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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Did Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine burglarize a Coca Cola truck and steal the keys?



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Philip "Gomer Pyle" Levine. 
Random Pixels is hearing from sources that Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine may have committed several crimes last Monday.

Levine, apparently channeling his inner Gomer Pyle, is said to have become enraged at the sight of a Coca Cola truck double-parked on Washington Avenue earlier this week. Levine allegedly climbed into the cab of the truck and snatched the keys from the ignition.

One source tells me, "The rumor is that there was a Coca Cola truck double-parked and the Mayor went inside the cab, took out the key and refused to give it back to the driver until an officer arrived to issue a citation."

On a message board frequented by Miami Beach police officers, someone offered the opinion that Levine may have committed the crime of "burglary to a conveyance."

Levine apparently forgot that just a few short months ago, he sang the praises of Coke at a "press conference" as he took delivery of a commemorative, limited-edition six-pack of the sugary poison as a part of the city's 100th birthday celebration.

(Watch the press conference by clicking here ... if only to see Levine at his smarmiest and most oleaginous.)




If the details of the alleged Washington Avenue incident are true, it wouldn't be out of character for Levine, an admitted micromanager who's been known to act like douchebag from time to time.

On December 6, 2013, Levine, who had been in office less than two weeks, showed up at the Star Island home of millionaire Thomas Kramer for a private party.

Unable to get in, Levine soon found himself part of an unruly mob of gate crashers on the street in front of Kramer's home. Police were called and that's when things got ugly.
Unable to get in, Levine texted Kramer.

Kramer responded by calling police and parking enforcement officers to his home.

Cops showed up and talked to Kramer. He told them he wanted the party crashers gone and their vehicles removed.

Cops then went back outside and told the crowd to disperse. The unruly mob responded by ignoring the order, and some continued to attempt to get inside. A few in the crowd "physically pushed the officers."

At some point, one of the officers, Giordano Cardoso, unholstered his Taser, and after removing the cartridge, aimed it at the ground and fired three short bursts or "warning arcs."

According to a just released police department Internal Affairs report on the incident [embedded below], after hearing the Taser, "the crowd began to disperse and obey the officers."

In a May 2014 story on the incident, the Miami Herald reported ...
[An] investigation of the Dec. 6 incident was instigated by then newly elected Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, who told a police supervisor on the scene that officer Giordano Cardoso’s actions were "out of control" when he used his Taser to disperse a crowd trying to get into Kramer’s Star Island home.
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Though Levine initiated the investigation into Cardoso, the report said he chose not to speak to investigators or give a formal statement. The mayor told the Miami Herald on Tuesday that he spoke with someone at the police department the day after the incident, but did not recall who. The internal affairs report said police made several attempts to talk to the mayor.

And then there's this from the most recent issue of Ocean Drive Magazine:
“Anyone who knows me knows I’m a pothole mayor,” Levine says with a laugh, insisting that he thrives on micromanaging, even down to personally intervening in roadwork. He recalls driving down the Beach’s Alton Road during last December’s Art Basel.

Suddenly he was greeted with the sight of an orange menace: “They’d put cones up in one lane! I got out of the car and I personally threw all the cones onto the sidewalk. [I then] called the CEO of the construction company and the [city’s] director of public works,” he continues with a grimace. “They responded by saying that it was a total mistake; they’d get the cones cleared in one hour. I told them not to worry because I’d gotten it done in three minutes.”

A Miami Beach Police Department spokesperson told me this afternoon that he had no knowledge of Monday's alleged incident involving the Mayor.

The spokesperson told me he would look into the allegation and asked me to email a request for more information.

Stay tuned.




Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Here are some photos of Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and City Manager Jimmy Morales wearing matching guayaberas


Here's Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine wearing a guayabera.
(Click images to enlarge.) 


They held one of those mass naturalization ceremonies on the sands of Miami Beach this morning.

According to the Miami Herald, "100 immigrants from 25 countries ... became U.S. citizens Wednesday morning under the blazing sun at Eighth Street and Ocean Drive, one of the many events staged this week as part of Miami Beach’s centennial celebration."

The Herald's 700 word story doesn't mention Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine because the story wasn't really about Levine...it was about the 100 people who showed up to take the Oath of Allegiance. But I know Levine was there because he posted 8 photos of himself on his Facebook page.

The story says many of the new citizens sworn in today are from Spain, Argentina and Cuba.

Levine showed up dressed for the occasion in a guayabera....strange wardrobe choice for a man, who, when he was running for the mayor's seat in 2013, disrespected Hispanics by vowing to change the culture in City Hall "from one of being maƱana, lazy..."

Levine's sock-puppet City Manager, Jimmy Morales, also wore a guayabera.

So if 100 new citizens were sworn in today, why do most of the pictures on Levine's Facebook page show him?

Because it's all about Philip Levine, isn't it, Phil? It's always about you.



"Blah, blah, blah."

Here's a shot of Mayor Philip Levine and City Manager
Jimmy Morales wearing matching guayaberas, as seen from the rear. 

Here's a frontal view of Mayor Philip Levine and City Manager
Jimmy Morales in their matching guayaberas. 

Here's one more shot of Mayor Philip Levine and City Manager
Jimmy Morales in their matching guayaberas. 



Monday, March 23, 2015

Here are some photos of Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine pointing and waving


Here are some pictures of Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine that were taken over the weekend. In one of the photos he's waving and in the other he's pointing. The photos were shot at some event that a year from now no one will remember attending.

I've also included a bonus photo of Mayor Levine standing next to a well-endowed lady.

Enjoy your day.



Mayor Levine waving.

Mayor Levine pointing. 

Mayor Levine and some lady. 



Sunday, March 22, 2015

The way we were....Selling Miami Beach with sun, sand and a hint of sex


Miami Beach is getting ready to kick off a week of events celebrating its 100 years as a city.

Miami Beach got its start when founding father Carl Fisher set about to transform a "slender sandspit of mangroves and swamp, mosquitoes and crocodiles, palmetto scrub and sea-stroked beach" into a city.

Sometime in the 1920s, Fisher hired a publicity agent for the Beach.

His name was Steve Hannagan and it was he who came up with the idea of using photographs of attractive women in skimpy - for the period - bathing attire to promote the city. The idea caught on and the Beach continued to market itself with "cheesecake" photos for the next 50 years.

Well into the late 1970s, promotional photographs were taken by staff photographers working for Miami Beach's Tourist Development Authority and sent to northern newspapers by mail and wire services.

Models were paid $5 for their time and given a selection of five 8x10 prints for their portfolios.

But in the late 1970s, Miami Beach stopped using models to promote the city following protests from feminist groups.

Dolores Kirby. 
(All photographs from 
City of Miami Beach digital archives)

Anita Hitson
(Click images to enlarge)

Helga Cords

Helga Cords

Promotional shot. (1956)

Promotional shot with two models. (1957)

Ellen Severson, Miss Miami Beach. (1959)

Sandy Maas. (1959)

Leslie Mitchell (undated)