Stories written by Raquel Garcia

Trouble in paradise as residents challenge Board management of Doral Isles

For A Better Doral Isles community movement members from left to right: Ruben and Cielo Vinasco, Maria Huston, Jaime Vela, Graciela Rodriguez, Felipe Pedrosa, Saskia De Oliveira, and Dominique Birba.

From the squabbles at City Hall between the newly-elected mayor and his maverick city manager, to neighbors waging war against Donald Trump’s latest construction project; the community of Doral Isles is no exception to the growing pains of a young municipality. Accusations of festering projects, clandestine meetings, unapproved transfers of monies and an intentional silencing […]

Stars of the future perform in JOB Tennis Championship

Stars of the future perform in JOB Tennis Championship

“I can’t wait to eat an orange,” said the petite and feisty Abigail Desiatnikov of the U.S. moments after clinching her first Junior Orange Bowl International Tennis Championship win in the Girls 12 division. Another successful tournament has come to an end after 10 days of tremendous tennis and mostly idyllic South Florida weather. Desiatnikov […]

Tropical Audubon Society grant helps organization complete goals


Tropical Audubon Society (TAS) recently launched a new volunteer program with a “Toyota Green Initiative” grant to help complete projects in motion such as the urban nature center, Atlantic flyway exhibit, and demonstration nursery. Brother Milledge is a life-long area resident and Grounds Chair Director for TAS assisting in getting the volunteers oriented and assigned […]

Three Generations of Dodge Family Aces at Howard Palmetto Baseball


Throughout the 50 years that the Howard Palmetto Baseball and Softball Association (HPBSA) has played ball in South Dade, the era of Coach Frank Dodge is remembered with a special reverence and nostalgia for his reign as one of the most beloved and winningest coaches in the history of the league. Today the third generation […]

Mayor Stoddard announces Murray Pool plan stalled again at town hall meeting

The biggest news that came out of the recent town hall meeting held at St. John AME Church sponsored by Concerned Clergy and Citizens Coalition was that the Murray Pool project is once again dead in the water. Pastor Rodney James introduced the event as an opportunity to inform area residents on “resources and services […]

City to file lawsuit against YMCA


For over forty years South Miami’s YMCA enjoyed being a thriving center for community where children and adults from different cultures and socio-economic backgrounds came together to play sports like soccer, roller hockey, or learn how to swim. However by December 2005 times had changed so the apparently struggling recreation center aligned with the City […]

Bartender Brian Kelly shares the love at Sunset Tavern and Deli Lane


Perhaps it was that he found the love of his life at Sunset Tavern and Deli Lane or maybe it was his brother’s introduction to the place while managing Daiquiri Days here years ago that set the stage for Rockaway, New Jersey native Brian Kelly to find his calling at the classic South Miami establishment. […]

Breast Cancer Awareness Ceremony at the Gibson Bethel Center


The First Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Ceremony took place recently at the Gibson Bethel Community Center grounds near the basketball courts on a cool and cloudless Thursday evening. Over 60 area youth and family members attended the candle lighting ceremony to raise awareness in the community. Deacon Butler offered an invocation, setting the mood for […]

Village council candidates lobby voters for support


The six candidates for the Palmetto Bay Village Council met recently in a community forum sponsored by the Palmetto Bay Village Voice. The well-attended event in the Palms Room of the Village Center ran just over two hours and was moderated by Rhonda Victor Siblia, community outreach coordinator for the Miami-Dade County Commission on Ethics […]

South Miami local Kemy Joseph covers North America on World Kindness Tour


After logging thousands of miles this past year during his “World Kindness Tour,” U R Awesome not for profit organization founder Kemy Joseph is back in South Miami to celebrate the third year anniversary of the organization he began while a student at UM. From New York to California to British Colombia to Alaska, Joseph […]

Senior Center residents being moved to unknown location

After several meetings with Related Urban — the private developers and new building owners Miami-Dade County sold the South Miami Senior Center facility at 6701 SW 62 Ave to — the residents being temporarily relocated during renovations still did not know (as of press time) where they are going to be moved to, nor exactly […]

George’s on Sunset makes any occasion celebration a home run


Across the street from the Tropical Audubon Society, the purple neon signed George’s on Sunset at 1549 Sunset Dr. with its cozy-elegant outdoor tables dressed in crisp white linens, giant serene statue of Buddha, and the laughter emanating from a happy crowd in mid-meal, invite the senses inward. After 20 years serving South Florida, George […]

‘Hip Hop Pioneer’ Russell Simmons here to launch Obama Campaign HQ


Modern Renaissance Man Russell Simmons was in South Miami recently to help launch the opening of the local campaign headquarters for the Obama-Biden Campaign at 6001 SW 70 St in the Valencia Condominiums building. Serving as a “surrogate” or official campaign spokesperson, Simmons had just left a rally in Liberty City and his team’s upcoming […]

Over 8,000 supporters wait hours to see President Barack Obama at UM

President Barack Obama speaks at UM’s BankUnited Center

When Florida International University student Taylor Rouco left the BankUnited Center at the University of Miami after hearing President Barack Obama deliver a rousing speech to an enthusiastic crowd, she declared that the multitudes in attendance prove students “have his back” this election. “After the last presidential debate where maybe it wasn’t his finest hour, […]

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