Florida: 5 Things To Know For September 17

Miami Beach

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.

MIAMI BEACH PREPARES FOR EXTREME HIGH TIDES

Miami Beach officials say some of the new storm water pumps under construction across the city will be working by the time extreme high tides emerge later this fall. Officials will give an update Wednesday on the construction. Upgrades to the city’s storm water system to improve drainage and reduce neighborhood flooding are expected to cost up to $400 million.

MAN SOUGHT OVER MISSING FLORIDA WOMAN KILLS SELF

Authorities say a man sought for questioning in the disappearance of a South Florida woman killed himself when approached by deputies in the Florida Keys. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said 33-year-old Roy Blanco died Tuesday of a self-inflicted stab wound to the abdomen. A woman believed to be Blanco’s mother who was with him on Big Coppitt Key was rushed to a local hospital after apparently taking an unknown number of pills.

POLEMICAL CUBAN POP GROUP TO TAKE STAGE IN MIAMI

A controversial Cuban pop group will perform in Miami, despite the objections of some exile groups. Several exile organizations have protested Buena Fe’s upcoming performance. The band participated in a birthday celebration for Fidel Castro earlier this year. They also took part in funeral services for the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Miami-Dade County will not cancel the concert.

OFFICIALS EUTHANIZE BLACK BEAR FOUND NEAR CONDOS

A black bear that was tranquilized after climbing a fence at an ocean-front condominium complex in Jacksonville has been euthanized. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported Tuesday that it found the bear behaving strangely in Green Cove Springs after officials had treated and released it. Commission biologists believe the bear had a neurological issue, and determined the humane thing to do was to euthanize it.

OCALA COUNCIL REPEALS SAGGY PANTS ORDINANCE

Saggy pants will once again be allowed on city property after the Ocala City Council voted to repeal an ordinance banning them. In a 4-1 vote on Tuesday, the council reversed the controversial ordinance. Local NAACP president Loretta Pompey Jenkins applauded the action, saying the issue should be dealt with at home, in church or by community groups instead of by government agencies. She says the ordinance was seen by many as an attempt to target young black men.

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