Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today.
Man killed when Lamborghini crashes at Disney racecar track
A Lamborghini that was part of an exotic car racing attraction at Walt Disney World crashed into a guardrail, killing a passenger and injuring the driver. The Florida Highway Patrol says 24-year-old Tavon Watson of Kissimmee lost control of the vehicle Sunday afternoon, killing 36-year-old Gary Terry of Davenport. Sgt. Kim Montes said in an incident report that Watson failed to maneuver the high-powered vehicle through the Exotic Driving Experience course. The vehicle’s passenger side struck the guardrail. Terry died at the scene. Watson was taken to nearby Celebration Hospital, where he was treated and released.
4 die in plane crash near Fort Lauderdale
Aviation officials say a twin-engine Piper Navajo crashed into a nature preserve near Fort Lauderdale after declaring an emergency. The crash occurred around 4:30 p.m. Sunday in the woods north of Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport. Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Division Chief Chantal Botting says crews put out the fire within minutes, but no one survived the crash. The names of the victims have not been released.
2 whales die after beaching on Neptune Beach
Wildlife officials say a mother Kogia whale and her calf are dead after beaching themselves on Neptune Beach. Marine biologist Allison Perna says someone spotted the whales Sunday morning and called the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The Florida Times-Union reports two biologists from the wildlife commission and a team from the Jacksonville Zoo marine mammal response team tried unsuccessfully to rescue the whales. Biologists will perform a necropsy to determine what led to the beaching.
More automated passport control kiosks coming to Miami
Miami International Airport will be installing 44 more self-service passport control kiosks to help speed up the customs and immigration process. About half of all passengers coming through Miami’s airport are travelling internationally. It first installed automated passport control kiosks in 2013. The kiosks use biometric technology to match passengers’ passports with face and fingerprint data. Officials say the machines have reduced the wait for U.S. citizens by as much as 40 percent.
3 Florida rental markets are among the nation’s least affordable
Three rental markets in Florida are among the nation’s least affordable. A new report released by the research firm RealtryTrac last week said that Miami-Dade, Broward and Hernando counties are among the least affordable markets when it comes to rent as a share of income. The report looked at the share of a household’s median income it would take to rent a three-bedroom property. In Miami-Dade County, it was 45 percent; in Broward County, it was 43 percent; and it was 42 percent in Hernando County, which is north of Tampa.