Martin Vassolo
20 hours ago - News

In election ad, Miami Beach commissioner likens mayor to Putin

A voter prepares to cast a ballot at a polling station in Miami Beach on Aug. 23. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images
A voter prepares to cast a ballot at a polling station in Miami Beach on Aug. 23. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Miami Beach politics are always messy, especially when public land is slated for private redevelopment.

  • Throw in some bad blood between the mayor and his chief critic on the commission — along with a reference to Russian President Vladimir Putin — and it must mean the Nov. 8 elections are almost here.
Deirdra Funcheon
20 hours ago - News

Dancers sue South Florida strip club over wages

Illustration of a woman in high heels standing next to a gavel.
Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

Dancers at a South Florida strip club are suing the club's operators, alleging that they were paid less than minimum wage for years because they were wrongly classified as independent contractors.

Driving the news: Eleven dancers recently filed a proposed class action lawsuit against the Booby Trap's management, Law 360 first reported.

Deirdra Funcheon
Oct 3, 2022 - News

The hidden factor in Florida's property insurance crisis

Illustration of a house in a deflating life preserver floating in water
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

After Hurricane Ian walloped Florida last week, headlines blared that the state's insurance industry could be crippled.

  • Six Florida property insurance companies were declared insolvent this year, and others are canceling or not renewing policies.
Deirdra Funcheon
Sep 29, 2022 - News

Dangerous mantis shrimp seen near Miami Beach shores during Ian

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Mantis shrimp, crustaceans with powerful limbs that can punch and pierce their prey, showed up near Miami Beach shores during Hurricane Ian, a surfer says.

Driving the news: A South Beach surfer warned on social media Wednesday that mantis shrimp were found as the hurricane plowed through the area.

Martin Vassolo
Sep 29, 2022 - News

Miami-Dade escapes Hurricane Ian with minor damages

A man runs from stormy conditions.
Brent Shaynore runs to a sheltered spot through the wind and rain from Hurricane Ian on Wednesday in Sarasota. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

City streets turned into rivers and hurricane-force winds damaged homes in southwest Florida Wednesday as Hurricane Ian made landfall as a devastating Category 4 storm.

Driving the news: Ian made landfall near Cayo Costa — a barrier island between Naples and Sarasota — with winds of 150 mph, just a few shy of Category 5 strength, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm surge was at least as high as 12 feet.

Martin Vassolo
Updated Sep 28, 2022 - News

Miami-Dade area schools close as Ian soaks Florida

Miami-Dade County officials stand at a lectern for a press conference.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava speaks at a press conference Tuesday to discuss Hurricane Ian. Screenshot courtesy of Miami-Dade County's Twitter feed

Many South Florida schools are closed through Thursday as Hurricane Ian, now an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 hurricane, is set to bring heavy wind and rain to the area before making landfall along the state's west coast later today.

What's happening: Tropical storm force winds reached southeast and southwest Florida as the intensifying hurricane moved some 75 miles southwest of Naples, packing maximum sustained winds of 140 mph, the National Hurricane Center said in a 5am update Wednesday.

Deirdra Funcheon
Sep 27, 2022 - News

Insurance tips for homeowners pre- and post-Hurricane Ian

Illustration of pattern of houses partially submerged under water
Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Storm surge from Hurricane Ian threatens more than 1 million single-family and multifamily homes on Florida's Gulf Coast, according to a new report from housing analytics firm Core Logic.

  • The reconstruction cost value — more simply put, how much it would cost to rebuild those homes — totals $258.3 billion.
Martin Vassolo
Sep 27, 2022 - News

Weak demand for bivalent COVID boosters in Florida

Ramiro Guzman receives a COVID-19 booster during an event hosted by the Chicago Department of Public Health at the Southwest Senior Center earlier this month.
Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Floridians aren't rushing to get the updated COVID-19 boosters that were distributed statewide this month.

What's happening: A state health report released Friday shows that only 37,000 of Florida's 20 million eligible residents received the new bivalent vaccine, which is intended to target Omicron subvariants, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.


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