1. If you’re texting this article to someone while driving, put down the phone. That’s because texting-while-driving is now illegal in Florida. It’s a secondary offense, which means drivers can be ticketed only if they are pulled over for another no-no.
2. Miami killer Marshall Lee Gore is schedule to be executed Tuesday in Starke. Twenty-five years ago, he fatally stabbed a Broward woman. This is his fourth date with death.
3. Health officials are testing the waters in Northeast Miami-Dade after 250,000 gallons of raw sewage were released after a main rupture. Closed for swimming: the Intracoastal from the William Lehman Causeway in Aventura to Haulover Inset, including Oleta State Park.
4.Everglades National Park will put up the “closed sign” while federal agencies in South Florida are bracing for delays with the shutdown of the U.S. government.
5. Miami-Dade commissioners will vote on draping more billboards across more public buildings, including PortMiami, libraries and parks. The contract up for vote would allow three firms to survey county-owned properties and recommend to Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s administration which ones would make the government most money if they were covered with more commercial advertising.