Five Things to Know in Florida for May 16

OFFICIALS IN FLORIDA DEBATE FATE OF CONFEDERATE STATUE

Some protesters waved Confederate flags outside Orlando City Hall on Monday before commissioners discussed what to do with the 116-year-old statue nicknamed “Johnny Reb.” Local media reported that Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer suggested moving the statue to a nearby cemetery, where there already is an area set aside for Confederate soldiers.

FLORIDA GOV. RICK SCOTT TO SEARCH YET AGAIN FOR NEW CHIEF OF STAFF

Scott announced Monday that Kim McDougal is stepping down from her position this summer. Her last day will be July 1. McDougal moved into one of the most powerful positions in the administration in March 2016. She is earning $170,000 a year. She had previously served as Scott’s deputy chief of staff, legislative affairs director and education policy coordinator.

WOMAN DIES IN AIRBOAT CRASH A DAY AFTER UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI GRADUATION

Local news outlets report that 22-year-old Elizabeth Goldenberg had been with her parents, sister and one other person when all five were ejected late Saturday morning. A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman says Goldenberg died from her injuries at a Miami-area hospital. Goldenberg’s sister sustained minor injuries. Her parents reported no injuries.

AMBULANCE STOLEN, CRASHED INTO PATIENT TRANSPORT BUS

A Miami police news release says officers arrested David Bozeman at the crash scene Monday morning. Police say the private ambulance had been parked near an entrance at Jackson Behavioral Health Hospital when Bozeman hopped in and drove away. Officials say Bozeman crashed the emergency vehicle into a University of Miami patient transport bus.

PRESSURE WASHER DIES AFTER FALLING OFF TAMPA DOCK

A police news releases says divers recovered 53-year-old Johnnie Norton shortly after he fell and didn’t resurface on Monday morning. The C&W Services worker was taken to Tampa General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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