to bring the voices of ten people killed in the Syrian Civil War back from beyond the grave.
Miami New Times | December 13, 2017
Coconut Grove Residents Demand City Crack Down on Wave of Massive, Minimalist Houses | Miami New Times Coconut Grove Residents Demand City Crack Down on Wave of Massive, Minimalist Houses
Currently, Miami’s zoning code states that new homes built in Coconut Grove can have square footages up to 80% of the lot size, allowing for the largest homes of any municipality in Miami-Dade. Now, hundreds of Coconut Grove residents have signed a petition to City Commissioner Ken Russell, demanding that new developments be no larger than 50% of lots.
Miami New Times | December 13, 2017
Firefighters come under fire when a gunman shoots through the door | Miami Herald Firefighters come under fire when a gunman shoots through the door
Firefighters working an apartment blaze in North Miami came under fire early Wednesday when a man shot at them through a door, according to reports. The Miami-Dade firefighters were extinguishing … Click to Continue »
Miami Herald | December 13, 2017
How long does it take a burglar to get a motor into a shopping cart? Watch him struggle. | Miami Herald How long does it take a burglar to get a motor into a shopping cart? Watch him struggle.
He’s one determined burglar. Surveillance video released Tuesday by Miami police showed a man trying repeatedly to load a gate motor into a shopping cart at the Center of Haitian … Click to Continue »
Miami Herald | December 12, 2017
South Florida among fastest in US in job gains | Miami Today South Florida among fastest in US in job gains
South Florida tied for the second-fastest rate of job growth among the nation’s 12 largest metropolitan areas in October, with 62,000 added jobs increasing the area’s total by 2.4%, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed last week. That gain far surpassed the national growth of 1.4% and trailed only the 2.7% job growth in […] Related Posts: Four job categories set records for workers in… Miami-Dade’s hotel industry rebounds across the board FYI Miami: January 8, 2015 Wage slowpoke Miami suddenly leads the national pack Merchandise exports from South Florida The post
Miami Today | December 12, 2017
Endeavor Global picks a new crop of favored entrepreneurs | Miami Today Endeavor Global picks a new crop of favored entrepreneurs
Endeavor Global Inc., which hosted its 76th International Selection Panel in Miami this week to select its next class of Endeavor Entrepreneurs, anticipates contributing to the local economy by helping the selected entrepreneurs and their companies scale up their operations by providing them with access to mentorship, capital, talent and markets through the Endeavor network. […] Related Posts: Entrepreneurs get hand growing profits Laura Maydón: Endeavor director targets high-impact… Knight Foundation fuels tech ecosystem Christian Seale: Runs Startupbootcamp Miami to fund&hell
Miami Today | December 12, 2017
This Democrat for Congress attended a Ted Cruz fundraiser. But ‘didn’t give a dime.’ | Miami Herald This Democrat for Congress attended a Ted Cruz fundraiser. But ‘didn’t give a dime.’
Last year, long before he became a congressional candidate running in a Democratic primary, Ken Russell attended a Miami fundraiser for Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign. But he says he didn’t … Click to Continue »
Miami Herald | December 12, 2017
Can one Facebook ‘friend’ judge another’s case in court? | Miami Herald Can one Facebook ‘friend’ judge another’s case in court?
With potential ramifications in courthouses across the state, the Florida Supreme Court on Monday said it will take up a dispute about whether a judge should be disqualified from a … Click to Continue »
Miami Herald | December 12, 2017
Mas brothers join Beckham bid in shake-up that sees top partner exit Miami MLS venture | Miami Herald Mas brothers join Beckham bid in shake-up that sees top partner exit Miami MLS venture
The investors behind David Beckham’s bid for a Miami soccer stadium have undergone a significant shake-up, with majority partner Todd Boehly out and Miami moguls Jorge and Jose Mas joining … Click to Continue »
Miami Herald | December 12, 2017
Those new towers are great, but where’s the new mobility? | Miami Today Those new towers are great, but where’s the new mobility?
Why does government keep approving far taller towers in Miami-Dade when we’re driving on the same old traffic-choked roads with inadequate mass transit? Most of us have asked that question in frustration as congestion gets worse, population expands and we’re cramming more and more buildings and people into the same geographic confines. Now the public’s […] Related Posts: City board leaves two Midtown Miami towers in limbo 60-story towers due on river Split decision on new towers in Miami’s Omni area Magellan Development Group moves on 838 Midtown apartments Review warms to Edge
Miami Today | December 12, 2017
Dan Gelber: New Mayor seeks to brand Miami Beach a cultural hub | Miami Today Dan Gelber: New Mayor seeks to brand Miami Beach a cultural hub
Dan Gelber was born in Miami Beach – the only home he’s known and to him the most interesting city in the world. As its new mayor, he wants to keep it that way but ensure the virtues always prevail over challenges that come with being so interesting.  Some of the challenges facing Miami Beach […] Related Posts: Francis Suarez: Bringing a new administration to… John Nichols: Veteran architect an icon in design of… Nancy Klock Corey: Overseeing 19 offices of Coldwell… Jeffrey Duerk: New provost seeks more recognition… Time for new mayors to use lessons th
Miami Today | December 12, 2017
State-to-city-to-Genting deal for Miami bayfront property | Miami Today State-to-city-to-Genting deal for Miami bayfront property
The developer that owns a choice piece of bayfront property in Miami that was formerly the home of the Miami Herald is in negotiations with city officials for submerged land in order to build a marina. But first, the Florida Department of Transportation needs to deed the strip of bottomlands back to the City of […] Related Posts: Malaysian casino giant Genting plans mega-yacht marina Gambling power Genting to build Miami baywalk $600 million I-395 bridge to go to bidding New Monty’s lease with city may add 32 years Casino Giant Genting’s plans for 300-room hotel wait The post St
Miami Today | December 12, 2017
20-episode MTV Networks Latin America series first in line for incentives | Miami Today 20-episode MTV Networks Latin America series first in line for incentives
A 20-episode MTV Networks Latin America television series continuation heads the line to become the first recipient in Miami-Dade County’s new film incentive program, approved in July. “I Am Frankie Season 2” is to come before the county commission’s Economic Development and Tourism Committee today (12/14) to seek the maximum incentive, $100,000. The county administration […] Related Posts: Miami-Dade looking at providing own filming incentives Tax incentives called key to filming’s revival EUE/Screen Gems Miami up and running Film industry relying on incentives Miami’s fil
Miami Today | December 12, 2017
Narrowing of Biscayne Boulevard in parking department hands | Miami Today Narrowing of Biscayne Boulevard in parking department hands
The city’s Off-Street Parking Board has approved an agreement between the Miami Parking Authority and the Downtown Development Authority to proceed with the Biscayne Green Project – the plan to transform Biscayne Boulevard into something other than a busy downtown street hugging vast surface parking lots. At the board’s Dec. 6 meeting, authority CEO Art […] Related Posts: Plan to transform Biscayne Boulevard gets federal grant State may pay to narrow boulevard Congested Biscayne Boulevard may narrow Miami parking agency wants to control Biscayne Green… State won’t fund s
Miami Today | December 12, 2017
Commission probes case of the disappearing public park | Miami Today Commission probes case of the disappearing public park
Some members of the Miami River Commission were disappointed recently to learn that a proposed major mixed-use residential project would not be providing a public park after all. Mast Capital plans nearly 700 residential units in two buildings on a large vacant lot at a bend in the river, to be called Miami River Walk. […] Related Posts: 698 housing units planned at bend of Miami River Developer to build park on river Two 60-story towers due on river Development brings next leg of Miami River Greenway Rental apartment building proposed on shore of Miami River The post Commission pro
Miami Today | December 12, 2017
How safe is your child’s school zone? This map will show you. | Miami Herald How safe is your child’s school zone? This map will show you.
The School for Advanced Studies and New World School of the Arts, both on Miami Dade College’s Wolfson campus in downtown Miami, are the most dangerous schools in Florida when … Click to Continue »
Miami Herald | December 12, 2017
There’s a hidden cost to climate change. Many Florida taxpayers could foot the bill. | Miami Herald There’s a hidden cost to climate change. Many Florida taxpayers could foot the bill.
Waiting to address climate change could cost taxpayers in coastal cities — particularly in highly vulnerable Florida — in a way that not even the most progressive resiliency planners have … Click to Continue »
Miami Herald | December 12, 2017
Students fall ill at Miami middle school after ingesting unknown substance | Miami Herald Students fall ill at Miami middle school after ingesting unknown substance
About eight students at a Miami middle school fell ill and four were taken to the hospital Tuesday morning after ingesting an unknown substance. The students at Kinloch Park Middle, … Click to Continue »
Miami Herald | December 12, 2017
Taste Canna Vinus Wine at New Times' Sips and Sweets | Miami New Times Taste Canna Vinus Wine at New Times' Sips and Sweets
You've likely been to a wine-pairing dinner, where each course is heightened by the perfect wine selected to complement the dish you're enjoying. But have you thought about what wine to pair with your pot? Canna Vinus calls itself the perfect wine for the cannabis lover.
Miami New Times | December 12, 2017
Ta-Nehisi Coates Is Coming to Miami in January | Miami New Times Ta-Nehisi Coates Is Coming to Miami in January
Maybe you're feeling frustrated by politics. Maybe issues like police violence, racial discrimination, and poverty in communities of color feel unsolvable. Maybe you read the news each morning and wonder, How the hell did this country get so screwed up? In January, Ta-Nehisi Coates is coming to Miami to help...
Miami New Times | December 12, 2017
The Five Best Miami Pop-Ups That Are Still Open | Miami New Times The Five Best Miami Pop-Ups That Are Still Open
The concept of a temporary restaurant dates to at least the 1960s. In supper clubs and closed-door restaurants, chefs cooked off-the-wall meals for in-the-know customers, sometimes in the chefs' homes. Today, Miami sees multiple pop-up eateries throughout the year. Some last a few weeks, and others stick around for more than a year.
Miami New Times | December 12, 2017
7,500 complaints of price gouging during Irma. Just 1 business fined so far. | Miami Herald 7,500 complaints of price gouging during Irma. Just 1 business fined so far.
In the weeks after Hurricane Irma forced the largest mass evacuation in U.S. history, thousands of angry consumers swamped Attorney General Pam Bondi with complaints of price gouging by hotels, … Click to Continue »
Miami Herald | December 12, 2017
Miami Stadium is long gone — but a baseball fan won’t let you forget it | Miami Herald Miami Stadium is long gone — but a baseball fan won’t let you forget it
For thousands of kids who grew up in Miami, going to the old Miami Stadium in the Allapattah neighborhood was a part of coming of age. Opened on Aug. 31, … Click to Continue »
Miami Herald | December 12, 2017
Do not eat your veggies — if they are grown in your front yard, Miami Shores says | Miami Herald Do not eat your veggies — if they are grown in your front yard, Miami Shores says
Hermine Ricketts and her husband Tom Carroll may grow fruit trees and flowers in the front yard of their Miami Shores house. They may park a boat or jet ski … Click to Continue »
Miami Herald | December 12, 2017
Coquito Warms Miami's Christmas | Miami New Times Coquito Warms Miami's Christmas
In a small kitchen tucked away off SW 75th Street in South Miami, three generations of Silva women sit close together around a pale-green vinyl countertop in their best color-coordinated red outfits and gold earrings. There's 87-year-old Petra, who is soft-spoken and even sweeter than the typical abuela; her daughter...
Miami New Times | December 12, 2017
The Museum of Ice Cream Channels Miami Millennials' Cravings | Miami New Times The Museum of Ice Cream Channels Miami Millennials' Cravings
Maryellis Bunn, the wunderkind creative director behind the Museum of Ice Cream, opined in a New York Magazine article earlier this year that "advertising is dead." What she meant, according to the story, is that advertising of the skirt-chasing Mad Men era is over, leaving in its wake Bunn and...
Miami New Times | December 12, 2017
Florida Airboat Accidents Have Killed Seven and Injured Dozens in Recent Years | Miami New Times Florida Airboat Accidents Have Killed Seven and Injured Dozens in Recent Years
Deep in the Everglades, just off the Tamiami Trail, a seven-foot-wide propeller perched on an airboat violently slaps the wind. To drown out the deafening sound, Anastacia Dorst cups her hands tightly over her ears. Still, the narrow path of rippling water ahead feels more airport tarmac than wetland. The...
Miami New Times | December 12, 2017
2 children die, meningitis suspected at County Hall daycare center in Miami | Miami Herald 2 children die, meningitis suspected at County Hall daycare center in Miami
A child at a downtown Miami daycare center has died of suspected meningitis and a second toddler died seven days later in a health scare that prompted the closure Tuesday … Click to Continue »
Miami Herald | December 12, 2017
How Irma and a ‘rain bomb’ made the Beach convention center redo cost millions more | Miami Herald How Irma and a ‘rain bomb’ made the Beach convention center redo cost millions more
The $619.9 million renovation of the Miami Beach Convention Center was thrown off schedule by a torrential deluge in August and Hurricane Irma in September, forcing officials to scramble to … Click to Continue »
Miami Herald | December 12, 2017
Miami fire union will represent six firefighters fired in noose, penis picture incident | Miami Herald Miami fire union will represent six firefighters fired in noose, penis picture incident
Against the urging of the NAACP and the city’s Black Professional Firefighters Association, Miami’s fire union will represent six firefighters fired last month after an African American colleague found that … Click to Continue »
Miami Herald | December 12, 2017
FPL gets state’s OK to charge customers for cleaning saltwater plume at Turkey Point | Miami Herald FPL gets state’s OK to charge customers for cleaning saltwater plume at Turkey Point
State regulators Tuesday approved a controversial proposal by Florida Power & Light to collect at least $176.4 million from customers for a project dealing with a saltwater plume that moved … Click to Continue »
Miami Herald | December 12, 2017
FPL Gets to Charge Customers $130 Million to Clean Up Its Own Environmental Damage | Miami New Times FPL Gets to Charge Customers $130 Million to Clean Up Its Own Environmental Damage
Mention the cooling canals at the Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Station in Southern Miami-Dade County near a local environmentalist, and you're likely get to watch that activist's face turn all shades of red and purple. Florida Power & Light owns the plant, and evidence strongly suggests FPL to has known...
Miami New Times | December 12, 2017
She was decapitated by Irma, but the Coppertone Girl just got the facelift of her life | Miami Herald She was decapitated by Irma, but the Coppertone Girl just got the facelift of her life
The Coppertone Girl has her head back. With a facelift, to boot. This week, the MiMo Biscayne Association announced on Facebook that the iconic “Coppertone Cutie,” a fixture in the … Click to Continue »
Miami Herald | December 12, 2017