The SoFlo Scoop: Evacuation for Palm Beach; Street may be named after Jose Fernandez; Toxic chemicals found in Overtown

2016-10-06T12:30:00+00:00 October 6th, 2016|Roundups|

Good morning South Florida! Today is Thursday, Oct. 6. Miami is expected to have a high of 85 and a low of 76 with showery rains and strong winds, while Key West will have scattered showers and thunderstorms, with a high of 86 and a low of 81.  Fort Lauderdale will have heavy rain and wind, with a high of 84 and a low of 76, while those in Naples will see a mix of clouds and sun, with a high of 88 and a low of 79. Here’s the scoop:

  • American Airlines has canceled all flights into Miami International Airport, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Palm Beach International Airport for Thursday due to Hurricane Matthew. A spokeswoman for the airline said that there will be limited departures before noon, but any flight after that will be canceled. CBS Miami
  • A former Miami Beach promoter was sentenced to 18 years behind bars for swindling millions of dollars from investors. Jack Utsick, 73, pleaded guilty to mail fraud in June. Utsick, who produced tours for superstars, was also ordered to pay $169 million lost by thousands of investors. Miami Herald
  • The names of two police officers involved in a fatal shooting in September that left a Pompano Beach man dead was released by the Broward Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday. Authorities said Gregory Frazier, 55, was armed with a knife during the encounter in his backyard with Zachary Hasson and Andre Landells. BSO said both officers were hired just last year. Sun Sentinel
  • The soil near an apartment building in Overtown contains high concentrations of arsenic and barium. This was discovered by an environment crew in barrels of buried trash. Residents said after the discovery, no one bothered to inform them about the issue. Miami New Times
  • A Miami commissioner is suggesting the city rename a street near Marlins Park after former pitcher Jose Fernandez, who died in a boat crash on Sept. 25. Frank Carollo presented the name “Jose Fernandez Avenue” for 17th Avenue from NW North River Drive to South Dixie Highway. Miami New Times
  • Palm Beach officials ordered the evacuation of the town Wednesday evening. Locals and business owners can expect roadways to be closed if Hurricane Matthew hits the city severely, officials said. Local 10

— Jayda Hall and Steven Preciado, South Florida News Service