INCREASING CROCODILE NUMBERS IN FLORIDA
Estimated at 300 in 1975, they are, 50 years later, estimated at between 1,500 and 2,000 adults in the state of Florida. As they are found closer and closer to homes, the number of nuisance complaints is increasing.
Crocodiles are considered to be rather shy and scared reptiles. They are cold-blooded animals that like to sunbathe and are quiet.
Often confused with alligators, they are mainly distinguished by their gray color and not black, they are less massive with a more pointed jaw. Crocodiles feed mainly on fish, reptiles and birds.
It is important to respect some safety instructions, to swim only in places clearly authorizing it, and during the day.
MIAMI-DADE IN LAW WITH OPIOID COMPANY
The use of opioids is all the rage and the consequences are terrifying. Indeed, this drug with effects similar to morphine is frequently used as a drug. Nearly 2,000 people died of it in 2022 following an overdose.
Miami-Dade County, along with other Florida counties and cities, has launched a lawsuit against McKinsey & Company, an international strategy consulting firm, over its involvement in developing the opioid market . In 2019, McKinsey ceased its involvement with opioids.
In 2021, the firm paid out $600 million earmarked for addiction prevention and care; the legality of this move is in question.
PANHANDLE SHERIFF TEAM MEMBER KILLED
In North Florida, in Fort Walton Beach, officers from the sheriff’s office responded to a warrant for the arrest of Timothy Price Williams for domestic violence. Mr. Williams refused to leave his home and the officers began negotiations so that he surrendered calmly. Officer Hamilton, one of the men on scene, was staking out a perimeter around the dwelling and was hit by gunfire from inside. He was taken to hospital where he eventually succumbed to his injuries. Timothy Price Williams was arrested and imprisoned.
NEW LAWS FOR PROPERTY MANAGERS
Following the murder of a tenant, Miya Marcano, in October 2021 by an employee of the rental complex who had a duplicate of the keys, the Miya law was adopted in Florida and has just come into force on January 1.
Signed by Governor Ron DeSantis, it stipulates several security measures for tenants. Thus, anyone working in a housing complex must undergo a criminal background check.
In addition, a document stating the names of all persons having access to the keys is now required. This is to protect tenants and to try to prevent these types of disasters.