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Attorneys in Florida Condo Collapse Seek About $100M in Fees

Attorneys who worked to secure settlements topping $1 billion in the collapse of a beachfront Florida condominium building in which 98 people died are requesting about $100 million in fees and costs, according to a new court filing. The total …

Tropical Storm Alex Heads for Bermuda Area with Wind, Rain

Tropical Storm Alex, the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, headed for a close pass by Bermuda on Monday after deluging parts of Florida and causing three deaths in Cuba. Alex strengthened some over the Atlantic after becoming …

Construction Worker Falls to Her Death from Florida Condo

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A 23-year-old construction worker fell to her death from a 13-floor balcony of a condominium complex in West Palm Beach, police said. Delores Yamilety Martinez-Ponce was working Saturday morning at the La Clara condominium …

Future Seawalls: Higher, Stronger and Better for Marine Life

MIAMI (AP) — Seawalls, despite more natural innovations like “living” shorelines, aren’t going anywhere in Florida — except up. With thousands of miles of coastline facing two feet of sea level rise by 2060, some cities and counties, including Miami-Dade, …

Judge OKs $83M for Property Loss in Florida Condo Collapse

People who owned units in a Florida oceanfront condominium building that collapsed last year will divide $83 million for property losses, with the compensation for families over the 98 deaths still to be determined, a judge ruled Wednesday. The money …

Did Teen’s Big Size Factor in Florida Amusement Ride Death?

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A rising middle school football player in Missouri, only 14 but already 6 feet, 5 inches tall and well over 300 pounds, Tyre Sampson fell to his death from a towering Florida amusement ride. Lawyers …

Florida Passenger Train Line Kills 5th Person in a Month

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) –A Brightline higher-speed train fatally struck a pedestrian who walked into its path Tuesday, the fifth death involving the railroad since it recently resumed operations after being shutdown because of the pandemic. Boynton Beach police said …

From Ground to Sky, US Condo Collapse Probe Gaining Steam

From the soils underground to eyes in the sky, the federal probe into the deadly collapse of a Florida condominium building is gaining steam but is far from completion, officials said Monday. The National Institute of Standards and Technology did …

South Florida Deputies Told Not to Enforce Anti-Riot Law

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Deputies in a South Florida county are being instructed not to enforce an anti-rioting law signed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis last week, unless it’s absolutely necessary. When it is deemed necessary, the decision must …

Florida to Close Wastewater Reservoir With Leak History

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida is moving to permanently close the leaky Piney Point wastewater reservoir that poured millions of gallons of water into Tampa Bay while threatening to burst open and flood nearby homes and businesses, Gov. Ron …