Update, 5 p.m. Chris Wren returned a call and said he would be happy to meet the protestors but that they threatened his assistant. His comments have been added to the end of this post. Eight members from Food Not Bombs were reportedly arrested Tuesday after meeting at the Downtown Development Aut ... More >>
A City Fort Lauderdale measure asking commissioners to openly support marriage equality and gay rights is in danger of not having enough votes to pass Tuesday. The measure, sponsored by openly gay Commissioner Dean Trantalis, is nonbinding. However, it would speak loudly for city officials to open ... More >>
Fort Lauderdale is set to pass ordinances that would make an already difficult life for the city's homeless even more so. During a public workshop in January, it was announced that the city planned to pass ordinances that would effectively ban groups from sharing food with the homeless and make it ... More >>
Sorry, Egypt. The "eyes of the world [were] on Fort Lauderdale" last night. At least, that's what Marina Lofts developer Asi Cymbal said without the slightest hint of irony before a packed house at a Fort Lauderdale City Commission meeting Wednesday. The commission, voting on the relocation of a ce ... More >>
The Fort Lauderdale City Commission will vote tonight on whether to allow a nearly 100-year-old tree to be moved so a developer can build a 960-unit apartment complex called Marina Lofts on the New River. The site is west of the Broward County Jail and the Downtowner saloon, near the Pirate Republic ... More >>
Josephine Jones loves chickens. "They're awesome pets," says Jones. "They're friendly. They're not aggressive. I consider them productive pets. They're very sociable - they're just awesome." Jones, along with co-organizer Melissa Melissa Kloepfer and her daughter Lindy Kloepfer, are the forces beh ... More >>
We recently introduced you to Chris Brennan, the Water Taxi employee who was fired after he made a YouTube video defending the six-story-tall, nearly 100-year-old rain tree -- which will be moved if developer Asi Cymbal is permitted to build the Marina Lofts development in downtown Fort Lauderdale. ... More >>
It's pretty much the standard David-versus-Goliath battle of South Florida -- environmentalist versus developer. But in this case, a long-haired, laid-back outdoorsman is pitted against a hot-shot businessman who's tied to trendy projects in New York and Miami. Chris Brennan is a 33-year-old who wor ... More >>
A bouquet of reactionaries and crackpots will blossom at a "Freedom Academy" on Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale on March 9. They'll be there to explain why the "foundations of liberty" rest on the ability of corporations to rape the environment and bust up unions, enriching the rich and impove ... More >>
This year we've been captivated by the saga of Riverside Market which has all of the makings of a good Disney movie. There's the greedy mega-bucks millionaire, the blundering city government, the affable main character who brings positive changes to a sleepy town, and the tight-knit locals who rall ... More >>
The Fort Lauderdale City Commission will vote tonight on a measure recommending that the speed limit on a section of Dixie Highway be reduced from 30 mph to 25 after being reduced from the 35 mph that a traffic study found to be appropriate in 2009.The request, on paper, is because of a pedestrian w ... More >>
If Fort Lauderdale's red-light program has helped traffic safety, there's no way to actually tell yet. Crashes at the six intersections where cameras are currently installed actually went up slightly after their installation, but it went from 21 to 24 crashes over ten months, so it's not clear what ... More >>
Data is starting to come together in Fort Lauderdale's red-light camera program, which dished out more than 25,000 tickets between September 2010 and February 2012. A lot of it is more complicated than just the raw numbers (Where's that money going? How many people are actually paying them? What abo ... More >>
There's a no-panhandling zone in downtown Miami, and Fort Lauderdale currently prohibits asking for change along the beach. But the Fort Lauderdale City Commission is considering some tough new regulations that would effectively ban panhandling in the entire downtown area. That's in addition to a pr ... More >>
The saga of Riverside Market continues. Last night, the Fort Lauderdale City Commission decided that the parking lot that had been awarded to taxi czar Jesse Gaddis would go back up for bid.Riverside Market owner Julian Siegel is pleased, albeit guarded. "The only way the ruling is in my favor is th ... More >>
The Fort Lauderdale City Commission was receptive to a new proposal heard Tuesday about ramping up the city's red-light camera program from using six cameras to 36. While Mayor Jack Seiler said he was "not for something as massive as that," according to the Sun-Sentinel, he said he was open to ad ... More >>
At last night's City Commission meeting, the bid was reconsidered on the city-owned land adjacent to the Riverside Market that was awarded to taxi czar Jesse Gaddis for $15,500.Without access to the land or an amendment to the city's parking requirements, owner Julian Siegel argued in his state ... More >>
"Hey, you take your giant casino drawings and you GET OUT OF TOWN, MISTER."The Florida House bill that would grant three licenses to developers looking to build South Florida resorts has been killed, at least for the time being. The House Business and Consumer Affairs committee postponed a vote r ... More >>
Call it a match made in heaven.Rick Santorum is best-known (among 20-something alt-weekly types, at least) as the evangelical homophobe who likened gay relationships to "man-on-dog" sex and consequently suffered the wrath of Dan Savage's revolting Google bomb.Jim Naugle is known locally as the fo ... More >>
Stefan KamphAdam Salater (left) and other organizers handle communications on Monday afternoon.After their demonstration on Saturday, protesters with the Occupy Fort Lauderdale movement decided to do just that: occupy. The site they chose was Bubier Park, at Las Olas Boulevard and Andrews Avenue. ... More >>
Ron Gunzburger's Facebook PageThis is the fine work of Rob Negron at the Brew Urban Cafe on Himmarshee.Al Qaeda put out a statement on the internet today about Osama Bin Laden's death: "It [Bin Laden's blood] will remain, with permission from Allah the Almighty, a curse that chases the Ameri ... More >>
A leaked memo suggests that local attorney Romney Rogers is relying upon an omniscient, omnipotent Celestial Force to carry him to victory in the Fort Lauderdale City Commission race. Posted on the blog of former Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Tim Smith, the "campaign prayer" appears to be written by ... More >>
Are you as excited about the Fort Lauderdale City Commission election as I am? I thought so. Are you as excited as ex-commissioner Tim Smith? Fat chance.For the uninitiated, Smith's blog has a Pavlovian response to impolitic remarks by Mayor Jim Naugle, which keeps him plenty busy. For the longest t ... More >>
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The Sun-Sentinel reported this morning that the Fort Lauderdale City Commission awarded a sweet little land deal on Sistrunk Boulevard to the Westside Gazette. You may not know about the Westside Gazette. Few do. It's a tiny black newspaper that has demonstrably lied about its circulation figures to ... More >>
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One of the most hallowed traditions in Broward's black community faces financial ruin
Next thing you know, those meddling kids will be eating ice cream in the streets!
Boy Scout bigots and Fugazi fans dumb down Fort Lauderdale
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After years of playing political hardball, Ron Gunzburger says he wants to take a softer approach with his nationally known Website
With crime on the wane, Lake Ridge residents love their new roadblocks. But business owners beg to differ.
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Coming soon to a courtroom near you: dueling conspiracy theories that pit Fort Lauderdale's finest against their political bosses. One certain verdict: There's a price to pay for tangling with civic activist Sonny Irons.
The ACLU will file suit against Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle for his proposed prayer meeting in the city commission chambers.