Stories written by Raquel Garcia

Walk/Run Like MADD Feb. 9 at Tropical Park

Last year 10,839 people in the United States died as a result of a drunk driving crash. One in three teen car crashes are alcohol related and 6,000 teens die every year due to drunk driving. Mothers Against Drunk Driving will host their fourth annual Walk/Run Like MADD on Saturday, Feb. 9, at Tropical Park […]

A 40-year-old Sunday-at-the-park family volleyball tradition

A 40-year-old Sunday-at-the-park family volleyball tradition

For more than 40 years, the volleyball court at Dante Fascell Park has hosted a group of friends with a weekly tradition of spiking and serving their way to fitness and fun. “When we come out here to play volleyball we take a break from our routine and joke around and exercise,” said unofficial team […]

City responds to escalated street violence with a rally for change

Over 200 area residents recently came together to “Stop the Violence” in a City of South Miami sponsored march that began at St. John’s AME Church and ended at the Gibson Bethel Community Center where neighbors, politicians, and activists gathered to listen to heart stirring speeches from victims of violence. It was the first in […]

Ex-police chief has day in court with defamation lawsuit against Mayor Stoddard

Ex-police chief has day in court with defamation lawsuit against Mayor Stoddard

Mayor Philip Stoddard’s apparent vendetta to strip former Chief of Police Orlando Martinez de Castro of his title and pension may have finally worked after over a year’s worth of Stoddard blog rants, ethics complaints, and his own personal departmental investigation of Martinez played out in local headlines. However the mayor is now on the […]

City threatened with another lawsuit

The “yes,” then “no,” then “yes,” votes at the recent city commission meeting regarding a contentious waiver of plat process resolution for seven total parcels at 6529 SW 56 St demonstrated at the very least an inconsistent understanding on the dais of the quasi-judicial hearing process. “I am familiar with the process,” said Commissioner Walter […]

Recently fired police chief has day in court with defamation lawsuit against Mayor Stoddard

Judge Gisela Cardonne Ely presides over defamation lawsuit against Mayor Philip Stoddard filed by former Chief of Police Orlando Martinez de Castro.

Mayor Philip Stoddard’s apparent vendetta to strip former Chief of Police Orlando Martinez de Castro of his title and pension may have finally worked after over a year’s worth of Stoddard blog rants, ethics complaints, and his own personal departmental investigation of Martinez played out in local headlines. However the mayor is now on the […]

Spiny Lobster Tourney Time at Sunset Tavern & Deli Lane

Spiny Lobster Tourney Time at Sunset Tavern & Deli Lane

The bugging buzz is in the air at Sunset Tavern. Festive photos from last year’s adventures flash on the LCD screen above the bar. The sponsor splashed tournament tshirts and coozie gift bags are ready. Spiny Mike is working the tables and getting contestants enthused about diving down into the Fifth Annual Spiny Lobster Tournament […]

Chief’s attorney suggests impropriety as ethics hearing concludes

Chief’s attorney suggests impropriety as ethics hearing concludes

The slap on the wrist outcome July 11 of the Miami Dade Ethics Commission complaint into Chief of Police Orlando Martinez de Castro’s wife’s company’s dealings with the city appeared unsurprising to most observers in the packed hearing room downtown. The chief agreed to pay $2,000 in investigative costs and accepted a letter of instruction. […]

Fatal Fight breaks out in the parking lot of BT’s on July 4th morning

BT'S Gentlemen's Club is located at 5922 S Dixie Hwy, South Miami, FL 33143

BT’s Gentlemen’s Club on South Dixie Highway was the scene of an apparent homicide the morning of July 4, 2013. Sources say a fight broke out between two men over a woman and when both parties were ejected from the club, the battle escalated outside and turned fatal. Detective Javier Baez, Public Information Officer for […]

New RSMA President Karla Cooper leads by example

New RSMA President Karla Cooper leads by example

First National Bank of South Miami recently hosted the swearing in of the 2013-2014 executive board officers of the Red Sunset Merchant Association. Vice Mayor Josh Liebman led the ceremonial transfer of leadership for an organization that has promoted local business and community since 1962. Incoming Executive Board leadership is: President Elect Karla Cooper of […]

Mayor and Welsh’s unauthorized city flyer leads to Sunshine Law scrutiny and neighborhood gas leak

In the last city commission regular meeting, Vice Mayor Josh Liebman chastised Mayor Phil Stoddard and Commissioner Bob Welsh for apparently working together to selectively distribute a city seal-stamped flyer to area residents. What may have started as a simple message from the mayor and Welsh, encouraging community involvement, soon devolved into a possible Sunshine […]

Mayor and Welsh’s unauthorized city flyer leads to Sunshine Law scrutiny and neighborhood gas leak

Commissioner Bob Welsh campaigns as Flyering Bicycle Bob in this photo taken of his publicity truck while on the campaign trail

In the last city commission regular meeting, Vice Mayor Josh Liebman chastised Mayor Phil Stoddard and Commissioner Bob Welsh for apparently working together to selectively distribute a city seal-stamped flyer to area residents. What may have started as a simple message from the mayor and Welsh encouraging community involvement, soon devolved into a possible Sunshine […]

RSMA leadership challenged between networking or the network as best way to do business

The 2013 Board of Directors is announced last year at Shula’s 347. From left to right: Mary Scott Russell of Chamber South, Amy Livergood Donner, Oliver Von Gundlach, Ivan Mladenovic, Mercy Garcia, Hans Huseby, Karla Cooper and Francesco Balli

  While the notorious tension at city hall seems to escalate as the mayor, commissioners, and same few outspoken residents squabble on how to run the city, the volunteer members of the Red Sunset Merchant Association continue their efforts to make South Miami the destination of choice for shopping, dining, and holiday celebrations. Begun in […]

Mayor continues campaign to oust Chief of Police; ‘take no prisoners’ approach, not working

Mayor continues campaign to oust Chief of Police; ‘take no prisoners’ approach, not working

South Miami Mayor Phil Stoddard understands it is only the city manager that is able to remove the chief of police from his duties. As a result the FIU scientist seems to have launched a “take no prisoners” campaign to get Chief Orlando Martinez de Castro fired by way of soap box submissions to the […]

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