To say the web bridges worlds together seamlessly through invisible streams of data would be a gross understatement. In any case, New Times is well aware of the importance of the web, and we're celebrating with our first South Florida Web Awards.
We've scoured the internet in search of the best of the best online. Everything from news to arts and culture to food and music, plus Twitter and Instagram, South Florida's finest have another opportunity to show you their stuff.
You've already voted, and the tallies are in, but as we gear up for our sick celebration at Green Room this Saturday (which, you're invited to, by the way), we'll be rolling out intros to South Florida's nominees throughout the week.
News makes the world go 'round. Without it, we would live in a dull, boring, eventless world. Think of every headline you read or heard this week. Obama's reelection. Rush Limbaugh's an asshole. Allen West is a dunce. Do you really think you could live your life without subconsciously hearing about these things? It doesn't matter if you're interested in news or not. It's a bigger beast than you, and it happens wether you want it or not. News bloggers get it.
Naturally, the big dog of the broward news scene, Broward Bulldog is a no bullshit kind of site. It specializes on politics, crime, and it's run by a handful of investigative reporters who've been in the biz since the dawn of time. Don't mess with the dogs.
Eye on Miami
Here's looking at you kid. Eye on Miami has a constant eye on the news scene in South Florida and beyond. The blog was awarded one of New Times' Best Of awards in 2008, and it's written by two chaps who live in their mothers' basements. Haha. Just kidding. We all know Miami is short on basements.
Bill Cooke is something of a breaking news god. He's an "amateur," but, like, not. The professional photographer is always bickering with the Miami Herald -- and even goes so far as creating fake front pages of their daily. See what we mean? He's a god. A god!
The Straw Buyer
Peppered with gut-busting hysterical memes, GIFs, andm assorted photos, The Straw Buyer (that broke the camel's back) is an awesome daily news blog that prefers to keep things real. No bull. No frills. No nothing. Just hilarious commentary, facts, and Gifs. What. Is. Better?
Tim Smith's Fort Lauderdale
Tim Smith has some major cojones. He claims Fort Lauderdale is his. Or, that's what his blog's title implies. Just kidding. Well, kind of. The point is, we completely admire the man who makes the city's news his own. Because gosh darn nit, if he doesn't, who will?!
Here to make us all feel like McDonalds-guzzling, pollution-causing, lazy asses with reckless abandon for that thing enviro people call "carbon footprints," Transit Miami is here to make the world a better place. But since the task is a little daunting, they focus on making the world a better place by way of smarter urban planning, transit news, and overall hey-get-off-your-ass-and-make-miami-better news.
Click ahead for your Palm Beach Blog nominees.
Palm Beach County is a picturesque bastion of peace and quiet, quite the contrary of its southern neighbor (we're talking to you Miami-Dade). And loyal residents from Lake Worth to Boca Raton are dedicated to showing the world what's happening in their little piece of paradise. These bloggers cover everything from charity work to local gossip, on the regular.
Wes Blackman's City of Lake Worth Blog
This blog offers the daily musings of Wes Blackman, Lake Worth resident and uber-involved citizen extraordinaire. Wes talks political candidates, city council issues, current events, news items and everything else happening inside city limits.
Lake Worth Every Minute
This friendly neighborhood blog covers all things Lake Worth, from sunset snapshots and local debate coverage to new business openings and surf conditions. Known around town for her blogging prowess, this former Unite Press International photographer has her finger on the pulse of her little city.
Everyone loves a little gossip. Or a lot of gossip. The online home of former Palm Beach Post gossip columnist and Radar Online executive editor Jose Lambiet, Gossip Extra shovels all the dirt on South Florida's politicos, celebrities and notorious names.
Palm Beach Live Work Play
This "lifestyle network" dishes out content on all the ins and outs of Palm Beach County. They're home to info on fashion, dining, entertainment, automobiles, finance, real estate, sports, charity and everything else of importance under the Florida sun.
--Hannah Sentenac and Alex Rodriguez
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