Miami couple thrives while running Spanish-language publishing house

When a young couple in Miami decided to create an independent publishing company, printing works exclusively in Spanish, almost everyone told them they were crazy. But in 2012, Dago Sasiga and Greity Gonzalez ignored that advice and started La Pereza Ediciones with just $400. They said it was the best decision of their lives. Today,

2016-10-01T13:48:11+00:00 July 7th, 2016|Arts & Culture, Business, Lifestyle, News, Pickups|

Former WNBA player seeks Dania Beach commission seat

Following a nine-year professional basketball career in the WNBA as well as in Israel and Europe, lifelong Dania Beach resident Tamara James is now taking a shot for a seat on the City Commission, squaring off against four other candidates for three open seats. Though she has not held elected office before, James, 32, is

2017-06-03T11:34:12+00:00 July 1st, 2016|News, Politics|

Passion flower sculptures about to bloom in Coral Gables

Two flower-like sculptures on Segovia Street, one more than 30-feet high, are scheduled to be unveiled this summer, the first public artwork commissioned by Coral Gables since the 1920s. The majority of the funding for the art installation, or $1 million, was provided by the city's Neighborhood Renaissance Program. Another $40,000 was given by the

2016-06-30T18:37:28+00:00 June 30th, 2016|Arts & Culture, Lifestyle, News, Politics|

Miami Springs approves four hotels on Northwest 36th Street, sparking concerns about traffic, development

Miami Springs officials recently approved four hotel projects – all within a mile of one another and adjacent to Miami International Airport – causing some residents to complain the City Council is ignoring traffic and development concerns in this 3-square-mile town. Residents lined up during the June 13 meeting to urge the Council to shut down its

2016-06-29T10:46:00+00:00 June 29th, 2016|Business, News, Politics|

South Miami calls for gun restrictions in wake of Orlando shooting

In the wake of the Pulse nightclub shooting, the South Miami City Commission unanimously passed a resolution calling on the Florida state legislature to prohibit the sale and possession of “rapid fire and high power” weapons. Prior to the June 21 vote, Commissioner Gabriel Edmond referenced the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut that

2016-10-01T13:48:37+00:00 June 28th, 2016|News, Pickups, Politics, Public Safety|

Construction in downtown Coral Gables brings mixed feelings

Though city leaders tout the significant downtown development plans in progress for this Mediterranean-style city – a decade in the making – Coral Gables business owners worry about what a protracted construction period will do for their bottom lines. Officials say the project will transform the Miracle Mile and Giralda Avenue, the city’s most vibrant

2016-06-16T10:04:39+00:00 June 16th, 2016|Business, Food & Dining, News, Politics|

Coral Gables Police Department steps up recruiting process

A month after announcing over 15 vacancies in its force, the Coral Gables Police Department organized an open house in an effort to fill the empty slots. The process to become an officer is lengthy and success is far from assured. City Manager Cathy Swanson-Rivenbark said the fact more people will fail than pass is

2016-06-16T10:05:00+00:00 June 15th, 2016|News, Politics, Public Safety|

Dania Beach Commission approves 105-unit Comfort Inn

The Dania Beach City Commission has approved a new hotel project on Federal Highway over the objections of some residents worried about traffic, noise and construction debris. The property is located on the east side of North Federal Highway, south of NE 3rd Street, and adjacent to a residential community. Corrine Lajoie, the city’s planning

2016-06-16T10:05:20+00:00 June 14th, 2016|Business, News, Politics|

Sweetwater Commission rejects third nomination for chief

Sweetwater’s City Commission has rejected the mayor’s third nomination for police chief -- for the third time in the last year -- underscoring tensions between the board and the city’s chief executive. Earlier this month, the Commission rejected Mayor Orlando Lopez’ third nomination for permanent chief of police, Manny Saavedra, by a 7-0 vote, claiming

2016-06-16T10:12:22+00:00 June 12th, 2016|News, Pickups, Politics, Public Safety|

Commission falls short in attempt to fire Sweetwater public works director

Sweetwater’s public works director dodged an attempt by the City’s Commission to fire him earlier this month, beating back claims that he allowed work on numerous internal city projects to begin without proper permits. Alan Abolila argued the city had no procedures in place for the projects in question, and that he is being used

2016-06-16T10:14:00+00:00 June 12th, 2016|News, Pickups, Politics|