With a candidate field as crowded as the Miami Beach City Commission race and a flexible policy that allows challengers to change the seat they’re running for at will (regardless of where they live in the city), things have a tendency to get, well, messy.
Fourteen candidates are vying for three open city commission seats on the November 2 ballot.
Because the seats on the commission race are all at-large — referred to as “groups” (i.e. Groups 1 to 6) — and do not correspond with geographical districts, candidates can run in whatever group they desire and swap groups as many times as they’d like, too.
It’s all fair game — that is, a game of musical chairs — as long as candidates have picked their seats by the time the music stops, which in this case is the qualifying deadline that passed on September 10.
But some candidates tell the Miami New Times the chaotic system makes for hush-hush conversations and alleged under-the-table agreements about who can or should run for office, and against whom.
Read more from the Miami New Times.
Proud Boys continue to make mark and show growth in Miami, with latest rise coming from their assistance in getting Art Acevedo fired
Art Acevedo, whom Miami Mayor Francis Suarez dubbed the “Tom Brady” and “Michael Jordan” of police chiefs, has been defeated, after City of Miami commissioners voted unanimously to fire the top cop of the Miami Police Department (MPD) — and it came with a little help from an unlikely source: the mainstream right-wing Proud Boys.
During a grueling hours-long commission hearing on Thursday, an attorney for City Manager Art Noriega called witnesses to testify to eight reasons Noriega had outlined for why he suspended Acevedo on Monday and why commissioners should vote to dismiss the police chief who rode into town on a metaphorical mayoral parade float a mere six months ago.
From a joke that the MPD was run by the “Cuban Mafia” to a suggestion on Spanish-language radio that the city should force officers to get vaccinated, Noriega’s eight-point list of alleged transgressions also included an “ill-advised interaction” with a civilian — one that prompted Acevedo to request that Noriega issue him a formal reprimand.
Read more from the Miami New Times.
World Economic Forum unveils COVID-19 passport that uses blood test markers to determine vaccination status
The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) so-called COVIDPass will use blood test markers to determine whether a person has taken the COVID-19 vaccination or not.
The WEF COVID passport proposal is based on a blood sample – not documentation provided by a doctor – tied to a QR code to prove you have been vaccinated.
“Users will have their blood screened at an approved COVIDPass laboratory before being issued with a secure QR health visa code via their phone, which they can present at airline check-ins, borders, or event entrances,” the WEF promo video states.
The video goes on to insist that its COVIDPass doesn’t use “tracing technology” and that using blood test data is “100% reliable” in ensuring that “only non-infectious people” can travel across borders.
The WEF failed to elaborate exactly on what substance in an individual’s blood would indicate their vaccination status.
“The WEF proposal is based on a blood sample, or a blood test, to prove you have been vaccinated. The only way that is possible is if the vaccine itself carries some form of marker that permanently stays (at a cellular level) in your body which can then be detected in a blood test,” The Conservative Treehouse reported.
“If the vaccine does not leave an identifiable marker or imprint in your blood, then a blood test for vaccinated status would not be possible.”
The WEF promo also fails to mention that if one refuses to eventually get a COVID passport, their lives will effectively be cut off from society.
In August, the WEF had also entertained a biometric surveillance method that would detect an individual’s unique heartbeat signature to track and trace their movements in the name of public health.
Facing millions in fines: Florida’s vaccine passport investigation reaches a yoga studio, a West Palm Beach rock concert venue and a Miami symphony orchestra
Gov. Ron DeSantis has been warning governments, organizations and businesses that the state would impose fines for violating its ban against requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
But in the past week, the state not only revealed just how steep fines would be but also the wide net of its potential targets.
The Department of Health levied a $3.57 million fine on Leon County on Tuesday for its employee vaccine requirement.
Leon was just one of the 120 entities, ranging from local governments to small businesses to arts centers, that could face fines that could range from $65,000 a week for a North Florida yoga business to $100 million for a Harry Styles concert in Orlando.
But at the same time, the processismired in confusion.
Many of the organizations and businesses on the list of potential violators of the ban on so-called “vaccine passports” also allow negative COVID tests in place of proof of vaccinations, which the DeSantis administration had suggested was legal.
Read more from the South Florida Sun Sentinel.