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Deaths at Kendall home raise issues with short-term vacation rental operation

KENDALL, Fla. – The luxury home in Kendall that turned into a crime scene on Tuesday after two mysterious deaths had been flagged by code enforcement officers over violations during the coronavirus pandemic.

Since June, Miami-Dade County code enforcement officers had issued a series of citations related to not following COVID-19 emergency orders pertaining to short-term rentals.

The citations at the home at 19330 SW 136 St. had triggered a three-strike rule that code compliance said puts the owner’s certificate of use in jeopardy of being revoked.

The rule, which is part of the measures Miami-Dade authorities are taking to keep coronavirus infections under control, also included a police watch order for five weeks over the Summer.

Property records show Michael P. Hanna is the owner of the home. He could not be reached for comment. Records show he is a licensed real estate broker with an active certificate of use to operate a short-term vacation rental at his home.

Mystery at Kendall mansion: Detectives ask public for help solving case of 2 deaths
Mystery at Kendall mansion: Detectives ask public for help solving case of 2 deaths

On Tuesday, there were advertisements for the home on several short-term rentals including Airbnb, which profiled the home as a “Lake House Villa” with 5 bedrooms. The profile had been removed by Wednesday.

David Martinez was among the neighbors who had complained about the home’s suspicious houseguests and disruptive parties. He said the short-term rental operation at the home had become a threat to the quiet family-friendly neighborhood.

As crime scene investigators gathered evidence in the home on Tuesday, Martinez said the situation was so dire that seeing a Crime Scene Investigation van there didn’t shock him.

A crime scene investigations' van is parked in front of a home where two people were found dead on Tuesday in Kendall.
A crime scene investigations’ van is parked in front of a home where two people were found dead on Tuesday in Kendall. (Copyright 2020 by WPLG Local10.com – All rights reserved.)

“We knew something was going to happen,” Martinez said.

On Wednesday evening, the death investigations were still ongoing and the police department had not released any more information about the case.

Detectives were asking anyone with information about the death investigations to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

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Singapore Air to Raise S$850 Million After Travel Collapses

(Bloomberg) — Singapore Airlines Ltd. plans to raise as much as S$850 million ($630 million) via the sale of convertible bonds as it seeks to increase liquidity amid a pandemic that’s wiped out travel demand.

a large passenger jet sitting on top of an airport tarmac: Ground staff prepare as a Boeing Co. 787-10 Dreamliner aircraft, operated by Singapore Airlines Ltd., stands docked to a passenger boarding bridge at Changi Airport in Singapore, on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. In May, Osaka and Perth will be first scheduled destinations for the airline's new 787-10s.

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Ground staff prepare as a Boeing Co. 787-10 Dreamliner aircraft, operated by Singapore Airlines Ltd., stands docked to a passenger boarding bridge at Changi Airport in Singapore, on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. In May, Osaka and Perth will be first scheduled destinations for the airline’s new 787-10s.

The funds will be used for operating cash flow, to service debt and for capital expenditure, Singapore’s flagship carrier said in an exchange filing Thursday. The pricing of the convertible notes is expected shortly.


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Singapore Airlines said Monday that it planned to raise additional liquidity in the debt capital markets and through a sales and lease-back deal after reporting its biggest quarterly net loss.

Read more: Covid-19 Drives Singapore Air to Worst Quarterly Loss on Record

The airline has already raised S$11.3 billion through a rights offering and loans, and is cutting 20% of its workforce. The carrier’s cash burn rate has fallen to below S$300 million a month currently, from about S$350 million during the three months through July.

Read more: Singapore Air Unlikely to Find Profit in 2H: Earnings Outlook

HSBC Holdings Plc will help to manage the note sale.

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Danny’s Place: Marshfield police raise money for vacation house for sick children – News – Wicked Local

Danny Sheehan, 7, is such an inspiration to the community that a group of police officers is helping to raise money for a room in his name at a vacation home for sick children in Falmouth

MARSHFIELD — Danny Sheehan has a few ideas about how he wants his ideal vacation room to be decorated.

Race cars. Sharks. French fries. Pizza. Strawberries, because that’s what he dressed up as one year for Halloween. Somewhere in the room should be a cubby for Doritos so he can get up in the middle of the night for a Cool Ranch flavored snack.

Danny wants rainbows because he has seen them in person and a music player loaded with a long he loves a lot — “Baby Shark.”

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Danny will hopefully see his room come next summer at the vacation house in Falmouth run by the charity Tommy’s Place, a former inn that is being renovated to become a getaway for sick children and their families.

The cost to sponsor a room, and make it fully his, is $25,000, not including the costs to turn it into something befitting Danny’s vision of a proper room, but he did get a little help from his friends in the Marshfield Police Department on Monday. They donated $4,000 as part of their no-shave October. The police made Danny an honorary officer in 2019.

On Sunday, he got a little help from the drive-in at the Marshfield fairgrounds where his pick, “The Goonies,” earned the charity $600. Danny only got about half-way through the film before it scared him a little too much.

“It was getting very creepy,” he said.

When Danny was 4, doctors diagnosed him with pineoblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer that can spread in the brain and along the spinal cord. Despite his struggles against cancer, he has remained friendly, dancy, talkative. Marshfield Selectman Chris Rohland even read a proclamation to the boy, announcing Nov. 1 through 7 as his week, as he has inspired residents of the town by his brave face and dancing.

Marshfield Lt. Arthur Shaw and Officer Jon Toomey are raising money to reach at least the $25,000 sponsorship goal for Danny’s room at the Tommy’s Place house by offering a chance to win a one-week stay at a house that sleeps 12 on Martha’s Vineyard next September.

In years past, Marshfield police officers have raised money for Cops for Kids with Cancer, a charity that gives $5,000 to families of children with cancer. Last year, they raised almost $100,000, Shaw said. In 2018, they raised $75,000 for the charity.

Tickets for the chance to win vacation home cost $100 each and are being sold through local restaurants, including Haddad’s Ocean Cafe, the Cask ‘n Flagon and the Bridgwaye. Tickets are also being sold through Tommy’s

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Glen Cove to raise taxes nearly 8%, eliminate city’s parks and recreation department

Glen Cove Mayor Timothy Tenke’s proposed 2021 budget would bust the tax cap with a 7.9 percent tax levy increase as one-shot revenues used in recent years have dried up.

Tenke’s $64.2 million budget proposal would increase the tax levy to $33.5 million from $31 million. The budget would also eliminate the parks and recreation department, with the department of public works and youth bureau taking over its functions.

From 2013 through 2016, “the council was relying on nonrecurring revenues, debt and interfund transfers to balance the budget and to meet just normal operating expenditures,” Tenke said during a budget presentation Tuesday at City Hall. From 2014 through 2018 the city relied on one-shots totaling $13 million to keep taxes from growing as fast as expenses, according to a Power Point presentation Tenke went through during the livestreamed meeting.

“We can no longer kick the can down the road,” Tenke said.

More than half of those one-shots, $7.3 million, came from the sale of waterfront property where the $1 billion Garvies Point development is rising. Large development projects also helped the city coffers with nonrecurring building permits totaling $4.1 million from 2014 through 2018.

“We had property that was sold … to fill the holes in our budget where our expenses was going up and our revenue from our taxes stayed basically the same,” Tenke said.

Under the budget proposal, a homeowner with a house assessed at $500,000 would see their annual property taxes increase by $260.

The city anticipates losing $769,378 in state and county aid due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has hurt economically sensitive revenue such as sales taxes that get passed down to local municipalities.

Several residents called into the meeting to criticize the tax hike. One caller, whose name was unclear on the audio, said he was surprised that during “this crazy” time the city would raise taxes so steeply.

“To just blow it out of the water like that while people are trying to survive right now while business is going under is just absolutely ridiculous,” the caller said.

Eliminating the parks and recreation department means the department director position will be eliminated. The director, Darcy Belyea, has a 2020 salary of $132,744, according to the budget. Belyea filed a harassment complaint against the city last year that was found to be “unfounded and/or unactionable” by an outside legal firm earlier this year. Tenke said the elimination of her position was not related to her complaint.

“It’s strictly a financial decision,” Tenke said in an interview. “She’s one of the highest-paid directors that we have, and financially it makes sense to consolidate these types of departments.”

Belyea declined to comment.

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‘Parks and Recreation’ reunion to raise money for Feeding America

LOS ANGELES — The original cast members of “Parks and Recreation” are getting back to work for a coronavirus-related fundraising special.

Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman and Adam Scott are among the sitcom’s stars to be featured in the half-hour special airing 8:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, April 30, on NBC.

The story reflects the real-life crisis, with Poehler’s Leslie Knope striving to stay in touch with her friends while observing social distancing.

“Like a lot of other people, we were looking for ways to help and felt that bringing these characters back for a night could raise some money,” said executive producer Michael Schur. “I sent a hopeful email to the cast and they all got back to me within 45 minutes.”

Schur said he hopes everyone enjoys the special and, as he said in a statement, “donates!”

Contributions will go to Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund, which is helping food banks serve vulnerable community members, NBC said. Up to $500,000 in donations made through May 21 will be matched with contributions from NBC Universal, the sitcom’s cast, writers and producers, and State Farm and Subaru of America.

“Parks and Recreation,” about an Indiana’s town idiosyncratic public officials, ended its seven-season run in 2015.

Other cast members taking part in the special include Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Rob Lowe, Jim O’Heir and Retta. Guests from the sitcom’s “Pawnee universe may pop in,” NBC said.

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NBC To Show ‘Parks And Recreation’ Reunion To Raise Money For Coronavirus Relief

A special “Parks and Recreation” reunion will be arriving April 30 on NBC.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the reunion will follow Leslie Knope as she remains “determined to stay connected with her friends and colleagues during a time of social distancing.” THR reported the main cast members will all be in the reunion, including Chris Pratt and Nick Offerman. (REVIEW: William Finds His Purpose In The New ‘Westworld‘ Episode ‘Decoherence,’ Maeve Is On The Warpath Against Dolores)

The reunion will raise money for Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund. State Farm, Subaru and NBCUniversal have all agreed to pitch in money to help in the relief efforts.

You can watch Amy Poehler break down the situation below.

This is a genius idea by NBC. “Parks and Rec” is one of the greatest shows ever made and there’s no doubt about that at all.

It’s right in the tier below “The Office” and “Always Sunny.” It’s withstood the test of time, has millions of dedicated fans, gave the world Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson and introduced us to Chris Pratt.

It’s one of the most inspiring and uplifting shows you’ll ever find. Now, we’re getting a special reunion episode when we need it more than ever.

This upcoming Friday, we’ll return to Pawnee for a special shot in the actors’ homes. It’s a unique situation, but I think it’ll be very entertaining.

Make sure to tune in April 30 on NBC! It should be a hell of a fun time.

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