Miami Gardens Police Chief Antonio Brooklen said he wants to tend to his sick mother and will leave the position at the beginning of October. Assistant Chief Cynthia Machanic will take over as interim chief.
In the latest drama for Opa-locka, former Mayor John Riley was abruptly disqualified from running for City Commission after a $316 check he wrote to qualify for the ballot was returned to City Hall — insufficient funds.
David Chiverton, who is cooperating with the FBI and could face more than three years in prison, admitted shaking down businesses in exchange for permits and other considerations. More criminal charges against other city officials are expected.
Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert and two incumbent council members held onto their seats on Tuesday, while another city council seat heads to a runoff election in November. Voters also approved a city charter item related to building rights at Hard Rock Stadium.
The bank that loaned Opa-locka millions to buy its sprawling government center has declared the city in default, making it possible for the lender to seize millions in future city revenues to cover the debt.
In an an angry email to Gov. Rick Scott’s chief inspector general, Opa-locka Mayor Myra Taylor called on the oversight board charged with fixing the city’s finances to stop being rude to the city’s leaders.
Lance Dixon covers Coral Gables, Miami Gardens and North Miami. He joined the Miami Herald in 2013 and is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga.