A gay cruise in reverse, a Miami nightclub skipping out on paying its workers and a publisher’s blistering open letter to the owners of a piano bar. These stories top the list of heavy hitters, in terms of website traffic, in 2015 on SFGN.com
In February, an RSVP Vacations Cruise abruptly reversed course to return two passengers to Miami. The ship, the aptly named Regal Princess, contained a roster of mostly gay men and reports were rampant of wild partying onboard. Officials with Atlantis Events, confirmed two men were offloaded from the ship and were taken to a nearby hospital. The cruise was the 30th anniversary voyage for RSVP Vacations and continued on to Mexico and Grand Cayman following the incident. The story and its subsequent update ranked first and third, respectively, in terms of website hits.
SFGN’s second story on this list involved the House Nightclub, a popular spot for the glitz and glamour crowd, in Miami. The nightclub was accused of not paying workers. One VIP bottle service worker had enough and blew the whistle on House’s general manager, Mark Lowe.
The fourth story involved another lawsuit in which the former owners of Georgie’s Alibi were accused of publicly humiliating a manager into quitting. One of the previous owners, Jackson Padgett, was accused of pouring water on the manager’s head and ordering him to perform fellatio on him.
Checking in at No. 5 on the list of top stories from 2015 is SFGN publisher Norm Kent’s blistering open letter to the owners of Tropics. Kent took aim at Tropics, the longtime Wilton Manors restaurant and piano bar, for its response to the tragic death of a beloved member of the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida. Greg Futchi was run over and killed outside of Tropics and his death prompted outrage from the community at large with demands for lower speed limits on “The Drive.”
Rounding out SFGN’s top 10 stories are as follows: The death of noted drag magician Cashetta (6), the suicide of local porn star Dmitri Kane (7), an interview with porn star Killian James about bareback sex and PrEP (8), The Impulse Group of South Florida accused of age discrimination (9) and a subway marriage proposal becomes an internet sensation in China (10.)