Jet-set art collectors may sneer at the sun-baked Florida city, but they could not be more wrong. Miami is full of cultural riches, argues Jason Farago.
The chairman of the Republican Party of Florida on Monday called for U.S. Rep. Trey Radel to step down following his recent cocaine conviction.
Chairman Lenny Curry joined a growing number of Republican leaders from Radel’s district demanding his resignation.
"The people of Florida’s 19th Congressional District need a Congressman who is 100 percent focused on the needs of Southwest Florida," Curry said in a news release. "Therefore, Congressman Radel should step down and focus his attention on rehabilitation and his family."
Orlando City Soccer has become Major League Soccer’s next expansion franchise.
MLS commissioner Don Garber announced the franchise agreement with Orlando City on Tuesday at a community celebration near the site where a new downtown stadium will be constructed.
Cheers, chants and dancing created a carnival-like atmosphere inside a venue in the heart of Orlando’s downtown for the official announcement.
Congratulations to Orlando on becoming Major League Soccer’s 21st franchise. The team begins play in 2015. Two earlier Florida-based franchises folded, and no other team from the South currently plays in the league.
Basketball superstar LeBron James says he is in talks with David Beckham about investing in the former England captain’s planned Miami MLS franchise.
A Florida man acquitted of murder in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager has been arrested on charges he pointed a shotgun at his girlfriend. George Zimmerman, 30, has been jailed in Seminole County, Florida. Mr Zimmerman was charged with felony aggravated assault, battery, domestic violence and criminal mischief, a sheriff’s office spokesman said. In July, a jury cleared Mr Zimmerman of the February 2012 killing of Trayvon Martin, 17. Since then, Mr Zimmerman has had other brushes with police, including an incident in October when he was briefly detained following a domestic disturbance at the home of his estranged wife, Shellie.
Long battered by hurricanes and prone to flooding from intense thunderstorms, Florida is the most vulnerable state in the country to the rise in sea levels.
As Charlie Crist, the newly minted Democrat and former Florida governor, sat outside his waterfront condominium here in his hometown recently, the “Go, Charlie” shout-outs never let up.
A Lincoln Town Car pulled up and Mr. Crist leaned in and shook hands, doing what he does best. “Hey bro, what’s happening?” the driver asked. “I’m good, man,” Mr. Crist replied. When a Duke Energy worker recognized Mr. Crist, the former governor gave him an earful about solar energy. “You got my vote, buddy,” the man said. “There’s our next governor right here.”
Whether Mr. Crist, a man who sprinted from Republican to independent to Democrat in three years, can wrest the governorship away from Rick Scott is anybody’s guess. But on Friday he filed his paperwork to run for governor. And on Monday, with the enthusiastic backing of most leading Democrats, Mr. Crist, 57, is expected to formally announce his intention to reclaim the governor’s office in 2014.
Mr. Crist’s announcement is all but certain to kick off one of next year’s most expensive, contentious and rancorous governor’s races, pitting betrayed Republicans out for revenge against hopeful Democrats out for redemption.
David Beckham has selected Miami as the city where he intends to set up a Major League Soccer franchise.While a deal to complete Beckham’s move into ownership is yet to be agreed, it is understood the former England captain has pinpointed Miami as his final choice.
Major League Soccer abandoned the South in 2001.