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Yearly Archives: 2018

Savvy businessman or sloppy lobbyist? Ex-city attorney’s job-shopping tactics questioned

  Jose Smith, the former city attorney from Miami Beach — and then North Miami Beach — is contract shopping in Miami-Dade municipalities on behalf of Bryant Miller Olive, where he was recently hired to lead its new full-service municipal government practice. The longtime government operator has leveraged his many Miami-area contacts in recent months to informally angle for new Continue Reading...

Court: Florida police can use ‘stand your ground’ law

Florida law enforcement officers can invoke the state’s “stand your ground” self-defense law to protect them from criminal prosecution in some instances of deadly force, the state Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday. The court issued its 7-0 decision in the case of Peter Peraza, a Broward County sheriff’s deputy charged with manslaughter in the 2013 fatal shooting of a man Continue Reading...

Florida trial expected to feature details of billionaire sex criminal’s abuse settles at last minute

Moments before jury selection was set to begin Tuesday in a trial that was expected to feature testimony about billionaire sex criminal Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged abuse of underage women, the case settled, ending nearly a decade of legal wrangling between Epstein and a lawyer who represents the women. Epstein, 65, who has connections to President Trump and former president Bill Continue Reading...

accessory dwelling units: should they be legal to rent in Miami Beach?

Could accessory dwelling units (ADUs) be making a comeback in Miami Beach? City Commissioner Ricky Arriola hopes so. He’s asked his colleagues to consider the idea as a means to help homeowners offset their expenses while creating more affordable living options for renters. According to the website Accessory Dwellings, “An accessory dwelling unit is a really simple and old idea: having Continue Reading...