Private Colleges Eye COVID-19 Liability, Testing Concerns

Aug 3, 2020
University of Miami campus
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TALLAHASSEE --- As private colleges and universities set plans to reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the head of a statewide association is raising concerns about liability protections and virus testing costs.

Whether institutions can be held liable for students, faculty and staff members getting sick on campus is a top concern for school leaders as they gear up to reopen campuses for the fall term.

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TALLAHASSEE --- Floridians are flooding elections supervisors with requests for mail-in ballots as they seek a safer way to cast ballots amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but some experts warn that absentee voting is not a panacea.


When the city of Miami was established in 1896, there were 367 people who voted to make Miami a reality. Of those people, 162 of them were Black residents. And the first name on the charter of the city was that of Silas Austin, a Black man.

Many Private Schools And Some Charters Will Return to Buildings in The Fall

Aug 3, 2020

Parents hoping to send their children to an actual school campus this fall may have to shell out money for a private school.

Despite pressure from the state and federal governments to open their campuses for the new year, most South Florida public schools plan to start off online only due to the continued surge of COVID-19 cases and deaths in South Florida. A few charter schools plan to offer in-person instruction, but most say they will begin online until conditions improve.

For private schools, it’s a different story.

Robert Runcie
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This post will be updated today, Monday, August 3, and through the week with the latest information on COVID-19 in South Florida.

Another batch of hand sanitizer recalls came down Friday, all of which were among the recent additions that pushed the FDA’s Do Not Use hand sanitizer list past 100.

And one of those hand sanitizers was sold throughout the Kroger superchain, comprised of Kroger and 14 other chains. At least one Publix still had it on sale Sunday evening, three days after the manufacturer announced the recall.

South Florida Escapes Damage As Tropical Storm Isaias Stays Offshore, Heads Toward Carolinas

Aug 3, 2020

A disorganized mess of rain and wind, Tropical Storm Isaias churned north parallel to Florida’s coast but its worst winds remained offshore on Sunday night, appearing to largely spare a state already struggling to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

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Broward County has already been in need of more affordable housing well before the coronavirus pandemic began to impact most areas of life. 

Renters that are considered severely cost-burdened spend more than 50 percent or more of their income on housing. In Broward, the last several years have shown those households on the rise, according to a 2018 report by the FIU Metropolitan Center.

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South Florida avoided the worst of Hurricane and Tropical Storm Isaias, but some areas were still hit by some of the outer bands of the storm between Saturday night and Sunday morning.

Warnings Dropped South Of Jupiter Inlet As Weakened Isaias Crawls Up Florida's Coast

Aug 2, 2020

A weakened Tropical Storm Isaias crawled up the South Florida coast Sunday morning, no longer threatening to strengthen into a hurricane.

Storm Spares Most Of Bahamas, But Concerns Rise For Bimini

Aug 1, 2020
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Front yards were buried under flood waters and snapped trees and downed power lines littered roadways throughout the Bahamas Saturday, as a weak Hurricane Isaias churned its way up the archipelago, knocking out power with its heavy winds and rainfall.

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Isaias is forecast to bring heavy rain and strong winds to South Florida this weekend.

Palm Beach County, which could feel hurricane-force winds, has opened a number of shelters ahead of the storm.

Update as of 9:30 am Saturday:

Isaias has top sustained winds of 85 mph as of the mid-morning National Hurricane Center advisory. Satellite imagery and data from aircraft reconnaissance strongly suggest the storm is experiencing wind shear and dry air, which is likely to limit or halt any additional strengthening before it draws closer to the Florida Atlantic coastline late Saturday night and Sunday.

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South Florida is bracing for the impacts of Hurricane Isaias this weekend.

In its latest advisory, the National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane warning for Boca Raton up to the Volusia-Brevard County line. A hurricane warning is in effect south of Boca Raton up to Hallandale Beach, as of 5 p.m. Friday.

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Miami Herald

If you’re having trouble paying rent or your mortgage, you won’t be evicted or foreclosed on in August. This week, Gov. Ron DeSantis extended his executive order pausing evictions and foreclosure, but with changes to the previous extension. Evictions have been on hold since April as the state shut down to slow the spread of the coronavirus.