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Fort Lauderdale gives $3 million subsidy to hotel developer on fringe of downtown

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 18:11

Hoping to spark more development in northwest Fort Lauderdale, the city will give a developer $3 million in public funds to help build a Comfort Suites hotel.

The forgivable loan will allow developer Minesh Patel to build his proposed Hotel d’Arts on the northwest corner of Northwest 3rd Street...

Broward Schools makes it easier to be an armed guard

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 17:31

Broward Schools is making it easier and more lucrative to become a gun-carrying employee.

The School Board approved changes Tuesday to the job description for its armed guardians, who are supposed to protect schools in the event of an active shooter on campus.

Applicants will now be considered...

Cops swarm Hollywood high school as fight and report of gun leads to lockdown

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 16:32

A high school was under siege Tuesday after a fight broke out, a bystander reported a gun on one of the kids — and armed police swarmed the South Broward campus.

A code red was called and the Hollywood school was placed on lockdown shortly after 1:30 p.m. Officers guarded the exits for more than...

Virgin Trains kicks off work on rail line to link Orlando to Miami

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 15:58

Virgin Trains USA started work Tuesday on its long-awaited rail line to Orlando, a project that will take five contractors, an army of 10,000 workers and $2.7 billion before the line starts whisking passengers at speeds of up to 110 mph between South and Central Florida.

The Orlando extension will...

Family man killed in road rage encounter was keen motorcyclist, friends say

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 15:40

Mourners can expect a lot of bikers to join Wednesday night’s funeral service for Cerrone Alonso, who police say was shot and killed Thursday in a case of road rage.

Alonso, 40, of Pembroke Pines, was president of the Fort Lauderdale chapter of the Top Gunz motorcycle club.

Alonso’s aunt, Soraya...

Israel Cabinet meeting won’t be ceremonial, DeSantis’ office says. So will it violate open-meeting laws?

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 14:20

TALLAHASSEE -- A Florida Cabinet meeting in Israel next week will be more than ceremonial, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office said Tuesday, raising questions about whether it can comply with Florida’s open-government laws.

“If it’s not going to be merely ceremonial, if they’re going to be taking votes or...

Top Memorial Day 2019 events: Hyundai Air and Sea Show, Twerkfest, Great American Beach Party

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 13:36

Your Memorial Day weekend, in a nutshell, involves equal parts family-friendly fun and Caribbean jerk, Flo Rida and twerking, somber appreciations of U.S. veterans and high-flying aerial stunts.

How best to spend the three-day weekend? Here are six Memorial Day parties, concerts and food festivals...

South Florida’s Wayne Messam appears in presidential poll. But almost nobody knows who he is.

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 13:19

The good news for presidential candidate Wayne Messam is that he was included in a nationwide Quinnipiac University Poll.

The bad news is that the overwhelming majority of people polled haven’t heard anything about the Miramar mayor, at least not enough to form an opinion.

The poll, released Tuesday,...

Nova Southeastern gives bonuses to employees weeks after laying off 101 staffers

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 12:49

Three weeks after Nova Southeastern University laid off part of its workforce, its president has announced bonuses for remaining staffers.

George L. Hanbury II, the private university’s president and chief executive officer, told employees in a May 17 memo that full-time staffers will get $1,000...

Trump sends South Florida into panic on migrants. How about sending a solution? | Randy Schultz

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 11:44

A competent president could handle the migrant crunch at the southern border.

A competent president would call congressional leaders of both parties to the White House. He would ask for an emergency spending bill.

That legislation would include money for agencies – public and private – that provide...

Fort Lauderdale and Miramar are Florida’s most expensive rental markets, survey says

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 03:00

Plagued by a continued tight supply of apartment units, the cities of Fort Lauderdale and Miramar lead Florida in the price of monthly rents, according to a national survey released Monday.

The average Fort Lauderdale rent $1,933; in Miramar, it was $1,846, said RentCafe in its April report. It...

An America First drug pricing plan | Sen. Rick Scott

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 03:00

Let’s think about this for a second. Pharmaceutical companies charge low prices for prescription drugs in Canada, Europe, and Japan. At the same time, they charge American consumers significantly more. Why? Because politicians have let them for far too long.

I recently met Sheldon Armus, who has...

Recording device on 5-year-old’s backpack catches teachers swearing at autistic kindergartners, parents say

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 15:26

Cursing, the sound of slapping and autistic kindergartners’ screams and cries can be heard on a recording of a Pembroke Pines elementary school teacher and a teacher’s aide, a police report says.

Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie met with the parents of the seven children who attend...

West Palm Beach restaurant worker may have exposed customers to Hepatitis A

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 15:15

A worker at a West Palm Beach restaurant may have exposed customers to Hepatitis A, a contagious liver disease that is spreading throughout Florida.

The Florida Department of Health Palm Beach warned customers of the Butcher Shop Beer Garden & Grill Restaurant at 209 Sixth St. in West Palm Beach...

Great American Beach Party 2019 guide: All the music, parking and patriotism

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 13:19

Rainstorms washed out the 2018 edition of the Great American Beach Party, but the skies look clear ahead of this weekend’s patriotic bash on Fort Lauderdale’s shores.

Stormy weather near Bermuda is expected to dissipate by midweek, and the weekly forecast, for now, shows little precipitation on...

With smoke cleared from Temple of Time, now what? | Rosemary O’Hara

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 11:21

Before it went up in flames on Sunday, I visited the Temple of Time in Coral Springs seeking something — I don’t know what — perhaps some peace, some comfort, some communal expression of the grief that grips my heart whenever I think about what happened at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on...

Teenager’s knife attack led to victim needing dozens of pints of blood, officials say

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 11:00

A Pompano Beach teenager claims self-defense after being accused of stabbing a friend multiple times, prosecutors said Monday.

The injured boy was stabbed in his chest and his femoral artery was severed. He required 55 pints of blood and his heart stopped at least four times. The boy, whose identity...

Door collapses and kills African painted dog at Zoo Miami

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 10:42

A young African painted dog died at Zoo Miami after a piece of equipment failed — causing a metal door to fall on the animal, killing it instantly.

The female pup, one of five born Jan. 23 at the southwest Miami-Dade attraction, died Monday morning, according to zoo spokesman Ron Magill.

At the...

Dismissed FSU quarterback Deondre Francois plans to transfer to FAU

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 10:33

A difficult quarterback situation at Florida Atlantic may have found a potential solution: former Florida State Seminoles quarterback Deondre Francois.

Francois plans to transfer to FAU, a source told the South Florida Sun Sentinel on Monday.

Francois was dismissed from FSU in February after domestic...

By the numbers: Broward’s transportation tax plan revs up

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 09:24

Broward residents and shoppers have been paying higher sales taxes since Jan. 1 to support county transportation projects — and the pennies are starting to add up.

Voters approved the 17 percent sales tax jump in November, raising the tax from 6% to 7% on most purchases.

Here’s a look at what that...

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