Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 26

RAIN FROM TROPICAL SYSTEM DRENCHES DOMINICAN, FLORIDA COULD BE NEXT

Rivers surged across a large section of the Dominican Republic on Thursday as a broad area of low pressure headed east to the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Bahamas. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the system’s strongest winds were below tropical storm levels but that it could strengthen as it approaches Florida and the Gulf of Mexico over the weekend.

DOLPHINS, MARLINS STEPPING UP MOSQUITO TREATMENTS TO FIGHT ZIKA

The Miami Dolphins and Miami Marlins say they’ve intensified mosquito-control treatments at their stadiums because of the Zika virus. The Dolphins will play an exhibition game next week at their facility, while the Marlins are at home this week but play in a dome.

FORMER MIAMI ‘COCAINE COWBOY’ CREATES LOVE-LOCK PARK

Mickey Munday made millions of dollars flying loads of drugs for Colombia’s Medellin and Cali cartels in the 1980s and did almost a decade of prison time. Now Munday has created a makeshift park next to his North Miami home for people to put padlocks and is dedicated to love — something that might atone a little for his notorious past.

SEARCH IS ON FOR MISSING PANHANDLE BOATER

The search is on for a man who apparently fell from a boat in the Florida Panhandle. The U.S. Coast Guard says it received a report late Wednesday that 31-year-old Mitchel Overcash fell off a boat near the Navarre Bridge in the Navarre Sound.

JUDGE UPHOLDS FLORIDA TOWN’S BAN ON FRONT-YARD GARDENS

A South Florida couple has lost a lawsuit seeking to overturn a town’s ban on front-yard vegetable gardens. A Miami-Dade County judge on Thursday upheld a Miami Shores zoning ordinance prohibiting such gardens, which the couple claimed violated their property rights.

 

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