Florida has become the latest US state to ban transgender girls and women from participating in female sports at public schools and colleges. The state’s Republican governor Ron DeSantis signed the measure into law on Tuesday. The law says women and girls must play on the teams of the biological sex on their birth certificate. LGBT activists have denounced the move as “discriminatory”, with one group vowing to launch a legal challenge.
A firefighting helicopter with four people on board crashed Tuesday near an airport in central Florida, killing at least one person, officials said. The helicopter crashed into a marsh near Leesburg International Airport during a training exercise around 4 p.m. ET, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a news release. One body was recovered Tuesday night and no survivors had been found, Leesburg Fire Rescue said in a Facebook post.
Manatee County in Florida was under a state of emergency over the weekend and more than 300 homes were ordered evacuated over a leak at a wastewater reservoir. A significant leak was discovered Friday at the wastewater pond located at Piney Point, a former phosphate plant. Officials had warned about the potential for the reservoir’s collapse, flooding nearby areas.
A pair of cruise ships carrying passengers with flu-like symptoms docked in Florida’s Port Everglades on Thursday evening, ending a nightmarish voyage disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. After days of uncertainty over their final destination, the Zaandam and Rotterdam cruise ships had passengers disembark Thursday night at the Fort Lauderdale port.
In Florida on Monday morning, an employee who was fired in April returned to the workplace and went on a killing spree with a semi-automatic gun. 5 people were fatally shot, mostly in the head and more than once. The police are saying that this is most likely a workplace violence related attack and not a terror attack. It is said that the perpetrator, when working in the company, was a “disgruntled employee” and had a “negative relationship” with at least one of the victims.