Good afternoon South Florida! Today is Monday, Sept. 12. Miami is expected to have a high of 85 and low of 78 with thunderstorms likely in the morning, while Key West will see scattered afternoon thunderstorms with a high of 85 and a low of 80. Fort Lauderdale will see morning thunderstorms and a high of 86 and a low of 78, while those in Naples will experience thunderstorms for most of the day and a high of 90 and a low of 75. Time to get smart fast:
- Miami International Airport was on high alert Saturday afternoon after a “suspicious vehicle” was parked outside of the busy American Airlines terminal. A resulting police investigation led to delays and serious traffic. Following a bomb squad investigation that determined that there was no threat, regular operations resumed in the afternoon. Miami Herald.
- Events were held across South Florida last weekend in remembrance of those who lost their lives during the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. These included tributes at the North Miami Police Department, South Miami Senior High School, and Miami-Dade College. 7 News Miami
- Miami Dolphins players Jelani Jenkins, Arian Foster, Michael Thomas and Kenny Stills decided to kneel during the national anthem Sunday afternoon before playing against the Seattle Seahawks. The players were showing their support for San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has declined to stand for the song to protest social injustices to minorities in the U.S. Sun-Sentinel
- Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), has a seven point lead over Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy, according to a Quinnipiac poll released Friday. The poll shows Murphy trailing 43 percent to 50, which also shows the Republican leading comfortably among independent voters. CBS Miami
- Miami-Dade County mayoral candidate Raquel Regalado criticized current Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s support for the usage of naled in Miami Beach, a controversial pesticide used to target mosquitoes in the fight against Zika. An exchange played out on social media when Gimenez called Regalado “highly irresponsible” for stirring opposition to the chemical, which has already been utilized in areas of the city as of Friday. Miami New Times
- South Florida businesses and the local tourism industry are losing revenue due to the spread of Zika. In August alone, hotel bookings in downtown Miami fell by almost 3 percent. Tourists wishing to travel to South Florida have taken to social media to express concerns about travelling to the region due to Zika. Miami Herald
— Yaneli Gonzalez and Chris Rodriguez, South Florida News Service