Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today.
Earnhardt wins rain-delayed Sprint Cup race at Daytona
Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the rain-delayed Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway, which ended at 2:41 a.m. Monday with a horrific last-lap accident that sent Austin Dillon sailing into the fence. The outcome wasn’t in doubt as Earnhardt dominated the entire race. But as the pack of cars chased him on a two-lap overtime sprint to the finish, contact in traffic sent Dillon’s car sailing upside down into the fence. He was not hurt.
NASCAR fans are displaying their Confederate flags
Fans at Daytona International Speedway are defending and displaying their Confederate flags. At NASCAR’s first race in the South since the racing series and its tracks urged fans to no longer wave the banner, dozens of Confederate flags were scattered throughout the vast infield. NASCAR took a stance on the Confederate flag after last month’s South Carolina church massacre. The series stopped short of banning fans from displaying the flag at its events, but Daytona and 29 other tracks asked fans to refrain from flying them.
Historic Florida cigar factory destroyed in fire
A historic Tampa cigar factory has been destroyed in a fire. Authorities say the roof and floors of the Palmetto Beach Cigar Factor collapsed in the fire which broke out shortly after midnight Sunday. The fire marshal said the building is considered a total loss.
Woman suing one of Marlins mascots for neck injury
A woman is suing the Miami Marlins alleging one of its mascots seriously injured her neck during a game two years ago. Beth Fedornak said Bob the Shark pretended to bite her head, causing immediate pain in her neck. The Miami Herald reports she claims the incident caused either permanent or continuing injuries in her neck and back, cost her more than $86,000 in medical expenses, and impaired her ability to work.
Cost of parking to increase at Tampa airport
The cost of parking at Tampa International Airport is going up. The short-term maximum daily rate will rise by $2 to $22, long-term will be $18 a day, the economy garage will be $10 and valet parking will be $30. Travelers can still take advantage of free parking for the first hour in the short-term garage. The airport’s long term parking facility has closed 18 times so far this year and 22 times in 2014 because it reached capacity.