Pedestrian Killed in Wilton Manors Crash

(BSO) 64 year old Frederick Alan Mende was fatally injured while crossing Dixie Highway last Wednesday night. Mende was crossing west to east along the 2800 block of Dixie Highway when officers report Mende stepped into the path of a black four door jeep driven by 50 year old Nancy Korn-Zelch. Korn-Zelch placed the call to 911. Oakland Park Fire Rescue transported Mende to Broward Health Medical where he was later pronounced dead. BSO Traffic Homicide does not believe speed was a factor in the accident.

Delray Beach Moves Forward with LGBT-Inclusive Civil Rights Ordinance

(SFGN) At Friday’s meeting the Delray Beach City Commission unanimously voted to enact an ordinance that would include gender identity, expression, and sexual orientation among the statuses protected against discrimination. The final hearing on the ordinance is set for July 7. If it passes, Delray Beach will join seventeen other Florida municipalities - Atlantic Beach, Boynton Beach, Dunedin, Gainesville, Greenacres, Gulfport, Key West, Lake Worth, Leesburg, Miami, Miami Beach, Oakland Park, Orlando, Tampa, Venice, West Palm Beach and Wilton Manors - which have enacted LGBT-inclusive municipal civil rights ordinances.

"While the nation is rapidly moving forward on recognizing lesbian and gay relationships, Florida still lacks any statewide laws providing equal protection to LGBT Floridians," said Rand Hoch, President and Founder of the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council. "Therefore, until Congress or the Florida Legislature take action, local LGBT advocacy rights organizations such as PBCHRC must continue to work with county and municipal leaders to protect our community form discrimination."

The trend is receiving as much support from local leaders as it is backlash.

“Making gay a protected class is making us more like North Korea. Day is soon coming when we will realize we have made an enormous mistake,” tweeted John Stemberger, head of Florida Family Policy Council and leader of "On My Honor," an organization formed to fight against an inclusive Boy Scouts.

Cutting-Edge Hepatitis Surveillance Tools Enhance Reporting in Florida

(DOH) Hepatitis C in Florida continues to be a public health concern requiring a comprehensive statewide approach. Since 2011, as part of an enhanced surveillance project for hepatitis, the Florida Department of Health has developed surveillance tools to take advantage of the availability of electronic laboratory results and has since processed approximately 650,000 electronic laboratory results for hepatitis in 2014. This enhancement has improved the quality of reporting, while reducing reporting time across the state. As the department continues to educate, assess, and ultimately prevent hepatitis morbidity throughout the state, further enhancements to the hepatitis surveillance system will target improved linkage of hepatitis clients to care.

The Florida Department of Health has launched a new webpage to provide educational materials regarding this disease. The webpage ( ) contains background information on the disease, downloadable broadcast-quality video and a "frequently asked questions” section. The department encourages Florida residents learn about hepatitis C and to take the proper precautions to protect themselves.