Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 23

FLORIDA SENDS ANOTHER $5 MILLION TO FIGHT ZIKA IN MIAMI-DADE

Earlier Monday, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine asked for more federal resources to combat Zika’s spread in South Florida, where the first cases of the virus transmitted by mosquito bites on the U.S. mainland have been found in the neighborhoods of South Beach and Wynwood.

3 FLORIDA DEPUTIES LOSE JOBS AFTER DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ARRESTS

Two St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office deputies resigned amid the allegations, and one deputy was fired after an internal affairs investigation. The most recent incident was Aug. 13.

US REP. BROWN’S LAWYERS SEEK TO WITHDRAW IN CORRUPTION CASE

The Jacksonville Democrat’s latest pair of lawyers asked last week to withdraw after only two days. Attorneys Mark NeJame and David Haas said in a court filing they had irreconcilable differences with Brown and that their dealings were tinged with hostility and distrust.

FLORIDA CHIEF JUSTICE WANTS TO REVIEW COURTHOUSE SECURITY

Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Jorge Labarga on Monday announced that he was ordering the creation of a trial courthouse security workgroup. The group, which will include judges from across the state, will be led by Circuit Judge Margaret Steinbeck from Fort Myers and will be in place for the next two years.

TODDLER STAYS AFLOAT IN AIR POCKET AFTER BOAT OVERTURNS

The Cocoa Police Department said in a news release authorities received multiple 911 calls Friday night following a boat crash. Four officers jumped in the water and started searching for victims. A civilian in a nearby boat also helped search the water for victims.

 

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