Headless goat and roosters remains cause stir in Miami's affluent South Beach (video)

Remains of headless goat, roosters cause stir in Miami's affluent South Beach - U.S. News: " . . . It was unclear whether the dead animals had anything to do with Santeria, an Afro-Caribbean religion that became popular in Cuba and was brought to Florida with immigrants. Its rituals at times includes animal sacrifices. But Richard Couto, an animal activist and investigator with the nonprofit Animal Recovery Mission, said that he suspected the animals were religious sacrifices, something he said he sees all the time across South Florida. . . . "

Walk and learn in historic Miami Beach
Fort Worth Star Telegram
Miami Beach is recognized by the National Register of Historic Places for having the largest concentration of 1920s and 1930s resort architecture in the U.S. The 800 buildings are known for their Mediterranean and art deco styles. Walking tours cost $20-$30, but many of the buildings are easily recognized. National Geographic offers detailed notes for a self-guided tour, mostly along Ocean Drive between Fifth and 17th streets (travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/city-guides/miami-walking-tour-1). Or go people-watching along Lincoln Road (www.lincolnroad.org).

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/01/02/4519704/walk-and-learn-in-historic-miami.html#storylink=cpy

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[Walkable City] - C-SPAN Video Library: "Jeff Speck, a city planner and former director of design at the National Endowment for the Arts, talks about his book, Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time, in which he argues that urban centers should be designed to better suit pedestrians than automobiles. The author focuses on small to mid-sized cities, such as Providence, Rhode Island, which according to the author, if redesigned to be more walkable, would improve the standard of living. Jeff Speck spoke at Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon."

South Beach BankUnited branch building sold for $8M
South Florida Business Journal
“The asset's superior location, quality re-build and strong regional tenant were the driving factors that led to a sale at this level. On a national level, cap rates have been compressing over the last 12 months and Miami Beach is in a market of its ...

Rosie O'Donnell Slashes Price on 'Ganja Church' Home in Miami Beach (House of the Day) | AOL Real Estate: ". . . . the former headquarters of the Ethiopian Zion Coptic Church (a purported marijuana cartel that claimed to be its own religion in the 1970s). Not that you can tell. The mansion in the Star Island neighborhood of Miami Beach, Fla., has been completely remodeled since its glory days, now looking every inch the celebrity pad that it is: marble floors spanning 11,000 square feet, soaring wood-paneled ceilings, an aquarium, a spiral staircase, a beige stucco finish and lush landscaping. The actress and former talk show host has just dropped the home's price to $17.5 million -- from the $19.5 million it listed for when it first hit the market in May 2012. . . . "

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