Double D Strip Club Can Serve Food When It Opens, Palm Beach Commissioners Say

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Chins up, strip club aficionados. Because thanks to the Palm Beach County Commission, you can now get a steak with your lap dances. On Thursday morning, commissioners approved a zoning change that will allow the Double D Ranch and Saloon strip club to serve food.

Despite some Palm Beach residents opposing the measure, commissioners voted to approve the zoning change for the strip club, which is under construction on Southern Boulevard, west of the turnpike.

Earlier this month, residents voiced their displeasure through emails, asking commissioners to block any of the proposed changes. Specifically, some residents are troubled over the how the strip club might bring crime and put a hurting on home values.

See also: Palm Beach Commissioners' Tentative Agreement to Let Strip Clubs Serve Food Has Some Residents Peeved

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Anti-Medical Marijuana Florida Sheriff Changing His Mind About Legalization

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"A vote for Amendment 2 is a vote for legalizing marijuana forever in the State of Florida," Florida Sheriffs Association President Sheriff Grady Judd said in a vehemently anti-medical marijuana video released last April.

With the video, titled The Devil Is in the Details, Judd's anti-medical weed group No on 2 launched their biggest talking point: that Amendment 2 was fraught with legal loopholes and language that would allow pot to be smoked and sold on the streets willy-nilly. This despite the many attempts by medical marijuana advocates saying otherwise.

Amendment 2 eventually failed to reach the 60 percent needed to pass, and medical marijuana was not made legal in Florida.

But now, with a new bill being introduced to make medical marijuana legal, Judd and some of his fellow Florida sheriffs may be changing their minds.

See also: New Medical Marijuana Bill Introduced by GOP Rep. Jeff Brandes

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Off-Duty PBSO Cop Who Shot and Killed Son Being Investigated as On-Duty Cop

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It might be several months before the autopsy results of Khamis Shatara, the 21-year-old shot and killed by his off-duty PBSO deputy father on Christmas Eve, are released to the public. That's because the death is being investigated as an "officer-involved shooting" even though the elder Shatara was at home and off-duty when he pulled the trigger.

The Palm Beach County Medical Examiner's office told New Times the status of the case when we attempted to get a copy of the autopsy results, which are considered public records.

"It's an officer-involved shooting, and the case is still under investigation," the records clerk said, adding that it might be before April the records are releasable, after having gone through the District Attorney's Office, which is the norm for all shootings involving on-duty police officers.

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Carnival Cruise Passenger Says She Was Raped by Crew Member While Her Kids Watched

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Cruises pretty much sell themselves on their care-free vibes: Come stay with us on this floating five-star hotel, where you don't have to worry about anything except getting to the buffet before the cheese blintzes run out. The truth is that there's a shady underbelly attached to the cruise business involving missing passengers, crimes on in-country excursions, and sexual assault.

A recent case hitting federal court in South Florida throws that final category into stark relief. A woman says that not only was she sexually assaulted by a crew member on her Carnival cruise but that the ship's security actively tried to keep her from reporting the crime.

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Vote Out Jack Seiler Rally Going Down in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday

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With Fort Lauderdale's mayoral election just days away on February 10, Jack Seiler is looking to likely retain his seat. But coming off a time when his popularity has taken a serious hit -- particularly with the city's handling of the homeless ordinance -- Seiler might be vulnerable to a takedown.

On Saturday, one of the groups that has clashed with Seiler over the homeless laws will be holding a Fort Lauderdale Rally for Change at Bubier Park.

The rally, which is also being billed as a "Vote Out Mayor Seiler" assemblage, is expected to have at least one of the mayor's challengers as a guest speaker.

See also: Activist Jillian Pim on Hunger Strike in Protest of Fort Lauderdale Homeless Laws

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Lisa "Noodles" Hayden, Fixture in Fort Lauderdale Music Scene, Reported Missing

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Lisa "Noodles" Hayden, a longtime piano teacher and fixture in the Fort Lauderdale music scene, has gone missing since Saturday night.

At least one friend said she last saw Hayden on Saturday night, following the Keller Williams show at Revolution that night.

According to friends and family, Hayden was last seen on Saturday at about 1:30 a.m. in the area of Revolution, in the 100 block of SW Third Avenue in Fort Lauderdale. She had been wearing a short-sleeved orange shirt, blue jeans, and sneakers with glitter, police say.

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Broward Uber Drivers Have Been Fined $35,000 Since Cease-Operations Letter

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With Uber and county commissioners trying to hammer out a proper ordinance to allow the ride-sharing company to operate in Broward comes news that since the county ordered Uber to cease operations, drivers have been fined a total of $35,000.

For its part, Uber says it will pay off any fines its drivers are charged by the county, even as it works with the county to get the regulations in place.

Last month, the county sent Uber and Lyft a letter ordering them to comply with county driver and chauffeur laws, such as having their drivers obtain chauffeur licenses, permits, and decals. There are also requirements for a separate set of decals to be allowed to transport customers to and from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport as well as Port Everglades.

See also: Uber and Traditional Cab Companies Continue Fight Over Regulations in Broward

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After Years Hiding Out in Mexico, Two Sex Traffickers Plead Guilty in Federal Court

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A brutal sex trafficking ring that was first busted in 1998 is finally coming to an official close with the last two leaders of the multinational network pleading guilty in federal court.

Alberto Cadena-Sosa, a 46-year-old Mexican national, was sentenced to 15 years after pleading guilty to conspiring and holding a person in a condition of involuntary servitude. U.S. District Court Judge Joes E. Martinez also ordered Cadena-Sosa to pay $1,261,563 in restitution to 16 victims.

Carmen Cadena, 48 and also from Mexico, pleaded guilty to a slew of horrific charges. According tot the FBI, those charges include:

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Miami Heat May Finally Have Given Us the Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight We've All Been Waiting For

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For years, boxing fans the world over have been waiting for Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao to agree on a date and get things rolling already. There's no argument that this card would be the most highly anticipated, most viewed boxing match in decades. But for one reason or another, it's just never materialized.

Yet now, thanks to a chance encounter at a Miami Heat game, the world could be closer to finally getting that Mayweather-Pacquiao showdown.

The two happened to be attending the Heat-Bucks game on Tuesday night, of all things. And after the American Airlines Arena scoreboard playfully showed the two on split screen, the buzz began to happen. Things got really crazy when, at halftime, Mayweather made his way over to Pacquiao's seat to have a chat, making it the first time the two have ever met in person.

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Dean Parker, Surfer Who Fought ISIS, Wants Money to Meet With Leaders in Washington

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Dean Parker is a surfer who went from West Palm Beach to Costa Rica, then in November on to Syria, where he helped Kurds resist the advance of the Islamic State.

Parker made headlines around the world after he participated in a radio interview and the world learned of his travels. But shortly afterward, on Facebook, Parker announced that joining in was tough and due to language barriers and safety issues, amateurs were best leaving the fighting to the Kurds and instead raising funds for them.

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