It’s Monday, March 7and – and NBC 6 has the best stories of the day.
#1 – Multiple agencies responded Sunday to a call for a wooden vessel carrying more than 300 Haitian migrants in the shallow waters off Ocean Reef Club in northern Key Largo, according to the US Border Patrol .
The US Coast Guard, Boarder Patrol, Monroe County, Miami Dade Fire Rescue were all on scene to respond to the latest migrant vessel attempting to reach the United States, in what authorities suspect was an operation contraband. Authorities say the sailing freighter ran aground 300 meters from shore. At least three people were injured but there is no concrete information on where the injured were taken or where the other migrants were taken, but they are in US Border Patrol custody and will be subject to removal proceedings.
#2 – Dozens of high school and college students rallied at the Friendship Torch in Miami before boarding a bus to Tallahassee to protest what many opponents called the ‘Don’ Bill t Say Gay”.
The bill, officially called Parental Rights in Education, prohibits classroom teaching about sexual orientation or gender identity from kindergarten to grade 3, though some fear the blurring of the widen. The Florida Senate is due to vote on the bill on Monday. Proponents of the bill say the headlines are not what they seem. Click here for more in a report from Alyssa Hyman of NBC 6.
#3 – Russia announced a new ceasefire and a handful of humanitarian corridors to allow civilians to flee Ukraine from Monday, but such previous measures have crumbled and Moscow’s armed forces have continued to hit some Ukrainian cities with rockets even after the announcement.
A day earlier, hundreds of thousands of civilians trying to flee to safety were forced to take shelter from what Ukrainian officials said were Russian shelling in central, northern and southern cities. Ahead of a third round of talks scheduled for Monday, the Russian Defense Ministry said a ceasefire would begin in the morning and safe passages would open for civilians from the capital Kiev, the southern port city of Mariupol and the cities of Kharkiv and Sumy. Some of the escape routes, however, would direct civilians to Russia or its ally Belarus – unlikely destinations for many Ukrainians who would prefer to head to countries on the western and southern borders.
#4 – New surveillance video shows the moment one person was killed and several were hospitalized after a driver sped into the outdoor dining area of a Miami Beach restaurant on February 24.
Initial video of the incident, provided by Only in Dade, showed a large presence of first responders at the Call Me Gaby restaurant. However, the new video shows the car rapidly backing into the tables, as well as people fleeing the scene and the reaction of valets across the street putting their hands on their heads in shock. The driver of the incident, Regitze Gamble, 75, is unlikely to face criminal charges but is expected to be summoned, police say. Gary Prince, 67, is the man fatally struck while eating a meal with friends at Call Me Gaby.
#5 – A South Florida community files a lawsuit against its homeowners association after a steep fee hike. Residents of The Hammocks gathered on Saturday to discuss their plan and raise money to pay for a lawyer.
At the meeting, many wanted to make sure the group gets the right attorney in an effort to stop a 400% increase in HOA fees. The group also received advice from District 11 board member Christian Cevallos. Cevallos attended the meeting and urged the residents of The Hammocks to organize and unite. Earlier this year, the attorney representing the homeowners association told NBC 6 that they had not raised their fees in seven years. Click here to learn more in a report from NBC 6’s Victor Jorges.
#6 – Fort Lauderdale officials are making safety a priority as they expect a large spring influx in the coming weeks.
Police and firefighters held a press conference Friday to outline what spring breakers can expect upon their arrival in Fort Lauderdale, where crowds are expected to reach levels not seen since the COVID-19 pandemic. Schultz said some spring has already arrived, but a surge is expected to start this weekend and last for the next few weeks. When Spring Breakers check into area hotels, they will receive a letter from the police and city manager welcoming them and reminding them of the rules and regulations. Among the rules enforced are no tents, coolers or other structures on the sand, no amplified or live music, no alcohol on the sand or sidewalks and no alcohol in minors.