A look at some of the top stories making the news today, December 23, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida.

Thanks to a recent surge in foreign immigration into the state, Florida has the second largest population increase in the county this year, according to a report from the U.S. Census Bureau. The sunshine state gained more than 365,000 people from July 2014 to July 2015. The report also shows that 80 percent of Florida’s population, or 16.1 million people, are 18 years or older and are eligible to vote in the 2016.

Lauderhill Mayor Richard Kaplan has stepped down from his regular duties as he recoveries from an illness. As he recovers, Vice Mayor Margaret Bates will take on his ceremonial duties. Despite his illness, Kaplan, however, says he plans to make a full recovery and return to his duties. He has been Mayor since 1998.

Marion Hall, the former dancehall artist known as Lady Saw, will be making her Gospel premiere in South Florida next year. Organizers confirmed that she’s still headlining at One Love in the Park show slated for Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2016, in Lauderdale Lakes. This will be her first performance following her announced rebaptism into Christianity.

Young South Florida-based Jamaican swimmer Jesse Marsh has broken a 6-year-old record, clocking 2:13:33 minutes in the Boy’s 13-and-over 200 meters butterfly at the Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica’s Christmas Open Championships. The time also marks a new national age-group record, lowering the time he set at the Central American and Caribbean Amateur Swimming Confederation this year.

What’s trending:

11 imprisoned women convicted for non-violent crimes in Guyana have been pardoned and freed for the holidays by President David Granger. Granger says the pardons are just part of a new program to help rehabilitate former prisoners.

For Today’s Weather Forecast:

Mostly Cloudy in Broward County with a high of 83 and a low of 74. For Miami-Dade, partly cloudy with a high of 83 and a low of 75.

For more information on these and other stories, visit caribbeannationalweekly.com. 

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