Bar Owners React To Reopening
(Orlando, FL) -- Bar owners in Central Florida are glad to be getting what could be a lifeline. The state announced yesterday that bars will be able to reopen Monday at 50-percent capacity. Orlando Brewing Company President John Cheek says it's the best news he has heard in a while, and he tells the Orlando Sentinel it'll be good to regain a sense of normalcy. Governor Ron DeSantis said yesterday he's also considering allowing restaurants to operate at 100-percent capacity. Bar owners in Miami-Dade County won't be able to do what so many others in Florida will.Mayor Carlos Gimenez said last night bars will remain closed by emergency order until further notice. Earlier this week, Gimenez said he didn't foresee opening bars until there's a vaccine for the coronavirus.
Daytona Beach Denies Permits For Biketoberfest
(Daytona Beach, FL) -- Daytona Beach officials want no part of what one doctor says would be a recipe for disaster. The city commission this week rejected permit applications for Biketoberfest. A Stetson University doctor says it's not safe to hold such a large event right now, and he urged the city to cancel it. Ormond Beach commissioners, though, voted this week to issue permits for the event, and Mayor Bill Partington tells News 13 the city has enough space to adequately spread people out.
Miami-Dade Scrambles To Replace Online Platform
(Miami, FL) -- A decision made in the middle of the night is responsible for a frantic morning in Miami-Dade County. The school board voted early Thursday morning to scrap its remote learning platform, My School Online, but many didn't know about the vote until school started just a few hours later. With My School Online no longer available, teachers scrambled to set up online classes through Microsoft Teams or Zoom, but some lesson plans were lost. School board vice chair Steve Gallon voted to cut ties with the company behind My School Online, but he tells the Miami Herald even he was caught off guard by the sudden switch.
Confederate Monument Taken To New Location
(St. Augustine, FL) -- A symbol of St. Augustine's past will soon be on display at a new location. The Confederate monument that stood in Plaza de la Constitucion for 150 years was placed on a barge yesterday to ship to its new home at the Trout Creek Fish Camp. An official with the company in charge of the move tells News4Jax they're saving history for future generations to enjoy.
Suspect Charged In Cold-Case Rape
(Tampa, FL) -- A 20-year search for a rapist appears to be over. Tampa Police recently charged Antonio Rivers for sexually assaulting a woman in 2000. A DNA test at the time found no match, but another DNA test done in January led police to Rivers.
Former Lightning Player Becoming Firefighter
(Tampa, FL) -- A former Tampa Bay Lightning player probably won't be accused of taking it easy in retirement. Nikita Alekseev [[ uh-LECK-see-evv ]] is in his final days of training to become a Tampa firefighter. The 38-year-old Russian was Tampa Bay's first-round pick in 2000, and he played parts of three seasons for the Lightning. He told ABC Action News yesterday he loves the city and wants to serve it as long as he can.
Dolphins Will Be In Locker Room During Anthem
(Davie, FL) -- The Dolphins are speaking out against what one player calls fluff and empty gestures by the NFL. In a video yesterday released, players announced they'll stay in the locker room during the National Anthem before Sunday's game at New England. The NFL plans to play the Star Spangled Banner and the song known as the black national anthem before the game, but players, in the video, question the league's sincerity in pushing for social change.
Woman Votes Topless In New Hampshire
(Exeter, NH) -- A New Hampshire woman responded to being told she could not wear a political T-shirt while voting by taking it off. After the brief argument in Exeter, she voted topless. The message on the T-shirt was anti-Trump, which officials said could be considered a form of electioneering. Seacoastonline.com reports the town moderator says he could have had police remove the woman under the state's indecency law, but he didn't want the incident to escalate further.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
2001, nearly three-thousand people were killed in the worst terror attack on U.S. soil. Nineteen men hijacked four planes in a coordinated attack. Two planes were slammed into the World Trade Center, causing the massive Twin Towers to collapse and change the New York City skyline forever. Another plane crashed into the Pentagon, while the fourth went down in Pennsylvania after the passengers on board revolted against their hijackers. The attack was traced to the terrorist group al-Qaeda, which led to a war in Afghanistan and eventually the death of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan in 2011.
DeSantis Orders Flags To Fly At Half-Staff Today
(Tallahassee, FL) -- The governor is asking all Floridians to pause this morning for a solemn tribute. Governor Ron DeSantis yesterday requested everyone observe a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. to mark 9/11.