Miami Beach's $500 million attempt to elevate and pump itself out of sea level rise's path has drawn criticism, but an expert Urban Land Institute panel concluded Thursday that the city's doing what it needs to survive.
Prosecutors won't pursue allegations by Miami Beach Commissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez that a city candidate exposed himself to her last fall — or Rafael Velasquez's allegations that she made the whole thing up in order to benefit her congressional campaign.
Dennis Zarudny, owner and operator of Miami Beach's Elite Escort Service, pleaded guilty to tax fraud last week in federal court. Zarudny admitted to underreporting his income from the escort service for four years on his taxes.
Miami Beach is debating the future of a plot of land off the MacArthur Causeway. Developer Crescent Heights has agreed to turn part of the area into a public park in exchange for permission to build a high rise.
Professors and students from Harvard's graduate school of design presented their adaptation ideas for the city of Miami Beach in the face of future sea level rise, including giant concrete cisterns in public parks.
The Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust has dismissed a complaint against Miami Beach Commissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez alleging that she exploited her official position to intervene in the police investigation of a campaign donor.
While masseur Sebastian Fomenko worked at Lapis Spa at Miami Beach's Fontainbleau Hotel, he was accused of sexual battery on a Swedish tourist months after another Lapis client said he rubbed his erect penis against her during a massage.
Miami Beach is finalizing a packed events calendar for Memorial Day with the help of African-American community leaders. The city is trying to reshape a holiday weekend scarred by a deadly shooting last year.
Former Miami Beach commissioner Michael Grieco asked a judge to lift his probation on a campaign-finance violation as he contemplates a run for the Miami-Dade County Commission seat vacated by Bruno Barreiro. Michael Góngora, a current Beach commissioner, also might run.
The city of North Miami Beach held an emergency meeting Tuesday night to appoint a fifth commissioner after the mayor resigned and pleaded guilty to violating campaign finance laws. Instead, the city wound up with a new problem.