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Outlook 2017: South Florida tourism industry shows resilience despite headwinds

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:52:34 GMT

The Hyde Resort & Residences in Hollywood will feature 40 condos and 367 resort units comprised of one-, two- and three-bedroom suites decorated with natural wood and stone elements. The units have fully equipped kitchens with stainless appliances and granite counters, and in-suite washers/dryers.




Report: Florida city among most roach-infested in the U.S. It's not...

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 06:56:48 GMT

It's not only Zika that Floridians have to worry about, after one city made the list as the third most cockroach-infested place in the U.S. According to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau , Miami ranked as the third-highest city to have these crawling critters out of the 25 most populated U.S. cities. The Miami New Times reports that 32 percent of residents in the city "had signs" of cockroaches in their homes in the past 12 months, which means 644 out of 2,005 people saw these bugs.




Florida man's message in bottle turns up 34 years later

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 04:56:00 GMT

It took about 34 years, but a sailor finally got a response to a message he stuffed into a plastic bottle and tossed into the Atlantic Ocean. Then 19-year-old Ron Herbst was a petty officer in the Navy aboard the USS Coral Sea.




5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 21

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:38:44 GMT

A Missouri couple vacationing in Florida had a close encounter with an alligator when it leapt into their airboat and became wedged in the boat's railing. The guide killed the engine and floated close to the bank so people could photograph the gator.




Rough weather expected to blow through South Florida late this weekend

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:19:22 GMT

South Floridians should enjoy the outdoors on Saturday and early Sunday because after that, forecasters say the weather will bring rainstorms and possibly tornadoes. The stretch of mostly sunny, calm days we've had is expected to change significantly, "instead of being stuck in one pattern," said Robert Molleda, the Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service.




Florida mother arrested for having sex with two teenagers

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:51:30 GMT

President Obama and first lady Michelle welcome the Trumps to the White House in last stop before the Donald is sworn in as the 45th President of the United States Ivanka Trump stuns in a black and white gown as she is joined by Tiffany and the rest of the clan at The Donald's pre-inauguration dinner Pro-Trump bikers roar into Washington DC ready to form a 'WALL OF MEAT' to protect The Donald from protesters at his inauguration Dance floor ready! Caitlyn Jenner attends inauguration eve dinner in a tassel dress amid rumors Trump has been encouraged to dance with her Flawless First Lady: Melania Trump is a vision in baby-blue Ralph Lauren as she channels Jackie Kennedy in an elegant dress and gloves for the inauguration 'I'm going to have biggest pee of my whole life': Alec Baldwin brings his Trump impression to huge New York protest with tasteless 'dirty dossier' joke about Donald ... (more)




This prison is by far the deadliest in Florida

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:21:27 GMT

Three years after Dade Correctional Institution was thrust into the national spotlight for the death of an inmate locked in a boiling shower in its mental health unit, deaths at the prison have soared to unprecedented heights. In 2016, 13 inmates died at Dade Correctional, including four from hanging.




Airport shooter had Florida driver's license; how did he get it?

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 07:14:05 GMT

When Esteban Santiago applied for permission to carry a gun in Puerto Rico, he provided identification in his name: a Florida driver's license, according to court records obtained by the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel. There is no indication in official records that Santiago has ever lived in Florida or was entitled to a Florida license.




Florida NRA targets sheriffs ... again

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 02:59:17 GMT

Furious that Florida sheriffs have objected to some of the group's gun proposals, the Florida NRA wants to make it harder for sheriffs to voice those objections. According to the Tampa Bay Times, Florida NRA leader Marion Hammer wants legislators to pass a law that would ban sheriffs from traveling to Tallahassee on work time or from speaking to lawmakers while in uniform.




Florida Supreme Court throws out death penalty of man who killed 81-year-old Lake County woman

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:44:34 GMT

The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday threw out the death penalty of a man convicted of abducting an 81-year-old Lake County woman from a Publix parking lot and murdering her in 2010. The decision is the latest in an ever-growing string of rulings since October, when the state's highest court declared Florida's current death penalty statute unconstitutional.




Florida Rep. Fine files bill to tackle leaky septic tanks along lagoon

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:25:35 GMT

Florida Rep. Randy Fine filed bill to require inspection of septic tanks as part of home and other real estate sales. Florida Rep. Fine files bill to tackle leaky septic tanks along lagoon Florida Rep. Randy Fine filed bill to require inspection of septic tanks as part of home and other real estate sales.




Miami-Dade Files for Custody of Malnourished Horse Ridden From South Carolina to Florida

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:50:55 GMT

Miami-Dade County has filed for permanent custody of Trigger, a horse whose owner tried to ride it from South Carolina to Key West. In his Southern twang, 36-year-old Chris Emerson explained that he'd totaled his truck, split from his wife, and "just had a bad rough patch.




Thursday marks the 40th anniversary of the day it snowed in South Florida

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:18:59 GMT

January 19, 1977 - SNOW! Flakes hit County for First Time Historical front pages : The Evening Sentinel - Sun-Sentinel - Fort Lauderdale Daily News - Fort Lauderdale Sentinel - Fort Lauderdale Herald - Fort Lauderdale News - South Florida Sun Sentinel User Upload Caption: The front page of the Fort Lauderdale News on Jan. 19, 1977 after snow reached South Florida.




Exclusive: Inside the Florida Sunshine Ball

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:02:47 GMT

It was a big night for Florida in Washington, D.C. Governor Rick Scott is hosted the Florida Sunshine Ball to celebrate President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration. It was a who's who among Floridians Wednesday night.




Under fire: Meet Florida's new medical marijuana rules Updated at

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 02:46:06 GMT

Authors of Florida's voter-approved constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana are blasting proposed rules to regulate the cannabis industry.




Supreme Court tosses suit, preserves Florida school vouchers

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:12:21 GMT

A bitter feud over Florida's largest private school voucher program ended Wednesday when the state Supreme Court tossed out a lawsuit challenging a program used by nearly 98,000 school children. The court in a 4-1 decision declined to hear the case, resulting in a significant victory for backers of school choice programs while handing a sizable defeat to Florida's main teacher union.




Florida man charged with making online threat against Trump

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:37:18 GMT

This image made available by the Miami-Dade Department of Corrections shows Dominic Puopolo, 51, who was arrested Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, in Miami Beach, Fla, and charged with threatening to kill President-elect Donald Trump in a video posted online. less This image made available by the Miami-Dade Department of Corrections shows Dominic Puopolo, 51, who was arrested Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, in Miami Beach, Fla, and charged with threatening to kill ... more MIAMI - A South Florida man has been charged with threatening to kill President-elect Donald Trump in a video posted online.