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Florida briefly

By TIMES WIRES
Published October 10, 2006


Today is the deadline for new voters to register

TALLAHASSEE - Today is the final day for new voters to register if they want to take part in Florida's Nov. 7 general election.

Applicants have until 5 p.m. to register at a county supervisor of elections office or a Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles office.

To be eligible, an applicant must be a U.S. citizen and a Florida resident, must not have been declared mentally incapacitated with respect to voting in Florida or any other state, and must not have been convicted of a felony without his or her civil rights having been restored.

Coast Guard may restrict area due to coral damage

FORT LAUDERDALE - The Coast Guard is considering restricting access to an area offshore from Port Everglades after two large freighters ran aground this year, damaging delicate coral.

"We've been working toward a resolution," said Lt. James Suffern, the Coast Guard's chief of waterway management for the region. "It is an emergency for everyone to get something done here."

Eleven ships have run aground on several reefs that parallel the shore here since 1994.

The groundings have damaged 3 acres of reef.

The Coast Guard is now considering limiting the size of the vessels allowed among the reefs and restricting them to certain areas while they wait to enter the port, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Monday.

Body of missing boater found near collision site

KEY BISCAYNE - The body of a boater who was aboard one of two vessels that collided during the annual Columbus Day regatta was found Monday, officials said.

The body of James Noel, 23, was found by a passing boater on Monday afternoon near the crash scene, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Jorge Pino said.

Noel was aboard the same boat as Monica Burguera, 20, who died about 9 p.m. Saturday when the boats collided near the Rickenbacker Causeway between Miami and Key Biscayne. Seven other people on the boat were injured.

Missing autistic 5-year-old is discovered dead in pond

ORLANDO - Authorities recovered the body of a 5-year-old autistic boy from a retention pond Monday, a day after he disappeared.

Bloodhounds tracking Aaron Campbell's scent led handlers to a pond, where the boy frequently went with relatives, Orange County sheriff's spokesman Jim Solomons said. Aaron liked water but could not swim, he said. He said no foul play was suspected.

Aaron's mother had stopped for a moment at a relative's house on Sunday, leaving the boy in the car. He was gone when she came back, Solomons said.

 

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