The panel charged by Gov. Rick Scott with reviewing the state's 'stand your ground' self-defense law did not recommend any major changes to the statute, although it did make suggestions for tweaks by the Legislature in the upcoming session. The basic premise of the law isn't challenged in the final report released Friday. Scott's Task Force on Citizen Safety and Protection included lawmakers, prosecutors, defense attorneys, representatives of minority communities and law enforcement.
The audio/visual set-up at ArtServe, an "arts incubator" in Fort Lauderdale, could use an upgrade. To get there, the organization needs equipment like XLR cables and a 12-channel mixer, plus permits and the manpower to install the gear. In total, it's expected to require nearly $7,500 in funds.
Over the past several years, FDOT initiated the process to replace the 1.5-mile structure that links State Road 836 east of Interstate 95 to the MacArthur Causeway. As the main artery between the Miami International Airport, the Port of Miami, and South Beach, millions of visitors traverse this scenic stretch annually on the way to a cruise or the beaches.
Marlins Park and hungry fans who paid a lot of money to get in: In this case, the fans were foodies hungry for kielbasa hotdogs with giardineria (by April Bloomfield, pictured) or popcorn, peanut and caramel ice cream.
Chefs and volleyball: Kris Wessel, chef at Florida Cookery, appears to have actually played volleyball before . The Let's Get Spiked Celebrity Chef Volleyball tournament, organized by chef Spike Mendelsohn, was Friday at The James Royal Palm Hotel.
More chefs and volleyball: Chefs and recipients of some much needed sun in the tournament included pastry chef and "Top Chef Just Desserts" host Johnny Iuzzini, Miami chef Adrianne Calvo and New York chef Josh Capon.
Skewers and commentary on immigration politics--Chef Jose Andres at the Grand Tasting: "This is a pincho. This is a skewer. It's not the same thing. One has a green card. The other has an American passport." Maybe we're reading too much into this.
The wine-soaked, bacon-infused, foie-gras-stuffed long weekend that was the 2013 South Beach Wine & Food Festival wrapped up yesterday. There were celebrity chef appearances, parties, tastings, chef demos, and wine pairing sessions, among other things.
As Mike Perez mingled with visitors at the recent Python Challenge awards event in Miami, his left arm supported the weight of a black-and-white lizard with a body as thick as a linebacker's bicep. Gazing through heavily hooded eyes, the lizard rarely moved, save for sticking out its forked tongue for an occasional sniff .