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Weekly News update from KB Independent

February 5, 2024

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By John Pacenti

Key Biscayne Mayor Joe Rasco expressed confidence in Police Chief Frank Sousa on Tuesday after the island was roiled by three different sex investigations that critics said raised questions about law enforcement transparency.

“We have tremendous confidence in Chief Sousa and in our department,” Rasco said. 

The mayor’s statement came after Sousa himself posted a three-minute video on the Village’s Instagram account, insisting the community was safe. But he did not directly address any of the investigations. 

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A Key Biscayne woman said a winning lottery ticket ended up being switched for a losing one after she presented it to a store clerk at the Winn-Dixie grocery store. 

A Winn-Dixie manager on Saturday disputed the claim. 

Andrea Mata  told Key Biscayne police she visited Winn-Dixie Jan. 25 to check “about 10 tickets,” handing them to the lottery machine attendant for verification of any potential winners.]

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By John Pacenti

A move to tighten regulation of scooters and e-bikes on Crandon Boulevard has hit a legal snag,  even as a federal study is showing that injuries involving the devices are soaring. There is also growing concern in Congress about e-bikes and electronic scooters catching fire. 

Key Biscayne is an epicenter for micromobility, where electric e-bikes and e-scooters fly around the Village amidst pedestrian and vehicular traffic. Despite regulations banning the devices from Village parks, complaints are common and it remains an issue that has eluded a solution so far. 




MORE LOCAL

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The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne will be  be renovated next year after hospitality and developer and investment firm Genom retook majority ownership of the island’s flagship hotel. Miami-based Gencom will pump…

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Florida remains ranked third in the nation for human trafficking, but the top prosecutor for Miami-Dade County says her office is now a model for fighting the insidious crime. “One…

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If Florida continues growing at its current pace, more than 2 million acres of the state’s ranches, timberland and farms could be paved over to make way for another 12…


OPINION

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Immigrant advocates now denouncing President Biden forget the U.S. needs to reform asylum and aid Ukraine — and that doing both can help ease America’s immigration calamity. I received an…


INTERNATIONAL

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By John Pacenti

A secret memo obtained by The Associated Press details a yearslong covert operation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration that sent undercover operatives into Venezuela to surreptitiously record and build…

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Authorities in the Bahamas say they are cracking down on crime after the U.S. issued a security alert warning that the archipelago has reported at least 18 slayings in January.…

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By John Pacenti

gentina will play exhibition games against Nigeria and Ivory Coast in China next month, making it likely Lionel Messi will miss Inter Miami’s Major League Soccer game at the New…


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT


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It’s Taylor Swift’s world, and she just allows us to live in it. After weeks where she attracted endless attention for her football star boyfriend and a mystifying right-wing campaign…

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U.S. Marshals have warned Miami Commissioner Joe Carollo that they’ll soon be selling his home in Coconut Grove over the $63.5 million judgment against him in a federal civil rights…

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The “cone of uncertainty” produced by the National Hurricane Center to forecast the location and ferocity of a tropical storm is getting an update this year to include predictions for inland…

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A year after Florida enacted a new law making it more difficult for employers to hire immigrants in the country illegally, the House passed a bill Thursday to let 16- and…

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Disney on Thursday appealed a judge’s dismissal of its free speech lawsuit over what it described as Gov. Ron DeSantis’ retaliatory takeover of Walt Disney World’s governing district, as the Florida governor…


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