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It’s Snowing In Tallahassee For The First Time In 28 Years

For the first time in 28 years, Tallahassee has seen significant snow fall.

But in Florida our idea of significant snow fall is a bit different than most.

The National Weather Service in Tallahassee was reporting 0.1 inches of “snow/sleet accumulation” on the roof of their building according to FOX 13.

People around the region snapped videos of what they saw- a winter wonderland to be sure!

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Broward County Will Start The 2018-2019 School Year WAY Earlier Than Usual

What’s New With This Story: 

-Broward County will start the next school year nearly a week earlier than usual. 

-The first day of class for the 2018-2019 school year will be on Wednesday August 15. 

– The last day of class is scheduled for June 4, 2019. 


 

The Broward County School Board voted to start the 2018-2019 school year a bit earlier than usual.

The first day of class will be on Wednesday August 15, in contrast to the August 21 start date for the current school year.

There will also be 10 teacher planning days, 6 early release days and students will have Election Day off on November 6.

WSVN reports that the School Board has also set aside five hurricane make up days in case they are needed.

You can see the entire 2018-2019 Broward School Calendar online.

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Cover Photo Credit: Brett Levin/ Flickr (CC By 2.0)

$400 Million Worth Of Cocaine Off Loaded At Port Everglades

What’s New With This Story: 

-The Coast Guard off loaded a huge amount of cocaine at Port Everglades today.

-The cocaine was collected over the course of two months from operations in the eastern Pacific Ocean. 

– Key West based Coast Guard cutter Thetis was involved in the operation. 


 

The U.S. Coast Guard brought the spoils of the drug war to South Florida Thursday.

Over 12.5 tons of cocaine, with an estimated street value of $378 million was off loaded at Port Everglades.

According to CBS Miami, the haul was delivered by Coast Guard cutter Escanaba.

The drugs had been collected over a two month period in a series of operations in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

“The crew’s contributions over the past two months directly support our government’s efforts to dismantle smuggling routes used by transnational criminal organizations and interdict drugs at sea bound for the United States,” Cmdr. Michael Turdo told CBS Miami.

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Burglars Allegedly Punch 13 Year Old Boy In The Face After Breaking Into Miami Shores Home

What’s New With This Story: 

–Miami Shores Police are searching for three suspects who they say broke into at least two homes on Thanksgiving Day. 

-According to LOCAL 10, one of the burglars punched a 13 year old boy in the face while his 11 year old sister looked on. 

-A Miami Shores resident named Brett Firestone foiled the robbery at one house when he confronted the men. He told LOCAL 10, that they then drove away down NE 107th St at over 100 miles per hour. 

–The alleged robberies took place at a home near NE 107th St and NE 10th Place and at a home on NW 100th Terrace. 


 

Here’s the official advisory from MSPD:

Here’s LOCAL 10’s report on it:

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Huge Shark Spotted Near Swimmers Off Miami Beach

What’s New With This Story: 

–A large shark was spotted close to swimmers off Miami Beach this past weekend. 

-According to the Miami Herald, it was probably a tiger shark, but Vince Conosa, the chief of Miami Beach’s Ocean Rescue wasn’t 100% sure. 

-The video was taken by professional drone photographer Kenny Melendez. 

 

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Hallandale Beach Mayor Appears To Be “On Something” During Commission Meeting, According To Commissioner

Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper slurred her words and rambled on for long stretches of time in an incoherent fashion during last night’s commission meeting.

Commissioner Michele Lazarow eventually called Cooper out for her actions.

“You’re an embarrassment mayor,” Lazarow said. “You don’t know where to put a period.”

Lazarow later told a Local 10 reporter that she thought Cooper was “on something” and that she may inform Gov Rick Scott of the incident.

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Under Florida law, the governor has the power to suspend local government officials.

Cooper told Local 10 that she wasn’t on drugs or intoxicated. She claims that her actions were due to her feeling sick after a trip to Mexico.

Read More: INSIDE: The Shocking Conditions That Condemned The Miami Shores Motel

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Watch: Senator Tried To Use Connection To FPL Lobbyist To Get Power On For Her Family Post Irma 

Chaminade-Madonna Finally Starts Construction On Lights For Football Field

Chaminade-Madonna has been one of the more consistently dominant football programs in recent South Florida history.

Last year, they were the state runner-up in Division 3A and are currently on track to compete for a state championship again this year.

The program has won multiple state championships in its past.

But the lack of lights at its home field, a unique curiosity among South Florida’s powerhouse programs, has held it back.

Chaminade is having to play a home playoff game at a nearby school this week because of the lack of lights.

After having announced that the school would be putting lights in last year, construction has finally begun.

The school announced today on its Facebook page that ground was officially broken on November 14th.

No expected completion date was announced.

Photo: Chaminade-Madonna

Chaminade-Madonna is a small Catholic high school with around 600 students.

It is located in the heart of Hollywood and is surrounded by private homes.

Some of these homeowners have opposed lighting for the football field for years due to the expected disruption it would cause.

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Senator Tried To Use Connection To FPL Lobbyist To Get Power On For Her Family Post Irma

Massive 45 Story Luxury Tower Given Go Ahead Just North Of Miami Shores

Updated: (The original version of this story said that Apeiron at The Jockey Club would be only 40 stories high. In fact, it will be 45 stories high. 

Apeiron at The Jockey Club, a planned 45 story luxury tower has just been given an important go ahead, paving the way for the long awaited development to be built.

According to Curbed Miami, the Biscayne Shores Community Council voted 5-0 to approve the project.

While coming in at an impressive 45 stories, it will include 120 residences, a 90-room boutique hotel, a five-acre health and wellness facility, a deep-water marina, and several upgrades to the preexisting Jockey Club site according to Curbed Miami.

The official address for the site is 11111 Biscayne Boulevard.

It is being designed by the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Rafael Moneo.

Apeiron at the Jockey Club is Moneo’s first South Florida project.

It will still need additional approvals before construction can begin.

Sales are expected to open in 2018.

According to The Real Deal Miami, the project has been bogged down in litigation over the past few years because of disagreements over whether the developers of Apeiron at the Jockey Club had the right to build on the land.

The Jockey Club currently consists of three buildings built between 1971 and 1982.

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Watch: Greenpeace has invaded Miami

Greenpeace Is Invading Downtown Miami This Weekend

IF YOU GO: 

Date: November 11th and 12th from 10 AM- 5 PM.

Location: Museum Park, 1075 Biscayne Blvd 

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This weekend, people in South Florida will have a rare opportunity to come aboard a Greenpeace ship.

But don’t worry- you won’t have to fight off whalers during your time on ship.

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