Broward County

Broward Restaurants Can Stay Open, But Closing Time Will Come Earlier, Mayor Says

Jul 8, 2020
Jose A. Iglesias / El Nuevo Herald/Miami Herald

Restaurants will remain open in Broward, but must stop serving at 10 p.m. each day and limit the amount of people per table to six patrons beginning Friday, County Mayor Dale Holness announced at a Wednesday news conference.

Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills
Charles Trainor Jr. / Miami Herald

TALLAHASSEE --- A Broward County nursing home where residents died after Hurricane Irma has gone to federal courts --- including the U.S. Supreme Court --- as it battles decisions that shut it out of government health-care programs and revoked its license.

The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in U.S. district court in Fort Lauderdale against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as the nursing home challenges a decision that excludes it from federal health-care programs.

Pompano Beach Protests 'Keep This Energy Going'

Jul 5, 2020
Gerard Albert III / WLRN

More than a month since protests began following the death of George Floyd while a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck, demonstrations continued all over South Florida.

Nancy Klingener / WLRN

Beaches will be closed in South Florida for the Fourth of July weekend but people are still going to be on the water — on boats. From Palm Beach County to the Keys, law enforcement is gearing up to handle  crowds and to try enforcing social distancing, and other rules, on the water.

Gerard Albert III / WLRN

June 19 commemorates the day the last enslaved African Americans learned of their freedom in Galveston, Texas — more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation.

This year, Juneteenth was observed amid continuing demonstrations and other events addressing systemic racism, injustice and police violence. In South Florida, people danced, remembered and looked ahead.

Jose A. Iglesias / Miami Herald

Broward County issued a new emergency order Wednesday that will force businesses to temporarily shut down if they’re found violating laws related to social distancing and facial coverings, with county leaders warning that compliance must improve as novel coronavirus cases continue to spike across Florida.

Broward County bowling alleys opened for business today. County Administrator Bertha Henry signed Emergency Order 20-15 which allows some indoor amusement facilities to reopen at 50 percent capacity while following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidelines.

The CDC’s standard guidelines include wearing facial masks, maintaining social distancing, and sanitizing shared items and spaces.


This post will be updated today, Monday, June 15, and through the week with the latest information on COVID-19 in South Florida.

Courtesy of Black Lives Matter Alliance of Broward / WLRN

Demonstrations sparked by the death of George Floyd did not slow down this weekend in South Florida. Events took place from Palm Beach through Broward and into Miami-Dade County. 

Broward Curfew Expires, But Could Be Extended: Here Are The Curfew Rules

Jun 1, 2020
John McCall / Sun Sentinel

Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry imposed en emergency curfew order Sunday evening in response to “growing civil unrest” that the county said could “potentially threaten the health, safety and welfare” of the public.

It went into effect at 9 p.m. Sunday and is in place until 6 a.m. Monday. The county said it could be extended if circumstances warrant.


Updated Sunday, May 31: Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced Sunday that beaches in Miami-Dade County will remain closed while there is a curfew, following protests against police brutality that were succeeded by looting and vandalism on Saturday night.

The county's curfew runs from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. In the city of Miami, the curfew starts at 8 p.m.

South Florida beaches and hotels are reopening under new coronavirus guidelines.

Amber Amortegui / WLRN

Updated May 30 at 4:20 p.m.

Restaurants and fast-food chains aren’t the only entities with drive-thrus during the COVID-19 pandemic. Broward County announced walk-up and drive-thru library services for anyone interested in checking out books, DVDs, and other materials.

Al Diaz / Miami Herald

Reopening continues across South Florida.

The latest places include beaches, hotels and gyms in Broward County this week.

Fort Lauderdale Beach
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

"It's a glorious day here on the beach, isn't it?" Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis asked an applauding crowd at news conference on Tuesday.

He was one of several city and county officials that lined up on Fort Lauderdale Beach to clarify what's open, what's not, and what happens next as Broward County begins phased reopenings during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony Says '93 Shooting He Kept Secret Was ‘Clear Self-Defense’

May 4, 2020
David Santiago / MIAMI HERALD

Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony killed a man with his father’s revolver at his home in Philadelphia when he was 14. But he said Sunday that he kept the shooting secret and didn’t disclose it when applying to the Coral Springs Police Department — or when he was appointed sheriff last year by Florida’s governor — because he was exonerated in juvenile court.

Now, exactly 27 years to the day it happened, the old killing has come back to haunt Tony after Florida Bulldog published a story Saturday detailing the May 3, 1993 shooting and raising questions about what happened.