A look at some of the top stories making the news today, December 17, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida, I’m… for CNW 90.

Rent is taking the biggest bite out of Florida residents’ pockets, according to a new study. The report found more than half of Florida renters spend more than a third of their income on rent, the highest rate in the country. According to data, Miami Gardens is the worst for renters, while Plantation and Sunrise proved the easiest on the wallet.

Small Marijuana possession is still an arrestable offense in Palm Beach county, due to a delay in the county commission’s recent vote reducing the crime to citation for less than 20 grams. But the new ordinance will not be put into effect until the county’s Sheriff’s office reviews it. Meanwhile, officers can still arrest violators under state law.

As part of their fundraising efforts, the Knox Past Student Association will be hosting their annual Christmas House Party, this Saturday, starting 8 pm at 1599 SW 159th Terrace in Pembroke Pines. All proceeds from the event, which will include music by DJ Express, will be donated to the construction of the new six-form block at Knox College in Jamaica.

Local Lauderhill Juniors took the first match of the night yesterday at the Caribbean American Soccer Association’s annual Youth Soccer Classic, at the Lauderhill sports complex. Lauderhill Juniors defeated the U20 team from Barbados 3 nil. The next international match is set for tomorrow at 6:30pm, when Jamaica U20 faces Coral Springs U20.

What’s trending:

This summer’s pop reggae breakout star Omi will be “cheering” in the new year at ABC’s telecast of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2016.” Omi will be holding out the West coast Stage, which will be streamed live on TV.

For Today’s Weather Forecast:

Partly Cloudy in Broward County with a high of 84 and a low of 73. For Miami-Dade, partly cloudy with a high of 83 and a low of 73.

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

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