Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 12

NTSB TO LAUNCH 2ND SEARCH MISSION FOR WRECKED FREIGHTER

The National Transportation Safety Board announced in a news release Thursday that the two-week expedition is expected to begin in April. Investigators hope to locate the data recorder or “black box” and develop a more extensive and detailed survey of the shipwreck.

PARALYZED MAN AWARDED $23 MILLION WANTS APOLOGY FOR SHOOTING

Dontrell Stephens told reporters Thursday he holds no grudge against Palm Beach County Sgt. Adams Lin but feels Lin owes him an apology. Lin, an Asian-American, shot Stephens in 2013. Stephens was unarmed when Lin stopped him for riding his bicycle into traffic.

SCOTT WANTS LAKE OKEECHOBEE WATERS DIVERTED FROM COASTS

The El Nino weather phenomenon has drenched South Florida during what’s normally the dry season. Rains over the state’s largest freshwater lake and neighboring basins have swelled water levels over 16 feet within its aging earthen dike. To reduce the risk of a breach, the Army Corps of Engineers is flushing water east and west of the lake.

MANATEES FLOCK TO 72-DEGREE SPRINGS TO ESCAPE COLD

On Thursday morning, roughly 500 of the gentle aquatic giants crowded into the Three Sisters Springs as temperatures along Florida’s Gulf Coast dipped below 50 degrees.

BILL ON SEVERE INJURIES CAUSED BY DOGS PASSES FLORIDA SENATE

The Florida Senate passed the House version of the bill (HB 0091) on Thursday. It allows for certain cases where a dog may be returned to its owner — such as defending a human or if someone is illegally on a property — instead of being euthanized. It also provides for discretionary, instead of mandatory, quarantine or impoundment.

 

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