New Beach Law Goes Into Effect Sunday (Tallahassee, FL) -- What might be the most controversial new law that takes effect Sunday is one that could restrict beach access. House Bill 631 allows private businesses and homeowners to close off part of the beach to the public.
The law says anything from the high-tide water line and up can be closed to the public, but anything below the high-tide water line will still be open. Florida is believed to be the first state to pass such a law.
Damage Estimate Released After Eastpoint Fire (Eastpoint, FL) -- Franklin County officials are starting to get an idea of just how much damage was caused by the Eastpoint wildfire. The county property appraiser yesterday announced damages are estimated at more than one-and-a-half million dollars. The "Tallahassee Democrat" reports it could keep climbing.
One reason the damage estimate could climb is because many cars, boats and trailers destroyed in the fire haven't been assessed yet. Different aid agencies were in Eastpoint yesterday to help the victims, including the more than 100 who are displaced by the fire.
Suspect Charged With Mother's Murder (Jacksonville, FL) -- A man who left the state after his mother was found dead last week is now back in Florida and charged with her murder. Detectives say 26-year-old Marcus Heath was jailed in Delaware earlier this week after leading troopers on a multi-state high speed chase in his mother's stolen Mercedes.
Heath was brought back to Jacksonville yesterday. Police say his 55-year-old mother was found lying in a pool of blood inside her home, but details about the murder are not yet being released.
Bucs Quarterback Officially Suspended (Tampa, FL) -- Tampa Bay Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston is officially suspended. The decision was announced by the NFL yesterday and was for violating the league's personal conduct policy.
It will keep Winston out of the first three games of the season. The suspension is related to an alleged groping incident of an Uber driver in 2016. Winston apologized to the driver, the team and fans.
E-Sports Tournament Starts Today In Daytona Beach (Daytona Beach, FL) -- A new type of competition is bringing thousands of people from around the world to Daytona Beach this weekend. Today marks the start of an e-sports tournament called the CEO Fighting Game Championships. About six thousand people from 30 countries will play video games like Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter and Halo Three. This is the first time the eight-year-old competition is being held in Daytona Beach.
Another Building In SF Is Sinking (San Francisco, CA) -- Another building is sinking in San Francisco. City inspectors confirm that they're monitoring the 18-story FDIC building which has dropped by less than an inch since last year.
They say the sinkage of the 1980s-era structure is concerning, but is a "minor" issue. Employees at the South of Market high-rise blame the situation on construction that's going on next door.
Man Who Hung On To Hood Of Moving Car Says Ex-Girlfriend Wants To Kill Him (Lauderhill, FL) -- A Florida man says he was forced to jump onto the hood of a car rolling down a freeway because his ex-girlfriend was out to kill him. The ordeal was captured on a video that went viral recently and included Junior Francis hanging onto the hood of a car being driven 70 miles an hour on I-95.
The 22-year-old Junior Francis told a South Florida TV station he needed the car Sunday night, but 24-year-old Patresha Isidore beat him to it. Francis says he jumped on the hood and held on as the mother of his five-year-old daughter drove off from their Lauderhill home. Nobody was seriously hurt but recently released 911 calls include him repeatedly yelling at the woman to stop the car.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
1767 – The British passed the Townshend Revenue Act levying taxes on America, helping to intensify opposition to British rule
1776 - The Virginia state constitution was adopted and Patrick Henry made governor
1863 - Confederate General Robert Lee ordered his forces to concentrate near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
1956 – The US Federal interstate highway system act was signed
1964 – The 1st draft of Star Trek's pilot "Cage" was released
1964 – The Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed after an 83-day filibuster in the US Senate