City of Miami

Politics
7:12 am
Fri September 27, 2013

New Miami Budget Includes More Money For Police

City of Miami commissioners finalized a budget Thursday evening, for a total of $524 million. One of the stickier points concerned police officers – from how many should patrol city streets to how much they should be paid.

RELATED: Why The City Of Miami Finds It Hard To Hire New Cops

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Urban Culture
8:11 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Lots Of Wine, Graffiti And Opera At Miami's Art Days

Nina Hlava is a mime artist from Vienna who is participating in DWNTWN Art Days.
Credit Nina Hlava

DWNTWN Art Days kicks off Friday in Miami. The second annual celebration of arts and culture features more than 130 events with something for everyone, from wine lovers to graffiti art enthusiasts and fans of the opera. 

Art Days is sponsored by the Miami Downtown Development Authority

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Police
8:30 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Why The City Of Miami Finds It Hard To Hire New Cops

Miami City Hall
Credit Wikimedia Commons User Dtobias

The Miami City Police Department is having trouble hiring new police officers.

The city's police department has had its share of recent challenges: criticism over the number of civilian deaths, questions about civil rights violations and ongoing monitoring by the U.S. Justice Department.

And city commissioners are worried. For the past three years, the police department has been operating with 40 to 100 fewer officers than what the city commission has budgeted. Currently, 1,100 of 1,144 police positions are filled.

The Problem

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Urbanism
9:00 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Decision Helps Walmart Inch Closer To Miami's Midtown

The design plans for the proposed Walmart in Midtown have passed muster with Miami's planning director.
Courtesy of City of Miami Planning Department

Miami’s planning director has given Walmart the green light to build a new store in the city's Midtown district. However, Walmart still has more hoops to jump through before it can carve out a place in Midtown.

It’s been a two-year battle for the retailer associated with boxy, suburban stores to win the right to build in the trendy, urban neighborhood.

Walmart can now apply for a building permit since Miami’s Planning Director Francisco Garcia decided the company’s plans meet the local zoning code.

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Politics
11:46 am
Tue August 6, 2013

FBI Arrests Mayors Of Miami Lakes, Sweetwater On Bribery Charges

City of Sweetwater Mayor Manny Maroaño at a press conference at Hialeah City Hall on Wednesday, January 30, 2013.
Credit Hector Gabino / El Nuevo Herald

FBI agents Tuesday arrested the mayors of Miami Lakes and Sweetwater on bribery-related charges.

Agents arrested Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi and Sweetwater Mayor Manuel “Manny” Marono at their City Hall offices.

Pizzi and Maroño are expected to have their first appearances in Miami federal court Tuesday afternoon.

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