Couple accused of keeping girl in yard
A Fort Pierce couple is accused of forcing a child to bathe, use the bathroom and spend nearly all of her time in the back yard.
St. Lucie County deputies charged a 34-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman with felony child abuse over the weekend.
Authorities say the couple had three children living with them. Two appeared to be well-cared for, but a third was dirty and poorly clothed.
None of the children's ages were reported. All three were taken into custody by the Department of Children and Families.
Day chosen for special mayoral election
May 24 is the date of a special election to pick a new Miami-Dade County mayor and District 13 commissioner.
The Miami Herald says the Miami-Dade commissioners also decided Monday that the qualifying date is Tuesday at 5 p.m.
The special election was set off by a recall of Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez and Natacha Seijas, District 13 commissioner. They were removed from office by 88 percent of those who voted.
After the recall, the commission agreed to put six proposed charter reforms on the May 24 ballot.
City to charge for downtown parking
Visitors to downtown Sarasota will have to pay to park.
On Monday morning, workers began installing about 460 high-tech meters.
By mid May, most of the meters will be operational, charging $1 per hour, Monday through Saturday. The meters take cash and credit cards.
City officials warn anyone tempted not to pay that parking enforcement will be rigorous.
Officials say there are alternatives, including cheaper long-term lots and 650 free spots blocks from Main Street.
High court to take up foreclosure matter
The Florida Supreme Court will consider the foreclosure case of a Greenacres homeowner that involves a law firm under investigation for alleged "robo-signing" and other questionable practices.
One of the issues in Pino vs. Bank of New York Mellon is whether there was a fraud on the trial court. The bank needed to show it took over the loan from another bank. But attorneys from the Plantation-based Law Offices of David J. Stern filed paperwork that was questionably dated.