Maybe you will want to even more careful when driving on the roads in South Florida from now on.
A new report from car history company Carfax says that over 2.7 million cars in Florida have at least one unfixed safety recall.
South Florida cities perform particularly bad in the study with over 23% of cars on the road in Hialeah and 21% of the cars in Miami having recalled elements that have never been fixed.
“Many people in Florida still are unnecessarily risking their lives by not staying informed or taking action when their vehicle is under a recall,” Larry Gamache, communications director at Carfax said in a press release. “Millions of vehicles will likely be recalled this year, adding to the ones already with outstanding airbag recalls, ignition switch recalls, electrical system recalls and more.”
The company says that people can use one its free tools- www.mycarfax.com to see if their car has been recalled.
Here are the top ten cities in Florida that have recalled parts on them that have not been fixed (we’ve italicized all the South Florida cities):
City Est. % of vehicles
1 Hialeah 23%
2 Miami 21%
3 Hollywood 19%
4 Jacksonville 19%
5 Fort Lauderdale 18%
6 Tampa 18%
7 West Palm Beach 18%
8 Pompano Beach 18%
9 St. Petersburg 17%
10 Orlando 17%
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In audio recorded during a Florida Department of Law Enforcement interview with North Miami Police Chief Gary Eugene in the aftermath of the Charles Kinsey shooting in July, 2016, Eugene outlined some troubling things about his department.
Eugene who took over as the North Miami Police Chief six days before the shooting of Kinsey made his department sound like a more crooked version of the Keystone Cops.
Some highlights from the audio obtained by the Miami New Times:
The cop who shot Kinsey knew the autistic kid was holding a toy and not a gun
“I [Chief Eugene] heard the shooter, Officer Aledda, make a statement to the nature of, ‘Be advised, I have clear shot [at] subject. Later on, a sergeant … got on the air and said, ‘I have a visual, it is a toy. Is it a toy? QRX.’ That means, ‘Stand by, don’t do anything.’ Then, there is a conversation back and forth. The next transmission was by [another officer saying] ‘Shot fired!’”
The North Miami police are horribly trained
“The scene was a mess, to be honest with you… People were walking all over the place. Thank God [Kinsey] did not die. I realized I have a problem with the training of my staff. We’re talking about some 15- or 16-year veterans, but in North Miami, a 15- or 16-year veteran may have less experience than a two-year cop in Miami.”
Some of the cops don’t like each other very much
“I find out that that commander who got suspended and Angel Rivera, who was the commander at the scene- they don’t like each other, it is dangerous… I realized there is so much animosity among them that anything I say can be used for the officer against the officer.”
Chief Eugene was worried that his department couldn’t fairly investigate the shooting
“They were more concerned about clearing the officer of any wrong doing than actually conducting an impartial investigation… I realized the chemistry of what was going on. At that time I decided not to talk to anyone…because I have a better picture of what is going on in my department… it is sad but it is the reality.”
City Manager Larry Spring refused to listen to Eugene
“I said, ‘City Manager, I’m telling you, listen to this CD and make a decision based on this CD,'” Eugene said. “[Spring] slapped his hand on the desk and said, ‘You don’t understand what I’m telling you. Get control of your people!'”
Assistant Chief Larry Juriga lied to Eugene
From the Miami New Times story:
“Eugene said he immediately went to Spring and City Attorney Jeff Cazeau with the information. They all agreed to suspend Hollant. But on the drive home, Eugene had second thoughts. He recalled that Juriga and Hollant didn’t get along, so he decided to listen to the audio from the shooting himself. That’s when he realized Juriga had lied.”
The State Attorney’s Office is “Very Close” to coming to a decision on whether to indict Jonathan Aledda
Ed Griffith, a spokesman for Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle’s office, told the Miami New Times that, “we are very close to coming to a decision” in the case.
A RISE NEWS investigation previously found that the cop who shot Kinsey had not been properly trained for how to deal with people who have developmental disabilities.
In fact, the North Miami police department does not any “specific policies” in terms of how its officers interact with people with disabilities, including autism.
Aledda shot unarmed therapist Charles Kinsey three times in the leg in a North Miami street. Kinsey was in the street trying to help an autistic patient.
Listen to the full interview:
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South Florida is known for many things. Beautiful weather, multiculturalism, hot nightlife and soul crushing public transportation that literally makes you want to die. (You don’t see that last part in the Chamber of Commerce brochures.)
One group of high achieving young people are trying to revolutionize the way South Florida gets around by bringing a radical form of public transportation here.
Two brothers—Darius and Demetrius Villa—and their friend, Aleksandr Khalfin, founded the High Speed Rail America Club (HSRAC) at Florida International University last year and they have found some success in spreading their message.
The club researches and promotes high-speed rail trains, also known as bullet trains, in America. Bullet trains, which average more than 150 mph, don’t exist in our country, and it’s a fuel-efficient and quicker way to travel, Demetrius told RISE NEWS in an interview last year.
They say that they are the leading high-speed advocacy group for millennials.
The group believes that Miami should build up an ambitious system of Maglev transportation that would eventually connect the Magic City to Miami Beach and FIU.
With a healthy amount of grassroots support now at their back, the HSRAC wants to get some political muscle on their side.
They plan to do this by presenting a Miami Maglev Forum on April 7th from 10 AM-12 PM on the FIU campus. And they hope that local political leaders will show up to learn about the proposed idea and to interact with young transportation activists.
They tried and failed at this once before.
“Last September, the group partnered with American Maglev Technology, the FIU Honors College, and All Aboard Florida to host the first Miami Maglev forum,” a press release from the HSRAC read. “While the forum itself had students and FIU community leaders in attendance, a grand total of zero representatives came from the leadership of Miami, Miami-Dade, and Miami Beach. Students were highly upset of the lack of leadership from their elected officials, and grew further disenchanted with the infrastructural direction of the community.”
The release goes on to say that transportation directors, commissioners, and mayors of all three municipalities (Miami-Dade County, City of Miami, Miami Beach) were emailed, and no responses were received from them.
“To make amends to both the citizens and their elected officials, we are hosting a 2nd Maglev Forum to be able to discuss ideas, the direction of the community, and towards finding a solution that the populace agrees with,” the release reads.
If you want to learn more about the group or the event, you can follow them on Facebook.
RISE NEWS is a grassroots journalism news organization that is working to change the way young people become informed and engaged in public affairs. Anyone can write for us as long as you are fiercely interested in making the world a better place.
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This piece was originally published by our partner MIAbites.com and is produced by them.
As we approach the beginning of the 2015 busy season, heralded by the 70,000 attendees expected for Art Basel/ Miami Art Week, December 2- 6, we pulled together our MIAbites Best Bites.
Miami continues to grow as a food destination to be reckoned with. No longer just an “expense account” city offering only 42 oz steaks and stone crabs, Miami, Miami Beach and its emerging neighborhoods: The Design District, Wynwood, Midtown, Brickell, MiMo, Edgewater and beyond, are offering creative dining options, innovative chefs and carving out a food scene that is international in flavor, yet very Miami.
New restaurants in new hotels seem to be leading the pack on Miami Beach. Ian Schrager’s Edition and The Thompson, opened their respective restaurants, Matador by Jean Georges, Market and Seagrape, The Crown Room and 1930’s House by James Beard Award winner, Michelle Bernstein and celebrity chefs, Dale Talde and Tom Colicchio have recently joined the Miami Beach dining scene with respectively, TALDE in The Thompson and Beachcraft in the 1 Hotel. With the Faena opening on the horizon with Frances Mallman’s Los Fuegos and Paul Qui’s PAO, these new restaurants have quickly made Mid-Beach the hot dining destination in town.
Pop-up restaurants are also another option for Art Basel and include Chef Michelle Bernstein’s Garden Cafe and Michy’s Pop-up at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, and Dominique Ansel’s soft serve ice cream pop-up at The Setai.
So by request, the MIAbites contributors put our heads together to flesh out the restaurant scene and to compile our suggestions for dining while in Miami. Many of the below suggestions have been featured on MIAbites so please SEARCH for more details.
1. Best of the City– Popular for consistent and well-prepared dining options and excellent service. These are the “sure-things” in town and priced accordingly.
2. New and Emerging– Opened in the last couple of years or so and are new hot spots to check out. Innovative and creative chefs abound.
3. Casual or Quick Bites– Lunch or more casual for dinner but fun places with good food
4. Coffee and Cocktails– Refueling before, during or after hitting up the art shows, or after beach or shopping. Or late night cocktails. Step out and try some new cocktails like Peruvian Pisco, Mezcal and Negronis.
Reservations are probably mandatory and may require multiple calls to secure, so be prepared to be flexible with times and days. Both Open Table and Table8 are good resources for reservations but you may need to leave credit card information or pay up front. HINT: When in doubt, call directly as many restaurants will block out peak times and days to avoid paying Open Table a fee.
Best of Miami:
Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink– 130 NE 40th St, Miami, FL 33137
MC Kitchen– 4141 Ne 2nd Ave., Suite 101a Miami, FL 33137 305 456-9948
Mandolin-4312 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137
Salumeria 104– 3451 NE 1st Ave #104, Miami, FL 33137
BlackBrick aka Midtown Chinese– 3451 NE 1st Avenue #103
Miami, FL — 33137
Blue Collar -Biscayne Inn, 6730 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138 305 756-0366
SUGARCANE Raw Bar & Grill – 3252 NE 1st Ave, Miami, FL33137 786 369 -0353
The Dutch – W Hotel 2201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 305 938-3111
Scarpetta – The Fontainebleau 4441 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33140 305 674- 4660
Hakkasan– The Fontainebleau 4441 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33140 786 276-1410
Casa Tua– 1700 James Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Prime 112– 112 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Red SteakHouse– 119 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Joe’s Stone Crab– 11 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (305) 673-0365
Pubbelly– 1418 20th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139
BLT Steak Miami– The Betsy South Beach 1440 Ocean Drive Miami Beach, FL 33139 305 673-0044
Juvia– 1111 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Lure– The Loews 1601 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Macchialina– 820 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Milos– 730 1st St. Miami Beach, FL 33139 305 604-6800
New and Emerging- Open less than two years and worth checking out!
Alter– 223 NW 23rd Street, Miami, FL 33127 305 573 5996
Bocce Bar – 3250 NE 1st Avenue, Miami, FL 33137 786 245- 6211
Cena by Michy– 6927 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138 305 759 2001
Cypress Tavern– 3620 NE 2nd Ave. Miami, FL 33137 305 520-5197
Coyo Taco– 2300 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127 305 573-8228
Fooqs– 1035 North Miami Avenue, Miami Fl, 33136 (786) 536-2749
Mignonette– 210 NE 18th St, Miami, FL 33132 (305) 374-4635
The Vagabond Restaurant and Bar– 7301 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, Florida 33138 305 400-8420
27 Restaurant in The Freehand Miami– 2727 Indian Creek Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33140
Bazi– 1200 Collins Ave, Miami Beach , FL 33139 (305) 695-0101
Continental– 2360 Collins Ave Miami Beach (305) 604-2000
Izzy’s Fish & Oyster – 423 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (305) 397-8843
Seagrape at The Thompson The Thompson Miami 4041 Collins Ave. Miami Beach FL 33140 877 793 8519.
Matador Room by Jeans George – The EDITION 2901 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140
786 257- 4600
Casual and Quick Bites- Lunch or casual dinner or snacks
Harry’s Pizzeria– 3918 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127(786) 275-4963
Crumb on Parchment– 3930 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137(305) 572-9444
ella cafe– 140 NE 39th Street #136, Miami, FL 33137 (786) 534-8177
Mercato– 4141 NE 2nd Ave #101a, Miami, FL 33137 (305) 456-9948
Buena Vista Deli – 4590 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137(305) 576-3945
La Latina– 3509 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137(305) 571-9655
Zak The Baker– 405 NW 26th St, Miami, FL 33127
Proof Pizza and Pasta -3328 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127
My Ceviche South Beach– 235 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139(305) 397-8710
La Sandwicherie– 229 14th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (305) 532-8934
Taquiza-1506 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 305 748-6099
Puerto Sagua– 700 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 305 673-1115
Hua Huas Taqueria– 1211 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139(305) 534-8226
True Loaf Bakery– 1894 Bay Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139(786) 216-7207
Market– The EDITION 2901 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140
786 257- 4600
Coffee and Cocktails- Hot coffee…even hotter cocktail bars!
Panther Coffee– 2390 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127 (305) 677-3952
Miam Cafe & Boutique– 2750 NW 3rd Ave Suite 21, Miami, FL 33127 (786) 703-1451
Jugo Fresh– 1935 West Ave #102, Miami Beach, FL 33139(786) 472-2552
Panther Coffee in Sunset Harbour– 1875 Purdy AvenueMiami Beach, FL 33139
Lee & Maries Cakery– 40 S Pointe Dr #108, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (305) 672-5167
Broken Shaker at The Freehand– 2727 Indian Creek Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33140(305) 531-2727
Repour Bar – Albion Hotel -1650 James Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 305 913-1000
The Regent Cocktail Club at The Gale – 1690 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (305) 673-0199
We could go on and on… and each one of us has favorites that did not even make this list.
There is also many top spots in downtown Miami like Edge Steak House in the Four Seasons, La Mar and Azul at The Mandarin Oriental and Zuma, in the Epic Hotel, recent openings like Tamarina ,and Momi Ramen in Brickell.
So eat, drink and savor the NEW Miami!
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