Stories written by Michael Miller
Michael co owns Community Newspapers with his brother Grant and serves as Executive Editor of the group of newspapers. He enjoys writing about local politics and area businesses. Michael can be reached at michael@communitynewspapers.com

South Miami — Anatomy of a City in Turmoil

The firing of South Miami’s Chief of Police Orlando Martinez de Castro on Wednesday, August 14, did not come as a surprise to those who have been paying attention to a City besieged in lawsuits and turmoil. The resolution sponsored by Mayor Stoddard at a special meeting declaring the City’s five-year contract with Chief Martinez […]

Anatomy of a City in Turmoil

The firing of South Miami’s Chief of Police Orlando Martinez de Castro on Wednesday, August 14, did not come as a surprise to those who have been paying attention to a City besieged in lawsuits and turmoil. The resolution sponsored by Mayor Stoddard at a special meeting declaring the City’s five-year contract with Chief Martinez […]

A word about lobbyists, in case you were wondering

Lobbyists, as you may be aware, have been in the news locally of late. We won’t mention names or details here, but the topic was of enough interest for the Concerned Citizens of Cutler Bay to host an open discussion on it September 3, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Cutler Ridge United Methodist Church, […]

Are there more depositions around the corner?

The Russians have arrived (according to our frequently fallible sources) and have been “singing like canaries” to the government folks on NW 12th Ave. It seems as though they’ve given enough information to warrant further investigation into some activities that occurred a few years back in the City of Pleasant Living. Oops… Did I actually […]

Village launches project to revitalize downtown area

We hear that Village Manager Ron Williams has helped create a Downtown Redevelopment Task Force to create a “livable, walkable downtown” in the city’s southwest corner along South Dixie Highway. The group, which meets on a regular basis, consists of local area residents, business owners, and other stakeholders. The group is charged with transforming the […]

Caribbean Blvd. roadway improvements groundbreaking ceremony

We hear from the office of Town Manager Rafael Casals that the groundbreaking ceremony for the big new Caribbean Boulevard Roadway Improvements Project is on Thursday, August 22 at 10:00 a.m., at 9120 Caribbean Boulevard. The project covers from Coral Sea Road to SW 87 Avenue and involves the construction of two traffic calming circles […]

South Miami cops need more money

South Miami cops need more money

When was the last time the cops in the city of South Miami got a raise? Does anyone know the truth? My sources tell me that it has been years and the rank and file are pretty demoralized about being financial worse off today than they were let’s say, five years ago. So, now how […]

Dr. James A. Thomas named ‘Rotarian of the Year’

Congratulations to Dr. James A. Thomas, who was just named Rotarian of the Year by the members of the Rotary Club of Perrine- Cutler Ridge/Palmetto Bay, in recognition of his outstanding commitment and service to the community. Thomas is currently the president of the organization for 2012-2013, and is the President and CEO of Computer […]

South Miami Becoming Healthcare Hub

City pool idea first floated 40-plus years ago

South Miami is becoming a healthcare hub. The small office building next to the hotel, formally known as Hotel Vila on SW 73 St and SW 59 Ave., is no more, as the heavy duty equipment reduced it to rubble a week or so ago. Soon to rise from the ashes will be a medical […]

Love Coral Reef Park? You can vote for it to win

Call it a contest of sorts, but the folks at Coca Cola are having a survey or “election” to determine “the coveted title of America’s Favorite Park.” Residents can go online and vote at www.coke.com/parks. Type Coral Reef Park in the search box and follow the instructions to cast your vote. You can tell all […]

Is the city manager permanent or not?

When is the current “Interim” city manager, Steve Alexander going to get a contract so that his present title will go from “Interim” (whatever that means) to what might be referred to as (Permanent,) City Manager? There are a couple of things to contemplate: Being appointed interim or permanent city manager in this city means […]

Don’t miss the Whispering Pines 4th of July Celebration

Cutler Bay – Whispering Pines 4th of July Celebration is right around the corner, folks, on Thursday, July 4th at Whispering Pines Park, which is on Ridgeland Drive, one block west of S.W. 87th Avenue. All the great things that make living in a “small town” community so wonderful—-parade floats, decorated bikes, costumes, hamburgers and […]

Mayor and two commissioners get slapped around

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Vice Mayor Josh Leibman is playing target practice on the foreheads of the current mayor, which by the way happens to be Phil Stoddard and two of our other fearless leaders Commissioners Wally and Bobble Head. Not sure what has gotten into Josh recently, but I’ll just betya that he is fed up with all […]

It’s time again for summer camp in the village

Ready, kids? Palmetto Bay’s official village run Summer Camp program starts again this year on June 10, so if you have kids who will have time on their hands during the summer, now is the time to look into the summer camp program and register before the available spaces fill up. It’s an 8-week session, […]