Articles by Adriana Gomez Licon and Lisa Marie Pane

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 …

NTSB: Oversight Could Have Prevented Miami Bridge Collapse

By Adriana Gomez Licon A Miami university bridge that collapsed and killed six people while under construction had basic flaws that should have been caught before it was built, federal officials said last month. The National Transportation Safety Board also …

Florida DOT Missed Voicemail About Miami Bridge Crack Before Collapse

An engineer left a voicemail two days before a catastrophic bridge failure in Miami to say some cracking had been found at one end of the concrete span, but the voicemail wasn’t picked up until after the collapse, Florida Department …

Rescue Efforts Continue After Florida University Pedestrian Bridge Collapse

A new pedestrian bridge collapsed onto a highway at a Miami-area college Thursday, crushing at least five vehicles under massive slabs. Several people were seen being loaded into ambulances and authorities launched search and rescue missions. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue tweeted …

Irma Topples Two Construction Cranes Atop Miami High-Rises

Two cranes atop high-rise buildings under construction collapsed Sunday in downtown Miami amid strong winds from Hurricane Irma. The cranes were among two dozen such heavyweight hazards looming over the city skyline as the monster storm powered across the state. …