DEAL FOR BECKHAM’S MIAMI SOCCER STADIUM LAND GETS APPROVAL
Commissioners in Miami-Dade County have approved a deal to sell Beckham’s group nearly three acres of county land, which would become the last piece in a nine-acre site for a planned 25,000-seat stadium. Beckham’s group will pay just over $9 million for the land in the city’s Overtown neighborhood. Beckham’s group says the planned stadium would be privately funded, and the stadium would also be subject to county property tax.
WOMAN CONVICTED OF FATALLY SHOOTING EX-HUSBAND IN SHOWER
Local news outlets report that 70-year-old Donna Horwitz was found guilty Tuesday of second-degree murder. Authorities say Horwitz fatally shot her ex-husband, 66-year-old Lanny Horwitz, while he took a shower at their Jupiter home in 2011. The couple who had twice divorced were living together while again trying to reconcile.
FLORIDA LEGISLATURE MAY OVERRIDE SCOTT BUDGET VETOES
Florida Senate President Joe Negron made the announcement Tuesday on the eve of a three-day special session. The Stuart Republican also told legislators that the Senate will consider reducing cuts to hospitals that legislators had approved just a few weeks ago. Scott ordered legislators to return to the state Capitol to pass a new budget for public schools and to set aside money for tourism marketing and economic development.
FLORIDA DEATH PENALTY-PROSECUTOR FIGHT HEADS TO HIGH COURT
The Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered a June 28 hearing so justices can question attorneys representing the Republican governor and State Attorney Aramis Ayala. The Orlando prosecutor is fighting Gov. Rick Scott’s orders to transfer almost two dozen cases after she said her office wouldn’t pursue the death penalty. Ayala has said the process is costly and it drags on for the victims’ relatives.
FORMER JUDGE JOINS RACE FOR FLORIDA ATTORNEY GENERAL
Ashley Moody, a Republican, announced her candidacy on Monday. She opened her campaign account last week. Moody resigned earlier this year from her post as a circuit judge in Hillsborough County. She was first elected back in 2006. She worked for the U.S. Attorney’s office as a prosecutor prior to her election. Bondi, who can’t run for re-election because of term limits, is endorsing Moody.