The SoFlo Scoop: Rick Scott declares state of emergency; Rolling Loud to resume as scheduled; Miami Heat’s overtime victory

2017-04-12T09:37:13+00:00 April 11th, 2017|Roundups|

Good morning South Florida! Today is Wednesday, April 12. Miami is expected to have a high of 80 and low of 71 with scattered thunderstorms, while Key West will be partly cloudy with a high of 79 and a low of 72. Fort Lauderdale will see scattered thunderstorms with a high of 79 and a low of 71, and those in Naples will have afternoon showers with a high of 84 and a low of 65. Time to get smart fast:

  • The Rolling Loud music festival is officially on as scheduled at Bayfront Park after Park Management Trust board members unanimously voted in its favor on Tuesday morning. The hip-hop festival’s status was placed on hold after Miami Commissioner Frank Carollo called for a special meeting regarding the concert, but the vote reportedly didn’t last long after minor contractual changes were agreed upon. Rolling Loud will take place from May 5-7 with headliners including popular hip-hop artists Travis Scott, Migos and Kendrick Lamar. Miami Herald
  • The Miami Heat defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 124-121 in overtime in a much-needed comeback victory on Monday night. Tyler Johnson sealed the game with late free throws and led the heat with 24 points. Cavaliers stars LeBron James and Kyrie Irving were both inactive for the game, but Deron Williams and his season-high 35 points kept Cleveland in the game. The Heat will look to clinch a postseason berth as they play their final game of the regular season on Wednesday night against the Washington Wizards. CBS Miami
  • Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency due to the number of wildfires burning throughout the state on Tuesday morning. Officials say that Florida wildfires have burned over 250 percent more terrain so far in 2017 than they did in the same span last year. Because he declared a state of emergency, Scott will be able to deploy and use any firefighting forces or resources to ensure the safety of those in the affected areas. Fox 13
  • A North Miami police officer who was accused of beating his wife was arrested on a battery charge. According to a police report, Officer Alfred Bryant got violent when his wife didn’t make dinner for their kids. He allegedly threw water in her face and began beating her in the family’s kitchen. Bryant paid the $1,500 bond, and he has been ordered to stay away from his family until the May 2 hearing. Local 10
  • Ahead of their first home game of the 2017 season, the president of the Miami Marlins said, “it would not shock [him]” if the team was sold by the end of the season. Rumors have been swirling that Jeffrey Loria was looking into selling the team, and President David Samson seems to believe that’s a very real possibility. Potential buyers that have been linked to the Marlins are former presidential candidate Jeb Bush and retired Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter. CBS Miami

— Jacob Spiwak, South Florida News Service