Miami’s Top 5: What you should know Friday


1. Gov. Rick Scott is touring the dredging operation at PortMiami that is geared to handle larger ships soon to be passing through a widened Panama Canal. Scott planned a news conference Friday after touring the dredge named Terrapin Island. The dredge is deepening the port's main channel to 50 feet in the next 18 months, about the time the larger Panama Canal is set to open.

2. South Florida U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia is joining a 24-hour congressional fast relay in solidarity with a group of immigration activists on the National Mall. The freshman Democrat will fast until late Friday morning. He follows 24-hour fasts by Reps. Joe Kennedy, D-Mass., and Juan Vargas, D-Calif.

3. If a pod of stranded whales continues to head in an off-shore direction Friday, the rescue operation will be suspended. Mammal experts said no one should pop champagne yet. The animals, stranded themselves in shallow water on a remote beach on the western edge of the Everglades, could easily re-strand themselves.

4. Art Basel events continue across Miami Beach and Miami with a schedule of exhibitions, parties, screenings and fairs.

5. While much of the country freezes its tail off, South Florida will bask in warm, breezy and, yes, humid weather on Friday. Highs will be in the mid-80s , low around 70.

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