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Things to Do in Miami: Desserts After Dark at River Landing January 29, 2022




Have you ever paired chocolate with wine? Cupcakes with Champagne? Beer with brownies?

Later this month, you can sample these kinds of pairings and more at a new event focused on pairing booze-infused treats with dessert-inspired adult beverages.

This week, local entrepreneur and event creator Brad Matthews announced the launch of Desserts After Dark, a grownups-only spinoff of his popular Miami-born event, Dessert Wars, now considered one of the largest dessert-themed festivals in the US.

Unlike Dessert Wars, this one promises will be both sweet and intoxicating.

Matthews tells New Times the idea for Dessert After Dark took shape when breweries began reaching out to him, offering to pair their dessert-flavored beers with the event’s sweet treats.

“They would pitch to me how well their beers pair with desserts, and they wanted to be part of the event,” Matthews says. “Now that we’ve done this event over a dozen times, it seemed like the next logical step for the evolution of Dessert Wars.”

Later this month, after months of planning, Miami will play host to the inaugural Desserts After Dark, where more than 40 vendors will pair boozy desserts with spirits, beer, and more. The event takes place on Saturday, January 29, in the 30,000-square-foot event space at River Landing.

“Expect a very Miami-centric lineup, with everything from liquor-infused tres leches, liqueur-topped shaved ice, and boozy ice cream to dessert-flavored beers, vodka, and more,” Matthews says.

According to Matthews, the invite-only list of dessert makers will include a number of never-before-seen bakers and confection creators alongside a number of Dessert Wars veterans. To date, more than 30 vendors have signed on to participate, with a variety of Miami- and Florida-based brands that range from ice cream and confection creators to distilleries, breweries, and wineries including Palm Beach Distillery, Islamorada Brewery & Distiller, and Pitbull’s Voli 305 vodka.

Tickets for Desserts After Dark are on sale now, priced from $55-$75 per person. General-admission and VIP tickets include a custom five-ounce beer glass, a Dessert Wars T-shirt, and access to all of the vendors, with one-hour early admission for VIP ticket holders.

As with Dessert Wars, two competitions will take place during the event — one for food and another for beverages — to decide the city’s top vendors.

“Events are fun, but competitions make them even better,” Matthews says. “With this new event, we are creating a very Miami vibe that both the vendors and fans will enjoy, and we look forward to welcoming a lot of new faces to the festival.”

Desserts After Dark. 4 to 8 p.m.Saturday, January 29, at River Landing Miami, 1400 NW North River Dr., Miami. Tickets cost $55 to $75 at

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Fired Former Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo Files Lawsuit Against City, Commissioners, City Manager




MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Three months after he was fired, former Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo is taking legal action against the City of Miami.

On Wednesday, Acevedo filed a 50-page lawsuit claiming the city manager and three commissioners violated his First Amendment rights.

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Acevedo claims they illegally retaliated against him for blowing the whistle on, what he describes as, a toxic stew of corruption and wrongdoing at city hall.

That includes City Manager Art Noriega and Commissioners Joe Carollo, Alex Díaz de la Portilla, and Manolo Reyes.

The complaint details several examples of alleged illegal and unethical activity by commissioners, saying they attempted to “weaponize” Miami police officers against their enemies.

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Acevedo said his firing after only being on the job six months was retribution for trying to maintain his independence as police chief.

It claims those commissioners “targeted Chief Acevedo because of his resistance to their efforts to use the MPD to carry out their personal agendas and vendettas, his reform efforts, and his speaking out against corruption and abuse of power by the City of Miami Commission.”

The new lawsuit alleges Commissioner Carollo demanded Acevedo investigate multiple businesses of his political opponent on allegations Acevedo says were unfounded

It also claims the commissioners interfered in an investigation into a Miami Sergeant-at-Arms, accused of a security breach.

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The lawsuit further says commissioners pushed back against Acevedo’s efforts to combat excessive use of force and their alleged cover-ups.

The suit cites a specific instance where “a woman in police custody spit on an officer, the officer punched her in the face and drove her to the ground, causing her to lose consciousness.”

Back in September and October, Acevedo was the subject of criticism in a series of fiery commission meetings.  The concerns raised included a comment Acevedo made about the department being run by the “Cuban mafia,” his demoting of several police officers, and a Fraternal Order of Police survey which found 79% of those polled did not have confidence in Acevedo’s ability to run the department.

Commissioner Carollo even went so far as to criticize the size of Acevedo’s pants when he performed as Elvis for a charity fundraiser and made comments about if he was “wearing a jockstrap.”

Noriega released the following statement in response to the lawsuit:

“This was expected and I look forward to the opportunity to discredit these false claims made by the former Police Chief. It’s clearly an attempt to retaliate against the individuals that held him accountable for his own shortcomings as Miami Police Chief and to attempt to salvage his professional reputation by casting blame on others. I will leave it to our Law Department to address the complaint directly through the proper legal channels.”

Commissioner Manolo Reyes also issued a statement:

“It is extremely unfortunate that Mr. Acevedo has chosen to sue the city of Miami and its elected officials for his own shortcomings as a police chief. We look forward to handling this matter in court. More so, at no time did I give Mr. Acevedo a list of restaurants and bars to investigate. Nor did I give him any directive regarding an internal affairs investigation.

We will all have our day in court.”

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Commissioner Carollo could not be reached for comment.

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London-Bound American Airlines Flight Returned To MIA After Passenger Refused To Wear A Mask




MIAMI (CBSMiami) – An American Airlines London bound flight from Miami was forced to turn around Wednesday night after a passenger refused to wear a mask.

Flight 38 was about an hour and a half into its flight to Heathrow Airport when it circled back and returned to Miami International Airport.

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Police dispatch called for officers to meet the plane at Gate D14 because at least one passenger was not respecting the mask mandate. Once it landed, more than 100 passengers were informed they had to get off the plane.

Many on the plane had no idea why it returned to Miami.

“Disappointed. They wouldn’t really say anything and I don’t think they told the flight attendants anything because all they would say is there was an extreme incident and they had to turn around,” said one passenger.

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“They just told us to get off and the police were there,” said another passenger.

American Airlines issued a statement apologizing for the inconvenience.

“American Airlines flight 38 with service from Miami (MIA) to London (LHR) returned to MIA due to disruptive customer refusing to comply with the federal mask requirement. The flight landed at MIA where local law enforcement met the aircraft. We thank our crew for their professionalism and apologize to our customers for the inconvenience.”

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The flight was canceled as a result of the incident, leaving these flyers to seek alternate arrangements. Team

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COVID-19 Testing Site Finder




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Miami-Dade County offers free testing for COVID-19 at drive-thru, walk-in and mobile sites.


Test site operations have expanded in Broward to meet increased demand.


In Monroe County, positive COVID-19 cases are significantly increasing as well.


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