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A Symbolic Daytime Protest Honored George Floyd In West Palm Beach

Choreographed chants of “No Justice, No Peace” ricocheted from block to block as hundreds of people of all ages and races gathered in Downtown West Palm Beach on Sunday to demand justice for George Floyd.

The protest was peaceful and well-organized in the daytime, and tense by nightfall. Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was killed in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25, when Derek Chauvin, a white police officer accompanied by three other officers, knelt on Floyd’s neck for...

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Coping With The Coronavirus: Resources For South Florida

Getting through the coronavirus pandemic is a challenge on almost every level. We hope these links can help you find the information or help you're looking for. If you have suggestions for information we should include here, email us at talktous@wlrnnews.org.

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Protests Against Police Brutality Across South Florida

     

COVID-19 Arrival Slashes Tourism Numbers

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Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP / AP

TALLAHASSEE --- Tourism in Florida fell 10.7 percent in the first quarter of 2020 from the same period a year earlier, and the estimate may be optimistic.

The final month of the quarter, March, was impacted heavily by the COVID-19 pandemic, which essentially shut down the hospitality industry statewide. A report posted online by Visit Florida, the state’s tourism-marketing arm, said “data previously used to estimate Florida visitation may not paint the full picture during COVID-19.”

After Weekend Of Violent Clashes Between Police And Protesters, South Florida Starts Cleanup

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Al Diaz / The Miami Herald

After two days of peaceful protests that devolved into violent confrontations between South Florida police and demonstrators, Fort Lauderdale awoke on Monday to find National Guard troops standing watch on city streets as cleanup crews swept sidewalks and scrubbed graffiti from buildings.

In Miami, there were more signs that businesses vandalized and looted during the weekend will reopen and return to some semblance of normal after local demonstrators participated in nationwide protests over the death of a handcuffed and unarmed black man at the hands of police in Minneapolis.

Hurricane Season Collides With Coronavirus, As Communities Plan For Dual Emergencies

19 hours ago
Lynne Sladky / AP

Robin Rokobauer doesn't like to chance it. When there's a hurricane, she almost always evacuates.

Rokobauer lives in Cocoa Beach, Fla., on a barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean and 153-mile-long Indian River Lagoon. Her mother is 93.

"She's got to have flushing toilets," Rokobauer says of her mother. "She's got to have fresh water. She's just got some physical needs that require that."

Local Officials Blame "Outside Agitators," Arrest Records Show Most Are From Here

21 hours ago
Daniel A. Varela / Miami Herald

The morning after peaceful protests morphed into violent demonstrations in downtown Miami, local officials told the public that most of the “agitators” where “outsiders.”

“Of the 57 people that were arrested, 13 of those 57 live in the City of Miami. OK? So, we have Minnesota, New York. Georgia. People from outside of the county ... [who] were arrested,” said Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina during a Sunday news conference. “The reason I think that’s significant is: Please don’t make the mistake of letting someone from outside suck you in to destroy our city.”

Douglas Hanks / Miami Herald

Aramis Gallardo waited so long for a bus Sunday morning in downtown Miami that he asked a police officer if something had gone wrong. That’s when he got the bad news: Miami-Dade suspended all transit service Saturday night after city protests led to burned squad cars and ransacked stores.

Already late for his construction job on the Miami River, Gallardo couldn’t believe the county left him stranded.

The Shutdown Hit The Florida Keys Hard. What Will It Take To Get Back To Business?

22 hours ago
Charles Trainor Jr. / Miami Herald

Tourism is the lifeblood of the Florida Keys. It pumps up jobs and tax dollars. Supports fishing, hotels, restaurants.

So with more than five million people who visit Monroe County in a normal year, the island chain typically has the lowest unemployment rate in the state. But with tourists banned from entering the Keys since late March because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, Monroe County’s unemployment rate shot up to the second highest in Florida, a whopping 17.5 percent.

Broward Curfew Expires, But Could Be Extended: Here Are The Curfew Rules

23 hours ago
John McCall / Sun Sentinel

Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry imposed en emergency curfew order Sunday evening in response to “growing civil unrest” that the county said could “potentially threaten the health, safety and welfare” of the public.

It went into effect at 9 p.m. Sunday and is in place until 6 a.m. Monday. The county said it could be extended if circumstances warrant.

Seth Wenig/AP

In its first account of statewide antibody testing, the Florida Department of Health reported Friday that about 4.4 percent of more than 123,000 tested came back positive for signs of an infection, providing a snapshot of how the disease might be spreading.

But the report warns that the accuracy of commercial lab results included in the mix is not known and experts say even results from approved tests could have a high degree of inaccuracy.

Gerard Albert / WLRN

“Black lives matter.” Those were the words hundreds of protesters chanted throughout the streets of downtown Fort Lauderdale on Sunday.

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Miami And County School Board Destroyed A Black Community To Build A Whites Only School

The taking of black-owned land is a common story throughout the history of the United States. In Miami, one community that was displaced with little notice was made up of black workers who built and serviced the local railroads and trains.

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