Cocoa Board Votes To Limit Size Of Proposed Hotel (Cocoa, FL) -- A developer is facing some resistance in his plans to build a hotel in Brevard County. The Cocoa Planning and Zoning Board this week voted to limit the hotel at the old city hall site to a height of 70-feet.
Developer Jack Brown wanted his hotel in Cocoa Village to be 104 feet. Some neighbors say they don't want the hotel on Brevard Ave to be built at all, but Brown tells Florida Today the project is going forward, and the only issue is how tall it will be.
Senator Rubio Wants New Russian Sanctions (Washington, DC) -- Florida's U.S. Senator Marco Rubio is urging colleagues to pass his Deter Act. The measure calls for immediately adding new sanctions if it is determined Russia interferes in United States elections in the future. There appears to be a significant amount of bipartisan support for the Deter Act on Capitol Hill.
Group Starts Petition Drive For Open Primaries (Tallahassee, FL) -- A group is launching a petition drive to have open primary elections in Florida. Florida Fair and Open Primaries says all voters should be allowed to cast ballots in partisan primaries and that the tpop two candidates in each race should go to the general election.
The group needs to collect more than 766-thousand valid signatures to get the issue on the 2020 ballot. A second petition being circulated would cut off public funding for primaries if unaffiliated voters are prevented from voting in a primary.
Man Arrested For Driving With Missing Tires (Bonifay, FL) -- A man is facing charges after Holmes County deputies say he was driving a truck with missing tires. 49-year-old Michael Davis was arrested last week after he was spotted on Highway Two as sparks were flying from his truck. Deputies say they learned Davis was driving on a suspended license. He was also was found with meth.
SeaWorld's New Ride Almost Ready (Orlando, FL) -- SeaWorld's newest attraction is almost ready to go. When Infinity Falls opens this summer, it will feature the world's highest drop for a river raft ride. It combines white-water rafting with a theme park, in a rainforest environment. The exact opening date has not been announced.
Indecent Exposure Charges For Man At Lafayette Pool (Lafayette, IN) -- An Indiana man is facing indecent exposure charges for allegedly appearing at a public pool with holes in the crotch of his shorts.
Lafayette police say Brian Myers picked-up his young daughter at the pool last week but was not wearing appropriate clothing. Myers is facing battery and public nudity counts on top of the indecent exposure charge. He was arrested at his home and officers say they found several pairs of shorts with holes in the crotch.
Man Guilty Of Stealing Ambulance (Charleston, WV) -- A West Virginia man will be sentenced in September for attacking an EMT worker and stealing an ambulance. Prosecutors in Kanawha County say Scott Marshall was a patient in an ambulance late last year when he attacked the driver and took off in the vehicle.
Marshall even made calls to 911 claiming he was a victim of kidnapping but he was eventually taken into custody and entered guilty pleas yesterday. The 41-year-old is calling the South Central Regional Jail his home for now.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
2016, real estate mogul Donald Trump officially became the Republican presidential nominee following a roll call vote of the states at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
1993, President Clinton instituted the "don't ask, don't tell, don't pursue" policy for gays in military service.
1990, baseball great Pete Rose was sentenced to five months in prison in Cincinnati for tax evasion.
1985, New Hampshire school teacher Christa McAuliffe was chosen to be the first teacher to ride aboard the space shuttle. McAuliffe became a member of ill-fated Challenger crew which exploded shortly after lift-off, killing all seven on board.
1980, the Moscow Summer Olympics began with dozens of nations missing from the event due to a boycott of the Soviet military involvement in Afghanistan.