Miami Heat passes out school supplies to students who lost 4 classmates in Surfside condo collapse
It’s been a rough start to the school year for students at Ruth K. Broad Bay Harbor K-8 Center as they are mourning the loss of four of their classmates who were killed in the June 24 condo collapse in Surfside.
Bay Harbor Islands names Raul M. Diaz new Chief of Police over former Broward Sheriff Scott Israel
BAY HARBOR ISLANDS, Fla. – The Town of Bay Harbor Islands has named its new police chief. Town manager Maria Lasday, on behalf of the town, selected Raul M. Diaz as the new Chief of Police. Diaz’s career spans more than 31 years in law enforcement, at both the local and federal level. He served as police chief in Lynchburg, Virginia and was also the Assistant Police Chief for Fort Lauderdale PD after spending over two decades with the department. Diaz beat out 55 applicants, including former Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, who was one of three finalists for the position.
Former Broward County Sheriff Scott Isreal seeking to become Bay Harbor Islands police chief
BAY HARBOR ISLANDS, Fla. – Former Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel is now in the running to be the police chief of Bay Harbor Islands. It’s been three months since Israel lost his bid for re-election as Broward County Sheriff. Israel made the cut as the third of three finalists for the position of Bay Harbor Islands Police Chief. Before he was Broward County Sheriff, Israel was police chief in North Bay Village. It’s unclear when the new chief will be selected in Bay Harbor Islands.
Bay Harbor Islands home goes up in flames, elderly couple escapes
BAY HARBOR ISLANDS, Fla. – An elderly couple was able to escape a massive fire inside their Bay Harbor Islands home. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews were called to the scene just after 8 a.m. Friday to find the first floor engulfed in flames and thick smoke billowing out of the home. Investigators said the couple who lived inside had escaped and were sitting outside of the home waiting for crews to arrive. Neighbor Gerardo Feterman said he saw flames coming through the roof and through the windows of the second floor. “They were really, really massive.”Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews responded quickly to get the fire under control, but those who witnessed it said it was a scary scene.
Car pulls into North Miami urgent care for help after 2 people shot
NORTH MIAMI, Fla. – A witness told Local 10 that two men were saying “We’ve been shot. We’ve been shot" as they ran into a North Miami urgent care center. The shooting incident reportedly started on Bay Terrace in Bay Harbor Island with two victims ending up in North Miami, about 2 miles from that location. Bay Harbor Islands spokesperson Brian Andrews told Local 10 that the injured were not residents of Bay Harbor Island. The witness said that “they were wounded real bad.”Crime scene technicians from North Miami police examined the car, placing one evidence marker inside the vehicle’s trunk.
Children came in contact with COVID-19 patient in Miami-Dade, Carvalho says
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Dozens of students from public and private schools in Miami-Dade County came in contact with a COVID-19 patient who was an employee of the Town of Bay Harbor Islands, Miami-Dade County Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said during a Friday news conference. Carvalho said there was a delay in the reporting of the Bay Harbor Islands case and the links it had to students. Parents received notice the Bay Harbor Islands employee interacted with students at Ruth K. Broad/Bay Harbor K-8 Center. The Florida Department of Health recorded the case of the Bay Harbor Islands employee as a Broward County case because of where she lives. It’s unclear if the children were in contact with the COVID-19 patient before or after the diagnosis.
1 Miami-Dade County public school closes following Bay Harbor Islands coronavirus case
BAY HARBOR ISLANDS, Fla. – Miami-Dade County Public Schools closed Ruth K. Broad/Bay Harbor K-8 Center on Friday after a Town of Bay Harbor Islands employee tested positive for COVID-19, M-DCPS announced in a news release. School officials said the employee has interacted with students who attend the program. School officials said the FDOH will provide more information about the case later in the day. “After consulting with the FDOH, the District made the decision to close the school,” the news release stated. “The instructional continuity plan (ICP), which has been developed and shared with teachers across M-DCPS, can be found at http://icp.dadeschools.net/,” the news release stated.
Town of Bay Harbor Islands’ COVID-19 employee lives in Broward County
BAY HARBOR ISLANDS, Fla. – Miami-Dade County’s Town of Bay Harbor Islands announced on Thursday night an employee who worked at the community center was diagnosed with COVID-19. The data the Florida Department of Health released a Friday morning report showing an increase in cases in Broward County. Once a case gets CDC confirmation, state officials consider it a positive case of COVID-19. Here is the town’s statement:The Florida Department of Health has confirmed the Town of Bay Harbor Islands employee who self isolated earlier this week has tested positive for coronavirus. The Town of Bay Harbor Islands has been requested by the Florida Department of Emergency Management to refer all media seeking additional information on this to call (850) 815-4940.
Officials report first COVID-19 case in Miami-Dade County, 5th case in Broward County
BAY HARBOR ISLANDS, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health has announced three new positive cases of COVID-19 in Florida increasing the state’s cases to 31. One of the new cases is the first in Miami-Dade County, the other is the fifth case in Broward County, and the third is a man who traveled from New York to Volusia County and remains in isolation in St. Johns County. State official’s report on new positive cases:
Memo from Bay Harbor Islands mayor: Town declares state of emergency over possible presumptive positive coronavirus case
BAY HARBOR ISLANDS, Fla. – A state of emergency has been declared in the Town of Bay Harbor Islands regarding COVID-19. Town Manager Juan Carlos Jimenez was alerted by Mayor Stephanie Bruder in an internal memo, which can be seen below. A letter from Bay Harbor Islands Mayor Stephanie Bruder to Town Manager Juan Carlos Jimenez regarding a presumptive positive COVID-19 case. A town employee called in sick on Wednesday, complaining of symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and fearing they had contracted the virus. That employee indicated that they were a presumptive positive case, though at the time of the call, they had not been tested.
Bay Harbor Islands police corporal ‘showing support for his wife’ cleared
BAY HARBOR ISLANDS, Fla. – A South Florida police officer who had been on administrative leave amid allegations that he violated his agency's social media policy has been reinstated. Bay Harbor Islands Police Department Cpl. Pablo Lima was restored to full duty Thursday, Town Manager J.C. Jimenez said in a statement. An internal affairs investigation concluded that Lima didn’t violate department policy when he chose to “like” several comments to a social media post that his wife, Hallandale Beach Commissioner Anabelle Lima-Taub, shared on her public page. “I further find that Corporal Lima was expressing his First Amendment rights showing support for his wife,” Lt. Curtis Johnson wrote in his close-out memorandum.
Rally held in support of officer suspended for supporting wife’s anti-Muslim comments on social media
BAY HARBOR ISLANDS, Fla. – A rally was held Saturday evening in support of a police officer who was recently suspended for supporting his wife’s controversial comments on social media. Pablo Lima was recently suspended for social media “likes” indicating support for anti-Muslim comments. Some of the social media comments made were supporting controversial comments made by his wife, Hallandale Beach city Commissioner Anabelle Lima-Taub. Pablo Lima is accused of liking some of the controversial comments made during that time, supporting and encouraging the tension. “The content of the social media posts that were brought to our attention are not consistent with our town’s values and policies," Town Manager J.C. Jimenez said in a statement.