Top Stories of the Week – NBC 6 South Florida

Here are some of the best stories from last week from NBC 6 News:

Residents worry after Nicole wreaks havoc on Florida beaches

The high waves coming off the Atlantic Ocean from Hurricane Nicole were ideal for surfers, but they wreaked havoc on some Florida beaches.

Nicole made landfall early Thursday near Vero Beach, bringing heavy rain, high winds and flooding.

Fortunately, the storm did not cause much structural damage to buildings in Fort Pierce, Hutchinson Island, or Martin and St. Lucie counties. But it harmed the region’s most precious resource: the beach.

“The storm surge came into the parking lot. So there were literally sharks swimming across the street,” a local resident said.

“Slight inconvenience is losing our tourism industry because the beach is experiencing significant erosion and so many things that we don’t realize could be damaged,” she said.

Thursday afternoon, a weakened Nicole was out of the area. But residents who witnessed the fury of the storm expressed concern for the future.

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WATCH IMPLOSION: Miami Beach’s Deauville Beach Resort fails marking the end of an era

The decaying hotel at Miami Beach’s historic Deauville Beach Resort, which once hosted everyone from the Beatles to President John F. Kennedy, imploded Sunday morning after it was declared an unsafe structure.

The implosion of the Deauville hotel tower at 6701 Collins Avenue happened at 8 a.m. on Sunday

Streets in the area – Collins Avenue and Harding Avenue from 65th to 70th Street – were closed around 7:30 a.m. and are expected to reopen at 10:00 a.m.

The historic building has been closed since 2017 after being damaged by an electrical fire and Hurricane Irma. It fell into such poor condition that an engineering report found it “unsafe” and beyond repair, saying it “cannot be saved due to structural defects”.

Historic Conservators led a years-long effort to save the building, but after reviewing a structural report from an engineering firm hired by the owners, the Miami Beach Building Department declared a demolition order.

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Much of the destroyed Space Shuttle Challenger was found on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.

Section of wrecked space shuttle Challenger found on ocean floor off Florida

Much of the wrecked space shuttle Challenger has been found buried in the sand at the bottom of the Atlantic, more than three decades after the tragedy that killed a schoolteacher and six others.

from NASA The Kennedy Space Center announced the discovery Thursday.

“Of course the emotions come back, don’t they?” said Michael Ciannilli, a NASA official who confirmed the authenticity of the rest. When he saw the underwater video footage, “My heart skipped a beat, I must say, and it took me back to 1986…and what we’ve all been through as a nation.”

It is one of the largest pieces of Challenger found in the decades after the crash, according to Ciannilli, and the first remnant to be discovered since two left wing fragments washed ashore in 1996.

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Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava is vetoing a vote by commissioners to approve an extension to the county’s urban development boundary that would pave the way for a new industrial site. NBC 6’s Heather Walker reports

Miami-Dade Mayor Vetoes Commission Vote to Expand Urban Development Boundaries

Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava vetoes a vote by commissioners to approve an extension to the county’s urban development boundary that would pave the way for a new industrial site, saying environmental factors outweigh the economy.

The council had voted 8-4 to approve the South Dade Logistics and Technology District measure, a 378-acre farmland development near the Florida Everglades.

Environmental groups argued that the development would impact water quality and negatively affect storm surges and flooding, among other environmental issues.

In a statement Thursday, Levine Cava said his veto was based on those concerns.

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It’s cold and flu season again, which means you might be wondering what virus is causing your symptoms. Here’s what you need to know.

Why flu season is so bad this year

If it seems like everyone around you is getting sick, you can’t imagine it. Flu season is hitting the United States unusually early and much harder than usual.

“I’m scared of what’s going to happen this flu season because I don’t think we’ve ever seen a coalition of multiple viruses manifest in this way before,” said Dr Elizabeth Clayborne, emergency physician and associated. professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Covid precautions have resulted in lower rates of flu-like illness compared to normal pre-pandemic times. But now that much of America has abandoned preventive measures such as masking, more and more people are falling ill with seasonal illnesses.

“All the mixing and transmission patterns of different viruses have really slowed down since this shutdown,” said Dr. Andrea Berry, associate professor of pediatrics and medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. “As the world has opened up, the usual patterns aren’t quite the same.”

One of these flu-like illnesses is respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, which is more severe in young children, the elderly, and immunocompromised people.

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TSA agents at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport were stunned on Monday when they discovered a passenger had had the ‘gross’ idea of ​​packing a gun in a raw chicken for his flight from Florida.

‘Personal Fowl’: TSA agents find gun in raw chicken at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport

Transportation Security Administration officers at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport were stunned on Monday when they discovered a passenger had had the “gross” idea of ​​packing a gun in a raw chicken to his flight from Florida.

On Monday afternoon, the TSA posted a photo on Instagram of the weapon detected inside a raw chicken in the security baggage check room.

The images show the gun wrapped and placed inside the chicken.

In an Instagram post on Monday, a TSA spokesperson used several Thanksgiving-themed puns to warn fellow passengers to travel safely with secure firearms.

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