Sam Champion weathers move from ABC to Weather Channel's new morning show, 'AMHQ' | Steve Rothaus' Gay South Florida: "....As he’s done for two decades, Champion plans to spend most weekends in Miami Beach.
“South Florida is my total weekend,” Champion says. “I look forward to it. For me it’s beach time. I have to put my feet on the sand and I have to get in the water every weekend. It’s kind of how I get re-centered and re-energized. I’m very much a water guy. I can be in it, on top of it, underneath it. I just have to be around it.”
In and around Miami Beach, Champion and Robierb enjoy shopping and dining out.
“We’re likely to be in Yardbird, we’re likely to be in Ice Box, we’re likely to be at Pubbelly Sushi. If we want a fancy night, a night out, we’re likely to be at the SLS at Katsuya, which is a favorite of ours,” he says. “I love the new Design District, going to great shopping. For the past two weekends, I’ve spent a lot of time there.”..." (read more at link above) more news below (web version link below) Follow @LaPlayaIsla
A young graffiti artist shot by a Miami Beach police Taser stun gun died of heart failure from the “energy device discharge,” authorities said....(source infra)
Teen shot by Miami Beach police Taser died of accidental cardiac arrest - Miami Beach - MiamiHerald.com: "“We’ve been saying it for seven months. It’s nothing new,” said the elder Hernandez, who has called for police to stop using Tasers. “My son didn’t deserve the death penalty.”
The autopsy report by associate medical examiner Dr. Mark Shuman has yet to be finalized and turned over to police and the state attorney’s office. Miami-Dade prosecutors must now conclude whether police broke any laws." (read more at link above)
Miami Beach, the sunscreen, makes a splash: "In the midst of one of the harshest winters on record, the City of Miami Beach next month will announce plans to lend its sun-drenched name and even the city's familiar logo to a new sunscreen line that will name itself after the city. In the wacky, multibillion dollar world of product licensing, this makes way too much sense. Imagine: a city known for sun and fun with its name and image on a bottle of sunscreen.
"It is one of those product ideas that is so painfully simple that you ask yourself: Why didn't I think of that?" says brand guru Pam Danziger...." more news below (web version link below) Follow @LaPlayaIsla
Beach commissioners take up ‘party homes’ - Miami Beach - MiamiHerald.com: "Promoters have been known to rent out fancy homes for loud parties that create traffic jams and bother neighbors. The city even has a special team of code compliance officers to deal with the problem of short-term rentals.
From 2012 to 2013, the team issued 189 notices of violations, according to a city memo on the matter. Of those, 81 percent were upheld at special master hearings. The city has found that 18.3 percent of those cases involve repeat offenders.
“One of the challenges faced by code staff has been the level of proof required by the special master; where the advertisement of the illegal short-term rental may only be used as part of the body of evidence to adjudicate illegal short-term rentals,” according to the memo.
Fines are heftiest when homes are rented out for commercial use, ranging from $2,500 to $20,000 for repeat violations. The new ordinance would prohibit a special master from waiving or amending the fines."
Hotel Review: Lord Balfour in Miami Beach - NYTimes.com: ".... Despite the stylish décor and classy location, the Lord Balfour is low on stuffiness. Service is friendly. Glitz is minimal. During my visit, the clientele was composed mainly of what looked to be upper-middle-class families and couples rather than the jet-setters who frequent the five-star palaces farther up South Beach. If you don’t demand pomp or pampering, Lord Balfour is a charming host." (read more at link above)
The Lord Balfour, 350 Ocean Drive; 305-673-0401; lordbalfourmiami.com
Miami Beach looks to loosen future gridlock after 2 crashes - Miami Beach - MiamiHerald.com: " . . . Other initiatives to speed up traffic flows include traffic cameras and manipulating signals, speeding up the removal of vehicles, cargo and debris from the roadways, and conducting regular meetings with FDOT to identify and implement emergency measures.
“During Art Basel we actually used the FDOT cameras and had someone override signals” in order to clear up traffic jams, Rodriguez said. “And it worked.”"
Residential Ritz: The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach: "Luxury development firm Lionheart Capital is redefining Miami modern living with Miami Beach’s newest luxury residential development, The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach. Located on seven acres in a quiet corner of Miami Beach on the shores of Surprise Lake and designed by renowned Italian architect and designer, Piero Lissoni, The Residences will bring together for the first time Lissoni’s modernist vision with the legendary service of The Ritz-Carlton...." more news below (web version link below)
Marquee architects still interested in convention center overhaul - Business - MiamiHerald.com: "Miami Beach’s long-stalled renovation of its convention center still has the attention of big name architects —including some who participated in a year-long bidding war that was recently scrapped by the city’s new commission.
More than a dozen firms showed up Friday to a mandatory meeting for anyone who may ultimately bid on a $500 million renovation of the city’s meeting center, giving the public the first indication of which companies may be interested in the deal...."