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  • Mandatory resort fees add up to big money for South Florida hotels

    High, and in some cases unexpected, mandatory resort fees are irking South Florida tourists.

    "It’s really ridiculous," North Carolina resident Ann Arthur said.

    Arthur was on vacation in Fort Lauderdale recently and was charged an extra resort fee of $36 per night.

    "They told us we are paying for two beach chairs, rental of two bikes and I think two bottles of water," Arthur added.

    The resort fee, which was also taxed, added over $150 to her bill.

    Buffalo resident Jim Grady says he...


  • Mark Walton released from jail following arrest for aggravated battery

    Mark Walton was released from a Broward County jail Wednesday evening. 

    The former Miami Dolphins running back didn't stop to speak to anyone after his latest stint behind bars. 

    In fact, he ran from the exit doors, down the stairs and straight to a waiting car in the parking lot.

    Walton appeared before a Broward County judge Wednesday morning, one day after his arrest on an aggravated battery charge.

    The troubled NFL running back was ordered to be held in jail in lieu of a $10,000...


  • Miami police officer hospitalized after hit-and-run crash

    A city of Miami police officer was hospitalized after being involved in a crash Wednesday night. 

    The officer's cruiser was sideswiped by another vehicle in the area of Northeast 54th Street and North Miami Avenue. 

    Police said the officer was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. 

    She is expected to be released sometime Wednesday evening. 

    The driver of the second vehicle will be charged with leaving the scene of an accident, police said, though that driver did return to the scene soon...


  • Heat continue strong start to season with 124-100 win over Cavs

    Duncan Robinson set Miami records for 3-pointers in a quarter and a half on his way to 29 points, and the Heat remained unbeaten at home this season with a 124-100 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.

    Playing in front of his college coach — the Cavs' John Beilein, who had Robinson at Michigan — the second-year guard was 9 for 15 from the field, with all those shots coming from behind the arc.

    Robinson set team marks with seven 3-pointers in the second quarter and eight in the...


  • Florida defensemen adjusting nicely to Quenneville's aggressive system

    When discussing the new-look Florida Panthers and their early-season success, the conversation quickly gravitates to head coach Joel Quenneville. 

    Specifically, Quenneville and the defensive system he brought with him to Florida. 

    Many Panthers knew about Quenneville and had skated against Q-coached teams, but nobody on the roster had ever played for him before. 

    Players weren't sure what to expect. 

    Sure, you can ask around and speak to buddies, coaches, broadcasters and so on, but nothing ever...


  • Marlins designate Wei-Yin Chen for assignment, add six to 40-man roster

    The Miami Marlins have designated left-hander Wei-Yin Chen for assignment, parting with a pitcher they owe $22 million.

    Miami gave Chen an $80 million, five-year contract before the 2016 season, but he went 13-19 with a 5.10 ERA in four injury-plagued seasons. Last year Chen was demoted to the bullpen and had a 6.59 ERA in 45 games.

    President of baseball operations Michael Hill said the Marlins parted with Chen to create more room for young talent on their roster.

    "This decision was not about...


  • Miami-Dade School Board votes to consider starting school later in morning

    The Miami-Dade County School Board might be giving students a little extra time to sleep in the morning. 

    During a meeting Wednesday, the school board voted unanimously to consider later school start times. 

    The new start times would not begin until August of 2020. 

    According to Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, the goal would be to start school no earlier than 8 a.m.

    Two proposed timing models had elementary school times beginning at 8 a.m. with middle and high school start times being pushed to...


  • Pregnancy gift card scam spreads to South Florida

    All around the U.S., women are receiving letters that include a card, filled with coupons and cards, along with a sweet note from a woman named Jenny B. congratulating them on their pregnancies.

    The problem is, for almost all these women, they have no idea who Jenny B., and more important, many of them aren't even pregnant.

    "It's a questionable marketing scheme, is really what we see to be a little bit unethical," says Cinthya Lavin of the Better Business Bureau in South Florida.

    Lavin says...


  • Renderings released for new Marjory Stoneman Douglas building

    Renderings were released on Wednesday for a new building on the campus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. 

    The now-under construction building will replace building 12, where 17 students and faculty were murdered, and 17 others wounded, on Valentine's Day 2018. 

    The 30-classroom, two-story building is being constructed on the south side of the school's campus, visible from the Sawgrass Expressway. 

    Broward County school board member Lori Alhadeff, who lost her 14-year-old daugher Alyssa...


  • Residents upset, want answers as dead fish keep popping up in South Florida lakes

    Several instances of fish kills have been discovered in South Florida. 

    This comes after dozens of dead fish were found in lakes on the Turnberry Golf Course. 

    It's a big mess and the smell is horrible. 

    Many residents are concerned about why this is going on. 

    "Oh it's disgusting! It’s horrid!" said Plantation resident Lynn Duksta.

    The mystery of why so many fish are going belly up in lakes across the area has yet to be solved. 

    In Plantation’s Westport neighborhood, turkey vultures sit...


  • Joy Cooper's former ally turned FBI informant takes stand

    Alan Koslow, a once-prominent South Florida lobbyist and attorney, testified against his former political ally Joy Cooper on Wednesday.

    Cooper, who served as the mayor of Hallandale Beach for 13 years until she was arrested in 2018, faces several charges related to campaign finance violations, including campaign contribution violations, official misconduct and soliciting a campaign contribution in a government building.

    During Cooper's reelection bid in 2012, she and Koslow met with two...


  • Detectives identify burned body found inside Pompano Beach apartment

    Broward Sheriff's Office homicide detectives have identified a man whose burned body was found inside a Pompano Beach apartment.

    The discovery was made Tuesday morning at an apartment complex on Northwest Seventh Terrace.

    Deputies didn't say how the 55-year-old man, identified Wednesday as London Scott, was killed, but a neighbor smelled something burning and called the landlord, who found the body.

    Marcia Dixon, whose sister lives next door, said she was told the body had been there for a...