The SoFlo Scoop: Naked Donald Trump statue in Wynwood; Water toxin suit dismissed; Zika debate continues in Miami Beach

2016-09-15T06:16:46+00:00 September 15th, 2016|Roundups|

Good morning South Florida! Today is Thursday, Sept. 15. Miami is expected to have a high of 87 and low of 79 with scattered thunderstorms likely in the morning, while Key West will see partly cloudy skies with a high of 87 and a low of 81. Fort Lauderdale will see scattered thunderstorms throughout the day with a high of 88 and a low of 78, while those in Naples will experience a partly cloudy day and a high of 89 and a low of 76. Time to get smart fast:

  • A statue depicting GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump naked debuted Tuesday night in Wynwood. It is similar to statues displayed in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle. NBC 6
  • A Florida judge on Tuesday dismissed complaints from opponents wanting to overturn a rule that would allow higher concentrations of toxic chemicals into Florida’s water. A rule approved in July will allow the levels of more than 12 carcinogens to increase. Miami Herald
  • A Miami Beach commission meeting heated up Wednesday over the continued use of Naled. City officials passed two resolutions to push Miami-Dade County and the state government to come up with other solutions for mosquito control. Nonetheless, Miami-Dade County Deputy Mayor, Alina Hudak, said the county will continue to spray the area with the controversial chemical. Miami Herald
  • Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and City Commissioner Ricky Ariola held a meeting with business owners Wednesday to discuss ways to clean up the image of Ocean Drive. Among the proposals set out by Ariola are a ban on pole dancing, public nudity and the use and distribution of medical marijuana. Miami New Times
  • A poll conducted by FIU shows that a majority of Miami-Dade County Cuban-Americans support President Obama’s policy towards Cuba, which includes re-establishing diplomatic relations with the country. The poll shows 56 percent of those surveyed support normalizing Cuban relations, a number that has steadily risen over the past several years. Miami Herald
  • David Rivera, a former congressman and state representative, has taken his ongoing ethics case to the Florida Supreme Court. During his tenure in the Florida House of Representatives, Rivera was fined for alleged improper spending of campaign funds for travel expenses. His case hinges on a constitutional question that will determine whether the Speaker violated separation of powers in his actions. CBS Miami

 — Yaneli Gonzalez and Chris Rodriguez, South Florida News Service