SoFlo Scoop: Secretary of Education visits South Florida schools; Pembroke Pines water possibly unsafe; Miami Heat back in playoffs

2017-04-07T08:33:38+00:00 April 7th, 2017|Roundups|

Good morning South Florida! Today is Friday, April 7. Miami will be sunny with a high 79 and low 58; Key West will also have sunny skies with a high 73 and low 66; Fort Lauderdale will be sunny with a high 78 and low 57, and for those in Naples expect a sunny windy day with a high 74 and low 55. Time to get smart fast:

  • United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos made her first visit Thursday to a few public schools in Miami-Dade. Secretary DeVos visited Care Elementary school, Florida International University and made her final stop by visiting Sports Leadership and Management, a public charter school in Miami that was founded by Pitbull. 7 News Miami
  • Pembroke Pines and the Florida Department of Health are fighting to prove if the water in Pembroke Pines is safe to drink. One area of the city tested last year showed high levels of contaminants in the supply. The chemicals found could lead to liver and kidney issues. At the city’s commission meeting on Wednesday the commission agreed to bring in a third party to take a look at the city’s water system. Local 10
  • The dry heat in South Florida has caused a huge growing brush fire, forcing the Everglades Holiday Park to shutdown Thursday. Scott Peterich, spokesman for the Florida Forest Service, said the fire is 20 percent contained. The fire has been burning for two days. Miami Herald
  • The Miami Heat moved back to playoff position after beating the Charlotte Hornets 112-99. Chicago, Miami and Indiana are all 1.5 games behind Atlanta who has the sixth spot in the playoff. Miami Herald
  • A legislative bill that will increase Florida’s homestead exemption may be good for Florida homeowners but not for counties and cities. Broward Mayor Barbara Sharief said her county would lose $40 million and would have to makeup that revenue by cutting services. “This is not a tax cut. This is a tax shift,” she said. The Florida homestead exemption bill needs to win the support of three-fifths of the members of the House and Senate to reach ballot. Miami Herald

—  Magaly Duarte, South Florida News Service