It’s Monday, May 25th - and NBC 6 has the top stories you need to know for the day.
No. 1 - Weatherwise, South Florida will feel soggy this Memorial Day with wet weather causing a Flood Watch to be extended into Tuesday morning. Keep your NBC 6 app handy for push alerts on any severe weather as well as First Alert Doppler 6000.
No. 2 - With some parts of South Florida still not even open amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, this year's Memorial Day holiday will look much different with some cities going virtual in their remembrance ceremonies.
The city of North Miami will hold a virtual ceremony, being held Monday at 10 a.m. on the city’s Facebook page, honoring the fallen heroes with a wreath dedication and 21-gun salute to remember those who gave their lives defending freedom. The pandemic has kept several main tourist areas closed since the middle of March, with Fort Lauderdale not reopening their beaches until Tuesday morning along with hotels and gyms reopening the same day. Miami Beach, a normal hotbed of activity during the holiday weekend, remains closed until June 1st with restaurants in the city still limited to takeout service.
No. 3 - A Florida law requiring felons to pay legal fees as part of their sentences before regaining the vote is unconstitutional for those unable to pay, or unable to find out how much they owe, a federal judge ruled Sunday.
The 125-page ruling was issued by U.S. District Court Judge Robert Hinkle in Tallahassee. It involves a state law to implement a 2016 ballot measure approved by voters to automatically restore the right to vote for many felons who have completed their sentence. Hinkle has acknowledged he is unlikely to have the last word in the case, expecting the administration of Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis to launch an appeal.
No. 4 - After months of being closed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Fort Lauderdale’s beaches are set to welcome back visitors Tuesday.
The city will be reopening their beaches Tuesday morning along with hotels and gyms reopening the same day. Beaches will be open from sunrise until sunset with no picnics or sunbathing allowed. The announcement came days after city and Broward County officials clashed over when to allow certain facilities to reopen. Fort Lauderdale officials had given commercial gyms the green light to open, even though the county maintained that gyms were to remain closed.
No. 5 - A Florida team is selling people the “ultimate baseball experience” by putting their oceanview stadium up for rent on AirBnB for $1,500 a night.
The Pensacola Blue Wahoos say guests will have access to the clubhouse, a large bedroom, the batting cage and the field. The team said on a Facebook post that it was waiting to hear more on the schedule for the 2020 season from league officials before opening more dates for vacation rentals between July and October.
No. 6 - Across the country, drive-thrus exist for fast food and convenience stores. In Miami, they exist for botox, too.
Miami-based plastic surgeon Michael Salzhauer, well-known on Instagram as @TheRealDrMiami, shared a video of a drive-thru botox procedure that took place Sunday afternoon in Bay Harbor Islands. The video shows a patient pulling up in her car to receive botox treatment from someone covered in protective personal equipment while staying in the driver's seat.