South Floridians react to players taking knee during national anthem

The Dolphins returned home Sunday from a disappointing game in New York.

Throughout the NFL on game day, there were signs of solidarity. Fans on both sides of the argument Sunday said this should be a time for unity, not divisiveness.

Players took a knee and linked arms in an attempt to make a statement about injustice in the U.S., and directly taking on President Donald Trump, who just days earlier said anyone who kneels during the National Anthem should be kicked off the field and fired.

Sunday, the president tempered those comments but maintained his position that taking a knee shows disrespect.

“We have great people representing our country, especially our soldiers, our first responders, and they should be treated with respect,” Trump said. “And when you get on your knee and you don’t respect the American flag or the anthem, that’s not being treated with respect.”

Fans around the country have fallen on both sides of the argument.

“These are peaceful protests,” Brian Wright, who supports the protests, said. “All they’re doing is kneeling, showing their displeasure with the way things are in the country right now.”

“You can’t just come in here and kneel and expect changes,” Shaun Wright, who is against the protests, said. “What it’s actually doing is inciting disrespect to our flag, the police, our government.”

Jesus Harte and Jamal Jenkins have a unique perspective on the issue. Both men are Marine Corps veterans, with 20 years of service between them. They’re also both black men who have witnessed injustices first-hand U.S.

“It’s kind of mixed emotions at the same time, but I like what they’re doing,” Harte said of the protests.

“Would I take the knee or would I stand for the flag?” Jenkins said. “(I) take off my hat but yet still raise my black fist in the air. Alright? I’m still representing multiple fronts. Respect for this, love for the country, but also that I still stand for injustice.”

Local 10 News spoke with many people, all of whom expressed feeling that the situation is causing yet another split in the country. But those who supported the protest said they feel like it is the president who is causing the split. Those who are against the protests said it’s the players who are to blame.


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First cruise ship arrives in Key West after Irma

The Empress of the Seas docked in Key West on Sunday, marking the first time a cruise ship has been to the Keys since Hurricane Irma struck Sept. 10.

The 878 passengers and 600 crew members were greeted by Key West Mayor Craig Cates once they arrived at Key West’s Pier B, one of three port facilities adjacent to the island city’s historic downtown area.

“Being a tourist-based economy, we need our visitors to come to town, and that is our primary economy,” Cates said in a media release. “They come here to see our beautiful resources, our beautiful town and architecture — and the servers, the bartenders, the hostesses, everybody, depends on them.The people need to go back to work, and this is a huge part of our recovery.”

While Hurricane Irma caused varying degrees of damag to the chain of islands, Key West and Key Largo reported the least damage. 

With electricity and water restoration almost complete, Monroe County and tourism officials are set to discuss formal opening dates for visitors to return to the Keys on Monday. 

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100 bags of debris, trash collected from Virginia Key Beach

About 200 volunteers showed up at Virginia Key Beach Park on Sunday for a cleanup effort hosted by the Virginia Key Beach Park Trust. In all, the group filled up about 100 trash bags.Most of those bags were filled with debris left by Hurricane Irm…

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Pedestrian hit by car, injured in Pembroke Pines

A 19-year-old pedestrian was injured Sunday morning when she was hit by a car in Pembroke Pines, police said. 

Laura Canaveral was walking at about 1:30 a.m. in the 9100 block of Lime Tree Lane when she was struck by a 2014 Nissan, police said.

She sustained life-threatening injuries as a result of the accident and was taken to Memorial Hospital West.

The 23-year-old driver was uninjured in the crash.

Police said the crash was an “unfortunate accident,” and not the result of any criminal activity.

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American Airlines allows employees to send aid to loved ones in Puerto Rico

American Airlines has launched Operation Puerto Rico Strong to aid those on the island who have been affected by Hurricane Maria.Officials in Puerto Rico are allowing 10 planes to land in San Juan. The airline is using the opportunity to allow emp…

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