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Trump paints dark picture of America, promises rosy future if he defeats Biden

Celebrating his birthday, former President Donald Trump presented a dark vision of America that he said could only be transformed one way — with his return as president. He said the country was hobbled by rising prices, endangered by criminals from other countries  and threatened by terrorists he claimed are roaming the nation. “This is the most important election that our country has ever had because we’re a failing nation. And we can’t be a failing nation for long,” he said. Trump’s declarations came Friday night during a combination rally and birthday celebration in West Palm Beach before...

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Runner killed in west Delray Beach when car drives up on sidewalk

A woman going on a run was killed Sunday in west Delray Beach when a man drove his car onto the sidewalk and hit her, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Caryn Lynn Chomsky, 44, of Boynton Beach, was running eastbound on the north sidewalk of Atlantic Avenue just west of Florida’s Turnpike. Myles Denard Scott, 19, also of Boynton Beach, was heading in the opposite direction when he drove his Honda Civic onto the sidewalk, the sheriff’s office said. The car’s front corner hit her, pitching her onto the hood and windshield, before she fell off on the shoulder of the road. She...

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Ethics watchdog: Fort Lauderdale’s top boss did not live in city as required by charter

Greg Chavarria stunned the Fort Lauderdale commission when he announced plans to resign from his $291,000-a-year job as city manager on June 1 for personal reasons. More stunning news came on Thursday, two days before Chavarria’s official exit, when the Broward County Inspector General released a report saying Chavarria did not live in Fort Lauderdale for the first 14 months of his tenure as required by the city charter. Investigators used SunPass records to substantiate an allegation that Chavarria did not live in Fort Lauderdale when he took over as city manager, the report says. According...

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Delray Beach gets new mayor and two commissioners

Delray Beach voters chose two familiar faces and one newcomer in one of the most heated municipal races in Palm Beach County. According to the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Office, Tom Carney, a former mayor and current attorney, defeated Ryan Boylston, the city’s current vice mayor, and Shirley Johnson, a former commissioner. Carney, 70, will replace current mayor Shelley Petrolia, who has served in that position since 2018. In a second race, Tom Markert, a political newcomer, edged out Tennille DeCoste, another political newcomer, and Jim Chard, a former commissioner. Markert will...

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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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