<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - South Florida News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.comen-usFri, 28 Oct 2016 00:38:40 -0400Fri, 28 Oct 2016 00:38:40 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[SW Miami-Dade Neighborhood Takes Action Against Crime]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 23:38:16 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000026224678_1200x675_795434051762.jpg Neighbors in a West Kendall neighborhood are hope surveillance video and a new crime watch will help catch thieves targeting their area.]]> <![CDATA[Man Wanted for Questioning in Woman's Murder Shot by Police]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 23:36:39 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102716+florida+city+police+shooting.jpg

A man wanted for questioning in the killing of a Kendall woman was injured in a police-involved shooting during a confrontation in southwest Miami-Dade Thursday, officials said.

Miami-Dade Police said officers approached the man at a trailer park in the 600 block of Northwest 3rd Avenue in Florida City. When the man tried to hit them with his truck, the officers opened fire, hitting the man, officials said.

The man was taken to Jackson South Trauma with non-life threatening injuries. His name wasn't released.

Police said the man was wanted for questioning in the killing of 65-year-old Vicki Feeley, who died after she was violently attacked during a robbery outside her Kendall home Saturday.

It was confirmed by investigators Thursday that Feeley was run over by a truck.

Earlier Thursday, police said they were looking for a silver or grey pickup truck in the case. Police said detectives followed leads which led them to the stolen truck at the trailer park.

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<![CDATA[Regalado Files Suit to Have Gimenez Tossed From Mayor's Race]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 23:39:56 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/082916+raquel+regalado+carlos+gimenez.jpg

Miami-Dade mayoral candidate Raquel Regalado filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking to have incumbent Carlos Gimenez tossed from the race over a qualifying check that was dated incorrectly.

Regalado's suit, filed against Gimenez and Miami-Dade Supervisor of Elections Christina White, is seeking to disqualify Gimenez and void any votes for him in the Nov. 8 election.

According to a press release from Regalado, the complaint claims Gimenez submitted a check to the Miami-Dade Elections Department with the wrong date then submitted a second check the day before the qualifying deadline.

The suit claims Gimenez didn't comply with a Florida statute that calls for the qualification fee to be paid with a cashier's check if the candidate's check is rejected by a bank.

Gimenez's campaign said the check with the wrong date was never sent to the bank.

"While we have not seen the actual lawsuit yet, the allegations in Ms. Regalado's press release are without merit and frankly, bizarre," Gimenez's campaign said in a statement. "A valid qualifying check was presented to the elections department before the end of the qualifying period and was cleared by the bank for payment. Nothing else is required by law. Mayor Gimenez, as the first place finisher in the primary election, is obviously a properly qualified candidate in this run-off. Ms. Regalado’s desperate campaign is once again resorting to frivolous tactics to try and thwart the will of the voters of Miami-Dade County."

At a news conference Thursday, Regalado questioned Gimenez's influence over the elections department.

"We have many unanswered questions and concerns about how the process has been tampered with and the amount of influence that the mayor has had as the strong mayor of Miami-Dade County," Regalado said.

<![CDATA[Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald Differ in Senate Endorsements]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 20:42:07 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/083116+patrick+murphy+marco+rubio.jpg

The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald are going their separate ways when it comes to endorsing a candidate for Florida's hotly-contested Senate race.

After previously supporting incumbent Sen. Marco Rubio, the Miami Herald is recommending Democrat Patrick Murphy for U.S. Senate. The paper said Rubio has been a disappointment, blocking any consideration of the president's nominee for the Supreme Court vacancy, and his opposition of Obamacare.

Meanwhile, El Nuevo Herald chose Sen. Rubio because of his "passion for human rights and his expertise in foreign affairs, especially in Latin America and the Middle East."

They said both newspapers look at the top priority of their audience and then make a decision.

"So this is not new to us. They kind of understand where we come from and we understand where they come from," El Nuevo Herald executive editor Myriam Marquez said.

"We have to respect each others' audiences and their issues and priorities and concerns and that's just how we work together," Miami Herald editorial page editor Nancy Ancrum said.

Both editorial boards said while they've had a difference of opinion when it comes to major candidates or races, they have agreed to recommend Democrat Hillary Clinton for president.

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<![CDATA[NBC 6 Investigation Prompts Worldwide Warning]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 19:48:32 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/186*120/102616+7+women+who+died.JPG

Heather Meadows, Christina Thompson, Tola Warren St. Clair, Maribel Cardona, Idell Frazier, Maria Shortfall, Lidvian Zelaya.

These are the women who have died of a fat embolism after undergoing the popular cosmetic procedure called the Brazilian Butt Lift. All died at the hands of different plastic surgeons and clinics in South Florida since 2010.

But there are more.

A new survey just released found that more women are dying or getting hurt from the BBL cosmetic procedure than any other cosmetic surgery performed around the world.

The risk is up to 20 times greater, according to the survey conducted by The Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation.

The NBC 6 Investigators’ coverage on the deaths and injuries of women at South Florida’s cosmetic surgery clinics sparked interest from a San Diego-based surgeon.

Dr. Mark Mofid and ASERF created a task force to investigate the risk surrounding butt augmentation or BBL, one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed in the U.S and the world.

"Surgeons need to be aware, first off, that this problem exists," Mofid said.

Dubbed Brazilian Butt Lift, it involves fat grafting or injection.

The patient undergoes liposuction on the stomach or back and is later injected into the backside, leaving the appearance of a larger, firmer behind.

The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons estimates that approximately 100,000 BBL surgeries have been performed in the United States since 2011.

Mofid’s task force looked into how often and why women are dying. Though the survey was voluntary, a total of 612 surgeons reported that over their careers they performed 198,857 BBL procedures, reporting 32 deaths and 103 non-fatal embolisms cases.

“To my knowledge it’s the highest mortality rate that has ever been published associated with any aesthetic procedure,” Mofid said.

Mofid combined survey results with other data and found more women have died after a BBL than any other cosmetic surgery.

In the survey, Mofid discovered that patients have died from a “fat embolism,” which takes place when fat is injected – often too deeply – into the body hitting blood vessels with surgical instruments.

Once the fat gets into the bloodstream, it can cause the patient to stop breathing.

That’s how each of the seven women in South Florida died.

“Even a single death is a tragic death and it’s something we want to avoid,” the California doctor said.

Mofid said the risk of death decreases if the fat is injected closer to the skin.

“There is a way to do this operation safely,” the surgeon said. “It’s just a matter of making sure the surgeon performing this surgery is familiar with the findings of this study.”

The surgeon is presenting the task force findings to surgeons from all over the world in Japan this week.

Mofid said he hopes that other surgeons performing this type of surgery become familiar with the findings.

“The effort here was to try to make this operation as safe, if not safer, than the other procedures that we offer,” he said.

The task force stresses the analysis has not been independently validated and is based only upon the answers provided by those who responded. The survey results will soon be reviewed by the Aesthetic Surgery Journal.

The Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation says further research into this issue is "crucial."

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<![CDATA[Woman Spent Months in Hospital After Cosmetic Procedure]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 19:36:10 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102616+donna+mcrae+cosmetic+surgery.jpg

Donna McRae says she almost died for vanity.

“I had a beautiful figure before,” McRae said recently. “I just wanted more.”

That desire to have the perfect body lured her to look into Miami, a place she calls the “land of the beautiful.”

McRae wanted to have a Brazilian Butt Lift. Through someone she knows, the 32-year-old Michigan native heard about a surgeon who was known to perform the procedure.

"I know that Miami is big on this procedure and I know a lot of people who live locally have had the procedure,” McRae said.

Brazilian Butt Lifts have become the second most popular cosmetic procedure in the United States and Miami is a preferred hot spot for it.

They travel from all over the world to change their bodies with procedures at strip mall surgery shops that offer cheaper prices.

McRae, a nurse, realizes now some red flags were there – she waited for four hours before her surgery and the surgeon was changed at the last minute.

McRae met Dr. Osak Omulepu for the first time shortly before her surgery.

“Being in the medical field there’s always risks with any surgery,” she said. “Death is probably always a risk, but if someone conducts themselves in a prudent manner and uses certain standards, then the likelihood of those occurrences are very minute.”

McRae says she felt sick the day after the surgery. She was told that she was dehydrated and sent back to the area hotel where she was recuperating. On day two, she complained again, but got the same response: “she was still dehydrated and instructed to take more pain medications.”

By day three, she says the pain was unbearable. She was told to go to the emergency room.

“It was so bad that I couldn’t even go to the bathroom,” McRae said.

At the hospital, she learned that Omulepu had punctured her liver at least five times.

McRae is one of four women who filed complaints with state health officials against Omulepu alleging the physician’s procedures landed them in the hospital with life-threatening complications. All the procedures took place over three days in May 2015.

“I’m still dealing with the effects of the surgery, emotionally and physically,” McRae said.

The butt lift procedure involves fat grafting or injection. The fat is taken from the stomach or back and injected into the backside, leaving the appearance of a larger, firmer behind.

But Omulepu’s tool went too far during the surgery.

“I couldn’t walk,” she said. “I had to learn how to walk all over again.”

The state is using what happened to McRae and the others in its case against Omulepu to attempt to keep him from practicing medicine.

His attorney, Monical L. Felder Rodriguez, responded in an email recently: “We have disputed the allegations and believe that the allegations will not be proven at the hearing.”

In documents filed with the State, his attorney said the complications were “covered with the informed consent signed by the patient” and also stated because a “complication occurs, that does not indicate he deviated from the standard of care.”

“We look forward to the opportunity to defend Dr. Omulepu in these cases, and hope that NBC will make sure to explain to its viewers that Dr. Omulepu has no disciplinary actions his license,” Rodriguez wrote.

It could be months before a decision is made on Omulepu's license.

As for McRae, who is expecting her sixth child, she lived to tell about her surgery and the painful experience.

She has a message for women thinking about getting cosmetic surgery – don’t do it.

“But if they insist, do as much research as you can and be as throughout as you can about whatever doctor you are picking,” McRae said. “And do it in a state that there would be repercussions and financial compensation, if something happens to you.”

<![CDATA[24 Busted in Massage Parlor Prostitution Sting: Hollywood PD]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 23:40:25 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102716+hollywood+massage+parlor+arrest.jpg

Hollywood police have arrested two dozen suspects in a massive operation targeting prostitution at massage parlors in the city, officials said Thursday.

"Operation Red Light" was a five-month investigation that targeted prostitution and human trafficking at 20 different locations, police said.

Undercover officers from Hollywood Police and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations found evidence that women were performing sexual acts on customers at the massage parlors.

Investigators also found beds, clothing and food that showed some of the women were living in the parlors, and some of the women admitted they were living there, police said.

"These women face charges of solicitation of prostitution, operating without a license, misrepresenting themselves as licensed massage therapists," Hollywood Police spokeswoman Miranda Grossman said.

Two of the women who are owners of massage parlors also face bribery charges. Giselle Guo, owner of Lucky Spa at 7060 Taft Street, and Yan Zheng, owner of Hollywood Unisex at 2126 Hollywood Boulevard, told an undercover detective they would pay him to provide protection from police and agreed to pay him $400 a month to keep officers away from the businesses, police said.

The parlors busted are:

Bonita Spa, 5450 S. SR 7 Ste 4, Hollywood FL

Lucky Spa, 1637 S. 21st St., Hollywood, FL

Best Asian Massage, 6700 Taft St., Hollywood, FL

Ting Ting Spa, 6151 Washington St., Hollywood, FL

Fantasy Spa, 2106 Tyler St., Hollywood, FL

Asian Massage, 1943 Pembroke Rd., Hollywood, FL

Casino Spa, 5408 S. SR 7, Hollywood, FL

Hollywood Asian Spa, 4622 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, FL

Sunshine Oriental Massage, 4211 N. SR 7, Hollywood, FL

Relax Spa, 5892 Stirling Rd., Hollywood, FL

Asian Hollywood Spa, 2814 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, FL

Hollywood Unisex, 2126 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, FL

Spa Latinas, 5104 S. SR 7, Hollywood, FL

Spa Latinas, 5102 S. SR 7, Hollywood, FL

Xhale Spas, 5808 Johnson St., Hollywood, FL

New Life Massage, 5450 S. SR 7 Ste 5, Hollywood, FL

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<![CDATA[Driver Rescued After SUV Goes Into Water Near Venetian Cswy.]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 19:37:16 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102716+car+in+water+macarthur+causeway+2.jpg

Crews responded after a vehicle went into the water near the Venetian Causeway close to Jungle Island Thursday, Miami Fire Rescue officials said.

The incident happened at the embankment under the MacArthur Causeway Bridge. Officials said the bridgetender from the Venetian Causeway witnessed the white SUV go into the water and reported it to authorities.

Officials said Miami-Dade Police Marine Patrol responded and broke through a sunroof to reach the driver and pulled him out to safety.

Divers confirmed no one else was in the SUV and the driver was being evaluated by paramedics.

No other information was immediately known.

Check back with NBC 6 for updates. 

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<![CDATA[Surgeon Faces Losing Medical License in Malpractice Hearing]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 19:27:55 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102616+omulepu+pic+at+hearing.jpg

Over three days in May 2015, a South Florida doctor is accused of botching four women's cosmetic surgeries.

A medical malpractice hearing got underway in Fort Lauderale on Wednesday for Dr. Osak Omulepu. The State could suspend or revoke his license after four women were hospitalized after undergoing cosmetic procedures.

The four women told an administrative judge the doctor's procedures landed them in the hospital with life-threatening complications.

One of the women, Nyosha Fowler of Alabama, said she still can't feel her foot and has trouble walking after her Brazilian Butt Lift procedure more than a year ago. She was hospitalized for four months after the surgery.

Fowler told the judge what she recalled after waking up from surgery.

"I don't know I was out of it, I couldn't stand, let alone walk, I couldn't even stand my feet were like this, like my feet were like penguin feet," Flowler told the judge.

The State said Dr. Omulepu injected fat not only into her backside but also into her sciatic nerve and also hit her bowel with his instruments.

Fowler's mother testified about the conversation she had with Dr. Omulepu hours after the surgery.

"He said 'I messed up, I messed up, that's all I can say is I messed up'," she said.

Another patient, identified only as L.L., testified by phone.

"I began running to the car because I knew that if I didn't get to the hospital in a timely manner that something bad was going to happen I felt the life was draining out of me," she said.

A third patient told the NBC 6 Investigators prior to the hearing that the instruments used during her Brazilian Butt Lift punctured her liver. Donna McRae says she spent four months in the hospital after her surgery.

"In hindsight, I shouldn't have done it. I honestly didn't need it," McRae said. "I had a beautiful figure before, I just wanted more. I almost died because of vanity."

The doctor's attorney denied the allegations. During the administrative hearing, she said the patients all signed consent forms that show they acknowledged the risks of the procedures. She also said they were all known complications of these surgeries.

"Dr. Omulepu is very happy that we finally have our day in court and I think at the end of this, he's going to be vindicated and we look forward to the decision," said attorney Monica Felder-Rodriguez.

Omulepu's defense called another plastic surgeon to testify. He testified about the risks.

"Unfortunately these things happen," Dr. Michel Samson of Port Orange. 

The judge's decision will be a recommendation that will then go before Florida's Medical Licensing Board. The discipline could range from a reprimand to getting his license revoked. It could be months before a final decision is made.

<![CDATA[Plantation Family Wins Suit Over 'Extreme' Christmas Display]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 18:55:15 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/112815+plantation+christmas+display.jpg

A Plantation family that was sued by the city will be allowed to keep their over-the-top annual Christmas display after a judge ruled in their favor Thursday.

In a nine-page final judgment issued Thursday, Broward Judge Marina Garcia Wood said Mark and Katherine Hyatt's "Extreme Christmas" display is not a nuisance, as was claimed in the city's lawsuit.

"We should be able to do what we want on our private property without interference from city government," Mark Hyatt said after the judgment was issued. "When does city government feel that they have the strength and the ability to take a citizen to court over something as beautiful as a holiday display."

The display draws thousands to the Hyatt family home on Northwest 14th Street every year and features more than 200,000 lights, a 20-foot Ferris wheel and other decor.

The city had said the attraction is a nuisance and safety threat as visitors walk between cars parked on a nearby street.

Some neighbors said the lawsuit was personal.

"I felt it was a personal vendetta and absolute flagrant waste of tax payer money for something that wasn't necessary," neighbor Nina Fornalsky said.

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<![CDATA[Protect Your Pets From Halloween Hazards]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 13:55:19 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/kupkee+102716.JPG

No matter how old you are, or whether or not you have little ones, Halloween is fun! But as with other hectic holidays, the fun and games need to be tempered with a little due diligence. Here are some tips to keep your fur kids safe this Halloween.

Keep all candy away from pets.

While cats are not generally drawn to candy, dogs will eat it with gusto - especially chocolate! Chocolate contains theobromine, an alkaloid that is toxic to dogs and cats. Clinical signs of theobromine poisoning include vomiting, diarrhea, excessive panting, and increased urination. These signs can to progress to irregular heartbeat, seizures, internal bleeding, cardiac arrest, and even death. While the amount of theobromine found in dark chocolate and baking chocolate is much higher than amounts found in milk chocolate, all varieties can pose serious risks to your pet. The high fat and sugar contents can lead to gastrointestinal upset, or life-threatening pancreatitis.

In addition to chocolate, nuts can pose problems for pets as well. Their shape, size, and texture make them difficult to digest, and in the worst case scenario, they can cause an obstruction that requires a surgical repair. Walnuts often contain toxins produced by fungi. These compounds can lead to neurological symptoms. Macadamia nuts have been linked to muscle tremors, hindquarter paralysis, high fever and rapid heart rate. As of this writing, veterinary researchers have not identified the substance that causes these symptoms. Raisins must also be kept away from pets. Raisins and grapes contain compounds that have been linked to kidney failure in pets, and it only takes a small amount to make them seriously ill.

Sugar free candy must also be kept out of a pet’s reach. Xylitol, an artificial sweetener found in many sugar free sweets, can cause a life-threatening drop in blood sugar within 10-15 minutes of ingestion. Larger doses can lead to liver necrosis, kidney failure, and death. Xylitol is commonly added to toothpaste, mouthwash, medications and supplements, so be sure to check with your veterinarian before giving your pet any products intended for human use.

It is important to make sure children know about the doggie dangers in their trick-or-treat bags. Make sure they know candy is never to be shared, and must be stored out of a pet's reach. Ask them to bring any unwanted candy to an adult so they will not be tempted to get rid of it by giving it to a pet. If your pet has a habit of getting into the trash, try to find a creative solution for unwanted candy.

Remember that Halloween is scary.

While many pets are happy to join in spooky fun, others find it absolutely terrifying. Constant knocking, strangers at the door, loud noises, crazy costumes - all of these things can be frightening for our pets. Since the front door is likely to opening and closing often, the best place for your cat may be in another room, behind a closed door. Be sure she has access to food, water, and a litter box. If your dog is not having fun, it's okay to put him in his kennel. Frightened animals may bolt through open doors. Additionally, a frightened dog is statistically likely to bite. Keep a watchful eye on both dogs and children, and calmly remove dogs from situations that may trigger a bite.

Choose pet costumes with care.

Our social media audience is getting a huge kick out of Grendel and Zohan’s costumes! The dogs, however, are less than thrilled with the headpieces. That’s okay - we’ll take some pictures, have a few giggles, then pin them back so the dogs can enjoy the day too.

While pet costumes are a blast for us, the pets themselves may be no be so enthusiastic. Unhappy pets may injure themselves trying to “escape” from an uncomfortable costume. Know your pet’s limits and don’t force them to endure something they hate. And if you’re headed outdoors with a costumed pet, remember it’s still hot out there! Many costumes are designed for cooler climates, so bring plenty of water, and ditch the costume if your pet becomes overheated.

Clean up after crafts.

If you’re spending Halloween in a DIY costume, clean up all crafting debris as soon as possible. Shiny needles and wispy threads are irresistible to cats. When swallowed, they present a life-threatening emergency. Ribbons and strings can cause problems as well, so keep your kitty away from the crafting supplies.

Keep pets inside.

As Halloween approaches, our neighbors may decide to engage in a bit of mischief. Do not leave pets unattended outdoors where they can be teased, harassed, or frightened.

Most importantly - have fun! By taking a few simple precautions, we can save our pets from a scary Halloween trip to the vet.

Dr. Kupkee is the lead practitioner at Sabal Chase Animal Clinic

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<![CDATA[Fuel Tanker Overturns On I-75 Off-Ramp to U.S. 27]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 14:55:10 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102716+overturned+tanker+us+27.jpg

An overturned tanker Thursday morning caused a major hassle for travelers along one major South Florida road.

Officials responded to the scene off I-75 where a fuel tanker fell on its side, spilling 100 gallons onto the southbound ramp to U.S. 27 in Broward.

The ramp remains closed while officials continue the cleanup and investigation. The driver was airlifted to Broward Health, but is expected to be okay.

<![CDATA[Police Searching for Suspects in Multiple Miami Robberies]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 18:42:38 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/miami-dade+locator.jpg

Miami Police are looking for two people they say may have committed multiple armed robberies in the same part of the city earlier this month – including one where a victim was shot.

The first crime took place in the early morning hours of October 5th. The victim says he was robbed at gunpoint near the intersection of SW 1st Avenue and 12th Street.

One week later, three people were held up at the same intersection – only this time, the gunman begin to open fire and hit one of the victims.

In both cases, the gunman was described as a black man between 23 and 25 years old, clean shaven between 5’8” and 5’11” tall. In the first case, the suspect was wearing a dark hat, shirt and pants while the suspect in the second case was wearing a hooded black shirt, pants and shoes.

The second suspect in the first case was said to be a black woman between 21 and 23 years old, between 5’4” and 5”5” and wearing dark shorts and shirt. The victims of the second case were not able to give identification.

In both cases, the suspects got away in a silver Chrysler and fled westbound on 12th Street.

Investigators continue to examine whether the same people were involved in both cases. Anyone with information is asked to call Miami Police or CrimeStoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

<![CDATA[State, Local Amendments Explained As Election Day Nears]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 18:33:40 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102716+solar+panels+medical+marijuana.jpg

While much of the attention in the 2016 general election is being paid to the high profile races – President, U.S. Senate for example – residents in South Florida and across the state will be casting their vote for several local and statewide amendments that will have just as much of an effect on their lives.

Unfortunately, voters can tend to skip over some amendments – either because they don’t understand the wording or don’t think it matters to them.

In 2016, several amendments have gotten national attention, but still have voters trying to figure out what they mean. Here’s a general breakdown of what you will be voting on this election cycle:

Florida Amendment 1 – Solar Energy

Over the past weeks, this amendment has become the most controversial of them all. The language declares that customers who don’t use solar power are not required to subsidize the cost of backup power. Opponents of the amendment say the value of solar energy gets diminished if it passes – as similar laws in other states has provided legal arguments for companies to raise fees on solar power users to make up for the difference. Supporters say it would encourage more people to use solar power, thus reducing the need for expensive power plants.

Florida Amendment 2 – Medical Marijuana

The first attempt to pass this legislation in 2014 failed to get the required 60 percent for approval. The language would allow for legal use by those who have specific medical conditions – including Parkinson’s, MS and AIDS. Caregivers and distribution centers would be licensed by the state. It would not legalize non-medical use or possession.

Other State Amendments

  • Amendment 3 would give a property tax break to those first responders that are injured on the job and are permanently disabled.
  • Amendment 5 would allow residents 65 or older to keep an already existing homestead exemption by locking in the value of their home from when they first applied, homes that are worth less than $250,000.


All state amendments need 60 percent approval to pass.



Miami-Dade County Amendments


  • Special taxing districts would be governed by local municipalities and not by the county. Those districts collect fees from property owners that are used for lighting, security and other services.
  • Allowing residents the right to make copies of public records (currently, they are only allowed to view them) –while adding language to make the rights of county residents similar to those of the rest of the state.


All county amendments need a majority vote – 50 percent plus one – for approval.

City of Miami Amendments


  • The city is looking for approval to sign a 30-year-lease with the Dade Heritage Trust to preserve the office of James Jackson, the first physician in the city of Miami.
  • Another one would move runoff elections for both mayor and city commission from the second Tuesday in November to the third Tuesday.
  • An amendment to provide further independence of the Civilian Investigative Panel – the group that investigates actions and policy of the Miami Police Department. It includes the ability to hire or fire an executive director and independent lawyer.
  • Another amendment would give Miami residents the right to sue the city and challenge potential violations of the city charter.


All city amendments need a majority vote – 50 percent plus one – for approval.

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<![CDATA[Pets of the Week: Humane Society of Broward County]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:21:13 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/182*120/NBC6+halloween_Casper.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[NBC 6 Investigators Examine Risk During Common Surgeries]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:34:04 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000026167285_1200x675_793126979939.jpg Dan Kraith looks into the issues that take place that even doctors don't know about Thursday at 6 PM.]]> <![CDATA[Catch Hurricanes Football This Weekend on NBC 6!]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 07:52:09 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/171*120/GettyImages-613446652.jpg

It was one of the best rivalries in all of college football during the 1980’s– now, the Miami Hurricanes and Notre Dame Fighting Irish will meet for just the third time in a quarter century this weekend.

Miami will travel to South Bend, Indiana for the first time since 1990. Kickoff is at 3:30 PM and you can watch it all on NBC 6.

Notre Dame leads the all-time series 17-7-1, but the Hurricanes won six of the eight games played between 1981 and 1989. The series produced some memorable games (Notre Dame’s controversial 31-30 win in 1988) and moments (Randal Hill’s famous “3rd and 43” catch in the 1989 game).

Since the yearly rivalry ended after the 1990 season, the teams have met just twice – in the 2010 Sun Bowl and during the 2012 season in Chicago, both wins by Notre Dame by a combined score of 74-20.

The 2016 game was highly anticipated to start the season, but has lost some national appeal after struggles by both teams this season. Miami sits at 4-3, losing their last three games, while Notre Dame’s record is 2-5 during a season they were expected to compete for a national title.

Under an agreement between Notre Dame and the ACC, the two teams will see each other more often. Miami will host Notre Dame on November 11, 2017 while the two teams will meet again during the 2024 and 2025 seasons.

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<![CDATA[Oil or Paint: Shiny Legs Photo Sweeping the Internet]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 06:27:06 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/https___blueprint-api-production_s3_amazonaws_com_uploads_card_image_260405_Screen_Shot_2016-10-26_at_11_16_48.png

Last year, it was the color of a dress that took over the internet (white and gold vs. blue and black) – now, it’s all about a pair of legs and what is making them so shiny.

The picture shows the legs with what looks to be light just bouncing off of them. Some wondered if the legs were wet, while others thought they were just oiled up.

As it turns out (SPOILER ALERT), the legs actually have white paint strategically placed on them to give the look:

The photo was originally posted online in September, but was re-posted this week and went viral in a matter of hours.

Photo Credit: Instagram / @leonardhoespams]]>
<![CDATA[1 Killed, 2 Injured in Wrong-Way Wreck on Turnpike]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 18:25:00 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/lauderhill+ax.jpg

One person was killed and two others seriously injured in a wrong-way wreck on the Florida Turnpike in Broward County early Thursday.

The crash happened just before 5 a.m. when a Ford F-150 that was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes veered onto the shoulder near Sunrise Boulevard, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

The truck overturned several times, ejecting the three people inside, the report said.

One person, 47-year-old Daniel Laguna of Coconut Creek, was killed at the scene. Two others, 26-year-old Greysi Yajaira Flores Bonilla and 35-year-old Yokairi Paredes Diasz, both from North Carolina, suffered serious injuries and were taken to Broward Health.

It's unknown who was driving the truck, the report said.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Photo Credit: Twitter / @LauderhillFDPIO]]>
<![CDATA[Budweiser, Lyft Joining Forces to Help Prevent Drunk Driving]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 05:56:23 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-508246192.jpg

Just in time for Halloween and the holidays, Budweiser and Lyft are teaming up to deliver more rides to help people get home safely in five states.

Starting today, the first 6,000 adults ages 21 and older who obtain a ride code can redeem it for a free Lyft ride home worth up to $10 on Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays during peak party hours (10 pm - 2 am) now through the end of the year.

The code will be released today at 2 PM eastern on Budweiser’s Facebook page. It is redeemable in New York, Colorado, Illinois, Florida and Washington, DC.

To account for the high instances of drunk driving on Halloween, Budweiser and Lyft are extending this weekend's ride codes to be redeemable from today through Monday.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Heat Beat Magic to Begin Season]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:43:42 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-618416722.jpg

The Miami Heat began the season with a 108-96 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday.

Prior to the game, the Magic paid tribute to the victims of the Orlando nightclub massacre that took place during the off-season. It was an emotional moment for all in attendance and a touching gesture from the team.

The first half was a back-and-forth battle between the two teams. Orlando beat Miami by four points in the first quarter, before the Heat edged the Magic by one in the second quarter. When the teams headed into the locker room, Orlando held a three-point advantage.

The Heat used a strong third quarter to pick up the win. Miami outscored Orlando by 14 points in the third quarter alone to go up by 11. The Heat would go on to add on more to that in the final quarter.

Miami trotted out a starting five of Luke Babbitt, Justise Winslow, Hassan Whiteside, Goran Dragic and Dion Waiters. Miami could change the starting lineup often with a number of talented options on the bench.

Whiteside did what he does best with an across the board productive day. The center had 18 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks. It was the first of what figures to be many double-doubles. Whiteside picked up double-doubles on a regular basis last season. The big man also added an assist as Whiteside continues to try and improve that aspect of his game.

Winslow almost had a double-double as well with his 15 points and eight rebounds. The second-year player also had four assists, a steal and two blocks in a highly productive game.

Tyler Johnson came off the bench and produced in a big way. Johnson should see plenty of minutes in Miami's rotation all season long. The guard had 15 points, six boards, three assists and a steal in the win.

Miami will play its first home game of the season on Friday against the Charlotte Hornets.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Miami-Dade Animal Services Pets of the Week]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 20:11:40 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/Max+A1792134.JPG Miami-Dade Animal Services Pets of the Week]]> <![CDATA[Broward Students Learning Through Augmented Reality]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:37:26 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102616+augmented+reality+broward.jpg

We hear about technology’s impact on education all the time. Usually, that means computers, new apps, or 3D printers. Now there’s a new tool that has the promise of revolution, the potential for creating a new paradigm in how students learn. It’s called augmented reality.

"This is one of the most exciting things I’ve ever seen in education, really has the ability to be a game changer in how we engage students, and their ability to develop their skills," said Broward Schools superintendent Robert Runcie, after trying the system.

Made by Microsoft, the Hololens augmented reality system is basically a pair of goggles with powerful computing ability built-in. Unlike virtual reality goggles, the Hololens sees everything the wearer sees and projects interactive holograms into your environment. For example, a student can be in the middle of a crime scene, or can examine a 3D hologram of a human body from all sides.

"Cardiovascular system, respiratory system, nervous system, I can go throughout the parts and see how they look inside the body," explained one student as he was using the system.

Ronald Holley’s computer science class at Pompano Beach High School applied with Microsoft to be developers of the Hololens project. Microsoft said yes, sent the class four goggles plus software, and now the kids are writing code, figuring out different ways to use the product.

"I’d like to be a software engineer, it’s really cool to be able to get this head start and get into it now," said Olivia Stack, a senior at the school. She was wearing a shirt with the phrase, "I code, therefore I am."

"Really this is the way of the future, the way I see it, right now everything in history has been you’re watching videos or you’re reading a book, but why not actually go there, be immersed in the battle that happened, the strategies that took place, why not? Well now you can," explained teacher Ronald Holley.

The technology has almost unlimited potential to take students where they would not normally be able to go. Destinations now include ancient Rome, Machu Picchu in Peru, and eventually, just about anywhere. The images can be seen on a screen in the classroom, so discussion can engage everyone.

"There’s like endless amount of educational purposes and usefulness," said student Diego Guedez.

For students interested in game design or 3D imaging, the Hololens is a unique platform in which to work and learn. In one game already built-in, flying robots come bursting through the walls of whatever room the user is in, shooting flame balls you have to dodge to survive. In coming years, there will be no escaping augmented reality. It’s bound to make a huge impact in our schools.

Photo Credit: NBC 6]]>
<![CDATA[Motorcycle Cop Recovers From Crash During Clinton Motorcade]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:21:49 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102616+Officer+Maikel+Rodriguez.jpg

A Pinecrest Police motorcycle cop who crashed while escorting the Hillary Clinton motorcade on the Palmetto Expressway remained hospitalized Wednesday.

Officer Maikel Rodriguez suffered broken bones and road rash but is expected to make a full recovery, Pinecrest Police officials said. He also received a call from Clinton wishing him well.

Rodriguez, who has been a motorman for four years and has been with the department for 10, was airlifted to the hospital after Tuesday afternoon's crash on the Palmetto near Northwest 57th Avenue.

The cause of the crash is being investigated.

Photo Credit: Pinecrest Police]]>
<![CDATA[Man Arrested After Hidden Cameras Found in Rented Room: MBPD]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 23:29:19 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102616+winston+vargas.jpg

A Miami Beach man was arrested on a video voyeurism charge after police say foreign students who rented a room from him found hidden cameras in clocks in their bathroom.

Winston Vargas, 45, was arrested Tuesday night and booked into the Miami-Dade jail, where he was being held Wednesday on $5,000 bond, records showed. No attorney information was immediately available.

According to a Miami Beach Police arrest report, the students answered a Craigslist ad to rent a room from Vargas, who lives in the 1600 block of Euclid Avenue.

The students moved in Monday, and on Tuesday they found three portable clocks in the bathroom and discovered a hidden camera with a video card inside the clocks, the report said.

The students called police and when an officer showed up, Vargas said he would return their rent money if the victims did not prosecute him, the report said.

Vargas denied placing the cameras in the bathroom and said a man from England placed them there, the report said. When asked about the identity of the man from England, Vargas asked to speak to a lawyer, according to the report.

Photo Credit: Miami-Dade Corrections]]>
<![CDATA[Refunds To Be Given For Canceled Plastic Surgery]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 19:13:20 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/012616+vanity+cosmetic+surgery.jpg

A popular cosmetic surgery center in South Florida has agreed to refund money paid by customers for surgeries they never performed, the Florida Attorney General’s office announced Wednesday. The announcement closes an investigation that found the business was "deceptive and unfair toward consumers in connection with refunds."

The AG’s investigation followed an NBC 6 investigation into the nearly 50 complaints about Vanity Cosmetics filed with state and local agencies. The complaints showed a pattern of reported problems with refunds. Ten additional complaints were filed after the investigation aired. The AG’s office announced it was investigating Vanity in January 2016.

"Vanity Cosmetic Surgery failed to clearly and conspicuously disclose all material terms and conditions of the transaction to consumers, failed to honor their refund policy, failed to honor consumers' request for refunds and failed to issue promised refunds," state officials said.

Customers claimed that they paid hundreds and in some cases even thousands of dollars for services they never received. And even when the surgery was canceled by a surgeon, the company kept the money and refused to refund customers.

The state says more than 70 people have been refunded approximately $190,000 so far. 

Vanity and its owners must pay $27,844 in restitution funds to cover the remaining claims of individuals who have already filed complaints with the AG’s office and the Better Business Bureau.

In addition, the agreement says that Vanity has to put $10,000 in escrow funds to satisfy future consumer restitution; pay $53,000 for attorney’s fees, costs and investigative fees. 

"Vanity Cosmetic Surgery cooperated with the Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office and voluntarily entered into an assurance of voluntary compliance without any admission of liability," the announcement read.

"The investigation is concluded, an agreement was reached and the case is closed," said Vanity attorney Alexandra Lopez of the Gallardo Law Firm.

The AG’s office release lists other names Vanity is known as to customers including Vanidades Cosmetic Surgery, West Dade Surgery Center, Inc., Broward Cosmetic Surgery, Inc., Encore Plastic Surgery, Inc., The Center for Cosmetic Surgery, Inc., Florida Aesthetic Surgery Center, Inc., Cosmetics Miami, Inc., BC Surgical Center, Inc., Ismael Labrador and Aimee De La Rosa.

The attorney general’s office said that Vanity, which shut down in September, must meet the terms of the agreement. Those include:

-Clearly and conspicuously disclose to consumers all the material terms and conditions of any transaction before obtaining the consumers’ billing information, charging the consumers, and/or soliciting payment for any product sold and/or service provided.

-Stop making any representations that a product and/or service is free of charge, if is not.

-Ensure that any subcontractors, companies and/or individuals employed, engaged or utilized by Vanity Cosmetic Surgery are licensed properly in Florida.

-Ensure that all statements, representations, or claims on Vanity’s websites or any other marketing or promotional materials are accurate.

-Ensure that any and all disclaimers and policies are clearly and conspicuously disclosed to consumers.

-Issue refunds within 21 calendar days from the date the consumer requests the refund and maintain a customer support telephone number and/or email address for consumers to file complaints and ensure those consumer complaints are responded to within seven business days.

-Ensure that any and all businesses owned or operated by Vanity are registered with the state of Florida.

In addition Vanity has agreed to pay restitution for eligible consumers who have not yet received a refund, and will also pay for the costs of the state investigation.

Vanity Cosmetics is closed but the new owner has reopened in the same location with a different name. A spokesperson told the NBC 6 Investigators that at least two surgeons from Vanity have been hired to work at the new company.

Consumers who filed complaints with the AG’s office will receive instructions by mail indicating how to obtain refund checks. Those who have not filed a complaint about Vanity Cosmetic Surgery or any other business can do so by visiting MyFloridaLegal.com or calling 1-866-NO-SCAM.

Photo Credit: NBC6.com]]>
<![CDATA[Woman Accused of Falsely Claiming Attack by Man in Turban]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:53:44 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/195*120/102616+kristin+skivers+mug+shot.jpg

A Marathon woman is behind bars after filing a false police report, claiming she was attacked by a man in a turban and told to take a so-called "kill pill."

Kristin Skivers, 30, told deputies a man entered her boyfriend’s home, where they both were sleeping, before 11 p.m. Sunday. She described the man has having “dark hair, a full beard and a turban."

Skivers claimed the man gave her the medication before her boyfriend allegedly chased him away, saying she eventually went to a neighbor’s house asking to be taken to the hospital.

When police interviewed the boyfriend, he said that Skivers asked to be taken to the hospital and, when he said no, she left the home. He denied that anyone entered the home or attacked Skivers, saying she takes unidentified medication.

Skivers was arrested after signing the false report.

Photo Credit: Monroe County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Fernandez, Victims Had Strong Alcohol Odor: Affidavit]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:35:21 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Jose+Fernandez+Boating+Accident.jpg

Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez and two others had a "strong odor" of alcohol at the time of the crash that killed all three last month, according to a search warrant affidavit released Wednesday.

The seven-page affidavit, prepared by an investigator with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, did not say what – if any – charges could be filed in the case since boating while intoxicated and vessel homicide were listed. Fernandez is listed as the boat’s owner.

The affidavit says an associate medical examiner told the FWC investigator that "all three bodies, individually, had a strong odor of alcohol emanating from them."

The boat, named Kaught Looking, crashed into the north jetty off Government Cut shortly after 3 a.m. on September 25th. All three were declared dead at the scene. Autopsy and toxicology reports are complete, but have not been released.

The FWC investigator said the scene "is consistent with a high speed collision at a location and at a time when such speed was reckless because of the jetty and darkness," according to the affidavit.

Fernandez and 25-year-old Eduardo Rivero were seen before the crash at American Social Bar in Brickell, where they went after leaving the Coconut Grove dock where the pitcher kept his boat. Before 3 a.m., they left the restaurant with Rivero’s friend, 27-year-old Emilio Macias.

Officers from Miami Beach heard the crash and responded to the scene. The bodies of all three men were recovered by 4 a.m.

Photo Credit: AP/Getty]]>
<![CDATA[Florida Manatee Sets Record For Oldest Ever In Captivity ]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:37:10 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/102616+snooty+manatee+record+setter.jpg

One manatee at a Florida museum is enjoying his birthday in a special way – by getting his name in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Snooty is a 68-year old-manatee – yes, you read that right – who was brought to the South Florida Museum in Bradenton when he was just 11-months-old back in 1949.

Previously, the oldest manatee in Florida that was documented was 59 years of age followed by the next oldest being 48.

Snooty lives in a 60,000 gallon tank at the museum with two other manatees. Officials say he spends more time around the humans who come to see him than with the other sea cows.

Most manatees who live in the wild don’t reach the age of 10 based on a variety of issues, such as algae blooms and boat strikes.

Photo Credit: YouTube / Guinness Book of World Records]]>
<![CDATA[Attention, Shoppers: Aventura Mall to Close Thanksgiving Day]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:20:59 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/112715+black+friday+shopping.jpg

For holiday shoppers seeking early Black Friday deals on Thanksgiving Day, Aventura Mall is not the place to go.

The Miami mall announced Tuesday that stores will be closed on Thanksgiving to give retailers and employees the opportunity to spend the holiday with family and friends.

"Thanksgiving is a family holiday, and we’re pleased to provide our retailers with the opportunity to give their employees this special day off," said mall owner and manager Jackie Soffer in a press release.

Although the mall will be closed on the holiday, hours for the AMC movie theater vary for those looking to catch a Thanksgiving Day flick. Departments store hours also vary.

Stores will reopen on Friday, Nov. 25 at 7 a.m. just in time for the mayhem of Black Friday shopping. 

Photo Credit: NBC6.com]]>
<![CDATA[Car Crashes Into Oakland Park Beauty Supply Store]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:33:23 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/102616+car+into+oakland+park+shop.jpg

It was a messy scene in Oakland Park when a car crashed into a beauty supply store Wednesday afternoon.

Crews responded to the scene inside a strip mall at the 4800 block of Northwest 31st Avenue. The car could be seen completely inside the My Beauty Exchange store located inside the complex.

The driver said she was trying to park but stepped on the gas by mistake. Her white Volkswagen came to a halt in the middle of aisle 6.

Surveillance cameras captured products flying off the shelves and shards of glass everywhere. Several store clerks and customers were standing just feet away from the front door at the moment of impact, but luckily no one was hurt.

"My son keep telling me 'stop, stop.' But I keep going. I don't know I don't know," the driver said.

"All we seen were shelves falling towards us. And our first instinct was to run towards the back," employee Joanne Ducatel said.

The owner of the store is grateful no one was hurt. He estimates more than $15,000 in damages and hopes the insurance will cover what appears to be an unfortunate accident.

<![CDATA[Cops Search For Valuable Bird Taken From N. Miami Beach Home]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:43:42 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102616+stolen+bird+north+miami+beach.jpg

North Miami Beach Police released surveillance video showing two men stealing a high priced bird from inside a home last month.

The two men can be seen on camera jumping over a fence onto the property and carrying a large birdcage off the fenced-in patio.

Inside the cage was a Crested Parrot Cockatoo valued at around $8,000. The bird is described as white with a yellow tail, yellow feathers on top of its head and underneath its wing.

Anyone with information is asked to call North Miami Beach Police or Miami-Dade CrimeStoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

Photo Credit: North Miami Beach Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Miami Shop Celebrating Pumpkin Day With Donut Delivery]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:36:25 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*159/salty_donut_uber_treats_3.jpg

In honor of National Pumpkin Day – yes, it’s a real thing – UberEats is joining forces with one Miami doughnut shop to get you a sweet treat without having to drive to the shop.

The Salty Donut is going to be sending their items all over the delivery area while supplies last. Simply open your Uber or UberEats App and select the pumpkin symbol in the bottom right of the screen.

Uber will charge $6 to your card and a box of doughnuts will arrive within 15 mintues.

The Pumpkin Pack – limited to one per person – will feature a variety of products for the special day.

Photo Credit: the Salty Donut]]>
<![CDATA[Toyota Recalling Millions of Cars Over Air Bag Issues]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 10:47:21 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/190*120/TOYOTA5.jpg

Toyota Motor Corporation says it's recalling a total of about 5.8 million cars in Japan and abroad over potentially faulty air bag inflators made by Takata.

The automaker said Wednesday that the recall, which includes the Corolla and the Vitz subcompact hatchback model - which is marketed outside of Japan as the Yaris – covers models produced between May 2000 and November 2001, as well as April 2006 and December 2014.

The recall includes about 1.16 million vehicles sold in Japan, as well as about 820,000 sold in china and around $1.47 million cars in the European market.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[2016-17 Miami Heat Season Preview]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 07:51:36 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-526901942.jpg

The 2016-17 season will begin on Wednesday for the Miami Heat and with it comes a new chapter in franchise history.

Miami is begining a regular season for the first time since the 2002-03 campaign without Dwyane Wade. The guard bolted town for Chicago and is now a member of the rival Bulls after a memorable 13-year run in Miami. Wade was part of all three of Miami's championship teams and was an irreplaceable leader.

Besides Wade, Miami will also be without the services of Chris Bosh. The forward is not expected to play again and seems ticketed for a waiving by Miami in February. The Heat know they gain nothing by looking back however and will now try to turn the page with some promising young talent.

Justise Winslow is stepping into Miami's daily starting lineup and brings with him a lot of talent and energy. In his rookie season, Winslow averaged 6.4 points and 5.2 rebounds in 28.6 minutes per game. The second-year player should see increases in all those numbers this year with increased playing time and a bigger role overall.

Replacing Bosh's production is difficult, but Miami has had to play with the veteran for large portions of the last two seasons. The Heat were cautiously optimistic about Bosh's potential contributions in 2016-17 and had a backup plan in place with Winslow. At only 20, Winslow could be one of the big pieces of the team for many years to come.

At the other forward spot, Miami looks like it will go with Derrick Williams who had a solid preseason. Williams is a well-traveled 25 year old and gives Miami some experience. After spending last season with the lowly New York Knicks, Williams is looking for a chance to compete for a playoff spot in Miami. In 2015-16, Williams averaged 9.3 points and 3.7 rebounds in 17.9 minutes per game.

The guard spots will be intriguing for Miami and possibly the team's biggest asset. The Heat are stacked with talent when it comes to guards and are rich with depth. Josh Richardson will miss the beginning of the season, but is not expected to be out too long. Richardson is entering his second season in the NBA and opened a lot of eyes with his play in 2015-16. Once healthy, Richardson is a potential everyday starter.

With Richardson down on Opening Night, the Heat will give a starting assignment to Dion Waiters. The veteran had a good preseason and gives Miami some much-needed experience at shooting guard. Waiters had more success earlier in his career, but is still only 24 and could be a big producer for the Heat. It is possible that Waiters remains the starter even after Richardson is healthy. Both men should see ample minutes in Miami's rotation.

Goran Dragic is returning as Miami's point guard in 2016-17 and should see a bump in his responsibilities. Without Wade around, it may be Dragic who is looked to for the big shot at the end of games. Dragic will run the offense and offers the Heat a reliable shot-maker as well. There were some rumblings in the off-season about a potential Dragic trade, but nothing ever came to fruition. Without Bosh and Wade, the importance of a player like Dragic becomes even more evident.

At center is incumbent Hassan Whiteside. The big man signed a long-term deal with Miami this off-season after talking with other teams. Retaining Whiteside was a priority for the Heat as he has transformed games both offensively and defensibely in his brief career. Whiteside had some discipline issues early on, but he made some adjustments after talking with veterans such as Wade.

Without Bosh on the court, Whiteside's size will matter even more. Winslow, Williams and the bench will help, but it will be up to Whiteside to hold down the fort against the game's best big men. Whiteside has improved his free throw percentage which could be key if he is given the ball in the final seconds of games. The center has also worked on his passing ability in an effort to spread the ball around better.

On the bench, Miami has depth with players such as Luke Babbitt, Tyler Johnson, Wayne Ellington, Willie Reed and Udonis Haslem. With Wade gone, Haslem has become the longest tenured Heat player in franchise history. The local product is entering his 14th season with Miami and figures to play a similar role as he did in recent seasons.

Johnson almost departed Miami during the off-season when he agreed to a big offer sheet with the Brooklyn Nets. The Heat however elected to match that offer and retain Johnson's services. The guard will likely start the season as a reserve, but could see a fair share of minutes after a solid 2015-16 season.

A likely date circled on the calendar for Miami is November 10th when Wade visits Miami for the first time in a visiting uniform. The Bulls will also host the Heat on December 10th and January 27th as the two teams are scheduled to play one another three times this year.

Miami will visit old friend LeBron James and the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers on December 9th. The Heat will also play a home-and-home against the Cavaliers on March 4th and 6th. In what could be an important game for both teams, Miami will also host Cleveland in its penultimate game of the season on April 10th.

Miami will face the Orlando Magic to begin the season.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>