SoapboxThe Miami Herald , Mar 6
Since inception, the town of Miami Lakes has debated whether to allow boats to be parked in front of homes. Upon incorporation in 2001, the ... town adopted Miami-Dade County’s Code which included restrictions in regards to personal watercraft and/or commercial vehicles parked in residential areas. Residents who owned boats and/or commercial vehicles prior to incorporation were able to do so, and were required to register their vehicles with the town. Later, homeowners who wanted to do the same after the grandfathering period had expired, were denied variances based on the hardship criterion, a stricter standard than Coral Gables’. In early 2012, the Town Council worked to eliminate this criterion, making it easier to obtain a variance. Since this change, we've seen a rise in variances issued to park boats on front yards.
The federal bribery trial of suspended Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi has been pushed back to July 8 because of the time-consuming task of ... transcribing FBI undercover recordings that prosecutors say reveal his accepting thousands of dollars for doing political favors.
Miami LakesThe Miami Herald , Feb 2
Residents may soon be able to tell the Town Council what they think about pending decisions from the comfort of home.
Political corruptionThe Miami Herald , Jan 26
Another mayor caught in the same FBI sting quickly pleaded guilty, but suspended mayor of Miami Lakes Michael Pizzi has vowed to fight his c... harges.
Miami LakesThe Miami Herald , Jan 16
The town of Miami Lakes will look into ways to set up its own ZIP code in the coming months, which could help lower car insurance costs.
Miami LakesThe Miami Herald , Dec 30
Council members think their decision to fund FCAT tutoring helped all three high schools make an A or B.
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Naked Politics, Feb. 27, 2014
The federal bribery trial of suspended Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi has been pushed back to July 8 because of the time-consuming task of transcribing FBI undercover recordings that prosecutors say reveal his accepting thousands of dollars for doing political favors.
Pizzi, 51, who was arrested in August following a two-year [...]
Soul Of Miami, Feb. 24, 2014Jazz in the Gardens? 5th Annual Women’s Impact Conference & Luncheon Friday, 03/14/2014 – 08:00 am – 03:00 pm Shula’s Hotel & Golf Club 6842 Main Street, Miami Lakes, Florida 33014 Webpage Link Cost: In honor of Women?s History Month and as the official opening of the 9th Annual Jazz [...]
Naked Politics: Pig-roast party thrown by suspended Miami Lakes mayor results in fine for property ownerNaked Politics, Feb. 6, 2014
There ain?t no party like a Michael Pizzi party ? even if it costs the landowner a $250 fine for holding it without a permit.
The embattled suspended mayor of Miami Lakes who?s out on bond and awaiting a federal trial for bribery charges decided he?d host about 300 people at [...]
Naked Politics, Jan. 27, 2014
A once-powerful Miami-Dade politician, Manuel Maroņo, fell hard last week when he was sentenced to more than three years in prison for taking bribes as the mayor of Sweetwater.
Another small-town mayor swept up in an identical FBI sting operation has no intention of going down the same way.
Instead, Michael Pizzi, the [...]
Naked Politics, Jan. 2, 2014
It landed in inboxes on Dec. 31: an email titled "New Year's Message" from suspended Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi."Dear Friends," it began before rattling off a list of accomplishments, including a street expansion and the construction of a new fire station. Left unsaid: the fact that Pizzi had to send [...]