Hollywood

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Despite controversy over the city's funding of the Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort, Hollywood mayor Josh Levy argues his city has made an investment in its long-term future.   

According to a deal between the City of Hollywood and the resort's owner, KSL Capital Partners, the resort and parking garage will be paid for in part by taxpayers. The city provided a $28 million grant for the construction of the resort and an $80 million loan for the resort’s parking garage, which will be paid off by the parking garage's users and taxpayers by 2045.

Hard Rock
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Hundreds of Seminole Tribe members and construction workers cheered as the final piece of steel was placed on top of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's new guitar-shaped building Monday in Hollywood.

At 450 feet tall, the new building will be a 638-room hotel on the existing casino's property on the Seminole reservation. One of two lakes on site were filled in to create space for the massive guitar next to an existing casino.

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None of the more than 1,000 nursing homes and assisted living facilities in South Florida are on Florida Power & Light’s highest priority list for power restoration.

 

FPL rejected Broward and Miami-Dade counties’ lists, which included these facilities, according to the Sun Sentinel.

Patriot Riders
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

The South Florida community said goodbye to another beloved faculty member who died in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on Feb. 14. 

 

girl holds sign in YMCA on MLK Day
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Day is the only federal holiday that calls for a “day ON, not OFF”. Businesses may close, but it’s considered a day of service. At the Greater Hollywood YMCA, more than 125 people came to donate their time.

 

City of Hollywood

We may be fixated with alligators, but crocodiles are alive and well.

A couple of beachgoers found that out on Monday morning, when a six-foot croc was spotted on the beach in Hollywood.

The city of Hollywood tweeted a picture of the creature, with the caption: “Beach Safety is keeping swimmers and beachgoers a safe distance away and @MyFWC has been contacted. Marine Patrol reported seeing the croc earlier around the Dania Beach Pier area.”

man at podium
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

After a lengthy debate, the city of Hollywood is moving forward with renaming Forrest, Lee and Hood streets, which honor Confederate war heroes.

At Wednesday’s regular commission meeting, Mayor Josh Levy said he was ready to finalize this issue, which has been going on for several years.

"We stand certainly for much better than what those men stood for," Levy said. "We don't have to honor something that's so offensive to all of us."

panel of members of congress
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Florida Congresswoman Frederica Wilson organized a Congressional Field Hearing Thursday at Miami Dade College's North Campus to hear ideas for possible changes to nursing home regulations. 

She said she hopes to pass a federal law that would prevent future deaths after natural disasters, like hurricanes. She opened the discussion by making its purpose clear.

"You know,  we had a terrible tragedy in District 24 and we vowed that this will never ever happen again, never happen again," she said. 

Woman holding sign at meeting
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

"Liberty," "Freedom" and "Hope" are   expected to be the new names for the Hollywood streets currently named after Confederate generals.

Hollywood's city commission voted at the end of August to rename the three streets that currently bear names that honor the Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee, Nathan Bedford Forrest and John B. Hood.

But what the new names for Forrest Street and Drive, Hood Street and Lee Street, should be was yet to be decided. Not anymore.

CAITLIN OSTROFF / Miami Herald

A 10th person from the Hollywood nursing home that turned into a deadly hothouse after the facility lost power following Hurricane Irma has died, Hollywood police said.

CAITLIN OSTROFF / Miami Herald

The Broward County Medical Examiner’s office is investigating another death of a resident of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills — the ninth blamed on the failure of a cooling system that became a stifling deathtrap three days after Irma hit.

Dr. Craig Mallak confirmed the death of Carlos Canal, 93, which occurred Tuesday morning. An autopsy will be conducted Wednesday.

Hollywood police sent out a news release Tuesday night saying Canal is considered the ninth death related to the nursing home meltdown

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson says the state needs to make sure its monitoring nursing homes. Eight residents died in a sweltering south Florida nursing home after Hurricane Irma knocked out power.

“The ALF’s and nursing homes are patrolled, regulated by the state of Florida.  And so there’s going to be some hell to pay, because they are going to have to tighten down on the regulations to make sure the nursing homes for the frail, elderly are doing the job,” said Nelson Friday at a stop in Apopka.

Nursing Home Where 8 Died Had Emergency Plan, No Mention Of Air Conditioning

Sep 16, 2017
Al Diaz / Miami Herald

When the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills submitted its 43-page emergency management plan to county administrators in July, it included details on how the home would maintain clean linen, distribute canned food and ensure residents had access to hand sanitizers.

It made no mention of how residents would be kept cool if the home’s power was lost.

That was a tragic oversight: On Wednesday, health regulators said, eight residents of the rehabilitation center succumbed to cardiac and respiratory failure after a portable air cooling system malfunctioned.

For the millions of people who are still without power across Florida, heat illness can be a concern.  

Nursing Home Where 8 Died In Sweltering Heat Had Poor Record With State Regulators

Sep 14, 2017
Emily Michot / Miami Herald

A Hollywood nursing home with a troubled history became a sweltering death trap Wednesday when a portable air cooler malfunctioned. Before the day was over, eight residents lay dead.

Memorial Regional Hospital’s emergency room was directly across the street.

Hollywood police have begun a criminal investigation into the deaths at Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills. The Agency for Health Care Administration and the Department of Children & Families have begun their own investigations.

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