Florida's Super-Rich Population Grew By 500 Last Year

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Fisher Island, where presumably Florida houses the majority of its really rich people.
Perhaps you're worried about paying your rent, or you're kind of angry the Subway value meal deal went from $5 to $6, or you're busy looking up instructions on how to make thrifty DIY holiday gifts for your family right now.

Well, boy, do we have some good news for you: Florida's rich got richer last year, and now there's a whole more of them.

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Amazon Opening a Giant Distribution Center in Doral, Possibly Brick-and-Mortar Store

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Your Amazon packages could start arriving even sooner. The company has signed a lease to open a 335,841-square-foot warehouse and distribution center in Doral. That will bring about 500 news job to the area, and there's even talk of Amazon opening an actual brick-and-mortar store in the area.

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Miami Beach Will Write Off $13 Million in Fees Owed by SoBe Hotels and Restaurants

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SoHo Beach House: $460,000. Prime Italian restaurant: $280,000. Blockbuster video: $25,000.

It reads like a bill for a raging Art Basel party. In fact, it's just a few of the fees that local businesses owe the City of Miami Beach.

Because of billing mistakes and lax enforcement, however, officials now say the are going to forgive the more than $13 million, essentially giving developers and business owners a huge holiday bonus. So to save some sense of accountability, New Times is publishing the full list of outstanding fines.

See also: Miami Beach Fire Department Is Aflame With Corruption and Abuse

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Meet the Miami Entrepreneur Ready to Fix Your Posture With an Elastic Suit

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For Collon Brown, the revelation came in Toronto, when he was fiddling around with the large elastic bands that are used as truck tie-downs.

Brown had already burned out of his career as a graphic designer and had lately become obsessed with yoga, meditation, and righting his body and mind. He hooked the bands from his waist, around his back, and across his shoulders. It was a eureka moment.

"Immediately I felt better; I was breathing better," he says. "And I thought to myself, This is it!"

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Activist Fights Overtown Development Project, Wants More Benefits for Local Residents

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A rendering of the Plaza at Lyric, part of the redevelopment project
For years , a Miami city agency has sought to secure $60 million for a massive project in chronically impoverished Overtown. But now that the project is finally close to breaking ground, a local activist is claiming the Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) illegally failed to hire any local contractors.

"If you're going to take these properties and make hundreds of millions of dollars, you've got to give something back to the community," says Edduard Prince, the activist.

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City Commission Might Close House Nightclub, Owner Claims Rivals Are Behind "Witch-Hunt"

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An image from Lowe's Facebook page protesting today's hearing.
UPDATE: City commissioners postponed a decision on the club for another six months. Lowe said he is relieved, but only temporarily. "I don't believe the war is over," he said.

The fate of Wynwood's only nightclub could come down to a debate over Grandpa's wrinkled nutsack. Let me explain. This morning, city commissioners will consider whether to shutter House Nightclub. The upscale spot at 1915 NW Miami Ct. is the brainchild of Mark Lowe. House opened only five months ago after Lowe fought for years to obtain the proper permits.

Now, however, the city is considering closing House amid a flood of mysterious complaints. Lowe says he is being sabotaged by his downtown rivals.

"This is such a witch-hunt," Lowe says. "This club is my soul. It's my business. I'm just asking to be left alone."

See also: House, Wynwood's First Megaclub, Faces Fight From Downtown 24-Hour District

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Miami Has the Second Most "Engaged" Workers in America

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Stereotypes be damned, a new analysis has found that the Miami metro area has the second most engaged workforce in America, and no that doesn't explain why everyone at your work place has a fiancé but you.

The analysis from Quantum Workplace (a company that sells software meant to drive employee engagement, so keep in mind this isn't an independent analysis) defines employee engagement through three factors: preach, plan and pursuit. Or otherwise whether employees speak highly of their workplace, plan to keep pursuing their career at their current workplace and have a willingness to put forth extra effort.

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SkyRise Miami Passes, but Is It Really Better Than the Downtown Soccer Stadium?

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It's a go!
Developer Jeff Berkowitz's plan to build an enormous observation tower in downtown Miami passed at the polls Tuesday, but its effect on downtown remains to be seen.

The few voters who showed up to cast ballots in the city yesterday approved the $400 million, 1,000-foot tower by a two-to-one margin. It will also likely include a Tower of Terror-like ride when finished around 2018. Berkowitz will now have to pay the city $1 million upfront. General Growth Properties, which owns Bayside Marketplace, must also invest $27 million in upgrades to the shopping center, and its lease will be extended.

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Waffles and Parking Debate in Wynwood This Morning

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The great Wynwood parking debate continues.
Amid rampant strife from local businesses over ongoing changes to Wynwood parking, the city's parking chief, Art Noriega, is set to defend the new regulations in a discussion with the changes' most vocal critic, local tech entrepreneur Mario Cruz. The parking showdown will commence later this morning at the neighborhood's Waffle Wednesday event at the offices of LiveNinja.com at 120 NW 25th St.

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

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Burger King May Be Moving Headquarters to Canada

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Bye-bye, Burger King? One of Miami-Dade's biggest and perhaps most well-known corporate citizens may be moving to Canada.

According to the New York Times, Burger King confirmed yesterday that its pursuing a merger with Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons that would see the fast-food chain moving its corporate headquarters from Miami-Dade to America's attic.

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