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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Unemployment in Miami-Dade Down 2.9 Percent From a Year Ago

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Unemployment in Miami-Dade is down 2.9 percent from a year ago, according to the latest number from the Florida Department of Economic Activity, indicating that economic recovery in the county continues. The unemployment rate in the county now sits at 7.3 percent (not seasonally adjusted), and the county added 29,600 jobs between June 2013 and June 2014.

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CVS Buying Navarro Discount Pharmacy

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America's largest Hispanic-owned pharmacy chain is set to become a subsidy of a Fortune 500 company.

CVS Pharmacy is set to buy Miami-based Navarro Discount Pharmacy. The chain will continue to operate under its original name and will mostly focus on Hispanic customers.

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Local UberX Driver Says Working for Company Is a Rip-Off

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Editor's Note: After this post was first published this morning, a spokesperson for UberX contacted Riptide and said the company does not have a driver registered under the name Jahrvone Bentley. Riptide got in touch with Bentley, who claimed he was using a pseudonym out of fear of reprisal from the company; Riptide guaranteed Bentley's anonymity and asked for documentation confirming that he is in fact an UberX driver. Bentley provided it.

When Miami native Jahrvone Bentley heard UberX was coming to his city, he thought driving for the company would be a good way to earn some cash.

Three weeks later he's disgusted. "They don't care about the drivers," he tells Riptide. "The drivers are losing."

UberX is a division of the popular San Francisco startup Uber, an app-based cab-like service that uses professional drivers in sleek black cars. But UberX functions in a way similar to ride-sharing, allowing the app users to book rides on the cheap from people who aren't licensed cabbies but have registered to work as drivers for the company.

See also: UberX Will Launch in Miami Today, Defying Miami-Dade's Taxi Laws

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