The SoFlo Scoop: Lake Okeechobee flood threats; Dogs to be allowed in public pools; Possible chain of robberies

2016-09-20T22:12:32+00:00 September 21st, 2016|Roundups|

Good morning South Florida! Today is Wednesday, Sept. 21. Miami is expected to be partly cloudy today with a high of 88 and a low of 77 with a 20 percent chance of rain. Key West is expected to be partly cloudy in the early morning with a high of 88 and a low of 80 with a 10 percent chance of rain. Fort Lauderdale will be partly cloudy with 60 percent chance of rain and afternoon showers and thunderstorms, a high of 88 with a low of 77. Naples will be partly cloudy with a stray shower and possible thunderstorms with a 20 percent chance of rain and a high of 89 and low of 76.  Time to get smart fast:

  • Lake Okeechobee will be closely monitored this hurricane season by state and federal officials as water levels hit a foot above normal on Tuesday. Rising waters during hurricane season create a chain of issues for the state including flooding, toxic algae and infrastructure issues. Sun-Sentinel
  • In the land where summer never ends, dog owners will be able to enjoy fun in the sun at water parks with their pups this fall. Broward, Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami-Dade County are welcoming dogs into their water parks and public pools during the next few months. Offering local events and competitions for both owners and their furry companions.
  • On Tuesday, prosecutors decided not to pursue charges against the ex-girlfriend of a former Miami-Dade mayor. The move comes a week after Miami-Dade police Lt. Evelyn Fernandez refused to testify in a domestic violence case against Carols Alvarez. Fernandez was, in turn, accused of breaking into Alvarez’ Coral Gables condo. Miami Herald
  • Foreclosure cases in the Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade area have increased by 6 percent in the past six months, but experts are urging calm. The new stats are signs of pre-existing issues, they said, noting new financing standards make the Florida market more stable. Sun-Sentinel
  • Officials believe a chain of robberies that occurred in Davie, Hallandale and Miami Gardens could be linked. All have been armed robberies in parking lots and the description of the suspect matches one wanted in other crimes. NBCMiami
  • On Monday a lawsuit was filed in the Tallahassee federal court regarding the 2010 death of Randall Jordan-Aparo, an inmate who was allegedly gassed several times while in a confinement cell. The lawsuit was filed by the mother of Aparo’s daughter who claims officials tried to cover up his death in various ways. NBCMiami

– Nicole Betancourt, South Florida News Service