Floatopia 2014: Miami to Take Massive Ice Bucket Challenge on the Beach

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Gather your air pumps and red Solo cups, Miami. It's time for another Floatopia, the bi-annual celebration of beach, bikinis, and fun floats that make us all feel like boys and girls again.

This year's float fest at South Pointe Park has been challenged to take the ALS ice bucket challenge by the original Floatopia in Virginia Beach. A cringe-inducing task on the regular, Floatopia's event has hot sun, cool ocean, and BYOB booze to soften that freezing blow.

"I think (Miami) is a great venue because it's pretty, the water is right there," the event's organizer said. "At 3:05 p.m., everyone will grab a bucket, bring abuela's bucket, or your nephew's bucket -- hopefully I'll be able to provide the ice -- and we'll all do the ice bucket challenge."

See also: Floatopia Returns to South Beach! Top Five Tips for Successful Floating

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Art Basel Miami Beach Veteran Annette Schönholzer Steps Down

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Art Basel Miami Beach is facing yet another change of hands. Gallerist reports that longtime Basel figure Annette Schönholzer will step down as Director of New Initiatives to pursue other cultural projects.

Show manager of the first Art Basel Miami Beach in 2002, and later co-director with Marc Spiegler of all three Art Basel fairs worldwide, Schönholzer was one of three executives named to replace the founding director of Art Basel Miami Beach, Sam Keller, in 2007. Now only Spiegler remains of the trio. Gallerist says Marco Fazzone, Director of resources and finance and the Director of Asia, will be added to the roster.

See also: Art Basel Miami Beach 2013: Winners and Losers

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Miami Gifted Piece of Berlin Wall for Permanent Display

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A bit of German graffiti will soon join our own.
Miami is about to get a piece of world history, just in time for the Art Basel madness to come this winter. German officials announced that Miami will receive a two-ton piece of the Berlin Wall to join our city's sprawling public art presence.

WLRN reports that the chunk of wall will become a permanent exhibit across Biscayne Boulevard from the Freedom Tower.

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Floridians Illegally Download More Movies and TV Shows Than Almost Any Other State's Residents

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Penny Dreadful: She's pissed because you didn't pay for that episode.
Do you torrent, bro?

If you're reading this in Florida, there's a relatively good chance that you do. The real estate blog Movoto recently released a report on torrenting, or the practice of downloading, seeding, and sharing copyrighted material online, all across the country. And Florida ranked among the states where residents are torrenting the most.

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Miami Artist AholSniffsGlue Sues American Eagle Outfitters for Intellectual Property Infringement

Giulo Sciorio
AholSniffsGlue is one of the Magic City's quintessential street artists who is widely known for his trademark droopy eyes that keep watch over Wynwood at NW 27th Street and for more than a decade have peered down on I-95 traffic outside of the Margulies Collection.

So when American Eagle Outfitters descended on Wynwood earlier this year to package its 2014 spring break advertising with a distinct urban vibe, it became besotted by the local artist's attention-grabbing imagery.

The company, which earned more than $3 billion last year, boasts 1,000-plus stores around the world, and ships to customers in 81 countries, began using Ahol's work on its webpage, social media sites, billboards, and in-store displays as part of a sweeping international blitz to shape its brand identity and sell its product.

The problem, according to a lawsuit filed by Ahol, is that American Eagle never sought the artist's authorization or compensated him for plastering his work on its ads.

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Pepe Billete to Host National XM Radio Show

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It's official, y'all. Pepe Billete's gone national.

The Cuban puppet with a mouth like a sailor speaking Spanglish is no longer just "Miami famous." He announced on Twitter this afternoon that XM satellite radio has offered him his own national sports talk radio show.

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It's Official: Florida Is the Scariest State in the U.S.

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People from up North love to pretend to be afraid of Florida because of its crazy conservatives, dangerous gun laws, and general WTF-ness. But according to a new study, Florida really is the scariest state in the U.S. -- for far different reasons.

See also: Florida Is the Most Stressed State in America, Study Says

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Miami Parking Authority Apologizes for Ticketing in Wynwood, Will Issue Refunds

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Robert Fontaine
Tickets issued in Wynwood are up for refund.
Earlier this week, New Times reported that parking fees were being enforced on NW Second Avenue in Wynwood, much to the surprise and dismay of local business owners. Today, the City of Miami Parking Authority apologized for ticketing cars parked on NW Second Avenue in Wynwood and promised to refund the cost of those tickets.

"No enforcement is [currently] going on, and the ticketing should not have happened," said Rolando Tapanes, the director of planning and development for the Parking Authority. "It was done in error."

See also: Parking Ticket Spree Along Wynwood's Main Corridor Has Business Owners Bristling

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Parking Ticket Spree Along Wynwood's Main Corridor Has Business Owners Bristling

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Rich Robinson
Gum Gallery's Andrea Pasin points to the new parking signs along NW Second Ave.
The City of Miami Parking Authority has been actively ticketing vehicles parked on NW Second Ave. in the heart of Wynwood, according to employees at a handful of local art galleries.

Parking along Wynwood's busy main drag was formerly free of charge. But in recent weeks, the city has erected "Pay To Park" signage and, gallerists say, has been going on ticketing sprees during the neighborhood's busiest times.

No automated parking meters have yet been installed on NW Second Ave., which local business owners feel is unfair and counterproductive to the economic development of the fledgling art district.

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Sewer System Coming To Miami Shores With Promises of New Restaurants

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Rich Robinson
Miami Shores Pizza Fiore, one of a relative few restaurants in the village.
Miami Shores, the wealthy village wedged between Little Haiti and North Miami, is poised for a commercial renaissance along its main downtown corridor on NE Second Ave., as a long awaited sewer system is planned to be installed in the next two years, according to a municipal official.

Tom Benton, the village manager said in an interview that he expects construction to begin by January 2015. From there, it could be up to 15 months before the new system is complete.

The sewer is critical to making Miami Shores a viable economic district, says Todd Leoni, who owns two buildings on the street.

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