January is the best time to visit and hike the many natural attractions found in Florida. The mosquito problem is almost negative and the temperatures may be cool but often refreshing. Even the animal and bird life seems more active in catch the sunshine. Some attractions need no introduction. This is a good month to […]

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Sinkholes: Can we forecast a catastrophic collapse?

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Sometimes the ground suddenly opens, swallowing cars, homes and people. We may have ways to see these sinkholes coming – so why would some people resist the idea? Daniel Cossins reports.

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Spirit Of Halloween Comes Alive At Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest

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OFF KEY LARGO (CBSMiami) —  A crafty group of divers submerged 30 feet beneath the surface in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary to carve jack-o-lanterns during the annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving contest Sunday off Key Largo.

Underwater artists of all ages dove with knives to pare fun-loving facial features and sea creatures and accessorize their orange gourds. Divers also were challenged to keep the hollowed out pumpkins from floating off while they carved their works of art.

Wayne Cline won over the judges with an intricately designed seahorse.

“The theme this year was ‘happy fish,” so I thought what’s happier than a seahorse,” Cline said. “What’s challenging about carving a pumpkin underwater is not only about the buoyancy of your body, but the buoyancy of the pumpkin itself.

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Veteran Receives Help For Her Home By Volunteers in Miami Beach

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LAUDERDALE LAKES (CBSMiami) – Dozens of volunteers came together to help renovate the home of a South Florida Navy veteran, as part of a nation-wide initiative funded by Home Depot.
After months of anticipation, the Gulf War veteran got some much-needed improvements to her Lauderdale Lakes home. “It’s a blessing. It’s a big blessing for me,” said homeowner Carol Semplis.
Home Depot donated the materials while about 30 employees from various South Florida stores came together to get the job done. “We basically put new flooring, new wood flooring and tile,” said Nadene Rose, the manager at the Oakland Park Home Depot. “We renovated her kitchen, a new kitchen, new bath. We remodeled the guest bathroom and the master bathroom. “
Semplis herself helped paint her home. The volunteers also did landscaping, worked on the patio and even planted an edible garden.
But Semplis says the new flooring will make the biggest difference. An infection during the Gulf War led to her big toes being amputated. “I don’t have any big toes and my feet have been giving me a lot of trouble. That floor was making it worse. “
It’s not just Carol’s home getting a helping hand. Team Depot volunteers from all over the country are donating their time and their talent to help renovate more than 1,000 veterans homes between September 11th and Veterans Day as part of Home Depot’s Celebration of Service.
Employees took the time to also express their gratitude by thanking Semplis for her service and even had a cookout to mark this new beginning. “These veterans bravely served our country and basically this is the least we can do by giving back,” said Rose.
Semplis is thankful for the special day and for the many memories she’ll get to make throughout the years. “Barbecues, having friends over, company and some of my friends are veterans too so I’ll definitely be inviting them to enjoy, to spend some time with me.”

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LAUDERDALE LAKES (CBSMiami) – Dozens of volunteers came together to help renovate the home of a South Florida Navy veteran, as part of a nation-wide initiative funded by Home Depot.

After months of anticipation, the Gulf War veteran got some much-needed improvements to her Lauderdale Lakes home.  “It’s a blessing.  It’s a big blessing for me,” said homeowner Carol  Semplis.

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Home Depot donated the materials while about 30 employees from various South Florida stores came together to get the job done.   “We basically put new flooring, new wood flooring and tile,” said Nadene Rose, the manager at the Oakland Park Home Depot.  “We renovated her kitchen, a new kitchen, new bath.  We remodeled the guest bathroom and the master bathroom. “

Semplis herself helped paint her home.  The volunteers also did landscaping, worked on the patio and even planted an edible garden.

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Firefighters Put Out Blaze On 250-Foot Cargo Ship

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Fire crews were able to put out a blaze on a 250-foot cargo ship Wednesday evening. While the fire is out, firefighters are on standby.

Yesenia Sanchez said it was quite a sight for her and her boys to see flashing lights filling the night sky.

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It was several hours after the ship caught fire at the marina off NW 22nd Ave and 14th street. Residents nearby admitted they were a little startled by it all.

“So I came out and I saw the vessel fuming with smoke,” said resident Bill Rodriguez. “The whole neighborhood was full of dark smoke.”

“It was a lot of smoke and the winds obviously carried it in directions toward the resident. The rain definitely didn’t help us at all so we were battling the weather conditions as well as the challenges of trying to get in and see exactly where we were going inside the ship,” said Miami Fire Capt. Ignatius Carroll.

But firefighters didn’t stay inside the ship long. The steel of the ship was so hot, it started to melt some of the boots on the the firefighters so they had to quickly retreat and start attacking the fire from the outside.

Fire investigators believe the fire started while some welding work was being done on the ship.

Fortunately, no one was injured but the damage appeared extensive.

Their battle with the blaze proved to be a delicate balancing act between fighting the flames and making sure to remove water which was accumulating on the ship, making sure the vessel didn’t start to sink.

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Fire crews were able to put out a blaze on a 250-foot cargo ship Wednesday evening. While the fire is out, firefighters are on standby.
Yesenia Sanchez said it was quite a sight for her and her boys to see flashing lights filling the night sky.
It was several hours after the ship caught fire at the marina off NW 22nd Ave and 14th street. Residents nearby admitted they were a little startled by it all.
“So I came out and I saw the vessel fuming with smoke,” said resident Bill Rodriguez. “The whole neighborhood was full of dark smoke.”
“It was a lot of smoke and the winds obviously carried it in directions toward the resident. The rain definitely didn’t help us at all so we were battling the weather conditions as well as the challenges of trying to get in and see exactly where we were going inside the ship,” said Miami Fire Capt. Ignatius Carroll.
But firefighters didn’t stay inside the ship long. The steel of the ship was so hot, it started to melt some of the boots on the the firefighters so they had to quickly retreat and start attacking the fire from the outside.
Fire investigators believe the fire started while some welding work was being done on the ship.
Fortunately, no one was injured but the damage appeared extensive.
Their battle with the blaze proved to be a delicate balancing act between fighting the flames and making sure to remove water which was accumulating on the ship, making sure the vessel didn’t start to sink.
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Fire crews were able to put out a blaze on a 250-foot cargo ship Wednesday evening. While the fire is out, firefighters are on standby.

Yesenia Sanchez said it was quite a sight for her and her boys to see flashing lights filling the night sky.

It was several hours after the ship caught fire at the marina off NW 22nd Ave and 14th street. Residents nearby admitted they were a little startled by it all.

“So I came out and I saw the vessel fuming with smoke,” said resident Bill Rodriguez. “The whole neighborhood was full of dark smoke.”

“It was a lot of smoke and the winds obviously carried it in directions toward the resident. The rain definitely didn’t help us at all so we were battling the weather conditions as well as the challenges of trying to get in and see exactly where we were going…

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Boy Drowns Off Ft. Lauderdale Beach

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FT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Labor Day fun on the beach turned deadly in Ft. Lauderdale.

Nine year old Brandon Myrick of Lauderdale Lakes was swimming in the rough surf with his cousin, Raymond Brave, off Fort Lauderdale Beach Park late in the day when the two got separated. After Brave realized he didn’t see, and couldn’t find his cousin, he ran to a life guard for help.

The life guard was able to locate Myrick in the surf and pulled the boy’s body to shore. He was taken to Broward Health Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.

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