Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 19

DESPITE STORMS FLORIDA HURRICANE FUND REMAINS IN GOOD SHAPE

Anne Bert, the chief operating officer of the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund, said preliminary estimates predict that the fund will pay out less than $200 million for Hurricane Matthew. Bert said it appears there will likely be only minimal payouts associated with Hurricane Hermine.

NEW POOL OF ZIKA-POSITIVE MOSQUITOES TRAPPED IN MIAMI BEACH

A Miami-Dade County Mosquito Control news release says officials learned about the new pool Monday. The insects had been collected from a trap Oct. 5. The new pool is in the previously designated Zika transmission zone. A large portion of Miami Beach remains an active Zika infection zone.

AUTHORITIES: FLORIDA TEEN DIES AFTER WEEKEND BEATING ATTACK

Winter Park Police Lt. Pam Marcum said the unnamed victim was taken off life support Monday following the weekend attack. Police have said the teen got into a confrontation with a group of juvenile males Saturday night and was brain dead by the time he arrived at a hospital. No arrests have been made.

OFFICIALS: SCREWWORM INFESTATION SPREADS IN FLORIDA KEYS

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced they’ve detected screwworms in six areas west of Big Pine and No Name keys. Earlier this month officials announced that anyone heading north from the Florida Keys with animals must stop at a checkpoint so agriculture officials can check for signs of New World screwworm.

WOMAN’S BODY FOUND ON SIDE OF MIAMI HIGHWAY

New outlets are reporting officials closed the northbound ramp Tuesday morning to investigate the death. The road reopened to traffic around 10:30 a.m. The body was taken to the medical examiner’s office.

 

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