This past Sunday night, former Miami Beach Mayor Alex Daoud proved he could still draw a crowd — and wow them with his wit and personality. About 100 people stopped by Books & Books in Coral Gables to listen to him talk about The Sins of South Beach.
If you're not familiar with the book, here's a recap: Daoud, who was born in Miami Beach, entered politics and took bribes. He occupied the mayor's office during a time of great change on the Beach — those Cocaine Cowboys / Miami Vide days — and helped usher in redevelopment. Daoud's book chronicles the corruption, the sex, the violence, and his federal conviction on bribery charges. He served 18 months in prison and testified against many of the South Florida players who bribed him.