Yet rich Russians have a particular attraction to the largest Miami mansions and condos. The weather is a welcome escape from Moscow winters. Russian millionaires and billionaires are also obsessed with security and protection, which they can easily find in Miami’s large collection of gated communities, private islands with private police forces and protected condo towers.
Buying a mansion or condo in Miami also requires limited disclosure – a big plus for Russians who are loathe to give information about their finances and business backgrounds.
“Disposable cell phones. Money wired to a convicted con man’s prison commissary account. A lawyer illegally and secretly on the payroll. These sound like the tactics of a rogue program, but they’re all tricks the NCAA pulled out to nail Miami.”—The NCAA and Miami Prepare for Battle (Deadspin)
While other cops strived for the big bust or sergeant’s stripes, George Navarro Jr. had other aspirations. The Miami Beach patrolman yearned for the ultimate score, his friends told investigators: to engineer an epic drug deal, one that would make him rich and allow him to leave law enforcement behind.
The investigation into his actions has produced reams of damning documents detailing bungled trips to the Bahamas to buy kilos of coke, the rip-off of a suspected marijuana grow house, drunken brawls, a botched attempt to collect a drug debt and — perhaps most strikingly — his penchant for lending his police car, uniforms and other gear to meth-dealer pals.
If nothing else, the investigation of George Navarro Jr. inflicts another black eye on the beleaguered Miami Beach Police Department, battered in recent years by stories of lax discipline and criminal misbehavior.
“You know, I just want to note on this. There are district attorneys and U.S. attorneys who are out there every day squeezing ordinary citizens on sometimes very thin grounds. And taking them to trial in order to make an example, as they put it. I’m really concerned that too big to fail has become too big for trial. That just seems wrong to me.”—Sen. Elizabeth Warren to bank regulators: Why aren’t more bank execs in jail?”
“There’s a national accord that thin is generally better than fat. However, it’s hardly the biggest issue when you’re picking a governor. There are citizens all over the country who would trade their more compact leaders for Christie in a second. Just ask somebody in Pennsylvania. Or Illinois. The guy in Florida has the physique of a greyhound and the state is totally miserable.”—
“If the right people had been in charge of Nixon’s funeral, his casket would have been launched into one of those open-sewage canals that empty into the ocean just south of Los Angeles. He was a swine of a man and a jabbering dupe of a president. Nixon was so crooked that he needed servants to help him screw his pants on every morning. Even his funeral was illegal. He was queer in the deepest way. His body should have been burned in a trash bin.”—On the occasion of Richard Nixon’s 100th birthday, Hunter Thompson’s obit for Tricky Dick: He Was a Crook
“From radio to newspapers to movies it’s old world thinking, a circle jerk trying to perpetuate something that’s dead. The sooner old media dies, the clearer the landscape will be. Radio is not coming back. Newspapers will not survive in print, and most won’t survive at all. And while we’re at it, CDs are history and physical books are goners. The fact that something still exists does not mean it isn’t over.”—Lefsetz Letter » Top Ten Issues
Fredric Snitzer, one of the few Miami gallerists invited to exhibit at Art Basel Miami Beach, is also pessimistic about the future of Wynwood as a thriving art district, even though he was one of the area’s pioneers (his gallery opened in 1977).
“I don’t know what is going to happen here…the neighborhood is sprawling and it still has quite a bit of a crime problem…I don’t have the aspirations I used to have about the neighborhood any more.’’