John “Jack” P. Seiler, Former Mayor of Fort Lauderdale
Last week: Florida has reported 2,505 new cases of COVID-19, according to the CDC, dropping the seven-day average below 3,000 for the first time since early July. In the previous week, Palm Beach County saw a 28% drop in cases and a 14% drop in deaths, while Broward County saw a 28% drop in cases and a 23% drop. % of deaths. Despite these positive developments, we cannot ignore that the seven-day average for new daily cases was 2,870 and for daily deaths was 240, according to Sun Sentinel calculations. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 3,614,272 confirmed cases in Florida and 57,303 Floridians have died.
Looking forward: Each year, the Orange Bowl committee announces the recipient of its Orange Bowl Beigel-Feis-Hixon Valor Award, which recognizes an outstanding student-athlete from South Florida who demonstrates bravery and courage in the face of adversity, in l honor of the coaches of Marjory Stoneman Douglas. who tragically lost her life in 2018. This year’s recipient is Ashley Moon of Miami Springs Senior High, who overcame bullying to become the major in her class with a GPA of 5.14. Ashley has also been on the varsity volleyball, swimming and tennis teams, and will be honored on the court in the playoff semifinals at the Capital One Orange Bowl.