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Jacksonville Judge Violates First Amendment Says Carlos Miller – #OnlyinMiami Show, Ep. 84

9 July 2015

Jacksonville Judge Violates First Amendment Says Carlos Miller – #OnlyinMiami Show, Ep. 84

Episode 84 of the #OnlyinMiami Show featured an interview with Carlos Miller, founder and publisher of PhotographyIsNotACrime.com.

Hour 1

3:27 – Grant expressed his support for the recent resolution passed by the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners condemning Donald Trump’s recent comments on immigration. Trump’s comments created outrage in the Latin American community and have cost him business relationships with Univision, NBC, and Macy’s.

8:35 – Grant welcomed Carlos Miller, founder and publisher of PhotographyIsNotACrime.com to the show. They spoke about a situation in Jacksonville where the acting chief judge for the Jacksonville County Court has issued an order that disallows any protests that are critical of the court or its judges on the courthouse grounds. The order is being challenged by PINAC as being a violation of the First Amendment to the Constitution. UPDATE: The day after the show aired, the judge reconsidered his order and has scaled it back significantly. For ongoing coverage of this situation and other First Amendment violations, visit photographyisnotacrime.com.

12:41 – Local attorney Thomas Cobitz called into the show. He and Grant began by talking about the push to equip Miami-Dade police officers with body-worn cameras. They talked about Sunshine Law requirements for the video footage from these cameras. Thomas expressed concern for tipsters because of the likelihood for retaliation based on those they accused being able to request the footage to know who turned them in. Likewise, concern was expressed for making the inside of a private residence public record. Carlos Miller joined the conversation and talked about the length of time that videos should be preserved. Current legislation indicates that they would be preserved for 90 days. However, some defendants are held for that long or longer and may not be able to submit a records request until after the footage has been deleted. Cobitz argued that a fairer solution might be to preserve the footage until the statute of limitations for the crime has expired.

25:54 – Grant and Carlos were joined by PINAC’s Jacksonville-based reporter Jeffrey Gray, who talked about what he does for the website. He talked about his experience filming the courthouse in Jacksonville from a sidewalk that was not covered in the judge’s order and how he was approached by law enforcement and harassed anyway. Carlos talked about how PINAC will respond, since credentialed media are exempted from the order, but the judge reserves the right to determine who is or is not credentialed media.

41:49 – Grant was joined by Timothy Canova, who talked about the Trans-Pacific Partnership – a trade agreement that many are troubled by. One such aspect is that businesses could challenge U.S. law and have their case decided by a trade arbitrators. This could have implications for environmental law, as corporations could potentially appeal such laws to an arbitrator to avoid compliance or to receive compensation. For more information about this ongoing debate, visit isdscorporateattacks.org or search Twitter for the hashtag #stopTPP.

47:14 – Grant continued his conversation with Carlos Miller talking about a civil action in Jacksonville to protest Chief Judge Mahon’s order. PINAC is sponsoring a meet-up and protest at the Duval County Courthouse on July 20. They also talked about the case of Michale Hoffman, who was arrested for holding a sign critical of the Transportation Security Administration at the Jacksonville airport.

Hour 2

56:15 – Grant welcomed local composer Jim Camacho to the show. He talked about his upcoming show on Saturday, July 11 at 8:30pm at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center that will feature his compositions, including a world premiere. For more information or tickets, visit smdcac.org. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.

1:08:02 – Grant, J.J. Colagrande, and Brandon Mowry talked sports, reveling in the fact that the Heat and Dwyane Wade have come to terms and looking forward to the coming Heat season. They also talked about free agency for the rest of the league, including admiration for what the Spurs were able to achieve in free agency.

1:28:20 – J.J. Colagrande interviewed Forrest Shaw, a comedian in L.A. who grew up here in Miami. They talked about his career and his upcoming show at Gramps in Wynwood. He will be appearing on July 15 with a few other comedians. For more information, follow Forrest on Twitter (@forrestshaw) for information on upcoming shows and links to purchase tickets.

1:39:31 – Grant, J.J., and Brandon continued talking sports. They talked about the U.S. Women’s National Team and their big Women’s World Cup victory this past Sunday. They also lamented losing Giancarlo Stanton for a couple weeks due to his hand injury.

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Raquel Regalado Talks About Transparency in Government – Only In Miami Show, Ep. 65

24 February 2015

Raquel Regalado Talks About Transparency in Government – Only In Miami Show, Ep. 65

Episode 65 of the Only In Miami Show featured an interview with elected Miami-Dade County School Board Member Raquel Regalado, who is involved in more than school board issues in Miami-Dade County.

Host Grant Stern talked about Walmart’s continuing plans to colonize all of Miami and the Rally for the Rocklands / Shame on The U protest on Friday, February 27th from 3-6pm at the University Metrorail Station. This Walmart war is over south Miami-Dade’s native pine rocklands surrounding to Zoo Miami which University of Miami recently sold to a developer Ram Realty.

Racquel Regalado joins the show after 7 minutes to speak about her personal #OnlyInMiami story and about the need to preserve our local history and pursue a consensus land use policy. Raquel also disucssed transparency issues in local government and about her fight against the recent courthouse bond question. She also spent a few minutes discussing her recent lawsuit with Norman Braman in opposition to the SkyRise subsidies.

At the beginning of the second hour, VP of Curation Michael Knoll of History Miami joined the show to talk about the Community Photo Gallery, a project he operates with funding from the Knight Arts Challenge.

Finally, Grant was joined by Drastic Fanatic for the Sports Hour, which included a special interview with Mike Heineman, who is the president of the Miami Heat’s development league affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce.

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Only in Miami 2014 Primary Election wrap-up featuring interview with former Sen. Nan Rich

3 September 2014

Only in Miami 2014 Primary Election wrap-up featuring interview with former Sen. Nan Rich

UPDATED 9/3/14: This story has been updated with the Official Results of the August 26th, 2014 Primary & General elections voting.


Episode 39 of the Only in Miami Show featured interviews with candidates for election in the primary, including Nan Rich, 2014 Democratic candidate for governor, defeated at the polls August 26th, 2014 by Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Charlie Crist and his running mate for Lt. Governor from Miami, Annette Taddeo.

We also spoke with Elizabeth Cuevas-Neunder, the now defeated Republican primary challenger to governor Rick Scott, a call in by Judge Rodney Smith who was re-elected and judicial candidate Thomas Cobitz in studio, who sadly did not win his race.  Furthermore, we reviewed three City of Miami Ballot questions and the results are below.


This podcast is hosted by Grant Stern and featured guest co-host Jane Muir, an attorney with the business law firm Gersten & Muir. The Only in Miami Show made the following endorsements on election eve:

After hearing from Judge Rodney “Rod” Smith, and learning about his extensive experience as an attorney, trying hundreds of cases as an assistant State Attorney and later as an in house attorney, as well as all about his high ratings from his peers in the legal profession, we endorsed RODNEY SMITH. We also heard from Thomas Cobitz, and learned about his service to the civilian investigative panel, as well as a traffic court magistrate judge. We endorsed THOMAS COBITZ. Jane W. Muir, Esq. & former Judge Candidate Tom Cobitz

In the judicial races, we endorsed: Tom Cobitz Rod Smith Alberto “Al” Milian Martin Zilber Fleur Jeannine Lobree Renier Diaz de la Portilla Rachel Glorioso Dooley Judge Nuria Saenz.

For Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser which became an elected position in 2008, we endorse Pedro Garcia, experienced property appraiser, running again after being defeated by Carlos Lopez-Cantera in the last race.

UPDATED 9/3: Pedro Garcia advanced to a runoff election to be held with the November ballot against a career politician.  Mr. Garcia is a professional appraiser by training and certification and this blog strongly endorses him for office. The show’s host, Grant Stern has seen Mr. Garcia speak and conversed with him, used the tools of the office and regularly reviewed its assessments of various properties in the line of his professional work as a Mortgage Broker at Morningside Mortgage Corporation.

For full disclosure neither the company, nor show, nor host have donated any money to Mr. Garcia. Furthermore, none of the above mentioned people or entities have had a matter go to hearing with Mr. Garcia. We cannot stress enough the importance of having a professional and certified appraiser or a mortgage broker or lender or a real estate broker or banker with a professional specialty in Real Estate in the important position of Miami-Dade County Real Estate Appraiser.

Mr. Garcia is the only qualified candidate for Miami-Dade Property Appraiser in the runoff election on this November’s ballot.  We strongly urge you to vote for Pedro Garcia in the fall.

City of Miami Ballot Questions and Results

Three important questions were answered by a scant 22,700 of Miami’s 400,000+ residents.

PASSED: We are calling the first ballot initiative the “Submerged Land” measure. Because it might lead to the filling in of the FEC slip, beside the American Airlines Arena, and have many negative effects on the potential for city officials to give away public resources, we recommend for the first City of Miami ballot initiative – VOTE NO.

PASSED: The second amendment we are calling the “Corollo Amendment” because he added it to the ballot, on the basis that Watson Island was leased to development interests, but regrettably they have not acted on their lease. In order to prevent developers from amassing land parcels and then not acting on their rights, we recommend VOTE YES on this initiative.

PASSED: The last ballot initiative we are calling the “Skyrise Amendment” because it will extend the Bayside lease to 99 years and permit them to sublease the parking lot beside the marina to a builder for the purpose of building a 1000 foot tower. Because we believe that this is a poor use of city land and resources, we recommend VOTE NO on this initiative.  We have opined about Skyrise on the Only in Miami Show often, and strongly advocated against subsidizing yet another Billionaire’s fantasy on public waterfront land.

Written by Jane W. Muir, Esq. of Gersten & Muir, a law firm and co-authored/edited by Grant Stern of Morningside Mortgage.

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