Top Stories This Week

5/22/2014, 10:30 a.m.
This week's top stories from The Miami Times.

1. Miami Beach Prepares for Urban Beach Weekend

Closed roads, additional lighting and 600 police officers are the ingredients in a recipe for improved security this upcoming Memorial Day Weekend. Urban Beach Week brings in an estimated 250,000 visitors who take to the city's beaches, hotels, restaurants and night clubs. What excitement will tourists bring this year?

2. Crist Seeks Black Voters with New Liberty City Office

The battle for the state's highest government office may become more interesting, as Democrat candidate Charlie Crist addresses demographic groups left out by current governor Rick Scott. Self-proclaimed "people's governor," Crist, opened a new campaign office in Liberty City where he spoke to about 75 local leaders and residents.

3. Soul Food Festival to Spice Up Memorial Day Weekend

Those foods familiar to the taste buds of many Black Americans - pigeon peas and rice, fried fish, collard greens, sweet potato pie - will attract thousands of foodies to both West Palm and Lauderhill starting Friday, May 23. The Kinfolk Soul Food Festival is touted as a family-friendly alternative to the Memorial Day Weekend craziness on South Beach.

4. Meet Me in Miami: Recap of Miami Fashion Week

Pop-up boutiques, roundtable discussions, and a "silence dance party" were all features of last week's Miami Fashion Week. Find out about those, Cynthia Bailey's workshop and more in our recap.