Design District Garage Will Include Five Different Facades and "Tube Slide"

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We imagine an entry from a history book 1,000 years in the future will read like this:

"Though automobiles were present across the globe, few countries worshipped their cars quite like the United States. In the suburbs, Americans tended to build rooms for their cars in their homes as if they were a member of the family. Though, in urban areas residents tended to rely on public transportation, and any cars were kept in utilitarian structures or on the street. The city-state of Miami however was a notable exception.

The city's elite, enriched through the odd practice of selling housing units to people who never intended to live there, set out on building grand temples to house their cars. The world's leading architectural talents were commissioned to design ostentatious garages with no expenses spared. One of the finest is in an area once called the Design District. Five separate architects collaborated on the project to give the building five separate facades. In fact, the garage is still a popular diving location for tourists visiting the nearby floating resorts."

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Who Is exMiami? PR Firm Denies It's Behind Mysterious Real Estate News Site

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Who is behind exMiami, a curious blog that details development around town? Well, no one seems to know, and, of course, any mystery in Miami must have some nefarious explanation. Right? Well, maybe, maybe not.

Yesterday, blogger Al Crespo alleged, with little evidence, that PR maven Tadd Schwartz of Schwartz Media Strategies, a company hired by many big-time developers, was behind the blog. But today, Schwartz was quick to issue a denial.

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Key Biscayne Home With Private Cove Lists for $60 Million

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Oh, there are lots of fancy homes for sale in Miami on the water, but darling, darling, don't you know that's absolutely basic compared to a home with its own private cove? Fortunately, there's just such a home with its own private cove for sale on the tip of Key Biscayne. It's been listed for $60 million, and if it goes for anything near that amount, it would be the single most expensive home ever sold in Miami-Dade. But private cove opportunities come up only every so often.

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David Beckham Considering Old Miami Herald Site for Stadium

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David Beckham continues having possible soccer stadium sites waved in front of him only to see them snatched away. The latest idea: building a stadium on the old site of the Miami Herald building, though that plan certainly seems like a stretch.

See also: Could David Beckham Be Taking His Team to Broward?

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Mario Chalmers Selling Condo He Bought From Drake at $1.6 Million Markup

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In 2012, Miami Heat point guard Mario Chalmers bought a condo from Drake for $2.4 million. Only two years later, he's put it back on the market for $4 million.

Yes, it is the condo from the "I'm on One" video.

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Stop Erecting Giant Phallic-Shaped Structures in Miami and Calling Them "Legacies"

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When developers Russell Galbut and Jorge Perez revealed their quickly nixed plans to build the largest condo tower on South Beach at 500 Alton earlier this year, they talked about it as their "legacy." That's nothing new. For years South Florida developers have been pretending their business deals are something greater than they are, and that glistening towers meant for the ├╝ber-rich will leave some sort of hallowed legacy for all the citizens of Miami.

But this "legacy" business has gotten out of control. There's a strange new trend of rich Miamians trying to make giant additions of phallic-like structures to our skyline in any way possible and calling it a legacy.

See also: No, Miami Does Not Need a 400-Foot American Flag Downtown

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At Miami's New Science Museum, You Will Literally Be Able to Jump the Shark(s)

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A view of the science museum's central 500,000-gallon aquarium, which will be filled with sharks and (maybe) topped with a zipline. View more photos of the science museum's construction.
From high above Biscayne Boulevard, Frank Steslow peers down into what looks like the world's largest punch bowl. Grown men crawl like insects inside the massive martini-glass-shaped structure. Rebar pokes out at odd angles. Construction cranes swirl. Concrete settles into place.

Steslow is showing off his baby: the brand-new, half-built Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science. As chief operating officer, Steslow knows more about this place than anyone. The punch bowl, for instance, is actually a 500,000-gallon aquarium that will be filled with sharks and other large marine animals, he explains. Naturally, the 10-year-old boy trapped inside this New Times reporter's body can't help but ask: Will visitors really be able to dangle themselves above the open shark pit?

"Gillian keeps talking about that," Steslow says with an uncomfortable smile, referring to the science museum's president, Gillian Thomas. "We are exploring whether or not there is an opportunity to have a zipline over the tank."

One thing is immediately clear here: This is not your childhood science museum.

See also: Photos of the construction at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science

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This $4.8 Million South Beach Condo Is Definitely Not a Sex Den

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There's lots of let's say interesting interior decorating choices in Miami Beach, but it's not every day we come across a home that features an honest-to-God stripper pole jutting out of its coffee table.

Today is that day thanks to Curbed, which highlights this $4.88 million condo in the Continuum in South Beach.

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Butterflies Living on Land Sold to Walmart Developer Are Now Officially Endangered

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A Bartram's scrub-hairstreak butterfly, which will be officially endangered September 11, near the site of the controversial UM sale.
When news broke last month that the University of Miami had sold an 88-acre plot of endangered pine rockland forest to a Palm Beach developer that planned to build a Walmart, environmentalists and activists were outraged. The rare forest is the only habitat of several species, most famously the Bartram's scrub-hairstreak butterfly. At the time, though, the species wasn't officially listed as endangered.

That changed yesterday: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced the Bartram's, as well as the Florida leafwing, will be designated as endangered beginning September 11. The two species' habitats will also be listed as critical.

"What that does, in effect, is add a layer of protection," Ken Warren, a spokesman for the
USFWS, tells Riptide.

See also: Thousands Sign Petitions Against Walmart Development on Endangered Pine Rockland


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Fisher Family: Destroying Church Courtyard Shows "Lack of Respect for History and Culture"

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One of the photos MBCC included in its application to transform the courtyard into a clothing store
Sometime this morning, the Miami Beach Historical Preservation Board will decide whether or not to grant a rehearing on the controversial plan to turn the Miami Beach Community Church courtyard into a clothing store. Church leaders claim the plan will save the struggling parish. Preservationists and some church members, meanwhile, say the plan will be a disaster.

One man who hasn't weighed in until now is Jerry Fisher, the last living relative of Carl Fisher, the man who founded the church and much of Miami Beach.

Destroying the courtyard would show "a lack of respect for history and culture," Fisher says. "Once it's been destroyed you can never go back. That's the problem."

See also: Miami Beach Community Church Controversy: Developer Donated $500,000 Before Key Vote

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