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Miami residents will now vote on David Beckham's stadium proposal

Largo, Florida police are searching for two women accused of robbing a woman in a motorized shopping cart at Walmart on July 8, 2018. The victim was dragged, fell and was seriously injured.

Miami Attorney Sues City Over No-Bid David Beckham Proposal for Melreese Country Club

Update 12:30 p.m.: Douglas Muir says a local judge has set a hearing on July 24 to hear his legal challenge to the stadium proposal. Before David Beckham's group abruptly ditched plans for a stadium in Overtown, one of the biggest roadblocks to that proposal was an ongoing lawsuit by a local activist who claimed the city broke the rules by agreeing to sell the group public land without bidding for other offers.

Miracle Christmas-Themed Pop-Up Bar Coming to Miami

It's only July, but it's never too early to start planning for Christmas - especially when libations are involved. The Magic City's pop-up, named Miracle on Flagler Street, will operate at Over Under from Friday, November 23, through New Year's Eve.

FYI Miami: July 19, 2018

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Longtime Miami activist, 94, at last receives the a recognition she deservesa

As a result of her leadership and the support of others, the center is equipped with a full-service gym, water aquatics, social services and recreational activities. No one covers what is happening in our community better than we do.

These houses are old, humble and made of wood. Theya re also now historic landmarks.

A 1936 shotgun house on Charles Avenue in west Coconut Grove was one of the 50 wood-frame homes in the historically black neighborhood that had been proposed by the city of Miami for designation as a protected landmark. A 1936 shotgun house on Charles Avenue in west Coconut Grove was one of the 50 wood-frame homes in the historically black neighborhood that had been proposed by the city of Miami for designation as a protected landmark.

Umbrella Sky in Coral Gables

The Biltmore is Miami's National Historic Landmark located in the exclusive Coral Gables area. The 273-room hotel resembles classic Italian, Moorish, and Spanish architectural influences spread over 150-acres of tropical landscape.

County to vote on new civil courthouse site beside 1928 version

Miami-Dade may soon have a set construction site for a new civil courthouse, as commissioners are to vote next week on a parcel just west of the crumbling one on Flagler Street. Commissioners at the Chairman's Policy Council on July 12 unanimously forwarded to a full commission vote a resolution to build the new courthouse between West Flagler and Northwest First streets.

Plane collision over the Everglades in west Miami-Dade County

Video provided by WPLG shows the crash scene from a midair collision that happened nine miles west of Miami Executive Airport, 14150 SW 129th St., and involved a Piper PA-34 and a Cessna 172. Video shot by Daniel Miralles shows pieces of an aircraft falling to the ground after two planes collided in midair over the Florida Everglades in West Miami-Dade County on July 17, 2018.

FHP updates Highway 41 closure following midair collision of two small aircraft

Aerial footage and pictures show the impact of a collision in the sky over the Everglades on Tuesday July 17, 2018. Video provided by WPLG shows the crash scene from a midair collision that happened nine miles west of Miami Executive Airport, 14150 SW 129th St., and involved a Piper PA-34 and a Cessna 172.

Guatemalan boy tells the moment he was bullied inside a child detention center

Immigrant detention is expanding under the Trump administration, increasing the risk of sexual assault in a system where abuse is not uncommon. Two women told us their stories of being sexually abused by guards while under the custody of ICE.

Ranking Miami-Dade's Most Corrupt Cities

Sonny and Rico. Gloria and Emilio. LeBron and Dwyane. South Florida has had some iconic pairs over the years, but none tops our OG local couple: Dade County and corruption.

Where Are Miami Food Trucks Now?

On a recent steamy afternoon in Hollywood's Young Circle park, Chris Brown stands in front of a red truck painted with egg rolls, an American flag, and a Jamaican flag you can barely see because it's covered with hundreds of scraps of paper. Each is printed with a menu that includes a prodigious list of egg rolls.

Miami's Five Best Summer Beers

While the rest of the U.S. is celebrating sandals weather and the absence of wearing 80 layers of clothing, Miamians will spend the next few months trying desperately to get out of our city's heat and humidity. There's no better way to keep cool than by visiting one of Miami's breweries.

Help Artist Haiiileen Launch a Free Experimental Studio Space in Miami

Miami born and bred artist Haiiileen, real name Aileen Quintana, has her larger than life, neo-acid experimental works to Miami throughout her career, ranging from massive installations at III Points to performance art and sculptures at local museums. But when the building that housed Quintana's studio was sold, she was left with no space to continue creating her art.

APNewsBreak: Author John Irving wins literary peace award

Irving is this year's winner of a lif... . FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2012, file photo, Rep. Martha Roby, R-Ala., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, following a GOP strategy session.

Will real estate developers seize on a oeOpportunity Zonesa tax incentive?

The Opportunity Zones program could spur on major development in historically distressed areas such as Little Haiti A short drive from downtown Miami, colorful murals highlight the Haitian diaspora and pink and yellow island-themed buildings dot Second Avenue in Little Haiti. Among the traditional Creole eateries, some millennial-focused restaurants have emerged, advertising craft beer and featuring organic rotisserie chicken and jalapeno jam on their menus.


The National Mango Board is celebrating mangoes all summer long, with a special emphasis on South Florida's contributions to the U.S. mango industry. The highlight of the board's promotions and events is the inaugural South Beach Mango Festival , Aug. 5 in Miami Beach, Fla., according to a news release.

Honduran Man Deported After Fake Miami Cop Pulled Him Over, Extorted Him for Thousands

One day after his arrest for driving without a valid license, Moises Rojas showed up at the Miami Police Department's headquarters to make a complaint. While the 32-year-old tiler was in custody, his mother said she got a call from an "Officer Rosa" who demanded $2,400 for his release.

A Miami Democrat heads to Cuba on the congressional campaign trail

Florida's Rep. David Richardson, right, who is running for Congress, and Rep. Kionne McGhee talk to the media after their surprise visit to Miami-Dade Regional Juvenile Detention Center to inspect the facility in October 2017. Florida's Rep. David Richardson, right, who is running for Congress, and Rep. Kionne McGhee talk to the media after their surprise visit to Miami-Dade Regional Juvenile Detention Center to inspect the facility in October 2017.

Stylish Miami Hangouts: Where To Stay, Shop And Party

It is no secret that St. Regis offers exceptional luxury, and their Bal Harbour Resort is a prime example of this. The award-winning hotel destination in the heart of Miami Beach exudes a priceless oceanfront elegance, partnered with attentive service.

Community banks offer relationship banking, personal service

Luis de la Aguilera, right, the president and CEO of U.S. Century Bank, one of the state's largest Hispanic-owned community banks, is shown May 11, 2018, with Raquel M. Benitez, vice president and business development officer. On the crazy quilt of South Florida financial institutions, community banks occupy a prominent space among the scores of domestic and foreign-owned commercial banks, credit unions, online banks, savings and loan associations and other financial firms.

Haiti president addresses nation after prime minister's resignation

This is what it's like driving to the Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Haiti Sunday as some flights resumed service. As Haiti entered a third day of civil unrest, some airline flights to the country resumed.

In Little Havana, Nelson shrugs off polls that give Scott edge with Puerto Ricans, Cubans

Downplaying recent poll numbers that give his Republican opponent an edge among Cubans and Puerto Ricans, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson smiled as he lumbered across Calle Ocho and into a Little Havana restaurant on Saturday afternoon to kick off a local outreach effort targeting Latino voters. Nelson, a Florida Democrat running for re-election in November against the independently wealthy Gov. Rick Scott, held the low-key event at Mofongo, a Puerto Rican restaurant established a couple months ago by 31-year-old Jose Colon, who fled his home on the island after Hurricane Maria decimated the area's electric grid and sparked an exodus of locals to Florida.

Happening next week: Lunch with an Author focuses on building personal happiness one day at a time

We are all responsible for our own happiness - and residents can learn how to take charge of that all-important subject at today's Lunch with an Author session. Rochelle Gapere will be presenting her debut book, One Happy Thought at a Time: 30 Days to a Happier You at noon in the Key Biscayne Community Center Island Room.

Senate candidate and Florida Governor Rick Scott makes a campaign...

Florida Governor Rick Scott made a stop in Hialeah on Friday in his campaign for the U.S. Senate and vowed to continue fighting against the threats to American national security posed by the Castro dictatorship and for freedom and democracy in Cuba. Unlike other politicos who prefer to look the other way, Scott knows the only way to eliminate the Castro regime's constant threat against the U.S. is to help promote the democracy and freedom in Cuba that will eliminate their criminal dictatorship.

Born to a Punk Rocker and Badass Raver Mom, Archie Hamilton Carries the Torch

Archie Hamilton makes no bones about it: He's on the Russians' payroll. Moscow Records and Moss Co., Hamilton's labels, are nods of thanks to a friend of Russian descent who invested early on.

Caretaker accused of using duct tape to tie up 67-year-old woman

Phygelle Brudent and Lashron Williams are accused of intentionally inflicting physical and psychological pain upon a 67-year-old dementia patient. Phygelle Brudent and Lashron Williams are accused of intentionally inflicting physical and psychological pain upon a 67-year-old dementia patient.

Miami Cops Keep Arresting Homeless People for Sitting on Crates

Vernard Sands was sitting on a plastic crate at NE 79th Street and Miami Court in Little River on November 11, 2016, when a Miami Police car rolled up. The cops told the 35-year-old homeless man he was breaking the law - by illegally sitting on a crate.

Tisha B'Av observances recall saddest day in Jewish history

Tisha B'Av, which begins this year at sundown on July 21 and ends on July 22 at night fall, is an annual holy day commemorating the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem. It has been called "the saddest day in Jewish history" and it is one of general mourning for the numerous catastrophes that have coincidentally befallen Jews on the ninth of Av.

Dania Pointe to offer 600 apartments starting at $1,600 a month, as well as bowling, movies

The Avery Dania Pointe apartment complex by the Meyers Group of Coral Gables and El Paso,Texas, is scheduled break ground in Dania Beach in August. The Avery Dania Pointe apartment complex by the Meyers Group of Coral Gables and El Paso,Texas, is scheduled break ground in Dania Beach in August.

The Best Things to Do in Miami This Weekend

There are only two kinds of people in Miami this weekend: those who are anxiously awaiting the World Cup final, and those who couldn't care less. If you're one of the former, head to CityPlace Doral to watch the big game on a jumbotron, with activities for soccer fans and neophytes alike.

Robin Hess

BENCHMARKA , a global hospitality company, has named Robin Hess controller of Marenas Beach Resort, a Gemstone Collection property located in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, just north of Miami. Rikki Boparai, vice president operations, made the announcement.

Essencia Debuts Farm-to-Table Summer Menu and a New Chef

Inside the Palms Hotel & Spa is its resident restaurant, Essensia , where locally sourced ingredients take center stage on a Caribbean-inspired menu. Recently, the farm-to-table eatery, which focuses on slow food in a relaxed environment, enlisted Ilde Ferrer to serve as chef de cuisine.

Miami Installs and Quickly Removes Confusing, Misspelled Anti-Jet Ski Signs

"NO JET SKI'S ALLOWED ENFORCED TOW AWAY ZONE," the incorrectly spelled sign read. It wasn't there last week, and the sign had no explanation or ordinance number to back up its commands.

CEOs help employees struggling with long commutes

This week's question to South Florida CEOs who are on the Miami Herald CEO Roundtable: How long is your typical commute to work and has it grown in recent years? Do you do anything to help employees who have particularly lengthy commutes? With the boom in South Florida in recent years, commutes have definitely been impacted. For those with lengthy commutes, I suggest listening to motivational books to keep you focused and deter you from texting.

Miami-Dade Wants to Crack Down on Shared Bikes Left on Sidewalks and Roads

Last year, seemingly overnight, hundreds of brightly colored bicycles from companies like Lime and Ofo began popping up everywhere in Miami. Or, as Miami-Dade County Commissioner Javier Souto puts it, the bikes began "descending upon neighborhoods," like some kind of two-wheeled invasive species.

FEATURE-Rising sea, falling prices: climate change hits Key Biscayne home values

"Rain is bad for us. Rain is very bad for us," Elena Errazuriz sighed as she looked out through the bay windows of her Key Biscayne home.

David Beckham wants to build one of the largest retail centers in Miami

The proposed "Miami Freedom Park" that would house a Major League Soccer stadium and a large new office and retail complex. David Beckham and partners, who include Jorge and Jose Mas, want to develop the project on Miami's Melreese golf course.

Miami nursing, rehabilitation center to expand with $50M loan

Ocean Bank granted a $49.8 million mortgage to Victoria Nursing and Rehabilitation Center to help it expand and refinance its existing debt. The health care business currently occupies five of the eight floors of the office condo building at 955 N.W. Third St. in Miami's Little Havana.

Katie Altamirano, 15, (L) and Darius Thomas, 17, work on a coding...

Tech is work and work is tech. And a group of Miami kids don't want to be left out when it comes to a job.

Suspect with an assault rifle killed in Hialeah after he shot at Miami-Dade Police officers

On June 16, 2018, two suspects stole a tray of eight diamond rings, valued at $45,566, from the Elite Fine Jewelry Store located inside of the Pembroke Lakes Mall. Video released on Twitter by Alexander Aldana shows a man clinging to the hood of a car speeding on I-95 on Tuesday afternoon.

The Ten Best Weekly Parties in Miami

In 2015, New Times declared, "The weekly party has all but gone the way of the dinosaur in South Florida, killed not by a massive comet rocketing to Earth but by some combination of bottle service, a tourist-driven market, and a serious lack of people willing to take the risk of getting a regularly scheduled gathering on the calendar." While that sentiment remains valid, there are still a handful of clubs and bars in Miami willing to take the risk.

Wall Street Firm Makes Money From South Florida ICE Detention Center Accused of Abuse

The Glades County Detention Center, which sits less than two hours northwest of Miami, is a county jail that also holds detainees for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The facility is also allegedly a hot spot of abuse and malfeasance.

They were shocked to learn gambling will be going on here. Now they've declared war.

The neon sign atop the Magic City Casino on Flagler Street in Miami. The casino's owners are seeking to build a poker room and jai alai fronton on Biscayne Boulevard in the city's Edgewater neighborhood.

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Esteban "Steve" Bovo Endorses Diaz

Commissioner Bovo joins a host of Miami-Dade elected officials in backing Manny Diaz's bid for the Florida Senate. The Manny Diaz Campaign today announced the endorsement of Miami-Dade County District 13 Commissioner Esteban "Steve" Bovo.

At Coyo Taco, Everyone Speaks a Little Spanglish

Behind a door in the back of Wynwood's Coyo Taco is a dimly lit room with a full bar, a projector playing your tia 's favorite music videos, a DJ effortlessly blending Latin hits and hip-hop bangers, and a girl from Instagram moving her hips in heels higher than your hopes and dreams. " at the top of your lungs while you throw your ass in a circle when Migos comes on.

Miami Politicians Do Their Level Best to Spend as Much as Humanly Possible on Transit

Politicians reject a plan to expand bus service on a bus-only road, demanding instead that a light rail line be built alongside it. Some politicians just want to spend money, even when opportunities for savings are smacking them in the face.

One Lexus, 10 crashes, none real. Rogue adjusters in Miami scammed GEICO, police say

The call that came into a GEICO auto insurance claims department seemed routine: A Lexus GS350 was involved in a fender bender with a Chrysler 320 in North Miami-Dade. Within days, adjusters from a team that covers the area reported inspecting the Lexus and authorizing a series of payments totaling over $16,000.

$29million condo in Miami comes with its own custom 'scent identity'

'Everybody will be out today': Mission to rescue the final four trapped Thai football team members - including the youngest boy, 11 - and their coach begins Inside the $30m Miami condo that comes with its own 'scent identity': Olfactory specialist spends 6months with new buyers to design their personal scent that is diffused through the HVAC system A south Florida real estate developer desperate to lure in prospects has partnered with a prominent olfactory specialist who will work with the buyer to design the property's own special fragrance. The lavish $29million, 10,515-square-foot oceanfront condo is located in Unit 3 of the Regalia in Sunny Isles Beach, Miami.

ICE Pays Aviation Firm Thousands to Fly Cuban Deportees From Miami to Havana

Despite the fact that Donald Trump came to Miami on the campaign trail and promised to be a friend to Miami's community in Little Havana, deportations to Cuba spiked after he took office. As of December 9, 2017, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was holding 1,686 Cuban nationals in detention and had deported 160 Cuban nationals that year - more than twice as many as were deported in 2016 .

New Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh has ties to big Florida moments

Elian Gonzalez, the 5-year-old Cuban boy who washed up ashore in Miami on Thanksgiving Day 1999, is taken from the Little Havana home of his Miami relatives by federal agents on April 22, 2000. The U.S. government ultimately returned Elian to his father in Cuba.

Everything You Need To Know About David Beckham's Latest $1 Billion Stadium Pitch

If it feels like you've already spent a full college education watching David Beckham and his partners flail around for a place to build a soccer stadium, you are not hallucinating. Miami is now living through Year Five of Beck's never-ending Major League Soccer drama.

Free family fun under way at Bass Pro Shops

Outdoor World's Bass Pro Shops has started its Summer Camp program with free workshops starting at noon Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Outdoor World's Bass Pro Shops has started its Summer Camp program with free workshops starting at noon Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Five Afforable Skills You Can Learn This Summer in Miami

Sippin' fancy cocktails poolside while looking fly AF is a natural-born skill for Miami natives. But when summertime rolls around, with its high temperatures and sudden downpours, it's time to expand and sharpen your .

Mama Tried Brings Cocktails and a 70's Vibe to Downtown Miami

Wedged between rolling skyscrapers and discount marts, you'll find downtown's Mama Tried; a quaint lounge serving up cocktails and retro vibes. Partners Dan Binkiewicz of Sweet Liberty and Purdy Lounge, Mauricio Lacayo of the Bend, and Domingo Murillo from Side Bar celebrated their soft opening only weeks ago, yet hundreds of cocktail mavens filed into the bar on a warm Friday evening.

They brought dense, Hong Kong-style commercial development to Miami. Now they want more

Brickell City Centre, the sprawling shopping, dining and residential complex that successfully brought Hong Kong-style multi-level commercial development to Miami's financial district, now aims to expand its footprint to a fourth block. Swire Properties has filed plans with the city of Miami for an extension of its existing special area plan that would comprise two condo towers, one of them with a three-level retail base.

Plans Released for Massive Soccer Village in South Florida

According to the video, Miami Freedom Park will be a world-class soccer village and technology hub, featuring 110 acres of permanent green space and 23 acres of youth soccer fields, which will be open to the public. The video goes on to say that the soccer village will not use any taxpayer dollars and will be completely privately funded.

Beckham group releases first look at proposed stadium complex

Miami police are investigating three separate early-morning shootings that sent three men, one a juvenile, to Jackson Hospital on Saturday, July 7, 2018. Miami-Dade police had to return guns and nearly $20,000 in stripper cash seized during a traffic stop in May. A Banyan Elementary school teacher was taped calling one of her kindergarten students a "loser."

This is what it's like driving to the Toussaint Louverture...

This is what it's like driving to the Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Haiti Sunday as some flights resumed service. This is what it's like driving to the Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Haiti Sunday as some flights resumed service.

Watch this manta ray avoid North Miami Beach swimmers

Miami police are investigating three separate early-morning shootings that sent three men, one a juvenile, to Jackson Hospital on Saturday, July 7, 2018. Satellite imagery shows a less organized Hurricane Beryl as it gets closer to the Caribbean islands on Saturday, July 7, 2018.

Miami police investigate three separate shootings that left three men in Jackson Hospital

A bloody start to the weekend in Miami streets at three separate shootings have sent three men, one a juvenile, to the hospital. According to the police, a gunman approached two men who were outside of a Little Havana CVS around 2 a.m. and fired multiple shots.

Small butcher shops are in 'a renaissance.' How did they survive the supermarket offensive?

Meat consumption is soaring to record levels - even though 12 percent of Americans ages 18 to 49 are partially vegan or vegetarian, according to a 2016 Pew Research Poll.

Happening next week: Free lecture on "The History of Cuban Music" set for July 11

The Key Biscayne Community Center and Active Seniors on the Key Club in partnership with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Miami present The History of Cuban Music with Luis Serrano. The free lecture will take place on Wednesday, July 11at 7 p.m. in the Lighthouse Room.

Taste of Key Biscayne: Secreto Gourmet serves "real homemade food"...

Secreto Gourmet, Key Biscayne's newest restaurant, serves "real homemade food" that is all natural and all made from scratch daily. Secreto wants to provide new meal alternatives to the island and does not have a menu defined by geography, but rather serves an international menu, all prepared from healthier alternatives.

Developing real estate projects near Tri-Rail and other transit...

As South Florida's population sees significant growth in the coming decades, the current system will not accommodate all those additional people and cars. Driving to and from work in their cars alone no longer will be the norm, and developers are willing to stake their businesses on the prospect.

South Miami-Dade leaders are right: If they settle for buses, theya ll never get rail

When Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez rolls out transportation policy for this traffic-jammed metropolis of ours - one crumb at a time - he reminds me of my first boss at a notions store in Hialeah. He taught me to measure ribbon and lace to the exact inch, not a centimeter more - and he would watch over me to ensure that's all I would give his customers.

Key Biscayne Police department goes the extra mile - " and we want to say thank you

Last Tuesday, The Islander News received an unexpected but very welcome visit from Officer Martina Doino, a 3.5-year veteran of the Key Biscayne Police Department. In light of the tragic and horrific shooting at the offices of the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Officer Doino and Lieutenant Daniel Valdes wanted to reassure the staff at The Islander that they are here to help.

The Best Things to Do in Miami This Weekend

No, the weekend didn't sneak up on you - this is just what it feels like when the Fourth of July splits your work week in half. Whether you've nursed your hangover and are ready to go again or you're looking for a chill weekend after getting your kicks during the holiday, there's plenty to do in town before Monday morning.

What will an expanded Community Center look like? Planning for the...

What will an expanded Community Center look like? Planning for the project will be a major focus for Parks and Rec next year Planning for a major Key Biscayne Community Center expansion will be a big focal point for the Parks and Recreation Department next year. Parks and Recreation Director Todd Hofferberth discussed the issue with the Village Council during its June 26 budget workshop.

Viral video shows wrestler violently launching opponent out of ring with vicious pounce

A 16-year-old in Minnesota who drove his car into a sinkhole following heavy rains escaped by climbing out the back window. A Banyan Elementary school teacher was taped calling one of her kindergarten students a "loser."

Ice Dream Parlor, a Plant-Based Ice Cream Shop, Is Opening in Coconut Grove

Move over dairy-milk desserts. Ice Dream Parlor is bringing plant-based sweet treats to Miami residents starting July 7. The newest addition to VShops, Coconut Grove's all-vegan food hall , Ice Dream will offer sundaes, banana splits, floats, milkshakes, malts, and an assortment of ice creams including at least one locally made flavor sweetened with monk fruit.

It's been dark for a decade. Now a new drama will play out for a famed Miami theater.

An architectural rendering shows the restored front building of the Coconut Grove Playhouse at left with a new, freestanding modern theater at right. An architectural rendering shows the restored front building of the Coconut Grove Playhouse at left with a new, freestanding modern theater at right.

Classic Films Showing in Miami This July

In the exhausting South Florida summer heat, the cool interior of a cinema is the only place to be. You could take your pick of any blockbuster feature hitting the screens this year, or you could take a trip back into a different era with any number of classics showing all over Miami and Fort Lauderdale.

New Musical Havana Music Hall Will Make Its World Premiere In Miami

Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre will present the world premiere of the new musical Havana Music Hall, this fall in Miami, Florida. This new show centers around the lives of Havana Music Hall's best-known musicians who are just about to get their big break before Fidel Castro seizes power.

The Collection CEO Ken Gorin on the New Ferrari of Miami

The Collection CEO Ken Gorin takes us on a ride through the new Ferrari of Miami dealership, where custom everything is the name of the game. What's the first reaction you hope people have when they step into Ferrari of Miami? My vision has always been to elevate our clients' experience and ensure customer convenience.

Small butcher shops are in - a renaissance.' How did they survive the supermarket offensive?

Meat consumption is soaring to record levels - even though 12 percent of Americans ages 18 to 49 are partially vegan or vegetarian, according to a 2016 Pew Research Poll. This year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is expecting each American to consume a record amount of red meat and poultry - an average of 222 pounds per person.

Why can't the U.S. just invade Venezuela? U.S. official says Trump...

As a meeting last August in the Oval Office to discuss sanctions on Venezuela was concluding, President Donald Trump turned to his top aides and asked an unsettling question: With a fast unraveling Venezuela threatening regional security, why can't the U.S. just simply invade the troubled country? The suggestion stunned those present at the meeting, including U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and national security adviser H.R. McMaster, both of whom have since left the administration. This account of the previously undisclosed conversation comes from a senior administration official familiar with what was said.

Credit union awards 15 four-year, full-tuition scholarships

The South Florida Educational Federal Credit Union recently awarded 15 Hubert O. Sibley four-year scholarships to local students. From left, top row: Yeilin Montes, Johab Cezaire, Alejandro Mendez-Ruiz, Trelvin Payne Jr., Gino Chaviano, Matthew Bishop-Raphael, Faith Miller.

Program connects Overtown students with summer employers

Miami accounting firm Gerson Preston has hired two interns from the Miami Summer Jobs Connect program for low-income youths. From left, intern Andres Arcia, intern Hilairee Lubin and Gerson Preston accountant Stuart Rohatiner, who is a firm partner.

Beckham's latest Miami stadium plan targets golf course

Beckham is scheduled to appear before the Miami city commission next week as he and his partners aim to move closer to picking a stadium location for their Major League Soccer franchise. The Beckham group's latest proposal calls for a 28,000-seat stadium on the site of what is now the Melreese Country Club, a public golf course owned by the city that sits near Miami International Airport.

Beckham's latest Miami stadium plan targets golf course

Beckham's latest soccer plan for Miam... . FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2018, file photo, David Beckham speaks at an event where it was announced that Major League Soccer is bringing an expansion team to Miami, in Miami.

Here's Your Yearly Reminder Not to Celebrate the Fourth by Shooting Your Gun Into the Air

Today is the Fourth of July, and you know what that means here in the 305: barbecues, fireworks, and Pitbull's annual PSA to please, for the love of God, don't shoot your damn gun into the sky. On Tuesday, city and county officials lined up in front of a poster featuring a serious-looking Mr. 305 and the words "One Bullet Kills the Party" for an Independence Day tradition: reminding the public of elementary-school physics.

Serafina Brings Italian Food and a Magician to Aventura Mall

Serafina , an iconic New York City Italian restaurant chain, is bustling inside Aventura Mall. Opened this past February, a recent Saturday evening included a live DJ, a roaming magician, and platters of truffle focaccia, steaming Located on the second floor of the mall's new expanded wing, next door to Tesla and Topshop, Serafina sustains a steady flow of customers during lunch and dinner.

She came to Miami for cosmetic surgery and died the next day. Autopsy revealed the cause.

Delma Pineda, a San Francisco woman who died one day after undergoing cosmetic surgery in Miami , died from a brain hemorrhage possibly related to a rare congenital anomaly, according to the autopsy by the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner's Office. The autopsy report, released Thursday, concluded that the 44-year-old medical assistant died from natural causes on March 6 because of a "possible hemorrhagic arachnoid cyst" in her brain.

Fourth of July 2018 Miami Restaurant Guide

Each July Fourth, America celebrates our country's independence with picnics, beach outings, and fireworks. This year, instead of elbowing a space to watch the fireworks, relax at one of Miami's restaurants and bars.

Developer Yair Levy pays $15M for building in downtown Miami

Developer and New York investor Yair Levy made his first real estate purchase in South Florida, and he doesn't plan to stop at one. Levy's Time Century Holdings paid $14.5 million for the Metro Mall building, a development site in the heart of downtown Miami's jewelry district, at 1 Northeast First Street.

Feds expose shadowy, $500 million check-cashing chain in Hialeah and its real owner

Evelio Suarez learned the ropes of shadow banking during the last decade's real estate boom while working for La Bamba, a chain of check-cashing stores that was once a sponsor of the Miami Heat. But rather than quit the business after his boss and other employees at La Bamba were sent to prison, Suarez launched his own chain in Hialeah catering to people who couldn't cash checks at conventional banks.

Uncle Luke: Ex-Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine Should Be Florida's Next Governor

Philip Levine is going to be the next governor of Florida. And the Democratic Party is running scared because Levine doesn't need the liberal money machine to win.

The best things to do in Miami

It's always some version of summer in Miami, and there's never been a better time to visit the gateway to the Caribbean and South America than right now. A thriving art scene, an ever-changing culinary landscape and, of course, the beach, bay and hotel pools combine to make an irresistible destination for all ages.

Estelle Is Bringing the Fun to Overtown Music and Arts Festival 2018

When Jim Crow laws were still in effect in South Florida, the greatest black performers of the era came to perform on South Beach. But they weren't welcome to spend their nights at the ritzy hotels where they entertained.

Where does she live? A Miami lawmaker's bizarre attempt to reside in her district

It's just after 9 a.m. on a Tuesday morning, and someone wearing a red polo shirt embroidered with the words "Senator Daphne Campbell" answers the doorbell at a pink house in North Miami Beach. Campbell, longtime owner of a five-bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom home inconveniently located outside the community she's represented as a member of the Florida House and Senate, has been difficult to find at home over the last 30 months.

Night Owl, Phenomenom, and Cindy Lou's Bring Cookies to Miami

Around midnight on a humid summer night in 2017, about 60 customers - some drunk, some sober, some college students, some senior citizens - swirled around the Southwest Miami-Dade storefront of Night Owl Cookie Co. . The line had been moving steadily all evening as 27-year-old owner Andrew Gonzalez sold the 3,000 cookies he had baked that day.

Brightline collaborates with Typoe for MiamiCentral Art Installation

Brightline, Florida's new hospitality-focused express intercity passenger rail service, announced its collaboration with Typoe, who created a permanent art installation at MiamiCentral, the new 11-acre intermodal development in the heart of downtown Miami. An internationally known and Miami-based multidisciplinary artist, Typoe began the creation and installation of the artwork in early June.

Where are the worst places to live in the U.S.? Three of them are in Miami-Dade

A view of downtown Miami. Three Miami-Dade County cities - Miami, Miami Beach and Homestead - ranked among the 50 Worst Places to Live in the U.S., according to a survey by 24/7 Wall Street.

Man accused of drunken driving in deadly 2016 crash

Stephen Burns of Derby, Conn. is accused of DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide in a 2016 crash in Pompano Beach.

This Miami food truck is a grocery store on wheels a " where convenience comes to you

Before the three-tone air horn finishes its melody, the seniors at Dr. Armando Badia Senior Center are already making their way to the burbling truck in the parking lot with money in hand. Bagged fruit hanging from the white truck's open back are still swaying precariously when Arturo Tamayo hops out of the driver seat to fold down the metal side that reveals baskets of fresh fruits and vegetables he bought at the produce market at 4 a.m. Customers pool around the produce, shopping out of the cubbies as if browsing the aisles at Sedano's.

Water main rupture floods Doral street

Jonathan Oddi, porn actor accused of shooting up Trump National Doral hotel, makes his first appearance in Miami criminal court. A man ranting about President Donald Trump and holding a large American flag walked into the lobby of Trump National Resort in Doral early Friday morning, laid the flag down on the main counter and began firing rounds.

Miami's 'vianderos' food trucks are convenience stores on wheels

A Guatemalan mother was reunited with her seven-year-old daughter at Miami International Airport on July 1, two months after being separated upon arrival in the US. Police in Byron, Georgia released rear dashcam video showing a driver slamming into the back of a police cruiser as a warning about distracted driving.

Guitarist Charlie Pickett to Release See You in Miami August 17th

In the early/mid-80s, Charlie Pickett and the Eggs were -- hands down -- the punk gods of South Florida. They anchored the Open Books' Land That Time Forgot compilation.

Small butcher shops are in 'a renaissance.' How did they survive the supermarket offensive?

Even when it falls on a Wednesday, the Fourth of July is a cause for rejoicing. And in spite of the onslaught of plant-based cuisine, burgers, ribs, steaks and bratwurst are standards on nearly every grill.

This Miami man created the Florida prepaid college plan. He also owned Studio 54.

If you went to college on the Florida Prepaid Plan or are counting on it to educate your own children, you can thank Stanley Tate. For more than 70 years, Tate, now 90, has helped shape South Florida and the world beyond.

Mexico gives leftist Lopez Obrador big presidential win

Lopez Obrador has claimed victory in Mexico's presidential election, callin... . Presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador waves to supporters as he gives his first victory speech at his campaign headquarters at the Hilton hotel in Mexico City, Sunday, July 1, 2018.

Political Primacy

Democrats believe they can flip Congressional District 27 from red to blue -- but first they must survive their internal war n a Saturday afternoon in June, a few dozen people are chatting away in a Coral Gables office. The common subject is politics, but no one is arguing.

Drake Celebrates New Album At Miami Club

Marlins' Alcantara Wins First MLB Start Marlin's Sandy Alcantara allowed just one run over five innings to win his first career start as Miami beat the New York Mets 8-2 on Friday night. LeBron James About To Become A Free Agent Let the games begin.

Activists march to Miami's Freedom Tower to protest the separation of immigrant families

Michael Gonzalez, known for appearing in Kendall Toyota commercials as a child, appeared before a judge on June 29. Gonzalez, 17, pleaded not guilty to charges of tampering with evidence and drug dealing. A brand new affordable housing complex in Liberty City celebrates change and hope with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

'Families Belong Together:' Hundreds march in Miami against child separation

Pro-immigrants and community groups rally near the Freedom Tower in downtown Miami Saturday, June 30, 2018, to protest against President Donald Trump and his administration for separating immigrants children from their families as they enter through the Mexico border seeking asylum in the U.S. Several hours after protesters led by Broadway star Lin Manuel-Miranda marched from the White House to the Department of Justice headquarters in Washington, D.C., the exasperated chants and flailing picket signs reached downtown Miami Saturday evening as critics of the Trump administration's immigration policies took to the streets in solidarity with more than 700 affiliated protests across the country.

Profile Greg Foos

If you've enjoyed a meal at the Boca Grande Club over the past several years, you would likely agree that the quality of food served was superb - both in presentation and taste. That's because Executive Chef Greg Foos takes his job seriously, and he's put together a culinary team he knows he can trust.

Central Florida toll-road operator to approve $678 million expressway ...

The Central Florida Expressway Authority is poised to approve a plan for a toll road that would extend east from State Road 408 through Bithlo and east Orange County. The Central Florida Expressway Authority is poised to approve a plan for a toll road that would extend east from State Road 408 through Bithlo and east Orange County.

Rickenbacker Causeway shut down due to SWAT situation

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue along with the US Coast Guard responded to a report of a 25-foot boat capsized seven miles southeast of the Cape Florida Lighthouse in Key Biscayne on Monday, March 5, 2018. Upon arrival, Fireboat 73 observed the capsized ve Chris Lagergren, 47, from Pembroke Pines, protests outside of the Miami Seaquarium on Tuesday, Aug. 8 2017, in Key Biscayne to remember the anniversary of Lolita the Killer Whale's capture from the Puget Sound 47 years ago.

Kendall Toyota kid on 'total house arrest' after getting caught up in botched robbery

The Coast Guard and a good Samaritan rescued five boaters Thursday after their 30-foot boat capsized 22 miles west of Anclote Key, Florida. Miami police shut down eastbound Rickenbacker Causeway Friday morning because an armed man was threatening to harm himself on the bridge.

Coral Gables Art Cinema Is Looking to Unload Hundreds of Movie Posters

It screens mostly classic, independent, foreign, and documentary films , so you're not going to find Avengers: Infinity War or Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom posters for your collection. You might, however, be able to get your hands on posters for Lady Bird , Isle of Dogs, or Phantom Thread .

Miami's Ten Best Fourth of July Parties

America has been showing its flaws lately. While the country has never been perfect, it seems like more people are waking up to the fact that "liberty and justice for all" doesn't really mean for all.

Busy bridge to Key Biscayne closed because of armed man, cops say

A portion of the Rickenbacker Causeway, the only route into and out of Key Biscayne, was closed Friday morning as Miami police investigated an armed man.

Six South Florida Art Programs to Curb Kids' Summer Boredom

We're getting into those dog days of summer. Your kids are only a couple of weeks out of school, and you're already losing your mind.

Eleanor Hoh's Wok Cooking Class Still Popular After Two Decades

After nearly 20 years, Eleanor Hoh's Wok Star series remains strong. If you've never been, think of it as a masterclass in Asian stir-fry, where you'll learn one-dish cooking techniques while sipping prosecco and contemplating whether you should buy a wok to take home.

M House Opens in Coral Gables After Chef Alfredo Alvarez's Sudden Death

Hold off on that plane ticket to Europe. Monday, July 2, M House will open in downtown Coral Gables, bringing a menu rooted in Italian, Spanish, Turkish, and Greek cuisines.

Watch lightning strike dangerously close to Florida police officer

Officer Mark Amato found a cow cooling off in a residential pond on a hot Cape Coral, FL day. Unfortunately, the cow didn't want to stick around and a foot pursuit ensued.

This Miami street could be the blueprint for how the city handles sea level rise

Neighbors on a Coconut Grove street worked with a landscape architect to come up with a list of ideas for how to keep their flooded neighborhood dry in the face of sea level rise. Now the city will decide what gets built and how it's paid for.

Now that's going too far: Watch squirrel steal doughnut from cop

A video uploaded to Twitter shows a man hanging onto the hood of a black Mercedes-Benz as it races along at a high-rate of speed on I-95 in Miami, Florida. Dave Walz, a warden supervisor with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, captured video of a tiny cub climbing out of a newly constructed open basement in Vilas County.

Family and fans say goodbye to XXXTentacion2 hours, 39 minutes | Life

Nine days after the rising young rapper was shot to death in South Florida, his family and fans organized a memorial at a local hockey arena. Slain rapper XXXTentacion gets sendoff at memorial in Florida hockey arena Nine days after the rising young rapper was shot to death in South Florida, his family and fans organized a memorial at a local hockey arena.

The 11 Best Places to Watch Fourth of July 2018 Fireworks in Miami for Free

Miami, it's that time of the year again. Deck yourself out in a flashy red, white, and blue outfit, and make your way to a free Independence Day party and fireworks display.

Get to know the Mayoral candidates: Former Vice Mayor Mike Davey,...

Former Vice Mayor Mike Davey and current Village Council member Luis de la Cruz qualified to run for the office. Because they were the only two candidates to qualify, there will not be a Mayoral primary, and voters will make their selection in the November 6 general election.

Rick Ross: Debut NZ Show for September

Illusive Presents, Frontier Touring and Mai FM are thrilled to welcome one of the biggest names of rap to New Zealand for the very first time. Finally, Grammy nominated rapper and entrepreneur Rick Ross drops into Auckland to deliver tracks spanning across his incredible career this September.

UM Student Leadership Day encourages high school students to be role models for others

More than 200 driven high school students from Miami-Dade and Broward were invited to participate in the ninth annual University of Miami Sports Medicine Institute Student Leadership Day. The program was started to inspire and empower students to be leaders and role models for others.

Man seen on video wrestling with cops files civil rights lawsuit

A man angry at a driver took out his frustration by attacking the driver's SUV on a busy Hialeah street in an apparent road rage incident. It was captured on video.

Missing Dog and Pig Found, Returned to Miami Police Officer

A city of Miami police officer issued a plea for his beloved pets to be returned after going missing from his Little Havana home. A City of Miami police officer's pet dog and pig were last seen Saturday around NW 30th Avenue and NW 5th Street in Little Havana A city of Miami police officer is thanking a neighbor after his beloved pets - a pig named Lola and a puppy named Shadow - were found following his televised plea.

A Miami developer is swooping into the Keys and making a promise to workers

A Miami developer wants to build 279 units of workforce housing on three waterfront parcels on Stock Island that now house trailer parks. Integra Investments recently finished buying the three spots: 6125 Second St., which is Tropic Palms Mobile Home Park; 5700 Laurel Ave., which is Waters Edge Colony Mobile Home Park; and 6325 First St., a trailer park without a formal name.

Suspect in Chicago diamond theft arrested at Miami airport

This undated photo provided by the the Chicago Police Department shows Tamaz Hubel.

Suspect in Chicago diamond theft arrested at Miami airport

A 67-year-old Florida man has been arrested in the theft of $170,000 worth of diamonds from a Chicago jewelry store. Chicago police say Tamaz Hubel of Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, was taken into custody Sunday while trying to board a plane to France from Miami-Dade International Airport.

A famous Italian family is opening its first Florida hotel in Coconut Grove a " and soon

Suspended on stilts over the transforming Coconut Grove will soon be a new hotel addition to the neighborhood - with a familiar name. The Ciprianis are coming to the Grove.

Rick Ross Says 'Green Gucci Suit' Was Inspired by the Golden Era of Hip-Hop: Exclusive

Rick Ross appears primed and ready to liberate his 10th solo album, Port of Miami 2: Born to Kill . Last week, the MMG general unleashed his new single "Green Gucci Suit" with Future , and early Monday morning , he unveiled the song's visuals.

Four killed in 5 shootings that have rocked Miami Gardens the past two weeks.

Miami Gardens Police Chief Delma Noel-Pratt said police were making progress and urged the public to offer tips after four people were killed during five shootings the past two weeks in Miami Gardens. Noel-Pratt said detectives believe some of the shootings are connected.

A Miami Urban Explorer Photographed Abandoned Mansions Across the South

For almost a decade, urban explorer David Bulit has been making his way into forgotten properties scattered across Florida, including Miami Marine Stadium, Glades Correctional Institution, and the Aerojet-Dade rocket facility. Many of them have long, storied pasts, which the 29-year-old Hialeah resident recounts on his blog, Abandoned Florida , alongside his behind-the-scenes photographs.

Patrick Dwyer Knows How to Make His Rich Clients Richer

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FYI Miami: June 21, 2018

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The Five Best Ways to Celebrate International Yoga Day

On June 21, yogis worldwide will gather at local studios and special events for International Yoga Day. This year, the special day will coincide with the summer solstice, and there isn't a shortage of combo celebrations.

City fills out its roster to offer free Miami Trolley routes citywide

Miami city commissioners have given the green light to the final trolley route yet to be served in their goal of offering free trolley rides citywide. Commissioners last week approved a new Miami Trolley route, expanding the service into the Flagami community, with a direct link to regional transportation at the Miami Intermodal Center , next to Miami International Airport.

Eileen Higgins wins Miami-Dade commission seat in upset over Zoraida Barreiro

Eileen Higgins, center, candidate for vacant Miami-Dade County Commission District 5 seat, reacts with campaign communications director Guillermo Perez, left, after learning the first results of the special election during a party at American Social in Brickell on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Political newcomer Eileen Higgins won a seat on the Miami-Dade County Commission on Tuesday, defeating the better-funded campaign of the former commissioner's wife to scramble the conventional wisdom of who can get elected in a heavily Hispanic district in Miami.