The SoFlo Scoop: Ron DeSantis Florida’s next governor; Broward misses recount deadline; 18.5 tons of cocaine seized

2018-11-16T15:25:47+00:00 November 16th, 2018|Education, News, Politics|

Hello South Florida. Today is Friday Nov. 16. We are going to experience chilly weather. Miami will encounter a high of 77 and a low of 65. Broward will have a high of 76 and a low of 66. Miami Beach will see a high of 77 and a low of 68. Seems like it is time to bring out the jackets! Now let’s get down to business:

Ron DeSantis will be Florida’s next governor as the margin barely budged after the machine count. In the governor’s race, the recount showed that Democrat Andrew Gillum trailed Republican Ron DeSantis by 33,683 votes, a net gain of one vote for Andrew Gillum. The Democrat, however, has not conceded and called for the recount to continue. Sun Sentinel.

Ballot drama continues in Broward. Joseph D’Alessandro, Broward’s director of elections planning, said that the county had turned in the results two minutes after the Thursday deadline. Since the deadline was not met, the recount will not count officially. Broward’s initial count, submitted on Nov,10, will now be utilized until the totals of the manual recount come in Sunday. Miami Herald.

The U.S Coast Guard seized an estimated 18.5 tons of cocaine on Thursday at Port Everglades. Authorities say it is worth about $500 million. The cocaine was seized by officials in international waters in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Local 10 News

A new tech company is helping to secure contracts for small businesses. Shakeia Kegler, 25, a U.S Navy veteran is helping many minority owned businesses who are interested in procuring contracts with local and state government agencies. She created an online marketplace in order to give small businesses a way to participate by connecting them to government agencies in the need of different services. The platform, GovLia came to life with the help of Broward College’s Start Up NOW program. Miami Times.

Ultra Music Festival has found a new home, at least for 2019. The Miami event has massively grown into an international success. The festival acquired a new contract to host the three-day event on Virginia Key March 29-31, 2019. This comes after Miami City Commission voted down a contract for the festival gathering at Bayfront Park. Miami Herald.