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Thirteen hospitalized after Bayside tour boat crashes with vessel off PortMiami

A boat collision Sunday afternoon near PortMiami left 13 people hospitalized, according to fire rescue officials. Around 3:15 p.m., authorities say Miami-Dade Fire Rescue personnel responded to reports of a boat crash involving a large number of patients at Fisherman’s Cut. Over 30 units, including air rescue and fireboats, helped the injured along with the U.S. Coast Guard, the City of Miami Fire and the Florida Wildlife Commission. Officials have not indicated what caused the crash nor provided details on what occurred. To read the full report, click here for miamiherald.com

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A reporter asked why a building wasn’t on the tax rolls. Now the one next door is.

The relocation of Fort Lauderdale’s police department to a building off Cypress Creek Road had unintended consequences for the building next door. It’s now going back on the tax rolls after not getting a property tax bill for years. How did that happen? The South Florida Sun Sentinel played a role when one of its reporters asked why one of the buildings wasn’t getting billed. Kaplan University once occupied two buildings, one at 1515 and the other at 1525 W. Cypress Creek Road. Both buildings sit on land owned by the city of Fort Lauderdale. Fort Lauderdale’s police department moved into the...

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Amid worries about LGBTQ rights, many Pride parades will march on in Florida this year

Pride event organizers are forging ahead with this year’s celebrations across Florida. And they’re hoping to draw larger crowds than last year, when some celebrations were canceled due to the state’s political climate. Among the hurdles that organizers say they’re now facing: It has become more challenging to secure sponsors. Not all companies want their names connected to Pride events “because of economic concerns but also political concerns,” said Patrick Gevas, spokesman for Miami Beach Pride, which will start its week of events April 5. “Sponsors are worried about spending going into an...

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Broward needs a new 911 center, leaders agree. But where should it be built?

Broward taxpayers are likely to fund a new facility to house the county’s 911 dispatch center. But finding the right location, in part, could hinge on who would retain oversight of the services. Sheriff Gregory Tony appealed to county commissioners Tuesday with his proposal for a seven-story parking garage, a four-story, 62,750-square-foot building housing a 911 call center and an 11,800-square-foot, on-site day care for up to 100 children of Sheriff’s Office employees. About 85% of the employees are women, Tony said. He wants the new complex to be built alongside the sheriff’s headquarters...

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Leading DeSantis supporters in Florida quickly shift to Trump as governor ends presidential bid

Outspoken Florida supporters of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ failed presidential campaign mourned his decision, announced Sunday, to drop out. Many quickly endorsed former President Donald Trump for the 2024 Republican nomination. “I’m proud of the work that he did,” said state Rep. Chip LaMarca, the only Republican elected official in a partisan office in Broward County. “As he said, there’s not necessarily a path forward for him, so I think he’s doing the right thing.” “To be honest, I’m disappointed,” said Joe Budd, the elected Republican state committeeman from Palm Beach County. Both were outspoken...

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Will land-seizure costs kill plan for train bridge over New River? Some are banking on it

One day, commuter trains may roll through downtown Fort Lauderdale over a concrete bridge that stands at least 40 feet high. But there’s still one thing that might derail the plan: The potentially astronomical costs of acquiring highly valuable private property through eminent domain. “That may kill a bridge entirely,” Fort Lauderdale Commissioner John Herbst said just minutes after voting Tuesday night to support the county’s efforts to build a bridge over the New River. County commissioners have made it clear they plan to build a bridge because a tunnel would cost a fortune. On Tuesday night,...

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Jury orders Florida to pay $15 million to Volusia girl tortured by parents

The Florida Department of Children and Families must pay $15 million to a Volusia County girl for failing to protect her from horrific abuse at the hands of her mother and stepfather, a jury decided late Friday in a stunning rebuke of the state agency. The department failed to investigate complaints that the mother was using drugs and endangering the girl, who was younger than 2 at the time and suffered “catastrophic” permanent injuries from severe abuse and neglect, according to a suit filed in Volusia County court. Now 8, the child is “completely dependent on others for all aspects of her...

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Margate man identified as victim of fatal pre-Thanksgiving shooting in Tamarac as detectives seek a suspect

A young Margate man has been identified by the Broward Sheriff’s Office as the person who was shot to death in Tamarac the night before Thanksgiving. Homicide detectives are still looking for the assailant. Mateo Delgado, 21, was found by deputies late Wednesday evening suffering from a gunshot wound after a 911 call about shots fired near the 7000 block of Northwest 79th Avenue, just west of University Drive, the sheriff’s office said in a statement. The incident occurred outside a gate of the Bonaire Woodmont residential community. Paramedics from Tamarac Fire Rescue pronounced Delgado dead...

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Day of the Dead celebration in Ft. Lauderdale | PHOTOS

The Day of the Dead celebration continues in Ft. Lauderdale on Saturday, November 4, 2023. (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun Sentinel)The Day of the Dead parade proceeds along SW 2nd Street in Ft. Laude4rdale from Esplanade Park on Saturday, November 4, 2023. Since 2010 during this sacred time of year, the gate between Florida and Mictlán, the mythological Aztec “Land of the Dead”, opens as thousands of participants costumed like playful skeletons honor their ancestors. (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun Sentinel)The Day of the Dead celebration continues in Ft. Lauderdale on Saturday, November 4,...

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Wicked Manors is a wild Halloween celebration | PHOTOS

Party goers at the Wicked Manors,Halloween Celebration on Tuesday, October 31 2023. Wicked Manors is the largest street party in the Southern USA . The historic, entertaining block party occurs every Halloween and benefits vital programs and services of The Pride Center. (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun Sentinel)Kids and parents participate in the Children’s/Family Costume Contest at the Wicked Manors,Halloween Celebration on Tuesday, October 31 2023. Wicked Manors is the largest street party in the Southern USA . The historic, entertaining block party occurs every Halloween and benefits vital...

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