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Will American Dream Miami mega-mall ever become reality?

Doing just a fraction of the business that its developer had projected, a recently opened New Jersey mega-mall is hemorrhaging red ink, raising questions about the viability of an even larger shopping complex and amusement center planned by the same company in South Florida. Nearly two years after opening, the so-far disappointing financial performance of the American Dream mega-mall and ...
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Nothing stops Florida landlords from raising rents out of sight. That’s not true in some states.

As rents skyrocket in Florida, landlords still enjoy unbridled power to raise rents as much as they want, a situation that has driven renters out of their homes and renewed calls for caps on rising rent. Florida is quickly becoming the worst place in America to rent, but attempts to impose rent controls have always failed. Now, with a historic housing boom, rents are racing upward in a market ...
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Broward Vaccine Incentive Program Gets Praise From Employees

Incentive programs designed to encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 are spreading across the country. Broward County’s version is to give vaccinated county employees a $500 bonus. “I thought it was a pretty good idea," said Pat Quinn, who works in the environmental protection unit. "I’m vaccinated, it was...

Broward County Schools Report 136 New Cases of COVID-19

Broward County Public Schools have recorded 1,708 COVID-19 cases among students and staff as of Sept. 16, up from the 1,572 recorded as of Sept. 13, data show. Coronavirus infections have been confirmed for at least 1,273 students and 435 school employees, according to the school system’s COVID-19 dashboard. The new data show self-reported coronavirus cases for school employees, as well as confirmed cases for students attending in-person instruction, since school began Aug. 18.

Bond not reduced for Sunrise woman accused of hoarding dozens of cats

SUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) - A Broward County judge opted not to reduce the bond of a Sunrise woman charged with multiple counts of animal abuse after, police said, she hoarded and neglected dozens of cats inside her home. Michelline Toulouse appeared in bond court Friday morning. Broward Circuit Judge Tabitha...

DeSantis says ‘Yes, get Vaccinated’ for COVID

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis continues pushing COVID-19 vaccinations while promoting Monoclonal Antibodies treatment for those exposed to or infected with the virus. He wants Floridians to get vaccinated. During a press conference at Broward Health in Broward County, Florida with healthcare workers and State Reps. Chip LaMarca and Tony Fabricio...

Broward committee recommends changes after Surfside condo collapse

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – After days of debating and hours of expert testimony, a list compiled by a Broward County committee of recommended changes, suggestions, and new laws are headed to state legislature following the devastating condominium collapse in Surfside. The Broward County Condominium Structural Issues Committee voted on the...

City Commission Votes to Reduce Millage Rate at First Budget Hearing

In the first of two meetings, the city commission discussed the proposed millage rate for 2022, and if the new rate is approved, this will be the first time it has been changed since 2013. The proposed rate of 7.2000 was not made easily. After much deliberation, the commission voted...
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Broward Committee on Building Safety Propose Final Recommendations

The Broward County Condominium Structural Issues Committee has finalized recommendations they hope will help make condo living safer. The special committee was formed following the Champlain Towers South Building Collapse in Surfside. The 19-member committee includes state and local elected officials, attorneys, and structural building experts. The final recommendations include...

Broward landlord requires COVID vaccinations for new and existing tenants

A Broward landlord is requiring all new and existing tenants show proof of COVID vaccination even though state law prohibits vaccine passports. Santiago Alvarez owns eight apartment buildings in Broward and Miami-Dade and is mandating that tenants prove they have received at least an initial COVID-19 vaccination before renewing their lease.

Broward Mayor Steven Geller: Unvaccinated County Employees To Pay $20 Per Week, Vaccinated Employees Eligible For $500 Bonus

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Broward Mayor Steven Geller announced Wednesday that county employees who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 will soon be charged $20 per week insurance fee and must submit to weekly testing. He also said that vaccinated employees would be eligible for a $500 bonus. The new rules affect about 6,800 government employees. They have 60 days to show proof of vaccination before being charged and it does include union employees. Geller said it is a ‘carrot and twig’ approach and he believes the county is in compliance with state statutes and executive orders. According to the mayor, the approximate timeline for the program to begin is October 1, 2021. After that county government workers will have 60 Days to provide proof of vaccination. After 60 days, those ‘not’ vaccinated must submit to weekly testing at their own expense and be charged $20 per paycheck.
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DeSantis touts monoclonal antibody therapy as Florida hospitalizations for COVID decline

With new cases and hospitalizations for COVID-19 declining steadily in Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis visited Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday to extol the benefits of monoclonal antibodies as an effective treatment for the disease and to lambaste the White House for what DeSantis called an effort to “seize control” of the state’s access to the therapy.