Five Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 20

OFFICIALS: WOMAN THROWS DOG FROM BRIDGE, CLAIMING IT CAN FLY

Capt. David Walesky of Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control told the Palm Beach Post (https://goo.gl/AsAsgz ) that the 8-year-old Jack Russell Terrier mix dislocated a leg in the fall Wednesday from a bridge in Riviera Beach. Sheriff’s officials say the woman, who was taken to a hospital for a mental health evaluation, will likely face animal cruelty charges. She wasn’t identified.

NEW DEAL? FLORIDA APPEALS SEMINOLE TRIBE BLACKJACK RULING

Attorneys for the state filed the appeal notice Thursday. Last November, U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle ruled in favor of the tribe. He decided that regulators working under Gov. Rick Scott allowed dog and horse tracks to put in card games that mimicked ones that were supposed to be exclusive to tribe-owned casinos for a five-year period. Hinkle ruled the tribe could keep blackjack for another 14 years.

DOLPHIN CARCASSES WILL BE LEFT IN FLORIDA EVERGLADES WATERS

Over 80 false killer whales died or were euthanized by Monday after becoming stranded off a remote island within park boundaries along the Gulf of Mexico. Park officials say the dead dolphins are being left in place because national parks “protect all aspects of the ecosystem.” Officials said the decomposing carcasses will “fuel the food web” by providing nutrients to scavengers such as vultures, sharks and crabs.

ROAD WORKER STRUCK, KILLED ON INTERSTATE 95

The fatal crash occurred early Thursday morning near Fellsmere. Florida Highway Patrol says a cement truck unrelated to the construction struck the worker. All northbound lanes closed briefly after the crash as rescue crews responded.

KEYS OFFICIALS MAKE PLANS TO ADAPT ROADS TO RISING SEAS

Monroe County commissioners on Wednesday approved recommendations for pilot projects in the Upper and Middle Keys to help prevent tidal flooding. According to a statement from county spokeswoman Cammy Clark, the board also approved interim elevation standards for future county road projects to account for rising sea levels.

 

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