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Foreign nationals getting their COVID shots in Florida

South Florida Local News - Fri, 01/08/2021 - 17:09

Visitors from foreign countries are getting the COVID vaccine on trips to Florida, taking advantage of the state's loose residency requirements and angering residents who are frustrated by delays and overloaded registration phone lines and websites.

Florida lawmakers, staff face new COVID-19 measures in return to Capitol

South Florida Local News - Fri, 01/08/2021 - 15:20

When the Florida House and Senate will begin interim committee meetings next week in the run up to the Mar. 9 start of the legislative session, there will be some new protocols and safety measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

A missing master key and a daring escape: How did an inmate vanish from this facility?

South Florida Local News - Fri, 01/08/2021 - 13:44

An inmate went undetected in Fort Lauderdale while slipping past a mental health facility’s workers and a locked door, records show. Not even a 10-foot fence stopped his dash to freedom.

Florida sees a near-record COVID day with 19,530 cases and 185 deaths

South Florida Local News - Fri, 01/08/2021 - 12:40

Florida reported 19,530 new COVID-19 cases Friday and another 185 deaths. A total of 22,666 Floridians and 345 non-Florida residents have died from the disease.

Vaccinations pick up speed at Florida long-term care centers

South Florida Local News - Fri, 01/08/2021 - 12:28

Nearly half of Florida nursing home residents have received their initial dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, the state’s surgeon general reported late this week, while Gov. Ron DeSantis has ordered reinforcements to speed up the vaccination process for assisted living facilities throughout the state as long-term care infection rates skyrocket.

Bob Graham honored for Ocklawaha River advocacy and environmental stewardship

South Florida Local News - Fri, 01/08/2021 - 08:37

The group fighting a dam on the Ocklawaha River for more than 50 years is honoring former Florida Gov. and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham for his many years of efforts to restore the river flowing from near Orlando to the St. Johns River near Palatka. The dam was built as part of an ill-fated attempt to build a barge canal across the state. The Florida Defenders of the Environment, founded by legendary environmentalist Marjorie Carr, will present to Graham the Marjorie Harris Carr Award for Environmental Advocacy 50 years after canal construction was halted.

President Trump considering pardon for Broward rapper Kodak Black, according to a report

South Florida Local News - Fri, 01/08/2021 - 08:37

Broward County rapper Kodak Black, serving a three-year sentence for falsifying documents so he could buy a gun, could be pardoned by President Donald Trump, according to a report by Bloomberg News. Rapper Lil Wayne is also on the list being considered by Trump for a pardon.

DeSantis launches investigation into vaccines diverted to Palm Beach County nursing home board members

South Florida Local News - Fri, 01/08/2021 - 06:23

Florida's Department of Health and Inspector General are investigating reports that a West Palm Beach nursing home diverted COVID vaccines to its board members.

Near-perfect winter days in store as weak weekend front cools South Florida down again

South Florida Local News - Fri, 01/08/2021 - 06:00

Two cold fronts will drop South Florida's low temperatures to the upper 40s and lower 50s during the weekend and again early next week.

Publix stores run out of COVID-19 vaccinations within minutes: report

South Florida Local News - Fri, 01/08/2021 - 05:21

After 5 minutes of registering appointments with Publix Supermarkets, the Florida grocery chain had no doses left to administer.

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