• Blogs

    November 6, 2014

    Tommy Bahama Restaurant Coming to Harbourside Place in Jupiter in November

    Tommy Bahama is set to unveil its latest retail and restaurant concept at Harbourside Place in Jupiter this month. The restaurant will open its newest establishment, continuing the company's history in Florida, where it opened its first restaurant and bar in 1996 in Naples. The Jupiter location ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 6, 2014
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    November 4, 2014

    Florida Election Results Live Blog

    Okay. This is it. The polls have closed and it's time to tally up them votes. After all the hand-shakes, and ads, and campaigning, and spending of millions upon millions of dollars, the time has finally come to announce who the winners are in Florida's midterm election. We could be in for a long n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2014

    Broward's Steve Esdale Asks U.S. Attorney to Investigate Father's Mysterious Death

    Steve Esdale has zero options left. For more than a decade, the stocky Weston contractor has been trying to drum up interest in the mysterious death of his father; for more than a decade, people have been ignoring him. Now, Esdale is banking on one last move: asking the US Attorney's office to step ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2014

    Proposed Ordinances Would Ban Homeless From Owning Personal Property, Relieving Themselves in Fort Lauderdale

    Despite the warm weather, Florida is one of the worst places to be homeless in the country. Almost every year, the state gets ragged on by the National Coalition for the Homeless for being one of the "meanest" in the union. Cities like Miami, Sarasota, Pensacola, and St. Pete have been specifically ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2014

    Bryan Ramos, New Executive Chef of The Office, "I Had my So-Called Dream Job, but I Realized it Wasn't What I Wanted in Life"

    While they sure know how to cook up a damned good meal, chefs tend to be an eclectic group with widely ranging talents and interests. Some are into music; others are into the visual arts; and a few even have some scientific degrees up their sleeves. For example, newly appointed executive chef Brya ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    Florida Man Poured Hot Sauce on Puppy to Silence Its Yelping, Cops Say

    A Florida man decided to catapult himself into first place as Worst Human Person On Earth after he allegedly slathered his girlfriend's 3-month old puppy with hot sauce because it was making too much noise. According to a Sarasota police report, the Dachshund/Chihuahua mix named Gizmo, was having a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2013

    Katherine Harris' Husband Commits Suicide, Police Say

    Sarasota Police say the husband of former U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris, who was also Florida's secretary of state, has committed suicide. Police were called to the Harris residence around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. William Hild, a pastor at Sarasota First Baptist Church, confirmed that Harris' husband, Ande ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2013

    In The Tasting Room: Swamp Ape From Florida Beer Company

    Friday's here, so it's time for beer. Every Friday, so long as the creek don't rise, this beer enthusiast will take a look at a Florida beer that, hopefully, should be readily available in a local shop or on tap at your favorite bar. The swamp ape. Florida's bigfoot. This mythical creature, also k ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2013

    Nik Wallenda, Florida Daredevil, Crosses Grand Canyon on High Wire

    Nick Wallenda, the self-desribed "King of the High Wire," from Sarasota, Florida, completed a historic 1,400-foot high-wire walk across the Grand Canyon on Sunday. The event was broadcast live (with a ten-second delay in case things turned, uh, bad) on the Discovery Channel and was also shown aroun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2013

    Of 50 "Worst Charities," 11 Are in Florida

    Florida may be one of the most generous states when it comes to giving, but the Sunshine State also happens to have the worst charities in the nation. According to a yearlong investigation by the Tampa Bay Times and the Center for Investigative Reporting, Florida has 11 of the 50 worst charities i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2013

    First Look: Over 100 Small Plates at Ceviche in Delray Beach

    When you think of ceviche, think of Ceviche in Delray Beach. The restaurant recently opened its doors with a quiet grand opening last October, and we at Clean Plate Charlie think it's a crying shame we didn't know about them sooner. The family of Florida establishments has branded itself as an upsc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2013

    Razorbills, Our Wayward Penguins, Are Dying, and No One Knows Why

    Last month, seemingly overnight, thousands of razorbills arrived all along the Florida peninsula in what appeared to be a sweeping abandonment of the Northern tundra for something a little nicer. They flocked along Fort Lauderdale's beaches, swimming in the waters of Boynton Beach, delighting bird w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2013

    Homeowner in Dispute With Neighbor Spray-Paints Own Home

    A couple of Sarasota homeowners got into a neighborhood dispute. So one of the parties involved in the ballyhoo decided to take things up a notch and got some spray paint and covered one of the homes with bright, neon-colored graffiti. Of course, the home covered in spray paint was the person's o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2012

    Bill Nelson and Connie Mack Television Debate Is Set

    The Bill Nelson-Connie Mack race is pretty much America's most closely watched Senate race. And now incumbent Nelson -- the Democrat -- and Mack -- the Republican -- have agreed to the only confirmed statewide televised debate on October 17. The showdown will take place at Nova Southeastern Univers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    Watching as a Whole Hog Becomes Bacon and Ribs and Everything Else

    Just before entering the boning room, I was handed a lab coat and a hairnet. I was about to see the next step of the transformation from pig to pork chop. Yesterday, I watched them die. Today, the carcasses are going to be butchered and packed -- a much less gruesome task. It was chilly as I en ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    Juvie Prison Operator Youth Services International Donates to Powerful GOP Lawmakers

    If you're aiming to win multimillion-dollar contracts to run Florida's juvenile prisons, it helps to have friends in high places. Youth Services International, the for-profit company that runs Thompson Academy in Pembroke Pines along with seven other juvie lockups in the state, has learned this less ... More >>

  • News

    February 9, 2012
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    January 24, 2012

    The "Mother of All Peppers" Might Be Growing in Your Yard

    ​Have you seen these peppers in bushes outside? The tiny tepin or chiltepin is the only wild chili native to the U.S. and is believed to be the oldest and hottest species of wild pepper.I first saw it in Tarpon River at a friend's house, a spindly shrub my friend had fenced off for protection. Whe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    Le Macaron French Cafe: Still Cute, But Less Annoying Than Cupcakes

    Melissa McCart​Macarons are the new cupcakes in case you hadn't yet made the switch. About a year ago, even nerdy NPR declared,  "Move over cupcakes: make way for macarons."   Turns out --so I learned from the comments in this blog post -- Fort Lauderdale just scored its very own ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2011

    Birther Looking for Joe Arpaio Treatment From Florida Sheriff Over Obama's Birth Certificate

    cynical-c.comI found it, guys. We can all go home now.​Birther-ism apparently isn't dead, as Jerome Corsi -- head bullshitter of the Obama "fake birth certificate" movement -- has still found enough brain-dead people to believe that the president is a Muslim from Indonesia.In Arizona, Stephen Lemo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2011

    David Rivera, Vern Buchanan Among 2011's "Most Corrupt Members of Congress"

    Rep. Vern Buchanan (left) and Rep. David Rivera were named a couple of the most corrupt congressmen.​In the seventh edition of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington's listing of the most corrupt members of Congress, two Florida congressmen managed to earn a spot on the list.Those tw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2011

    Florida Company Offering Free AK-47s for People Opening New Accounts With Them​Do you happen to need an AK-47, as well as a company to process your credit card transactions?If so, that would make today your lucky day, strangely -- a Sarasota-based company that provides the equipment and processing for credit-card transactions in busines ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    How Broward Bulldog's Dan Christensen Broke a 9/11 Conspiracy That's Actually True

    Wikimedia Commons​Dan Christensen lost his job in the Miami Herald's Broward bureau in 2009, a casualty of rampant cost-cutting in daily journalism. Rather than throw in the towel, Christensen started his own local news site, Broward Bulldog, and vowed to continue breaking stories. "This website w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2011

    State Legislator Proposes Bill to Regulate 411-PAIN and Other Referral Services

    www.kriseman.comKriseman wants the doctors and lawyers to reveal their financial relationships.​One of the great mysteries about businesses such as the 1-800-411-PAIN Referral Service is whether the lawyers and doctors involved in the network have a financial incentive to refer car accident victim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    Five-Point Spring Break Survival Guide (Wooo!)

    via​Yes, the Fort Lauderdale gets progressively more upscale every season, and  yes, the classy set tries to downplay the annually resurfacing celebration of Fort Liquordale's past, but it seems that as long as there are fraternities and the Elbo Room, there will be s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2011

    "Like" Boar's Head on Facebook and Feed a Family

    Flickr/James J. YuBig Sandwich​Lunch meat sometimes gets a bad rap -- it's often the brunt of jokes, is served in drunk tanks, and is used in food fights. But lunch meat is so much more -- it can feed hungry families, raise money for people in need, and is just darned tasty.Boar's Head, the Cadill ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2010

    George W. Bush's Book Fair Appearance Won't Be His First Florida Book Reading

    My Pet Goat is apparently that good.​When George W. Bush reads from his memoir at the Miami Book Fair Int'l on November 14, it will not be his Floridian literary debut. So profound is George W.'s love of literature that he actually took time during his presidency to take part in a reading in Flori ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2010

    Anti-Vaccination Advocates Propose Florida Autism Study Based on "Junk Science"

    Dr. Mark Geier​This week, Miami New Times has a story about Gary Kompothecras, the Sarasota chiropractor and close friend of Gov. Charlie Crist who's been pressuring the Florida Department of Health to hand over sealed immunization records to a father-son team of anti-vaccination advocates.There a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2010

    Gary Kompothecras, Crist Supporter, Tries to Bully Health Officials

    Gary Kompothecras, a chiropractor based out of Sarasota, has been pressuring Department of Health official to turn over sealed immunization records. "Dr. Gary," as he's called, wants those  records turned over to father-son duo, Dr. Mark and David Geier, crusaders for the "vaccinations cause au ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2010

    Chill Out at Chillounge Night

    Photo by Silvia Feuerbach​Take six truckloads of South Beach-style lounge furniture and custom lighting, food and booze booths, live music, a fashion show and samba parade, dump them all on the Great Lawn in downtown Delray, charge everybody $15 to get in ($20 at the door, $75 for VIP tickets) and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2010

    The Simple Life, Served a la Mode, in Sarasota

    Lisa Rab​Just up the road from the Mennonite Tourist Church, on a street where women in white bonnets and blue dresses pedal their bikes to the store, is a time capsule of a restaurant.Inside, the abundantly cheerful waitresses wear flowered aprons with frilly white trim. Checkered cloths adorn si ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2009

    Morning Juice: Let's Try a News Round-Up Sans Rothstein

    ​Well, it's worth a try anyway. Here's what's going on in Broward and Palm Beach counties:The American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit against the state for its failure to provide Floridian family with a quality education -- a point for which the Palm Beach County School District drop-out rat ... More >>

  • Music

    October 15, 2009
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    October 9, 2009

    A Love Story With Bologna Sandwiches

    Photo by Flickr user dtredinnick13​There's an episode of Pee-wee's Playhouse in which Pee-wee is talking about how much he loves fruit salad, and Miss Yvonne says that if he loves it so much, maybe he should marry it. So he does. Now, I like a guy with the courage of his convictions, but for me, w ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 11, 2009
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    June 9, 2009

    Technical Difficulties: Elderly Senate Candidate Adjusts Antennae on His YouTube

    Here's a quandary: What do you do if you announce your candidacy for higher office, but nobody reports it? (Or at least nobody besides Juice?) If you're Bob Smith, former U.S. Senator from New Hampshire now semi-retired in Sarasota, you sorta pretend you never made the first announcement, then... ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2009

    Busted! PBSO Arrests Happy Ending Suspect

    There he is, folks, the guy that PBSO says forced a West Palm Beach masseuse to perform oral sex on him. His name is Gerald Hansen -- spelled just like the surname of the host of the Dateline show To Catch a Predator. Coincidence? U.S. Marshals nabbed Gerald Hansen in Sarasota, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2008

    Slow Foods Glades to Coast Dinner at Cafe Boulud

    (sturgeon: It's what's for dinner)The Slow Foods Glades to Coast Chapter, which covers roughly the Palm Beach and Broward areas, is hosting a 5-course Growers' Discovery gourmet dinner at Cafe Boulud in Palm Beach this Thursday, December 11, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The dinner, overseen by chef Zach Bell ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 19, 2007
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    May 30, 2007
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    October 19, 2006

    Foley's Priest Unmasked

    The Sarasota Herald-Tribune busts the story on the priest who molested Mark Foley. And, in proper priestly style, it's creepy as all living hell. The culprit is Father Anthony Mercieca, who admitted to Herald-Tribune reporters Matthew Doig and Maurice Tamman in a telephone interview from his hom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2006

    Newspaper Editor Slattery Dies At 46

    Veteran South Florida newspaper editor Diann Slattery died Monday, following a sudden collapse at a public library. Slattery, who was 46 years-old, last held the position of managing editor at Miami Today. Prior to that, she spent 12 years at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, where she worked as graph ... More >>

  • Film

    April 20, 2006

    Your Film Is Fired!

    The Palm Beach Film Festival opens, Trump style.

  • Culture

    January 15, 2004

    Asphalt Artsy

    On Las Olas, paintings and sculptures compete for space with the café crowd

  • Calendar

    August 28, 2003

    Crazy from the Heat

    Florida artists sweat it out

  • News

    June 5, 2003
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    April 24, 2003

    Show and Tell

    One-night stand at The Hotel Biba offers artistic orgy in11 rooms

  • Music

    June 7, 2001


    Slymenstra and the family GWAR aint exactly everyday people

  • News

    November 20, 1997

    Travis McGee, Fictional Castaway

    The detective's houseboat was once Fort Lauderdale's best-known literary landmark. That was before Huizenga took over Bahia Mar.

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