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Coral Gables commission tentatively approves plastic bag ban

Plastic bag use in stores could soon be a thing of the past in Coral Gables after the city commission on Tuesday gave initial approval to an ordinance banning the products. The measure will require a second vote to become law, which will likely come at the March 28 meeting. The action sets the city up to be the first municipality in Florida to ban plastic bag use. Although the proposal drew a crowd of supporters, it also had some opponents — or at least people who asked the commission to delay action. The ordinance will prohibit plastic bag use by retailers in Coral Gables and at city special events. The ordinance does provide for exceptions including: plastic bags that the shopper provides, plastic bags without handles, bags used to hold prescription medicines at a pharmacy or veterinarian’s office, dry cleaning bags, pet waste bags, yard waste or trash bags and newspaper bags. Violators would be warned first, but then could be fined, starting at $50 and increasing to $500 after a third violation in a one-year period. The item also encourages businesses to promote the use of reusable bags and gives retailers the option to provide reusable or paper bags for a fee of at least 10 cents. Supporters and members of environmental groups, including the Surfrider Foundation, Debris Free Oceans, and Miami Waterkeeper, packed the commission...

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How much has Miami Beach left on the table by not signing Airbnb deal? A lot.

n the midst of a deadlock between Airbnb and Miami Beach, the home sharing platform is trying to sway the tourist town with — what else? — money. That’s $2 million to be exact, the amount Miami Beach left on the table in 2016 by refusing to sign a tax agreement that would allow Airbnb to collect the 3 percent resort tax from its hosts and remit it back to the city, the company told the Miami Herald Wednesday. Miami Beach is one of three municipalities in Miami-Dade County with its own resort tax. Of the other two, Surfside and Bal Harbour Village, Surfside has already signed a deal with the platform. The county and Airbnb say they are also near reaching an agreement. Read...

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Marriott Stanton South Beach to undergo $15M renovation

The Marriott Stanton South Beach is amid a $15 million renovation, announced Key International, sprucing up its food and beverage concepts and amenities. Located at 161 Ocean Drive, there are plans for multiple new dining options in the 224-room hotel, in addition to improvements in its on-site Starbucks, and a new full-service spa. They’ve already added a new beachside Mexican eatery in the recently opened Lolo’s Surf Cantina, which was created after repurposing former guest rooms....

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What are Skin Tags?

Skin tags are narrow, short stalks that stick out above the skin surface. This common skin ailment affects more than 3 million people per year within the United States. The National Institute of Health conducted research that revealed approximately 46% of the population in the United States has skin tags. This painless and harmless skin ailment has people rushing to the doctor in fear a serious growth is forming on their skin. The following information will help you learn more about skin tags. Who gets skin tags? Anyone ranging from infancy to the elderly can develop a skin tag....

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Time Management: Getting Past Obstacles

These days, electronic devices have become our personal assistant when it comes to scheduling. Calendars, reminder apps and more now dictate our daily schedule and keep us on track. This is an excellent tool that is beneficial in a variety of ways. However, it’s the unscheduled obstacles that often get in our way and cause us to get off track. Consider the following tips to help you overcome obstacles. Time Management Tips That Work Don’t Waste Time – It’s difficult for many of us to admit that we waste precious time every day. While relaxing on a Sunday afternoon surfing the internet and social media sites is a fun way to spend a leisurely day, when it comes to business it’s not. Have you ever arrived early at work only to sit at your desk and spend a few minutes surfing Facebook and other social media sites for fun? Before you realize it about 30 minutes are wasted and your work day began without you. This means that you are already 30 minutes behind on your schedule for the day. This causes panic, stress and the feeling of being overwhelmed. Stop wasting time by dedicating a special time of the day for personal fun, entertainment and more. Try to keep it out of work hours. Prepare for Emergencies – If you notice that an unscheduled event pops up a...

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