Columbus Day

Newscast
6:14 am
Mon October 13, 2014

October 13, 2014: After Fatal Crash, State Urges Boaters To Stay Safe

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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Safety
4:13 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

U.S. Coast Guard Adds New Slow-Speed Zone Ahead Of Columbus Day Weekend

Officer Jorge Pino of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission speaking to reporters Friday, Oct. 10, at the U.S. Coast Guard Station in Miami Beach.
Credit Pattrik Simmons

The U.S. Coast Guard today announced a new slow-speed zone to ensure the safety of boaters in and out of Convoy Point and Black Point Marina during the Columbus Day weekend celebrations.

“Historically, we have had a slow-speed zone in the area, but it’s been centered mostly in the northern part of the Biscayne Bay,” said Lt. Mike Cortese, Commanding Officer of U.S. Coast Guard Station Miami Beach. “We have extended it south all the way to Black Point [Marina] to help cover the high-traffic areas between the Elliot Key and the marinas where boaters often launch out of.”

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History
11:17 am
Mon October 14, 2013

How Columbus Sailed Into U.S. History, Thanks To Italians

Though he sailed in 1492, Christopher Columbus was not widely known among Americans until the mid-1700s.
Spencer Arnold Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 14, 2013 10:15 am

It's been 521 years since the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus "sailed the ocean blue/in fourteen hundred and ninety-two." Since then, there have been thousands of parades, speeches and statues commemorating Columbus, along with a critical rethinking of his life and legacy.

But the question remains, how did a man who never set foot on North America get a federal holiday in his name? While Columbus did arrive in the "New World" when he cast anchor in the Bahamas, he never made it to the United States.

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