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John DuBois (l), David Zisman and Erica Watts are vying for the Palmetto Bay vice mayor seat. (Images courtesy of the candidates.)

Palmetto Bay vice mayor candidate trade barbs, plans

With less than a month before election day, candidates for vice mayor in Palmetto Bay have engaged in a war of words over fitness for office, potentially overshadowing their relatively similar policy differences. The candidates include: John E. DuBois, the incumbent and head of a telecommunications company, Erica Watts, the PTA president of Coral Reef Elementary and a member of ...

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The village of Pinecrest. (Image via Wikicommons)

Pinecrest mayoral candidate unopposed, four run for two council seats

The village of Pinecrest has produced a diverse group of candidates, both in age and occupation, this election season. Former Councilman Joe Corradino is running unopposed for mayor. He is an urban planner with his own planning and engineering firm. Current Mayor Cindy Lerner has reached the end of her second term and, according to the village charter, cannot run ...

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A rendering of a proposed makeover of the Shops of Sunset Place. Approval for such projects would be impacted by a measure on South Miami's Nov. 8 ballot. (Image via Miami Herald)

South Miami: New City Hall and rule changes for development projects on ballot

South Miami is asking voters to consider four measures on the Nov. 8 ballot, including an advisory vote on building a new City Hall and new voting rules for affordable housing and downtown development projects. The first measure deals with updates to South Miami’s charter. South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard said several parts need to be changed to stay in ...

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Allison McCormick (l), Rosemary Thornton and Violette de Ayala are candidates for the Key Biscayne Village Council. (Images via Miami Herald)

Key Biscayne Village Council candidates (continued)

A total of six candidates are running for three open seats on the Key Biscayne Village Council. Below are the profiles of the remaining three candidates. Violette de Ayala Violette de Ayala, 44, grew up in Miami but had long dreamed of the city south of the Rickenbacker Causeway. “I was always obsessed with that island,” she said. During high ...

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Brett Moss (l), Kathleen Petros and Ignacio Segurloa are three of six candidates vying for seats on the Key Biscayne Village Council. (Images via Miami Herald)

Key Biscayne candidates make their case

A half-dozen Key Biscayne residents, motivated by issues from sea-level rise to high school choice, are seeking three open Village Council seats. The candidates include: Violette de Ayala, the founder of FemCity; Allison McCormick, a former teacher; Brett Moss, the principal architect of Moss & Architecture Design Group; Katie Petros, a law office administrator; Ignacio J. Segurola, an attorney; and ...

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Ana Rivas Logan (Photo via Miami Herald)

Rivas Logan resumes campaigning after being ‘riled up’ over personal attacks

Democrat Ana Rivas Logan, a candidate for Florida state Senate, resumed her campaign shortly beforeTuesday’s Election Day after she said personal attacks against her “riled her up.” The former Republican state representative has spent most of the past week talking to Democratic voters at precincts across Southwest Miami-Dade County, once again asking them to vote for her, she said Tuesday. “I started engaging ...

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Campaign signs in Wynwood on Aug. 30, 2016. (Photo by Dan Evans / South Florida News Service)

Miami-Dade voters explain their choices

South Florida News Service reporters, in partnership with the Miami Herald, spread out around Miami-Dade County on primary Election Day, asking voters to explain their choices. Here are a few reactions: [Posted 12:02 pm] Republican Charles Stuart voted at the Homestead Branch Library Tuesday morning. He said voting was a smooth process, noting there were more ducks than people at ...

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Dago Sasiga, left, and Greity Gonzalez, the owners of La Pereza Ediciones. (Image courtesy of Sasiga and Gonzalez)

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, their catalog includes around 100 both well-known ...

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An AR-15 (Image via Wikimedia)

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 killed 20 children. “Initially leaders ...

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Sweetwater Police patrol car. (Image courtesy NBC6)

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 they were given no information ...

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