5 Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 25

DR. ROBERT HAYLING, FLORIDA CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER, DIES AT 86

His sister, Yvonne Hayling-Clarke, told The Associated Press on Thursday that her brother died Sunday at home in Fort Lauderdale. No cause of death has been determined.

SOUTH FLORIDA OFFICIALS FORCED TO SPRAY FOR MOSQUITOES OVER CHRISTMAS BECAUSE OF RAIN, HEAT

Miami-Dade County is nearly 10 inches above normal, while the South Florida Water Management District shows Palm Beach County receiving 6.2 inches of rain already this month. That’s 4.15 inches above the normal for December. Temperatures are running nearly 10 degrees above normal.

SCORES OF SURFING SANTAS CATCH WAVES AT FLORIDA BEACH

Organizers of the seventh annual Surfing Santa event say they distributed 500 wristbands Thursday for surfers who wanted to ride the waves dressed as St. Nick.

4 KILLED IN FIERY CAR CRASH IN CENTRAL FLORIDA

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office reports that emergency crews responded to the stretch of rural highway near Fort Meade Wednesday night following reports of a car engulfed in flames.

MORE THAN 1,600 FLORIDA CHILDREN VISIT RELATIVES, ARE ADOPTED IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS

The Department of Children and Families says it worked with local agencies and judges around the state to reunite 1,347 children with their siblings, parents or extended family. Another 266 children will spend their first holiday with their new family through adoption.

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