Top Stories of the Week – NBC 6 South Florida

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

Inmates attempted to smuggle contraband using drones, corrections officer says

It’s Miami’s downtown prison that rises from the concrete below and is surrounded by radiant luxury condos.

The federal detention center, known as “FDC Miami”, houses 1,300 detainees, including the likes of Alex Saab, who the federal government says is a close ally of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

FDC Miami staff told NBC 6 investigators exclusively that drones were used more than once in an effort to circumvent concrete prison security.

Eric Spears is a corrections officer at FDC Miami and president of the officers’ union.

“We’ve had drone incidents recently,” Spears said. “There have been attempts to bring potential contraband into the facility.”

Spears shared an email he says he sent in April, telling the facility’s management that he had received multiple reports of “inmates or cohorts” using drones to “deposit narcotics and/or ‘other contraband items (i.e. weapons, cell phones, etc.)’.

When asked how, Spears declined to provide details citing security concerns.

City officials and those from Elon Musk’s Boring Company visited Fort Lauderdale to determine some possible sites for a tunnel. NBC 6’s Kim Wynne reports

Fort Lauderdale one step closer to ‘Las Olas Loop’ underground transportation system

Nearly a year after receiving an unsolicited proposal for an underground transportation system connecting Fort Lauderdale to Fort Lauderdale Beach, the Fort Lauderdale City Commission has approved the next steps to make this idea a reality.

On Tuesday, the commission authorized The Boring Company to conduct feasibility studies that will lead to an affirmative decision on whether the network will be infiltrated.

The company, owned by Elon Musk, submitted the proposed plan in June 2021 which details what a “loop” system is and how it differs from traditional underground transportation.

“Loop is a high-capacity underground public transportation system in which passengers are transported in Tesla vehicles through tunnels built by TBC,” the proposal states. “Loop is an ‘express’ public transport system and is more like an underground highway than a metro system.”

The document also explains the choice to place the loop in Los Olas Boulevard and how the decision would benefit the greater Fort Lauderdale area, both residentially and financially.

“Las Olas Boulevard is one of the main east-west arteries connecting downtown Fort Lauderdale to Fort Lauderdale Beach – two major hubs of activity and destinations for locals and visitors alike,” it says. -he.

A year after the El Mula shooting, the police are still investigating. Reporting by Tony Pipitone of NBC 6.

A year on, El Mula shooting impacts victims, police and careers

The May 2021 mass shooting outside a banquet hall in northwest Miami-Dade left three dead, injured 20 people – some seriously – and put law enforcement on standby alert for what could have turned into a bloody gang war for the rest of 2021.

But, based on interviews both inside and outside law enforcement and a review of crime statistics, NBC 6 investigators found that it didn’t happen. apparently not produced.

What happened, our investigation found, cost lives, caused suffering, changed policing and altered career paths for two veterans of the Miami-Dade Police Homicide Bureau.

More significantly, the shooting claimed the lives of three youths, two men and a woman attending what was to be a launch party for a local rapper at the El Mula Banquet Hall; Another 20 were injured, some of them paraplegics or otherwise carrying the daily pain and suffering that accompanies gunshot wounds.

The national average price of a gallon of gasoline topped $5 for the first time ever.

High Gas Prices Impact Lawn Care Companies and Consumers

Gas prices in Florida have hit a new high as the price per gallon nears $5.

AAA data shows that the average cost of a gallon of gasoline in Florida is $4.76. This is up from $4.19 a month ago.

But local consumers aren’t just feeling the pain at the pump. The high cost of gasoline ripples through and hits you in other areas.

The cost of maintaining your lawn could also increase.

“I mean just like all the awards are completely gone,” owner Jamie Kolnick said.

Kolnick says she’s noticed a slight increase in the price she pays for lawn care services.

She is not alone.

NBC 6’s Cristian Benavides gets first-hand insight into how the Miami Coast Guard prepares for in-water emergencies

Coast Guard warns locals and tourists to avoid illegal boat charters

In early summer, tourists, locals and everyone else will flock to enjoy South Florida’s oceans and waterways by boat, but Coast Guard officials warn it’s not always so simple as it looks.

In recent years, there has been a string of illegal charter busts in and around Miami Beach, an event that isn’t expected to slow down anytime soon, according to U.S. Coast Guard officials in Miami.

Many charters operate illegally without proper permits or licenses, without valid training in safety or drug and alcohol testing, and without a verified inspection certificate.

When caught, they are eligible for cessation of use of their vessels as well as monetary penalties and criminal prosecution.

To protect against getting in trouble with the law and to ensure personal safety, the Coast Guard encourages charterers to take precautions before setting sail.

Facilities forced to limit hours and threaten to cut programs due to 100 fewer lifeguards than in previous summers, as Alyssa Hyman reports.

Huge South Florida departments and organizations struggle to recruit lifeguards for summer

Some South Florida organizations and departments are facing lifeguard shortages ahead of summer.

This mainly affects swimming pools and water parks, and the challenge is felt across the country.

“This year, we’re really struggling to recruit enough lifeguards,” said Jim O’Connor, aquatics program manager for the Miami-Dade Department of Parks and Recreation.

O’Connor said there were about 100 lifeguards short of where they would normally be at this time of year.

He says it could also reduce programs such as Learn to Swim.

“We have to reduce the hours, until we have enough staff,” he said.

Eric Gomez, associate executive director of water sports for the YMCA of South Florida, said the facility faces the same staffing issue.

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