Miami-Dade County

FWC battling coral reef disease

FWC battling coral reef disease

Coral reefs in the Florida Reef Tract in the southern part of the state, which happens to be one of the largest reef systems in the world, are being impacted greatly by Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease. The disease is caused by bacteria and can be transmitted through direct contact and water circulation. Read the […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 30

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 30

2 KILLED, 4 INJURED IN INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT AT POWER PLANT Hillsborough County Fire Rescue says on social media that firefighters responded to calls about an explosion Thursday afternoon at the Tampa Electric Co. plant in Apollo Beach. Officials say two people were airlifted to a Tampa hospital and two others were taken by ground. The […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 7

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 7

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 […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 12

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 12

PULSE VICTIMS’ AND GUNMAN’S FAMILY CAN TESTIFY ON 911 CALLS A judge on Monday issued an order setting a hearing when relatives of the 49 deceased victims can weigh-in on the impact of the release of calls made by their loved ones from inside the Pulse nightclub. A notice of the Oct. 31 hearing also […]

Rising mosquito populations mean higher risk of infection

Rising mosquito populations mean higher risk of infection

Summer is peak season for mosquitoes, and more cases of mosquito-borne illnesses such as West Nile and Zika virus are being reported throughout Florida. In Santa Rosa County, a human case of West Nile was reported Aug. 19 and Hurlburt Field discovered West Nile positive mosquitoes in their mosquito traps on the Sound Side. Zika […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 26

RAIN FROM TROPICAL SYSTEM DRENCHES DOMINICAN, FLORIDA COULD BE NEXT Rivers surged across a large section of the Dominican Republic on Thursday as a broad area of low pressure headed east to the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Bahamas. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the system’s strongest winds were below tropical storm […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 23

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 23

FLORIDA SENDS ANOTHER $5 MILLION TO FIGHT ZIKA IN MIAMI-DADE Earlier Monday, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine asked for more federal resources to combat Zika’s spread in South Florida, where the first cases of the virus transmitted by mosquito bites on the U.S. mainland have been found in the […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 16

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 16

TRANSGENDER PRISONER SUES FLORIDA TO GET HORMONE TREATMENTS The American Civil Liberties Union filed Reiyn Keohane’s suit Monday to force the department to continue hormone treatments she began a month before her September 2013 arrest in Fort Myers. Without the treatments, Keohane says she suffers from depression. While being held in the men’s prison, she […]

Mosquito-borne Zika poses travel fears for Miami

Mosquito-borne Zika poses travel fears for Miami

Following reports of 16 non-travel-related transmissions of the Zika virus in the last two weeks in Miami-Dade County Fla., the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a travel advisory for pregnant women and their partners not to travel to Miami. This is the first time in history the CDC has advised against […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 9

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 9

OFFICIALS INVESTIGATE ZIKA CASE IN PALM BEACH COUNTY Gov. Rick Scott said in a news release Monday that the Florida Department of Health is working to determine the source of the infection. The infected person had recently traveled to Miami-Dade County, where more than a dozen non-travel-related Zika cases were discovered last week. The release […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 20

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 20

FLORIDA PROPERTY ONCE OWNED BY CHER SELLS FOR MORE THAN $23M It’s the second-highest residential sale in Miami-Dade County this year. The home was put on the market three months ago for $28 million. It sold for $23.46 million. Listing agent Judy Zeder of EWM Realty International says the custom-built home has views of downtown […]

Governor to Obama: Fund Zika fight now

Governor to Obama:  Fund Zika fight now

In late January, the first concerns about the Zika virus began to surface in the state of Florida.  By February, the first alert was issued and Santa Rosa County had reported its first and, to date, only case of the mosquito-borne illness which was travel-related.  On Feb. 2, the Florida Department of Health in Santa […]