City Manager says she was unaware of promotion

Girlfriend of accused Miami Beach code administrator made a code officer - Miami Beach - " . . . But they’re checking again with federal agents to ensure that the city hasn’t promoted a code officer suspected of wrongdoing and are reviewing their promotion procedures, Interim City Manager Kathie Brooks told The Miami Herald. Brooks said she was unaware of Baquero’s promotion until a reporter contacted her. Baquero did not return requests for comment left on her city voicemail."

Miami Beach administrator fired over nepotism allegation - Miami Beach - " . . . Brooks said she learned about the relationship through “a rumor.” She declined to elaborate. She said the city has now changed its policy so that all temp hires are reviewed by the human resources department."

Miami Beach code officer gets prison time - Miami Beach - "A fired Miami Beach code enforcement supervisor who led the shakedown of a nightclub owner for thousands of dollars was sent to prison Tuesday for more than four years. Jose L. Alberto, 42, was taken into custody immediately after U.S. District Judge Robert Scola sentenced him."

After delays, Miami Beach Convention Center project nears vote - Miami Beach - "Stalled by a corruption probe and procedural concerns, Miami Beach’s ambitious plans to create a 52-acre convention center district are again progressing toward a crucial vote by elected officials. On Tuesday, a city committee tasked with reviewing credentials of interested development teams met and identified frontrunners — again — to renovate the convention center, build an 800-room hotel and lease and develop surrounding public land. The committee met previously this summer, but reconvened after city legal staff worried that the first meeting might not have complied with Florida’s Sunshine Law."

South Beach, A Ghetto In The Sun - Lights! Camera! Action! - Curbed Miami: " "Momma Lives On Miami Beach" was a documentary made by WPGL in 1974 about South Beach. It showed a radically different neighborhood than we know today. This was the notoriously poor, the notoriously old, and the notoriously depressed South Beach, the sad South Beach we hear about and one of the old Miami stereotypes that hasn't yet totally died. . . . ."

Art Basel Miami Beach Preview: What to Expect During December's Art Fair Madness | Artinfo: "Though facing increased global competition, ABMB “remains the main American fair,” says Timothy Blum, of Blum & Poe in Los Angeles. The hordes will descend on the Miami Beach Convention Center December 6 through 9. . . Several galleries are opting for a bigger-is-better strategy, stocking their booths with large-scale sculptures and architectural works. Galerie Lelong will feature Cildo Meireles’s Canto #1B, 1967–2011, a freestanding corner with a puddle of pink paint oozing onto the floor, that is priced in the seven figures. . . . "

The James Royal Palm Official Debut | World Red Eye: (Photos) "November 15, 2012 – The James Royal Palm, the most anticipated hotel to open in Miami Beach this year, made its official debut last week, marked by the unveiling of the new street-side sign on Collins Avenue. The sign’s “big reveal” not only signified the arrival of this well-known brand to Miami, but also reimaged this landmarked Art Deco hotel. The James also has locations in Chicago and New York City."

Paige McPherson: She's McFierce
Miami New Times
There's a 22-year-old South Dakota native on the loose in South Beach, and she likes to pick fights. She goes by ... She's still a student at Miami Dade and enjoys going to the movies, grabbing sushi, and hanging out at the Clevelander after hitting ...

Julian Consuegra: Punk Rock Designer
Miami New Times
"Every corner of Miami is inspirational," Consuegra says. "From Hialeah to South Beach, there are so many different personalities and mysterious creative people who fuel this city. I'm glad to be around a lot of them." Consuegra started Stray Rats in ...

Carmel Ophir: The Music Man
Miami New Times
Ophir went on to work in a multitude of legendary venues and clubs in the Miami area, and as theSouth Beach mega-club industry began to change, he found himself at yet another turning point in his life. In 2008, alongside partners John Digweed and ...

Naomi Wilzig: Ms. Come Hither
Miami New Times
Wilzig, sporting a grandmotherly pink sweater and brown slacks, is the founder and president of the World Erotic Art Museum — a South Beach gem housed on the second floor of a cavernous, 12,000-square-foot building that was once Luther Campbell's ...

Mia R. Benenate: Salon Culture 2.0: A New Era of Arts Patronage: "The Boulan on Miami's South Beach has rules of etiquette more closely resembling those established by Keith Richards, but when New York's Think Properties, a lifestyle and concierge based real estate development firm, teamed up with DK Johnston of San Francisco's Arts Fund earlier this year, the corner of 21st and Collins Avenue got undeniably more interesting. "At the intersection of culture and cool is where you find the high arts," says Johnston, "I strive daily to be a competent steward within this genre. That entails identifying and cultivating talent, delivering economic prosperity for both patron and creator, and memorializing these moments of surrender for posterity.""...

Annie Tworoger: Mother Surfer
Miami New Times
South of Fifth Street in Miami Beach, there's a tight-knit little community that revolves around surfing. On the sand, the children run and play. The adults laugh, bang on drums, and eat. And everybody surfs. This makeshift family exists in large part ...

Miami Beach's famed Deauville seeks return to 'glory days' with new project
Miami Daily Business Review
But the family isn't letting its past troubles prevent it from pursuing a massive expansion of the 484-room Deauville Hotel in Miami Beach. The family is proposing a... At that time, the South Florida condo market was regaining momentum. The project...

Miami Daily Business Review

Flo Rida: Hit Maker
Miami New Times
Stuff like repeat trips to the American Music Awards winner's circle, halftime gigs at the NBA All-Star Game, soccer stadium concerts in Europe, über-exclusive VIP fashion parties on South Beach, and impromptu Japanese Jacuzzi parties with 30 female ...

South Beach's Z Ocean Hotel chooses new general manager | Miami Beach: "Ramon Antelo has been chosen as the new General Manager of Z Ocean Hotel South Beach, an IHG hotel. Antelo, who is a leader in the South Florida hospitality community, will be responsible for overseeing operations of the 79-suite boutique hotel on South Beach, as well as the hotel’s financial success for IHG who manages the property. “Coming to Z Ocean Hotel is a perfect fit for me,” said Antelo. “This property has won several major awards this year and I am exceedingly proud of the staff and the culture here focused on the guest experience and excellence. Look for bigger and better achievements in 2013.” Antelo has 17 years of experience with major brands including Hilton, Hyatt, Sheraton and Radisson hotels in South Florida. He has also worked for Royal Caribbean Cruises for nine years as Account Executive, Business Development Director and Director for International Sales & Marketing."

Miami Beach to Crown First Ever ‘Ms. Gay Pride’ | "Organizers of the annual Miami Beach Gay Pride parade have announced they’ll be crowning female impersonator Tiffany Fantasia as the first “Ms. Miami Beach Gay Pride.”"

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