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Weekly News update from KB Independent

January, 29, 2024

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By John Pacenti

The Key Biscayne Village Council gave the go-ahead  Tuesday to start designing the first phase of its new stormwater system – but council members still could not decide on how much flood protection the system should provide. 

After workshops, public forums and seemingly endless amounts of engineering modeling over the last two years – the Council again could not come up with a consensus on whether to accept the recommendation of its engineers to build a system that anticipates stronger and more frequent storms driven by climate change. 

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By John Pacenti

With growing concerns about the welfare of animals at the Miami Seaquarium, Miami-Dade County told the park’s owner it is in violation of the lease for the Virginia Key tourist attraction.

Mayor Daniella Levine Cava on Sunday sent a “notice of advisement” to The Dolphin Co., which owns Seaquarium, that the county aims to terminate the 2021 lease after reports of substandard animal care. 

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The Miami Seaquarium responded Wednesday to Miami-Dade County taking initial steps to terminate the lease for the marine park, saying it is working with federal regulators to come into compliance…

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Call it Round 3. Miami-Dade County sent notice to Miami Seaquarium on Thursday that it owes $87,916 in back rent after missing its payment in December. The notice of noncompliance…



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Baltzelle has remained active in press freedom issues and is past president of the Florida Society of News Editors and past chairman of the board of directors of the First…


MORE LOCAL

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Kadel Piedrahita, the man accused of fatally shooting a cyclist 4 ½ years ago on the Rickenbacker Causeway and making a video of it, rejected a plea offer  Thursday that…

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Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava proposed a $2.5 billion bond measure in her “State of the County ” address, saying she wants to create affordable housing and eliminate  leaky septic…

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With hundreds of scientists compiling data on climate change worldwide, municipalities must grapple with conflicting data in making decisions costing millions – or even billions of dollars – to safeguard…

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It’s been a disastrous year for corals off the coast of South Florida as record sea temperatures caused widespread bleaching. But researchers at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School reported…


SPORTS

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Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce and the Kansas City Chiefs are heading to Las Vegas with a chance for a rare repeat while facing the San Francisco 49ers in a Super Bowl rematch…

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By John Pacenti

Lionel Messi has won futbol’s biggest prize. He’ll now be part of American football’s biggest day. The Inter Miami star, World Cup champion and global soccer icon will headline a…

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By Associated Press

Kyle Lowry has been traded by the Miami Heat to the Charlotte Hornets for Terry Rozier in a swap of guards. The Heat also are sending a 2027 first-round draft…


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT


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Federal prosecutors are expanding their investigation into a bribery scheme involving two former U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration supervisors, turning their attention to two Miami defense attorneys suspected of profiting from…

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The world’s largest cruise ship — the size of almost four city blocks — is set to begin its maiden voyage Saturday as it leaves from the Port of Miami.…


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