The Florida Roundup: Florida Bay, Police Caught In Ambush Shooting & Goodbye To A Miami Ballet Star

Apr 2, 2017

A lack of fresh water is among the factors killing seagrass in Florida Bay. The die-off threatens habitats of fish and other species.
Credit FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSION

This week on The Florida Roundup...

The Everglades Foundation recently released a report that valued the annual economic from recreational and commercial fishing in Florida Bay at nearly a half a billion per year. The bay increases the value to the property of nearby homes. Dry conditions on the mainland and a lack of freshwater flowing into the bay has led to a seagrass die-off.

Read more: The Seagrass Of Florida Bay Is Under Siege--And Not For The First Time

This comes as the Florida Legislature continues to debate whether or not to purchase 60,000 acres of land south of Lake Okeechobeee for water storage. WLRN's Nancy Klingener joins us from our southernmost bureau in Key West to tell us how what's at stake for the tourism business. 

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Two undercover Miami-Dade police officers were ambushed and shot in their unmarked vehicle late at night on Monday, March 27. In the hours following the shooting, police, SWAT teams and K-9 units searched the surrounding Brownsville neighborhood of Miami to find suspects or clues. 

By Wednesday, 19-year-old Damian Thompson had been arrested and charged with two counts of attempted murder. And on Thursday, families of victims of gun violence gathered at a nearby police station pressuring police for developments in those unsolved murders.

For more details on those events, we turn to The Miami Herald's Chuck Rabin and David Ovalle. 

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A week ago, Miami was bracing for Ultra—the electronic music festival and its thousands of fans. In years past it has earned a reputation for arrests and illicit drug use. But this year, the festival was relatively quiet.  

Then, we move from electronic dance music to ballet. For more than a decade, Patricia Delgado has been a principal dancer with the Miami City Ballet.

Read more: Miami City Ballet Star Patricia Delgado Gets Ready To Shake The Sand Out Of Her Pointe Shoes

Before she takes her final bow, we'll talk about her time growing up in the nationally renowned company with WLRN's editorial director Alicia Zuckerman. 

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