5 Things to Know in Florida for July 27

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today.

Coast Guard continues search for missing Florida teens

Hundreds of family members, friends and classmates took part in a prayer vigil for two missing 14-year-olds from South Florida who disappeared while fishing in the Atlantic Ocean. Hours earlier on Sunday, the U.S. Coast Guard found the teens’ 19-foot boat capsized off some 67 miles off Ponce de Leon Inlet in Volusia County. There was no sign of Perry Cohen or Austin Stephanos, who were last seen just before heading to sea on Friday afternoon. The Coast Guard continued searching throughout the night.

Orlando church evacuated after suspicious package found

An Orlando church was evacuated as the Orlando Fire Department bomb squad investigated a suspicious package that has since been cleared. Fire department spokeswoman Ashley Papagni tells local media that the First Unitarian Church on East Robinson Street evacuated its members at about 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Police diverted traffic while the bomb squad investigated the package. Papagni says that an hour and a half later, the object, later identified as a briefcase, was deemed to be safe by authorities.

Coast Guard helps release sea turtle hatchlings

The Coast Guard is going to help over 580 sea turtle hatchlings make their way into the Atlantic Ocean. Coast Guard crews from Fort Lauderdale on Monday will ferry marine scientists and volunteers from the Gumbo-Limbo Nature Center well offshore to release the hatchlings. The hatchlings come from turtle nests on beaches statewide. Most of the hatchlings are baby loggerhead sea turtles.

Actor Kevin Bacon cuts loose at nonprofit resort for children with terminal illnesses

“Footloose” actor Kevin Bacon is visiting the Give Kids the World resort near Walt Disney World on Monday. Bacon plans to have an ice cream-eating contest and face off with the children to see who can eat the most ice cream in six seconds. Give Kids the World provides weeklong vacations to families who have kids with terminal illnesses. The resort hosts more than 7,400 families a year.

Shark bites Daytona beach surfer

Authorities say a shark has bitten a surfer on the foot at Daytona Beach. According to Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue, a 25-year-old man was in waist-deep water when he was bitten Sunday evening. Agency spokeswoman Capt. Tamra Marris says the shark, which was not seen, caused minor lacerations to the unidentified surfer’s foot. The victim was treated at the scene and did not need to be brought to a hospital.

 

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