Articles by Terry Spencer and Adriana Gomez Licon

Surfside Condo Collapse Rescue Workers Transition to Recovery Phase

A somber moment of silence marked the end of the two-week search for survivors of a Florida condominium collapse, as rescue workers stood at solemn attention and clergy members hugged a line of local officials while many of them sobbed. …

Search For Survivors at Surfside Condo Collapse Site Called Off

The search for victims of the collapse of a Miami-area high-rise condominium reached its 14th day on Wednesday July 7, as workers uncovered 10 more bodies from the rubble and officials sounded more and more grim about the prospects of …

Leak at Wastewater Pond Prompts Evacuations in Florida

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency Saturday after a significant leak at a large pond of wastewater threatened to flood roads and burst a system that stores polluted waters. Officials in Florida ordered more than 300 homes …

Rising Virus Cases Spark Concern for Florida Nursing Homes

The coronavirus transformed Florida’s nursing homes into closely guarded fortresses beginning in March, with the state banning family visits, isolating infected residents in separate wings and now requiring staff be tested every two weeks. But the explosion of cases statewide …

Miami Halts Indoor Dining as Florida Hospitals Approach Capacity

Hospitals rapidly approached capacity across the Sunbelt, and the Miami area closed indoor dining at restaurants and gyms again because of the surging coronavirus Monday, as the U.S. emerged from a Fourth of July weekend of picnics, pool parties and …

As Florida Virus Cases Spike, Officials Shut Down Bars

The state of Florida set on Saturday another record in daily confirmed coronavirus cases. Florida health officials reported more than 9,500 new COVID-19 cases, surpassing the previous day’s total by more than 600 confirmed cases. The figures come as officials …

Many Florida Business Owners Take Slow Approach to Reopening

Despite reopenings throughout Florida, some cities and businesses are hesitant about welcoming the public, saying they want to take things slow due to lingering safety concerns. It’s a delicate balance, especially for small business owners who have been closed since …

70,000 Crew Members Remain Quarantined on Ships in U.S. Waters

Carolina Vasquez lost track of days and nights, unable to see the sunlight while stuck for two weeks in a windowless cruise ship cabin as a fever took hold of her body. On the worst night of her encounter with …

DeSantis Declares Parts of Florida ‘On the Other Side’ of Outbreak

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis asserted on Sunday that parts of the state are now “on the other side” of the coronavirus outbreak, and said he would soon announce whether he would lift edicts that shuttered much of the state’s economy …

Singer Marc Anthony’s Luxury Yacht Goes Up in Flames in Miami

A luxury yacht owned by singer Marc Anthony partially sank in Biscayne Bay after it was engulfed by a massive fire that took 45 firefighters nearly two hours to extinguish. No one was injured. The 120-foot (36.5-meter) boat was docked …