Organized crime in South Florida began in earnest right after World War II.
There had been a relatively small continent of New York racket guys who had visited South Florida in earlier years, with some of them having settled down into the Miami area.
But it wasn’t until after the second World War that the underworld started to really expand their visits, vacations and started to buy homes in SoFlo.
Almost immediately, they started to operate their criminal activities and plant their flag into the sand as well.
They came in droves.
In The New York Mafia‘s two previous installments, they named hundreds of Cosa Nostra figures and underworld racketeers of various importance.
The New York Mafia also highlighted over 100 mobsters that they wrote thumbnail sketches about.
However, the names kept on coming, and it seemed the more that was dug into South Florida’s history, the more Mafiosos that were found.
There were so many interesting and important mobsters who made Miami Beach and the other towns sprinkled throughout Dade and Broward Counties their stomping grounds that it compelled “The ‘Gunshine’ State: Legendary Mafiosos who are forever linked to Miami and South Florida Pt. III”.
Read more from The New York Mafia.
Halloween 2021: The seven best ghost and cemetery tours in South Florida
If you ain’t afraid of no ghost, October is filled with opportunities to mingle with the spirits of South Florida’s past.
As the days toward Halloween dwindle, brave souls can avail themselves of ghost and cemetery tours at some of Miami and Fort Lauderdale’s oldest haunts.
Some tours even welcome ghost-hunting equipment for those who happen to have a pendulum, dowsing rod, and EMF meter lying around the house.
Below is a randomly ordered list of South Florida’s best ghost and cemetery tours.
Happy spirit stalking!
Read more from the Miami New Times.
South Beach businesses put up big money against Miami Beach’s effort to change last call
Miami Beach voters will decide this November whether to stop the sale of alcohol at 2 a.m., moving last call at bars and clubs up from 5 a.m.
South Beach nightclubs will put up hundreds of thousands of dollars to stop a ballot referendum.
They face off against the political teams and supporters of the current and former mayor, who hope voters limit partying hours.
The measure on the ballot in November is non-binding but would be a clear sign of public opinion to the city commission.
The nightlife on South Beach generates millions of dollars and employs a few thousand people.
It also brings crowds, rowdiness, and crime, disturbing neighborhoods on the barrier island.
Read more from NBC Miami.
‘Save jobs’: South Beach hospitality workers protest 2 a.m. booze ban outside Miami Beach City Hall
As city commissioners took steps Wednesday to create more regulations for clubs and bars, more than 100 South Beach hospitality workers marched to City Hall to speak out against a citywide referendum that seeks to gauge support for a push to roll back alcohol sales to 2 a.m. from 5 a.m.
The protesters, who work at late-night clubs like Mango’s Tropical Cafe and the Clevelander, waved signs, wore matching T-shirts and shouted their opposition to any attempt at shutting down booze sales early.
Mango’s owner David Wallack led the crowd — estimated to be at least 170 workers and business leaders — in chants of “Stop the Lies” and “Vote No, Save Jobs.”
Read more from the Miami Herald.