Tips for MIA
The Miami-Dade County Commissioner voted on Tuesday to allow restaurants and bars at Miami International Airport to include a suggested tip on customers’ checks. Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz originally proposed the ordinance in April following reports of a planned crackdown on violations of the county’s existing prohibition on automatic tipping at MIA. The new legislation would allow a suggested tip of up to 18 percent, as long as clear notice is provided on the check or point-of-sale device explaining that the tip is suggested and can be removed or changed at the customer’s discretion. Florida’s minimum wage is $8.46, but employers can pay tipped employees as little as $5.44 per hour.
Memorial service for soccer players
A memorial service will be held Thursday for the three members of the Little Haiti Football Club who were alleged killed by a drunk driver with a suspended driver's license. On May 25, Richecarde Dumay, Gedeov Desir and Lens Desir were on their way to a soccer tournament in Weston, when they were hit as they walked down Northeast 125th Street. The memorial service will be 7 p.m. at the Little Haiti Soccer Park, 6301 NE Second Ave., Miami. The event is free and open to the public. Parking for attendees will be available at Notre Dame D'Haiti Catholic Church at 110 NE 62 St. A shuttle bus will be available to transport attendees to the field.
Double Homicide in Miami Gardens
Miami Gardens police are seeking assistance in solving a double homicide that happened in the city on Sunday, June 2. Father and son, Lavel Mucherson and Hezekiah Mucherson were traveling northbound on Northwest 37 Avenue crossing Northwest 207 Street, when a person driving a dark-colored vehicle drove alongside their vehicle and fired multiple shots into their vehicle, striking them both. The incident appears to be a targeted shooting, according to police. Lavel Mucherson was a previous victim of two shootings in Miami Gardens. A semi-automatic type rifle and two handguns were located inside the victim’s vehicle. Lavel Mucherson was also arrested for second degree murder in 2014. The case was later dismissed. Anyone with additional information regarding this shooting is urged to contact Miami Gardens Police Detective S. Horne 305-474-1560.
More solar power in Florida
Florida Power & Light will be adding 10 more solar plants to its solar program. The company currently operates about 1,250 megawatts of solar capacity across 18 existing solar plants and other smaller installations. Each of the new solar plants will have a capacity of 74.5 megawatts. When the new solar power plants begin serving customers early next year, FPL's total solar capacity will reach nearly 2,000 megawatts – enough to power about 400,000 homes. The new solar plants are part of FPL's strategy for advancing clean energy use.
Police need tip in Kameela Russell case
The Miami Gardens Police Department is seeking information on the homicide of Kameela Russell. Russell, an educator and mother of two, was reported missing on Wednesday, May 15 by her family. She was last seen in her vehicle, a black Audi A6, around Eighth Avenue and Northwest 203 Street in Miami Gardens. Ten days later, on May 25, Russell’s body was recovered from a canal near 207 Street and Northwest 15 Avenue. Anyone with information on this homicide is urged to contact Miami Gardens Police Homicide Detective P. Valdes at 305-474-1454.
Blue Gala in Orlando
The Florida Democratic Party Leadership Blue Gala will be in Orlando starting on Friday. The speaker list includes the head of the Democratic Party, elected officials from across the country and the spouses of presidential hopefuls. The spouses for presidential hopefuls already include Chasten Buttigieg, the husband of Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Douglas Emhoff, the husband of Sen. Kamala Harris. This year’s event will be from Friday, June 7 to Sunday, June 9 at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club in Orlando.