Fort Lauderdale Boat Show Traffic: What to Know To Avoid Headaches

Categories: Broward News

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Michele Eve Sandberg
The 55th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show kicked off Thursday, and will run through the weekend.

It's a time for people to head on out to take a look at all kinds of boats, from small vessels to super yachts. The event is expected to bring in about half a billion dollars for the city, drawing all kinds of folks from all walks of life here in the "Yachting Capital of the World."

It's also a traffic nightmare.

Now, weekend traffic on Las Olas and Sunrise is usually pretty stacked anyway. But things get really cray during the Boat Show.

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Defiant Activists Will Feed the Homeless in Spite of New Ban, "Middle Fingers Fully Extended"

Categories: Broward News

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Fort Lauderdale's controversial "sharing ban" goes into effect today, putting restrictions on where and how homeless people can be fed. But in defiance of the law, several groups will begin a "week of resistance" and continue to provide food for the needy.

Food Not Bombs will kick off the protest by doing what it does every week: offer free food to people at 5 p.m. in Stranahan Park. And because it's Halloween, participants are urged to come dressed as food.

The group plans to "greet the City on Halloween at our weekly sharing with our middle fingers fully extended and fight for our rights," according to its Facebook page.


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Boynton Cop Stephen Maiorino Arrested for Raping Woman in Patrol Car (UPDATED with Details and Probable Cause Affidavit)

Categories: Crime

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A Boynton Beach police officer is being charged with kidnapping and raping a 20-year-old woman who was a passenger in his patrol car.

Officer Stephen Maiorino was officially charged with armed sexual battery, armed kidnapping, and unlawful compensation or reward for official behavior. A criminal complaint was filed against Maiorino two weeks ago. But after a police investigation that included interviews, physical evidence, and DNA testing, official charges were filed and Maiorino was placed under arrest Thursday.

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Cold Front Coming: Could Be in the Mid-50s This Weekend

Categories: Severe Weather

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On their way to the boat show.
Brace yourself, everyone. South Florida is about to get all Planet Hoth on us with a cold front swooping in over the weekend that could be bringing temperatures as low as mid-50s.

So get ready to bust out those winter coats and boots...it's gonna be CRAZY.

An arctic blast is hitting the north eastern part of the U.S. starting Saturday, which will bring chilly temps down our way late in the weekend into Sunday.

Of course, it'll be mostly pleasant while the rest of the nation will be cold as balls. But, still. Fifty degrees is pretty serious down here.

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Jazz Jennings, 14-Year-Old Transgender Youth and Author, to Be Honored by Equality Florida

Categories: LGBT News

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Jazz Jennings has the mind of a girl but the body of boy. So reads the back cover of her 32-page autobiographical book, I Am Jazz. The book, which was released in September, chronicles Jennings' struggles as a transgender child, opens up the dialogue on gender identity, and has helped spark awareness on how transgender people are discriminated against.

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Digital Domain Case Moved from Bankruptcy Court to State Court

Categories: News

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Digital Domain, the Florida-based visual effects company that gave the world Titanic, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and a Tupac hologram, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy recently. This after Port St. Lucie officials gave the company a $40 million bond issue and West Palm Beach officials gave it f 2.4 acres of downtown property, and the promise of a $15 million loan.

Problem was, Digital Domain Chairman and Chief Executive John Textor's finances were not up to snuff, and the whole thing ended up collapsing in on itself. That's when the state stepped up and sued the company, pretty much calling the movie-special-effects company a Ponzi scheme.

On Wednesday, a judge announced the case would be moved from bankruptcy court in West Palm Beach back to state court.

See also: Florida Still Feeling the Fallout of Digital Domain Collapse

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Broward County School Officials Want $800 Million in Taxpayer Money to Fix Schools in Disrepair

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Election Day on Tuesday is going to decide an important local issue that could impact schools in Broward.

Voters are being asked to decide on a referendum that would help fund safety projects for public schools in Broward. Taxpayers are being asked to foot the $800 million bill that will help repair building safety issues, such as drainage issues, windows, and roofs in disrepair. The funds would also be used to provide security cameras for schools.

On Thursday, public safety officials and Superintendent Robert Runcie talked up the bond in an effort to highlight its importance and encourage voters to vote for it come Tuesday.

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Fifteen Halloween Costumes These Famous Floridians Should Wear

Categories: Holidays

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Today is Halloween Eve, so if you haven't decided on your costume yet, congratulations, you're probably cutting eyeholes out of a bed sheet tonight! I get it: You've been too busy; Halloween sneaked up on you. It happens.

If you think you have no time to go browsing the aisles of Walmart looking for a costume, just imagine how little time some famous Floridians have to find an original outfit. Adding injury to insult, they can't be themselves, which is a real bummer, because they could probably totally pull it off.

Good news, busy-ass famous Floridians: I've picked out a Halloween costume that your overpaid assistant can totally throw together with no more effort than a trip to the Dollar Store!

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Parents of Victims of Kayla "2 Drunk 2 Care" Mendoza Suing Her Former Job

Categories: Broward News

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The families of the two women killed in the "2 drunk 2 care" accident have filed a lawsuit against the T-Mobile store where Kayla Mendoza worked.

On November 17 last year, Mendoza had drinks at Tijuana Taxi Co. in Coral Springs with her T-Mobile coworkers before driving a Hyundai Sonata the wrong way onto the Sawgrass Expressway and crashing into a 2012 Toyota Camry. The crash killed Marisa Catronio and a passenger, Kaitlyn Ferrante.

Mendoza, who was hospitalized after suffering injuries, had tweeted "2 drunk 2 care" hours before the crash. She was 20 years old at the time of the accident -- to young to drink legally.

Following her hospital stay, Mendoza was arrested and charged with two counts of DUI manslaughter while impaired, two counts of DUI manslaughter with an unlawful blood-alcohol level, two counts of vehicular homicide, and two counts of driving without a license, causing death.

See also: Kayla "2 Drunk 2 Care" Mendoza Pleads Not Guilty

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Cal Deal, Supporter of Fort Lauderdale's "Anti-Homeless" Laws, Follows and Films Homeless People

Categories: Broward News

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Cal Deal watches the homeless.
Around 5:30 on a recent morning, Fort Lauderdale resident Cal Deal grabbed his camera, roamed the Poinciana Park neighborhood, and recorded a man washing his backside with a garden hose.

In that video, which Deal sent to Mayor Jack Seiler and several other city officials, the homeless man rummages through trash, wanders around the neighborhood while talking to himself, and drops his pants to cleanse his rear end.

This, Deal says, is why the city's controversial "anti-homeless" laws, including the ordinance that will criminalize public feedings without portable toilets, are needed.

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