With the risk of sounding extremely outdated, I suppose I long for the days of just a few years ago in the South Florida blogosphere when breaking news would be discussed on blogs and people actually had the motivation and desire to use more than 140 characters to express their opinions. Instead, today's reactions on Twitter vary from "Cool" to "LOL!" to "That sucks!" to simply nothing more than RT. I hate it when I see the URL from one of my posts being retweeted and the comments of the post remain empty. Are we really that short on time? Have we lost the means to write out complete entire sentences in a comment block? Are we that lazy?
Anyway. Just some thoughts that swirled around my head this evening as I sifted and looked through the blogosphere for some pretty significant stories that I had seen mentioned on Twitter. But no luck. Only Eater Miami took the time to mention them and Beached Miami had the other one covered with just a few comments. And with that rather long-winded and frustrated introduction, here's your evening Sift. Enjoy.
A- Coral Gables Watch is all over the Coral Gables elections with a look at the positions of the mayoral candidates and those running for commissioner.
B- Because most things too good to be true don't last very long in South Florida, the City in Miami has decided to shut down the acclaimed Roots in the City Farmer's Market and Beached Miami is the only South Florida blog to cover the story. There are some comments, too, including a couple that claim that they're still open.
That the city would shut it down over a legal technicality is condemnable and further proof that Miami remains woefully far from joining the ranks of the world’s great cities, all of which accommodate, cultivate, and celebrate outdoor markets. Not Miami though. No, Miami brings down the hammer just a month before the market was to close for the season.C- Blogging Black Miami tells us about a school Walk In that's being conducted at schools in South Florida to protest the cuts in education.
While the folks in the Florida Legislature continue to turn back the clock and strip us of our rights while blatantly destroying public education and preparing to hand over the business of Florida to their friends, we must send the message that enough is enough. Let’s join in the UTD sponsored WALK-IN tomorrow, March 31, 2011, 4PM-6PM at your closest public school.D- In two interesting cases of South Florida bloggers electing to tweet major foodie stories rather than write about them, Eater Miami picks up the slack and covers an interesting situation at the Miami New Times where a food critic allegedly didn't visit a restaurant he reviewed and also takes a look at the real reason Miss Yip vacated their Lincoln Road venue. Thanks, Eater Miami!
E- Random Pixels maintains there's someone even less qualified than Luther Campbell running for Miami-Dade Mayor.
F- Liam Crotty Photography shares some photos of the unique Mikesell family.
G- The Heat Lightning gives readers the quick and dirty on Virginia Key and posts a map as a bonus.
The park, despite not having swimming, still has its charms. It’s the quietest beach I’ve ever been on and is probably the best place to pick up shells and driftwood in Miami. However for swimming, the actual beach section can’t be beat for one simple reason: it’s practically deserted.H- Another World War II veteran is gone and this time it's personal for Searching For Normalcy.
I’m not talking about the north end, with the volleyball courts and whatnot. I’m talking about the south end with all the breakers and inlets. Here there is no lifeguard and most days you can claim an inlet entirely for yourself. The water is nice and deep enough to swim in and the sand is nice. For the most part it’s the perfect place for a beach party. Then when you’re done, you can always nurse your sunburn up at Jimbo’s. What more could you ask for?
I- Check out Lebron's locker at The305.Com.
J- Wow. A former U.S. Attorney is making some serious allegations against Jeffrey Epstein's defense team including Miami attorney Roy Black. Southern District of Florida Blog has the story.
K- Eye on Miami says that FPL is raising their rates $1 billion [with a B] over next 5 years, but the legislators who are approving these hikes can still say with a smirk that they're not raising your taxes.
Looks like FPL will get the nod to raise rates by 1 billion over 5 years. Their cost: They hired 30 State lobbyists and doled out campaign contributions to State legislators and Governor candidates of $4 million. The bills say they don't need approval of State regulators.L- The Wisconsin governor is defying a judge's order for the second time, according to The Reid Report, and I just wish he would be treated like anyone else who exhibits a contempt of court.